UFC news: The 100 greatest fighters of all time have been named

UFC 217: Bisping v St-Pierre

Founded in the early 1990s, the relatively-new combat sport has gripped the attention of fight fans across the world.

Twenty seven years after its creation, MMA-focused website Tapology has formed a list of the 100 best fighters that have ever graced the UFC. 

Tapology says its rankings "compiles our member lists, then updates in real time for up-to-the-minute information."

So without further ado, here are the top 100 fighters to ever grace the Octagon.

100-81

100 - Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm - 13-5-0

99 - Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson - 15-4-1

98 - Don "The Predator" Fyre - 20-9-1, 1 NC

97 - Ryan "Darth" Bader - 27-5-0, 1 NC

96 - Valentina "Bullet" Shevchenko - 19-3-0

UFC 247 Jones v Reyes

95 - Nate "The Great" Marquardt - 35-19-2

94 - Matt "The Terror" Serra - 11-7-0

93 - Masakatsu Funaki - 40-13-1

92 - "The Muscle Shark" Sean Sherk - 36-4-1

91 - Joseph "The Beefcake" Benavidez - 28-5-0

31st Annual Nightclub & Bar Convention And Trade Show - Day 3

90 - Mike Brown - 26-9-0

89 - Murilo Bustamante - 15-8-1

88 - Rory "Red King" MacDonald - 21-6-1

87 - Jon Fitch - 32-7-2, 1 NC

86 - Alexandre Franca "Pequeno" Nogueira - 18-6-3

85 - Demian Maia - 28-9-0

UFC 214: Weigh-ins

84 - Igor "Ice Cold" Vovchanchyn - 55-10-1, 1 NC 

83 - Miguel Torres - 44-9-0

82 - Brock Lesnar - 5-3-0, 1 NC

81 - Kamaru "The Nigerian Nightmare" Usman - 16-1-0  

100-81 Summary

Despite being the first names on this list, it's still a remarkable achievement to be considered in the top 100 of UFC fighters of all time.

There will no doubt be some serious movers over time, with the likes of Holly Holm, Valentina Shevchenko and Kamaru Usman no doubt heading further up the rankings with the more fights they have.

Still, considering how many fighters have graced the Octagon, to make the top 100 is a serious achievement.

80-61

80 - Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia - 31-10-0, 1 NC

79 - Joanna Jedrzejczyk - 16-3-0

78 - "Little Evil" Jens Pulver - 27-19-1

77 - Rickson Gracie - 11-0-0  

76 - Nate Diaz - 20-12-0

UFC 241 Cormier v Miocic 2

75 - "The Croatian Sensation" Pat Miletich - 29-7-2  

74 - Johny "Big Rig" Hendricks - 18-8-0

73 - Dustin "The Diamond Poirer - 25-6-0, 1 NC  

72 - Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero - 13-4-0

71 - Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza - 26-8-0, 1 NC  

70 - Forrest Griffin - 19-7-0  

69 - Shinya "Tobikan Judan" Aoki - 44-9-0, 1 NC  

68 - Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski - 28-19-0, 2 NC  

67 - Chael Sonnen - 30-17-1

66 - Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker - 20-5-0

65 - Jake Shields - 33-11-1, 1 NC

64 - Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez - 22-8-0

63 - Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone - 36-14-0, 1 NC  

McGregor v Cerrone

62 - Frank Mir - 19-13-0  

61 - Dan "The Beast" Severn - 101-19-7

80-61 Summary

For the eagle-eyed UFC fans, they will notice that Nate Diaz is in 76th - with the former Conor McGregor opponent being further down the list than some expected.

Dustin Poirer and Donald Cerrone also accompany Diaz in this section with some UFC Hall of Famers such as Pat Miletich and Rickson Gracie. 

60-41 

60 - Renan "The Baron" Barao - 34-9-0, 1 NC

59 - "The Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit - 30-13-0

58 - Luke Rockhold - 16-5-0 

57 - Nick Diaz - 26-9-0, 2 NC

56 - "The World's Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock - 28-17-2

55 - "The Fireball Kid" Takanori Gomi - 36-15-0, 1 NC  

54 - Mark "The Hammer" Coleman - 16-10-0 

53 - "Suga" Rashad Evans - 19-8-1

52 - "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey - 12-2-0

UFC 207 Nunes v Rousey

51 - Henry "The Messenger" Cejudo - 15-2-0

50 - Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez - 30-7-0, 1 NC

49 - Rich "Ace" Franklin - 29-7-0, 1 NC

48 - Cris Cyborg - 22-2-0, 1 NC

47 - "The Warmaster" Josh Barnett - 35-8-0

46 - Anthony "Showtime" Pettis - 22-10-0

45 - Frank "The Legend" Shamrock - 23-10-2

44 - Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi - 46-7-2

43 - "Smooth" Ben Henderson - 28-8-0  

42 - Alistair "The Demolition Man" Overeem - 45-18-0, 1 NC

41 - Rafael dos Anjos - 29-13-0

60-41 Summary

The second Diaz has established himself further down this list, the eldest brother is considered a pioneer of the sport and competed in UFC, Pride and Extreme Cagefighting to name just a few.

At one point, Ronda Rousey was simply unstoppable and could be considered a pioneer herself, but for women in the sport. However, her career somewhat fell apart at the back end of her time inside the Octagon.

On the other hand, Alistair Overeem could be considered a legend of MMA and has established himself as a heavyweight champion in multiple organisations. Moreover, Overeem has competed in over 60 professional fights. 

40-21

40 - "The Gracie Hunter" Kazushi Sakuraba - 26-16-1, 2 NC

39 - Michael "The Count" Bisping - 30-9-0  

38 - Chris "All American" Weidman - 14-5-0

37 - TJ Dillashaw - 16-4-0

36 - Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson - 25-3-0

UFC 229: Ferguson v Pettis

35 - Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley - 19-4-1

34 - Junior "Cigano" dos Santos - 21-7-0

33 - Quinton "Rampage" Jackson - 38-14-0  

32 - "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler - 28-14-0, 1 NC

31 - Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort - 26-14-0, 1 NC

30 - "El Guapo" Bas Rutten - 28-4-1

29 - "The California Kid" Urijah Faber - 35-11-0

28 - "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz - 21-12-1  

27 - Mirko "Co Crop" Filipovic - 38-11-2, 1 NC

26 - Fabrício Werdum - 23-8-1

25 - Mauricio Rua - 26-11-1 

24 - Royce Gracie - 15-2-3

23 - Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes - 19-4-0

Amanda Nunes v Germaine de Randamie

22 - Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida - 26-9-0

21 - Cain Velasquez - 14-3-0 

40-21 Summary

For English MMA fans, you can't help but think that a sense of outrage will fill the minds of these supporters. Michael Bisping was the first British fighter to compete in a UFC main event and 'The Count' went on to crown himself as the middleweight champion. 

Tony Ferguson sits one behind Tyrone Woodley, however, 'El Cucuy' is rated as the number one lightweight fighter. On the other hand, Woodley also tops his division as the number one welterweight.

With this division in mind, Robbie Lawler is ranked 32nd on this list and is a former welterweight champion of the UFC. 

20-1

20 - "The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva - 35-14-1, 1 NC

19 - Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueria - 34-10-1, 1 NC

18 - Frankie "The Answer" Edgar - 23-8-1

17 - "The Notorious" Conor McGregor - 22-4-0

62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards – Red Carpet

16 - Max "Blessed" Holloway - 21-5-0

15 - Stipe Miocic - 19-3-0

14 - Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz - 22-2-0

13 - "The Prodigy" BJ Penn - 16-14-2

12 - Dan "Hendo" Henderson - 32-15-0

11 - Matt Hughes - 45-9-0

10 - Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell - 21-9-0

9 - Randy "The Natural" Couture - 19-11-0

8 - Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov - 28-0-0

UFC 242 Khabib v Poirier

7 - Jose Aldo "Junior" - 22-2-0

6 - "DC" Daniel Cormier - 22-2-0

5 - "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianeko - 36-9-0

4 - Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson - 30-3-1

3 - Anderson "The Spider" Silva - 34-10-0 

2 - Jon "Bones" Jones - 26-1-0

1 - Georges "Rush" St-Pierre - 26-2-0

20-1 Summary

As you can see, UFC has been blessed with some serious talent since it began way back in the 90s.

Just looking at some of the names to make the top 20 puts together no end of possible dream fights that could've happened, and that could still happen.

However, it's George St-Pierre that takes the crown of being the GOAT of UFC.

No doubt there will be movement over time, especially considering a lot of the top 20 are still active competitors, so St-Pierre can enjoy the crown for now, but who knows how long he'll have it for.

News Now - Sport News