Ever since the first event was held in 1993, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been entertaining audiences by hosting some of the most skilled and talented fighters from the sport. Though twenty years back it was an eight person tournament, the championship, with the advancement of time has garnered so much of popularity that contemporarily it has developed into eight divisions separated by weight. Renowned names such as Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre and few more have been an active part of the game thus maintaining the excitement among its viewers. Read through the article of top 10 UFC fighters 2013 to get deeper into the sport.
Top Ten UFC Fighters
If you are a diehard fan of wrestling and UFC fights, then the list of top ten UFC fighters has ample lot of things to open up to you.
1. Anderson Silva
Popular as “Spider” among his fans, Anderson Silva is considered to be the top UFC fighters by maintaining the longest active winning streak in the UFC’s history with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses. The Brazilian mixed martial artist is well known for his mastery of Muay Thai elbow and knee strikes. Silva is ranked as the foremost middleweight in the world by multiple publications including Sherdog and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world according to ESPN, Sherdog, Yahoo! Sports and other publications.
2. Chuck Liddell
Still recognized for stupendous striking ability and toughness within the octagon, Chuck Liddell is a retired American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Champion. He is not only one of the most governing champions that ever competed in the UFC but also one of the most difficult fighters to takedown. By participating in 23 fights in the UFC, he has earned the honour for bringing mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment.
3. Royce Gracie
Royce Gracie is credited for being one among the greatest UFC fighters of all times as he has made records fighting against opponents who were 80 pounds heavier and healthier than him. The Brazilian sports professional has won UFC 1, UFC 2, UFC 4 and had popularized Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also has a name for holding the most submission victories in UFC history with 11, which he earned between UFC 1 and UFC 4. Royce was the one who had proved that techniques and strategies are more important strength and body build up.
4. Matt Hughes
Even after retirement, Matt Hughes continues to be in the record of top UFC fighters as he has produced many outstanding moments in the history of Ultimate Fighting Championship. Creating an image of “all time great”, Matt had competed all over the United States as well as Japan, England, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait and had the second-most number of fights in the UFC with 25. As a two-time UFC welterweight champion (2001 to 2004, 2004 to 2006), Hughes is a wealth of experience in the arena of UFC.
5. Georges St-Pierre
The years 2008, 2009 and 2010 has seen the Canadian mixed martial artist, Georges St-Pierre as the Canadian Athlete of the Year by Rogers Sportsnet. Popularly referred to as “GSP”, he is known as one of the best-rounded fighters currently fighting in the UFC. As he is a trained blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing and wrestling he applies all of its techniques while it comes to defending himself within the Octagon.
6. Randy Couture
With a three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, an Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and as the UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Winner, Randy Couture is an obvious name among the greatest UFC fighters. He has also earned the reputation for being the first fighter to hold two UFC championship titles in two different divisions – heavyweight and light heavyweight. The retired American wrestler has also competed in a record of 15 title fights and holds the most title reigns in the UFC with five.
7. B.J. Penn
Competing in lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions; B.J. Penn is a name that can never be avoided while speaking about the top UFC fighters of all time. He is also the second fighter in the record of UFC to win titles in two different weight classes along with maintaining the distinction of being undefeated at lightweight for over 8 years thus bringing popularity to the UFC’s lighter weight divisions.
8. Tito Ortiz
The most electrifying Ultimate Fighting competitor in today’s date, Tito Ortiz is one of nine members currently in the UFC Hall of Fame. Though he has retired from the rings, he has not ceased to fascinate and influence many because he has been the one who became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock. Currently he owns the MMA training gym called Punishment Training Center as well as the CEO of the Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line.
9. Ken Shamrock
During the journey of his wrestling career, Ken Shamrock headlined more than 15 main events and co main events in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championships, setting copious pay-per-view records with his drawing power. In fact he was also referred to as the “most dangerous man” by ABC News. He was also the first foreign MMA Champion in Japan, winning the title of King of Pancrase and is regarded as one amid the biggest star in the field of mixed martial arts.
10. Frank Mir
Frank Mir’s name is an obligatory addition in the list of top UFC fighters as he is the current record holder of highest victories and submissions in the history of the UFC heavyweight division. He is also the only man in UFC history to win a bout by toe hold. Besides he is the one to hold merit of being the first and only man to both knock out and submit MMA star Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and to defeat former UFC Heavyweight Champion and WWE megastar Brock Lesnar and the famous Thai striker Cheick Kongo.