List and biographies of world's most famous martial artists.

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Martial artists are the individuals who practice any formal system of combat as a means of self-defense, for achieving better fitness and health or for mental and spiritual development. Martial artists also take part in competitions where they showcase their expertise in specific combat forms. The history of martial arts is an ancient one, various forms of martial arts originated in Egypt and China more than 4,000 years ago. In Europe, the earliest recorded account of martial arts originated in Greece. Even though martial arts have been around for centuries, it was only during the mid to late 19th century that they began to emerge as modern sports. Some of the most popular forms of martial arts are judo, karate, kendo, boxing and fencing. A true martial artist is a warrior who practices combat as an art. Martial artists need to possess a high degree of physical stamina and endurance along with mental agility, discipline, self-confidence and perseverance. A good martial artist is well aware of the history, traditions and values of the art he practices as they might be required to disseminate this knowledge to others. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous martial artists from all over the world.

Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier
(American)
Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone
(American)

Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson
(Swedish)
Tyron WoodleyTyron Woodley
(American)
Michael BispingMichael Bisping
(British)

Kelvin GastelumKelvin Gastelum
(American)
Donnie YenDonnie Yen
(Chinese)
B.J. PennB.J. Penn
(American)

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Nate DiazNate Diaz
(American)
Travis BrowneTravis Browne
(American)
Scott AdkinsScott Adkins
(British)

Nick DiazNick Diaz
(American)
Chael SonnenChael Sonnen
(American)
Robbie LawlerRobbie Lawler
(American)

Cat ZinganoCat Zingano
(American)
Junior dos SantosJunior dos Santos
(Brazilian)
Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem
(British)

Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell
(American)
Jim KellyJim Kelly
(Australian,American)
Chris WeidmanChris Weidman
(American)

Carlos ConditCarlos Condit
(American)
Randy CoutureRandy Couture
(American)
Rickson GracieRickson Gracie
(Brazilian)

Eddie BravoEddie Bravo
(American)
Bolo YeungBolo Yeung
War MachineWar Machine
(American)

Frank DuxFrank Dux
(American)
Anthony PettisAnthony Pettis
(American)
Quinton JacksonQuinton Jackson
(American)

Maurício RuaMaurício Rua
(Brazilian)
Jeremy StephensJeremy Stephens
(American)
Jorge MasvidalJorge Masvidal
(American)

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Vitor BelfortVitor Belfort
(Brazilian)
Frank MirFrank Mir
(American)
Stefan StruveStefan Struve

Joseph BenavidezJoseph Benavidez
(American)
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
(Brazilian)
Uriah HallUriah Hall
(Jamaican,American)

Eddie AlvarezEddie Alvarez
(American)
Frankie EdgarFrankie Edgar
(American)
Evangelista SantosEvangelista Santos
(Brazilian)

Urijah FaberUrijah Faber
(American)
Matt MitrioneMatt Mitrione
(American)
Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
(Japanese,American)

Hélio GracieHélio Gracie
(Brazilian)
Dan HendersonDan Henderson
(American)
Rashad EvansRashad Evans
(American)

Bas RuttenBas Rutten
Johny HendricksJohny Hendricks
(American)
Bruce BufferBruce Buffer
(American)

Matt HamillMatt Hamill
(American)
Rener GracieRener Gracie
(American)
Matt SerraMatt Serra
(American)

Dan SevernDan Severn
(American)
Tank AbbottTank Abbott
(American)
Roger GracieRoger Gracie
(Brazilian)

The Great GamaThe Great Gama
(Pakistani)
Cheick KongoCheick Kongo
(French)
Michelle WatersonMichelle Waterson
(American)

Renzo GracieRenzo Gracie
(Brazilian)
Benson HendersonBenson Henderson
(American)
Keith JardineKeith Jardine
(American)

Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
(Japanese)
Forrest GriffinForrest Griffin
(American)
Callan McAuliffeCallan McAuliffe
(Australian)

Antônio Rodrigo NogueiraAntônio Rodrigo Nogueira
(Brazilian)
Jake ShieldsJake Shields
(American)
Cub SwansonCub Swanson
(American)

Ip ChunIp Chun
Brandon VeraBrandon Vera
(American)
Jon FitchJon Fitch
(American)

Yoshihiro AkiyamaYoshihiro Akiyama
(Japanese)
Josh BarnettJosh Barnett
(American)
John TentaJohn Tenta
(Canadian)

Cynthia RothrockCynthia Rothrock
(American)
Frank ShamrockFrank Shamrock
(American)
Rich FranklinRich Franklin
(American)

Wong Fei-hungWong Fei-hung
(Chinese)
Sergei KharitonovSergei Kharitonov
(Russian)
Don FryeDon Frye
(American)

Linden AshbyLinden Ashby
(American)
Nate MarquardtNate Marquardt
(American)
Wong Jack ManWong Jack Man
(American)

Mark ColemanMark Coleman
(American)
Robin ShouRobin Shou
Gökhan SakiGökhan Saki
(Turkish)