10 Best Heavyweight MMA Fighters of All Time
Ranking the ten best mixed martial arts (MMA) heavyweights of all time was quite a test. Considering the best MMA heavyweights, you have to keep the major organizations in mind, those being Ultimate Fighter Club (UFC), Pride Fight Club (FC) and Strikeforce. The ten best heavyweights in MMA are a mixture of these fight clubs. MMA is a popular fight venue and heavyweights are always a big draw.
Here are the ten best MMA heavyweights of all time.
- Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko Russian-born MMA master and pound-for-pound best heavyweight in the world, period. Fedor has dominated Pride, Affliction and Strikeforce. Fedor is a multiple gold medalist in the European and World championship from 1997 to 2002. He has literally beat every champion in the heavyweight rank, with an unbelievable record of thirty-two wins against one loss.
- Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira A Brazilian-born Ju-Jitsu god. His record is of thirty-two wins against six losses (all against the best fighters in the world and a few losses that are arguably the wrong decisions). A cagy fighter with an exceptional chin, his submission techniques are best in the business. Multi-belt champion across Pride FC, IFL, and UFC, Nogueira is a man among boys in the ring.
- Mark “The Hammer” Coleman Credited for revolutionizing MMA and bringing the heavyweights to the forefront, he has a modest record of sixteen-wins against ten losses, but it wasn't his record that brought the attention. It was his brutality in the ring and his charm outside the ring. He was a devastating champion that brought the mix of ground and pound with unbridled force to the forefront of the sport.
- Mirko “CroCop” Filopovic A Croatian police officer (Anti-Terrorism Unit) and Member of Parliament, he is also a seasoned MMA fighter with a record of twenty-six wins against seven losses. He is a Pride FC heavyweight champion best known for his devastating head kicks. CroCop dominated Pride FC and K1 in his earlier years but has not made as devastating a transition to the UFC.
- Josh “The BabyfaceAssassin” Barnett A force to be reckoned with. Currently sporting a record of twenty-five wins against five losses, this heavyweight can boast a win over Nogueira, Couture, and Severn. Babyface is a wicked fighter with great skills and much yet to prove in MMA. He is currently under negotiations with Strikeforce to get back into the ring.
- Dan “The Beast” Severn holds a remarkable MMA record of ninety-two wins against sixteen losses. A two-time champion and one of the original superstars, The Beast was a master tactician and expert in submission and wrestling tactics in the ring. He is a UFC Hall of Famer and King of the Cage. He is currently retired and acts as president of a wrestling promotion firm called “Pride of Glory”.
- Igor "Ice Cold" Vovchanchyna A Ukrainian-born heavyweight with a record of forty-nine wins against ten losses, he is most noted for his runner-up status in a fight against American Mark Kerr in an epic battle for the unofficial number one heavyweight. He is also known for his fights in the Pride FC Grand Prix 2000. An unforgettable striker with a to-the-death attitude in the ring, he retired in 2008 to see to his restaurant business.
- Don “The Predator” Frye had an overall record of twenty wins against eight losses and has seen the championship belt in UFC, Pride FC, K-1 and International Fight League (IFL). The Predator was a relentless fighter, with great strikes and superb submission abilities. He is currently retired and pursuing acting.
- Frank Mir an American born Brazilian Ju-Jitsu master boasts a record of thirteen wins against five losses. Don’t let that fool you, this submission master (with knockout power) has fought some of the best modern heavyweights and some of the best in history. Young at age thirty, be prepared to see Frank Mir around for a long time.
- Randy “The Natural” Couture is a UFC Hall of Famer and three-time Heavyweight champion. His record is eighteen wins against ten losses, winning the admiration and hearts of the fans with his legendary fights. Continuing his career, his is scheduled to face former boxer James “Lights Out” Toney on August 28, 2010.