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.

Jorge MasvidalJorge Masvidal
(American)
Tyron WoodleyTyron Woodley
(American)

Kelvin GastelumKelvin Gastelum
(American)
Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier
(American)
War MachineWar Machine
(American)

Robbie LawlerRobbie Lawler
(American)
Anthony PettisAnthony Pettis
(American)
Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem
(British)

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Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone
(American)
Travis BrowneTravis Browne
(American)
Michael BispingMichael Bisping
(British)

Junior dos SantosJunior dos Santos
(Brazilian)
Donnie YenDonnie Yen
(Chinese)
Scott AdkinsScott Adkins
(British)

Nate DiazNate Diaz
(American)
Eddie BravoEddie Bravo
(American)
Eddie AlvarezEddie Alvarez
(American)

Chris WeidmanChris Weidman
(American)
Nick DiazNick Diaz
(American)
Rickson GracieRickson Gracie
(Brazilian)

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen
(American)
Randy CoutureRandy Couture
(American)
Michelle WatersonMichelle Waterson
(American)

Bolo YeungBolo Yeung
B.J. PennB.J. Penn
(American)
Jeremy StephensJeremy Stephens
(American)

Frank DuxFrank Dux
(American)
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
(Brazilian)
Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell
(American)

Stefan StruveStefan Struve
Quinton JacksonQuinton Jackson
(American)
Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
(Japanese,American)

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Vitor BelfortVitor Belfort
(Brazilian)
Urijah FaberUrijah Faber
(American)
Jim KellyJim Kelly
(Australian,American)

Johny HendricksJohny Hendricks
(American)
Bruce BufferBruce Buffer
(American)
Benson HendersonBenson Henderson
(American)

Bas RuttenBas Rutten
Jon FitchJon Fitch
(American)
Hélio GracieHélio Gracie
(Brazilian)

Rashad EvansRashad Evans
(American)
Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson
(Swedish)
Rich FranklinRich Franklin
(American)

Frankie EdgarFrankie Edgar
(American)
Frank MirFrank Mir
(American)
Dan HendersonDan Henderson
(American)

Maurício RuaMaurício Rua
(Brazilian)
Ben RothwellBen Rothwell
(American)
Uriah HallUriah Hall
(Jamaican,American)

Callan McAuliffeCallan McAuliffe
(Australian)
Rener GracieRener Gracie
(American)
Forrest GriffinForrest Griffin
(American)

Matt MitrioneMatt Mitrione
(American)
Dan SevernDan Severn
(American)
Cheick KongoCheick Kongo
(French)

Roger GracieRoger Gracie
(Brazilian)
Matt SerraMatt Serra
(American)
Renzo GracieRenzo Gracie
(Brazilian)

Ip ChunIp Chun
Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
(Japanese)
Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
(Bulgarian)

The Great GamaThe Great Gama
(Pakistani)
Josh BarnettJosh Barnett
(American)
Carlos ConditCarlos Condit
(American)

Brandon VeraBrandon Vera
(American)
Matt HamillMatt Hamill
(American)
Antônio Rodrigo NogueiraAntônio Rodrigo Nogueira
(Brazilian)

Cat ZinganoCat Zingano
(American)
Frank ShamrockFrank Shamrock
(American)
Jake ShieldsJake Shields
(American)

Clay GuidaClay Guida
(American)
Cub SwansonCub Swanson
(American)
Gökhan SakiGökhan Saki
(Turkish)

Cynthia RothrockCynthia Rothrock
(American)
Tank AbbottTank Abbott
(American)
Joseph BenavidezJoseph Benavidez
(American)

Cung LeCung Le
(American,Vietnamese)
Linden AshbyLinden Ashby
(American)
Don FryeDon Frye
(American)

Mark ColemanMark Coleman
(American)
John TentaJohn Tenta
(Canadian)
Yoshihiro AkiyamaYoshihiro Akiyama
(Japanese)

Robin ShouRobin Shou
Tim SylviaTim Sylvia
(American)
Nate MarquardtNate Marquardt
(American)