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 Conor McGregor

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland

The highest paid fighter of Ultimate Fighting Championship, Conor McGregor is one of the most famous athletes in the world. His ascent from humble beginnings to becoming ‘The Notorious’ has been fuelled by McGregor’s mastery of martial arts, skilful fighting style and powerful punches. He is the first fighter to hold both UFC Featherweight Championship and UFC Lightweight Championship simultaneously.

 2 Ronda Rousey

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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States

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 Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: September 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sildi, Russia

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.

 4 Jon Jones

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States

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.

 5 Georges St-Pierre

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: May 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Isidore

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.

 6 Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
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 7 Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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 8 Stipe Miocic

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Euclid, Ohio, United States

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.

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 9 Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

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.

 10 Tony Ferguson

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: February 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxnard, California, U.S.
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 11 Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pojuca, State of Bahia, Brazil

 12 Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auchi, Nigeria
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 13 Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: February 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nicosia, Cyprus

 14 Max Holloway

Max Holloway
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: December 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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 15 Dustin Poirier

Dustin Poirier.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: January 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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.

 16 José Aldo

José Aldo.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: September 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manaus
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 Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: May 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hounslow, England

 18 Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko.
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Famous As: MMA Artist
Birthdate: September 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rubizhne, Ukraine
Russian mixed martial artist, judoka, and sambist Fedor Emelianenko, also known as “The Last Emperor,” competes for Bellator MMA and the Rizin Fighting Federation. He went from being a firefighter to Sports Illustrated’s top MMA fighter of the 2000s. He is also part of the Russian Presidential Council on sports.

 19 Cain Velasquez

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States
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.

 20 Chris Weidman

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: June 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baldwin, New York, United States
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 21 Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz.
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: January 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California, United States

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. 

 22 Eddie Alvarez

Eddie Alvarez
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: January 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 23 Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bishkek Frunze, Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union (now Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)

 24 Rafael dos Anjos

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.

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 25 Robbie Lawler

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 26 T. J. Dillashaw

T. J. Dillashaw.
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Famous As: American Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: February 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sonora, California, United States

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.

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 27 Dominick Cruz

Dominick Cruz.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: March 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Diego, California

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.

 28 Randy Couture

Randy Couture
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Everett, Washington, United States
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 29 Chuck Liddell

Chuck Liddell
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: December 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States

 30 Henry Cejudo

Henry Cejudo
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: February 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

 31 Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Isla Vista, California, United States

 32 Frankie Edgar

Frankie Edgar
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toms River, New Jersey, United States
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 33 Junior dos Santos

Junior dos Santos
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Famous As: Boxer, Mixed martial artist, Coach
Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caçador, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

 34 B.J. Penn

B.J. Penn
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Writer, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner
Birthdate: December 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kailua, Hawaii, United States
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 35 Cris Cyborg

Cris Cyborg.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
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.

 36 Kimbo Slice

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Famous As: Mixed martial Artist
Birthdate: February 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
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.

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 37 Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Actor, Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: June 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 38 Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia

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.

 39 Holly Holm

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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.

 40 Fabrício Werdum

Fabrício Werdum
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

 41 Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: November 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

 42 Gegard Mousasi

Gegard Mousasi.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Gegard Mousasi, also known as “The Dreamcatcher,” was an amateur boxer and kickboxer before he soared to fame as a mixed martial artist. He now competes for Bellator MMA and is a two-time Bellator middleweight world champion. He has also previously been the DREAM light heavyweight and middleweight champion.

 43 Donald Cerrone

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Boxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: March 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denver

 44 Royce Gracie

Royce Gracie.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: December 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

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.

 45 Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Batié, Cameroon Batié, Cameroon

 46 Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort
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Famous As: Boxer, Judoka, Mixed martial artist, Karateka
Birthdate: April 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

 47 Andrei Arlovski

Andrei Arlovski.
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist, Actor
Birthdate: February 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minsk

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.

 48 Tyron Woodley

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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: April 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ferguson, Missouri, United States

 49 Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Illinois, United States

 50 Justin Gaethje

Justin Gaethje
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: November 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Safford, Arizona, United States
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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