Mixed Martial Artists

What could be more exciting than watching two talented Mixed Martial Artists taking on each other at one of those thrilling fights that promise to entertain and enthral you at the same time? Anderson "The Spider" Silva, often considered one of the best Mixed Martial Artists of all time, was reputed to simply maul his opponents inside the ring! At the peak of his career he had defeated even the likes of Carlos Newtown, Hayato Sakurai, Jeremy Horn, Jorge Rivera, and Lee Murray—who themselves were among the best!

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 1 Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: September 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian

Russian professional mixed martial artist, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is known for holding the longest active undefeated streak in MMA, with 28 wins and no losses. In September 2020, he was named #2 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings. He practices Islam and is the first Muslim to win a UFC title.

 2 Ronda Rousey

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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

A professional WWE wrestler, Ronda Rousey was the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and also the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Earlier, she became the first US woman to win an Olympic medal in judo. Amongst the greatest female MMA fighter, Ronda has also appeared in films like The Expendables 3 and Furious 7.

 3 Jon Jones

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Jon Jones, the American professional mixed martial artist, is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists ever. He holds many Ultimate Fighting Championship records in the light heavyweight division. However, he has been also been involved in several controversies and has been arrested for felony, hit-and-run charges and has tested positive for banned substances.

 4 Georges St-Pierre

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: May 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

Considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history, Georges St-Pierre is a former professional mixed martial artist. Starting from 2008, he was named by Rogers Sportsnet as the Canadian Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years. When he defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217, he became only the fourth fighter to be a multi-division champion in UFC history.

 5 Kimbo Slice

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Famous As: Mixed martial Artist
Birthdate: February 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 6, 2016

Kimbo Slice, dubbed The King of the Web Brawlers by Rolling Stone, gained fame for his mutual combat street fights. He dabbled in MMA, boxing, and wrestling, eventually signing with EliteXC and competing in UFC. A little over a year after signing with Bellator MMA, he died of heart failure.

 6 Israel Adesanya

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian, New Zealander
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 7 Holly Holm

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Holly Holm is a mixed martial artist. A former world champion in boxing, Holm currently competes in the UFC and holds the distinction of being the first fighter to hold a UFC title and a world boxing title. Her win against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in the history of combat sports.

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 8 Anderson Silva

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Brazilian

Brazilian MMA legend Anderson Silva began learning Taekwondo at 12. He holds the record of the longest reign by any UFC title-holder, being the middleweight champion from 2006 to 2013, and also has a record of 16 consecutive wins. He also has black belts in multiple martial art forms.

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 9 Tony Ferguson

Tony Ferguson
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: February 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 10 Donald Cerrone

Donald Cerrone
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Boxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: March 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 11 Stipe Miocic

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Rising from a humble background, Stipe Miocic won NAAFS Heavyweight Championship and reached Ultimate Fighting Championship, the biggest MMA platform. His talent made him one of the most successful heavyweight champions in UFC history with numerous awards. Apart from fighting MMA matches,Stipe Miocic works as a firefighter and paramedic and saves lives in Cleveland.

 12 Amanda Nunes

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Brazilian
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 13 Max Holloway

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: December 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 14 Dustin Poirier

Dustin Poirier
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: January 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Dustin Poirier is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). An absolute angel off the ring, Poirier often auctions his UFC kit to donate money to various charitable causes. In 2018, he founded a non-profit organization called The Good Fight Foundation, along with his wife.

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 15 Justin Gaethje

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: November 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 16 José Aldo

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: September 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Brazilian
MMA fighter José Aldo is best known for his UFC Featherweight Championship win in 2010, a title he defended seven times. In 2014, his win against Cad Mendes was termed the Fight of the Year by many organizations. By 2020, he was ranked 6th in the UFC Bantamweight rankings.
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 17 Francis Ngannou

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Cameroonian, French

 18 Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian, American

 19 Yoel Romero

Yoel Romero
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist (MMA)
Birthdate: April 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Cuban

Widely considered one of the most athletic competitors ever in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Yoel Romero is often compared with the greats of the sport. A former freestyle wrestler, Romero earned Cuba a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

 20 Darren Till

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: December 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
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 21 Cain Velasquez

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Wrestler and MMA fighter Caín Velasquez is a two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is known for his signature fighting style, known as swarming, which involves moving forward to allow little room to opponents. He was released from his contract with WWE owing to budget constraints due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 22 Tito Ortiz

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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: January 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Mixed martial artist, Tito Ortiz, is currently signed to the Combate Americas promotion. In the past, he has worked with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and was the Light Heavyweight Champion for three years. He also owns an MMA training gym and an MMA equipment and clothing line. In 2020, he ventured into politics. 

 23 Paige VanZant

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: March 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Paige VanZant is an American mixed martial artist, model, and author. Although she spent over 13 years exploring dance forms like hip hop, ballet, and jazz in a dance studio owned by her parents, VanZant took up martial arts during her teenage years and went on to compete in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A multi-talented personality, VanZant also loves hunting.

 24 Miesha Tate

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Arts Pundit
Birthdate: August 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
MMA fighter Miesha Tate is a former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. She is best known for her grappling skills. Following her retirement, she works as the vice president of ONE Championship and lives in Singapore. She has also graced the covers of fitness magazines such as Fitness Gurls.
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 25 Luke Rockhold

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 26 Eddie Alvarez

Eddie Alvarez
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: January 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 27 Chris Weidman

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: June 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 28 Bobby Lashley

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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Wrestler and MMA legend Bobby Lashley has won titles such as the ECW World Championship, the TNA/Impact World Heavyweight Championship, and the WWE US Championship. He currently plays for Raw under WWE, as part of stable The Hurt Business. He has headlined events such as Bound for Glory.
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 29 Rafael dos Anjos

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Brazilian

Rafael dos Anjos is a Brazilian-American mixed martial artist. A former UFC Lightweight Champion, dos Anjos is renowned for his aggressive approach, which often takes his opponents by surprise. Characterized by his strong takedown capabilities and physical strength, dos Anjos holds victories over popular martial artists like Robbie Lawler and Benson Henderson.

 30 Travis Browne

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

MMA fighter Travis Browne is a renowned heavyweight who is known for his association with the UFC. He had an undefeated streak for his first 14 professional matches. He was interested in basketball before he ventured into Brazilian jiu-jitsu at 26. He is nicknamed Hapa, because of his mixed ancestry.

 31 Brendan Schaub

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: March 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 32 Rose Namajunas

Rose Namajunas
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: June 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 33 Ben Askren

Ben Askren
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 34 Alberto Del Rio

Alberto Del Rio
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: May 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Mexican
José Alberto Rodríguez Chucuan is better known by his WWE ring name, Alberto Del Rio, and his Impact Wrestling ring name, Alberto El Patron. He became the first Mexico-born WWE world champion. He gained fame as an MMA fighter in Mexico and Japan earlier, using the name Dos Caras Jr.
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 35 T. J. Dillashaw

T. J. Dillashaw
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Famous As: American Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: February 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Mixed martial artist T. J. Dillashaw is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion. Interested in wrestling from a young age, he made his professional debut in 2010 and went on to achieve much success. He tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2019 and was suspended for two years.

 36 Colby Covington

Colby Covington
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: February 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 37 Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Kyrgyz

 38 Dominick Cruz

Dominick Cruz
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: March 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Dominick Cruz is an American mixed martial artist. Renowned for his quick striking, powerful wrestling base, and unorthodox movement, Cruz is one of the most agile competitors in the history of mixed martial arts. A two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz is currently one of the most popular competitors at the UFC.

 39 Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Jamaican, British

 40 Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt
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Famous As: Boxer, Kickboxer
Birthdate: March 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: New Zealander
New Zealand MMA fighter and kickboxer Mark Hunt won the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix and also competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Known as the "King of Walk-Offs" due to his habit of walking away before the referee ends the match, Hunt inspired the documentary The Art of Fighting.

 41 Ken Shamrock

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: February 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Ken Shamrock is an American professional wrestler and retired mixed martial artist who promotes bare-knuckle boxing. He is widely considered an icon and pioneer of mixed martial arts (MMA), as well as one of the greatest fighters in MMA's history. As a professional wrestler, Ken Shamrock is credited with popularizing a submission hold called the ankle lock.

 42 Frankie Edgar

Frankie Edgar
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 43 Henry Cejudo

Henry Cejudo
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: February 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 44 Cris Cyborg

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Brazilian
Brazilian MMA fighter Cris Cyborg currently competes for Bellator MMA and is the reigning Bellator Women's Featherweight World Champion. She has also won the Strikeforce, UFC, and Invicta FC World Featherweight Championships, this becoming the only MMA Grand Slam champion, having won all four major MMA titles.

 45 Fabrício Werdum

Fabrício Werdum
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Brazilian

 46 Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Brazilian

Brazilian professional mixed martial artist Lyoto Machida is currently signed with Bellator MMA. He competes in the light heavyweight division. He was previously associated with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The son of Shotokan karate master Yoshizo Machida, Lyoto began his training when he was just three. He has an MMA record of 26 wins from 36 matches.

 47 Alexander Volkanovski

Alexander Volkanovski
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 48 Sage Northcutt

Sage Northcutt
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 49 Royce Gracie

Royce Gracie
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: December 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Brazilian

Brazilian MMA fighter Royce Gracie, part of the renowned Gracie family of mixed martial artists, won the UFC 1, UFC 2, and UFC 4 championships. He made the Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, popular, and holds the 7th degree red/black coral belt in the art.

 50 Andrei Arlovski

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist, Actor
Birthdate: February 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Belarusian

Andrei Arlovski, also known as “The Pitbull,” is a Belarusian MMA fighter who is known for his UFC Heavyweight Championship win. He has also appeared in films such as Universal Soldier: Regeneration and been part of shows such as MTV's Bully Beatdown. He has competed for Strikeforce and Affliction, too.

While the term Mixed Martial Arts first came into use only in the 1990s, the earliest form of the arts originated over 6,000 years ago in China. It started gaining prominence in the mid-19th century and as of today the combat sport has become highly popular with stars like Cody Garbrandt, Tyron Woodley, and Max Holloway raking in millions per fight. While Mixed Martial Arts is predominantly a male dominated sphere, women fighters like Laura Sanko, Miesha Tate, and Ronda Jean Rousey prove that the ladies aren’t lagging behind when it comes to this thrilling combat sport. Read on for more information about the life of famous mixed martial artists.
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