McGregor, Khabib, Usman, Jones, Ngannou, Nunes: 50 greatest MMA fighters of modern era


It’s always a hot debate when you are discussing the greatest of all time.

Whether it’s in football, boxing, tennis, Formula 1 or, like in this instance, MMA.

Obviously having the debate in terms of MMA is even more complex as you’ve got so many promotions, not just Dana White‘s UFC, the cash cow of the industry.

Well, earlier this week, Fansided gave it a well and truly good go when they released their top 50 MMA fighters of the modern era.

This list provides serious talent through promotions such as UFC and Bellator. These promotions have entered the mainstream and have attracted the attention of millions of fans from around the world.

Even fighters that have competed in the Olympics are included in this famous list.

Who’s made the top 50 then? Let’s get started!


50. Kayla Harrison

49. Douglas Lima

48. Colby Covington

47. Ben Askren


46. Jorge Masvidal

45. Rafael dos Anjos

44. Benson Henderson

43. Eddie Alvarez

42. Cain Velasquez

41. Miesha Tate

40. Gegard Mousasi

39. Michael Bisping

38. Zhang Weili

37. Robbie Lawler

36. Rose Namajunas


35. Anthony Pettis

34. Vadim Nemkov

33. Jan Blachowicz

32. Fabricio Werdum

31. Tony Ferguson

50-31 Summary

At number 50, Kayla Harrison competed in the Olympics in the Judo event and has used them skills to her advantage in the cage and looks to be heading to the UFC soon. Her goal is to become one of the best MMA female fighters in the world one day.

Other names you may see are Cain Velasquez and Ben Askren. As successful as their Octagon careers, these stars have also made themselves names outside the Octagon.

Ben Askren fought YouTuber/boxer Jake Paul, whilst Velasquez had a spell in WWE and had a fight with former UFC champion Brock Lesnar.



30. Charles Oliveira

29. AJ McKee

28. Justin Gaethje

27. Dustin Poirier

26. Chris Weidman

25. TJ Dillashaw

24. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

23. Tyron Woodley

22. Dominick Cruz

21. Robert Whittaker

20. Francis Ngannou


19. Alexander Volkanovski

18. Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino

17. Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire

16. Conor McGregor

15. Henry Cejudo

14. Israel Adesanya

13. Jose Aldo

12. Valentina Shevchenko

11. Max Holloway

30-11 Summary

It may come as a shock that Conor McGregor is only ranked 16th, but when you see the next 10, I’m sure you’re going to see why.


Another shock on this list is Dustin Poirier. The Cowboy defeated McGregor twice and is one of the most skilled inside the Octagon. Ok ok, McGregor broke his ankle, but give the man some credit he deserves.


10. Anderson Silva

9. Ronda Rousey

8. Daniel Cormier

7. Stipe Miocic



6. Demetrious Johnson

5. Georges St-Pierre

4. Kamaru Usman

3. Amanda Nunes

2. Khabib Nurmagomedov

1. Jon Jones


10-1 Summary

And there you have it! Jon Jones ranked as number one to top off an amazing list.

That top five is just world class when it comes to talent and skill inside the Octagon.

Would you make any changes, though?

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