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    Star The Top Ten MMA Competitors Since 1993

    This is simply an opinion piece so please let me know if you disagree with the choices made.

    No. 1 Fedor Emelianenko

    Most fans would agree this is a no brainer. He is not only the number one fighter today, but also the greatest fighter since MMA began in 1993. His only loss coming by way of a doctor stoppage from a cut, Fedor has proven himself to be the closest thing to invincible that exists today. His recent thrashing of Arlovski shows he still has it.



    No. 2 Wanderlei Silva

    Wanderlei takes a close second as he has brought unique aggression to the ring. The greatest knee strikes in the game, and he has KO’d people of all weight classes. He has traveled the world, beating almost everyone with a name.

    The thing that makes him so special is his desire to win. He has lost some fights recently but there was a time when you wouldn’t fight Wandy with a tank.



    No. 3 Royce Gracie

    Lets face it—there is no getting around what he accomplished. Back in the 90’s people thought Royce could beat anyone in the world. He was ahead of his time and helped to create the sport we now all enjoy.

    The fact that he has lost a few fights—especially lately, holds no bearing on his place in history.



    No. 4 Kazushi Sakuraba

    OK all you young-lings, you might not know this man too well but he was a monster in the ring. Known by many as the “Gracie Hunter”, Sakuraba has wins over Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Ryan Gracie, and Royce Gracie.

    He was eventually defeated by Royce Gracie June 2, 2007. He also has wins over Vernon White, Carlos Newton, Vitor Belfort, Guy Mezger, Kevin Randleman, Antonio Schembri, Rampage Jackson, Ken Shamrock, and Ikuhisa Minowa.

    Only one man ever seemed to have Sakuraba’s “number”. That man was Wanderlei Silva, who beat Sakuraba three separate times.



    No. 5 Ken Shamrock

    Love him or hate him but you cannot deny him. Ken helped bring attention to the sport almost as much as Royce Gracie did. He was an incredibly dangerous fighter- thus his nickname “Most dangerous Man In The World”.

    At one point the Japanese even had a cartoon based on his likeness and fighting skill. Ken did not leave the sport quietly. Regardless of his recent losses, and antics, he is simply one of the greatest of all time, having lived up to his nickname many times.



    No. 6 Randy Couture

    This man inspired thousands of people to enter the sport of MMA. He fought and was champion, of both the Heavyweight and the Light Heavyweight divisions of he UFC. It seemed like half his fights were title shots or title defenses. Showing that if a man keeps himself in condition he can fight well past his so called ”Prime”.

    He literally spanked Tito Ortiz during their engagement and shocked the world time and time again. You might think he doesn’t have a chance but I doubt you would bet money against him in any fight.



    No. 7 Matt Hughes

    This man was probably the greatest 170 lb fighter to ever live. He held the UFC Welterweight belt for so long he was able to change his intro music to country. With over 40 wins in the Octagon , he has taken on and defeated all challengers including George St Pierre, Matt Serra, Frank Trig, and holds multiple victories over BJ Penn.

    His personality may leave fans a bit disappointed but his work in the Octagon never did. I’m giving credit where credit is due. Matt Hughes well deserves this honor (such as it is)



    No. 8 Dan Henderson

    While this placement may be questionable to some, He does deserve this spot on the list. He at one point held both the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Pride Fighting Championship Titles.

    His notable victories include wins over the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Renato Sobral, Renzo Gracie, Vitor Belfort, and most recently, Rich Franklin. He has a few losses also - including defeats at the hands of Noguiera, Wanderlei, and recently, Anderson Silva. Soon he will add Bisping to his list of victories.



    No. 9 Jeff Monson

    If you are groaning- stop. This man deserves a spot on this list. He has fought for a decade and has a stellar win/loss record. He is probably the greatest pure Heavyweight grappler in the world. He has fought in almost every kind of organized combat sport there is.

    His record, longevity, skill, strength, power, and ferocity make him a dangerous opponent for anyone in the world—including Fedor.

    Monson has been trying for some time to get that fight but has thus far been unable to negotiate fair terms. Until then we just have to wait and ponder- could Monson beat Fedor?

    No. 10 Tito Ortiz

    The groaning is getting louder. This is probably the most controversial placement on the list- even more so than Monson. However Tito was a great champion with victories over extremely tough fighters such as Guy Mezger, Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Patrick Cote, and he beat Ken Shamrock many times.

    His losses came by way of randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, and also suffered a Draw vs. Rashad Evans when he lost a point in a fight he had won.

    Tito was always a controversial figure—did he duck people, did he maneuver events in his favor—well yes he did. He is a lot smarter than most other MMA competitors and knows his own value.

    As a result of Dana White’s inability to control Tito, he was released from the UFC following his loss to Machida. Unlike most of Machida’s opponents, Tito went the distance and lost a decision.

    Tito held the UFC Light Heavyweight title for years and the work he has done in movies, TV, and commercials also shows that he was a fighter with a business sense. Dana doesn’t like people that can think on their own.

    So that’s the current Top 10 fighters since 1993.



    Other people I thought about listing include:

    Antonio Noguiera

    BJ Penn

    Chuck Liddell

    Jeremy Horn

    Dan Severn

    Takanori Gomi

    Miguel Torres

    Bobby Hoffman

    Kazuki Fujita



    Please feel free to put in your own 2 cents, mine have been spent.



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    Monson??? could he beat Fedor???

    if he couldnt beat Tim Sylvia, why would anyone think he could beat Fedor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimach View Post
    Monson??? could he beat Fedor???

    if he couldnt beat Tim Sylvia, why would anyone think he could beat Fedor?
    My thoughts exactly. Monson is top 10, and GSP isn't honorable mention. And Shamrock top 10, too. This list is silly.

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    he picked the wrong Shamrock to include. I think you could throw Chuck up in there for Monson

    This Italian Scallion dude f'd up this time. he's usually right on too.
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    Well, it's your opinion, but I strongly disagree with 3,5 and 9 being anywhere a legitimate top-10 list. It seems like your list is primarily concerned with innovators, pioneers and popular fighters, not the "top MMA competitors". No offense, but Bobby Hoffman making the 'honorable mention' list is WAY beyond my ability to comprehend. Granted, he was very talented, but he never came close to being elite.

    If you're looking at who actually accomplished the most and not who was the 'biggest name', the following is at least a starting point. IMO, w/l record is not nearly opponent as 'strength of schedule':

    Fedor, Minotauro, Chuck, GSP, Hendo, Wandy, Spider Silva, Hughes...these guys are locks, IMO. From there, take your pick of any two of Tito, Couture, Gomi, Torres, Bas, Coleman.
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    Dingo, you don't feel Royce belongs on the list? Given the time period, I think he belongs, he was the best guy in the early days of MMA.

    I'd say, in no order, a top 10 has to have: Royce, Fedor, Hughes, Minotauro Nogueira, Wandy, Chuck. Then, to cover the modern era of fighters, I'd say Anderson SIlva and GSP. That brings it up to 8. After that, maybe Frank Shamrock for being the first true "mixed" fighter, and then Sakuraba.
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    I think that MMA Reporter makes these lists to get a rise out of the board.. Tito Ortiz #10?? Wherever you got your mma "press" credentials, you should have them revoked.
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    I'd take Sakaraba (Vitor win is considered a work), Ken (although I like him) and Monson out and move Chuck and Nog up. I'd then add either Barnett, Arlovski or Sylvia.
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    Monson?
    For Henderson it should be added he ko'd Wandy. I was surprised that was missed since it was his biggest victory.

    If you add Ken Shamrock, you have to add Bas Rutton. Or better yet, Mark Coleman. Mark Coleman had greater accomplishments in the UFC and in Pride. If you add Monson because of longevity, you should add Dan Severn.

    Sakuraba was an excellent selection imo.

    Wandy is a bit high. He should not be higher than Randy.

    Fedor is deserving of top spot because he has become mythotical in mma like Cael Sanderson was to wrestling.

    Yes Frank Shamrock should have been in place of Ken.

    Its hard to make a list like this dating back to 1993. But its pretty good nonetheless.

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