Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a big mix of the best combat sports like boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling etc. and gives us the most entertaining blend of fighting sports - ever. Considered to be world’s second most dangerous sports right next to boxing, MMA brings millions of audience across the globe together to bite their nails while their favorite fighters go rounds upon rounds on each other to prove one thing, who can best mix up their grappling and striking skills.
MMA striking is quite different than your average boxer/kickboxer. In MMA training or fight you need to worry about more than just your opponent trying to strike you, you have to worry about takedowns, grappling, submissions, and a whole world of potential hurt you could land yourself in if you’re not careful. The sport’s MMA gloves also add a whole new dimension to the game, which allows you to punch and ‘grip’ (read: grapple) – unlike other combat sports that normally have a ‘boxing glove’ or something similar.
Punch, kick, knee, elbow. These are the basics 4 strikes that eventually come together to form various combinations to obliterate their opponents in a barrage of blows that come from all angles. This list will tell you where MMA fighters rank in terms of their strike ability.
T.J. Dillashaw (14-3-0)
UFC’s Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw is a 31 old MMA fighter from California. He was named the MMA fighter of the year in 2014 by a poll on Tapology. With a net worth of over $1 million dollars, Dillashaw’s best fight of the career were his two back-to-back wins over Renan Barao. But his fight with UFC’s star boy Cody Garbrandt might have overcome that fight.
Nate Diaz (19-11-0)
Nathan Donald Diaz is a 32-year-old MMA fighter who is always in the news. Nate is currently #4 Top fan favorite MMA fighter because of his action packed and trash-talk filled fights. His net worth is $2 million after he defeated the most famous MMA fighter, Conor McGregor back in UFC 196.
BJ Penn (16-11-2)
38 year old ‘The Prodigy’ BJ Penn is one of the most famous MMA fighters that reigned over MMA due to their strike and technique in the octagon. With a net worth of over $22 million, and he is on the international lists of the richest athletes as well. His greatest fight list is very long but fans suggest that it was his fight with Joe Stevenson at UFC 80.
Dominick Cruz (22-2-0)
Dominick ‘The Dominator’ Cruz is a 31-year-old Californian MMA fighter and ranks #2 current best MMA Bantamweight fighter. Though his net worth is just a bit over $1.5 million, he is considered to be a beast of World Extreme Cage Fighting.
Georges St. Pierre (25-2-0)
George St. Pierre (GSP) is considered to be a legend when it comes to MMA. 35-year-old George ‘Rush’ St. Pierre just signed back with UFC to fight the current middleweight champion, Michael Bisping. With a net worth of over $25 million, GSP still rules the hearts of all MMA fans and we can’t for this fight to announce the winner.
Nick Diaz (26-9-0)
Nicholas Robert Diaz is a 33-year-old MMA striker from California. Nick’s net worth crosses $3 million and his fights are told to be filled with attitude, trash talk, and action. His most famous fight was with BJ Penn at UFC 137.
Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1)
‘The Axe Murderer’ is a 40-year-old striker from Brazil and ranks #12 on the greatest MMA fighter of all-time list. His net worth crosses $16 million. His greatest win is considered to be UFC 110 against Michael Bisping.
Alistair Overeem (42-15-0)
36-year-old Alistair ‘The Reem’ Overeem is the third best MMA heavyweight fighter. A UFC fighter who was born in the UK, this fighter’s last fight was on March 4rth, this year and his net worth cross $5 million despite the fact that he started his MMA career when he was just 19. His greatest fight is UFC 141 when he fought and won against Brock Lesnar.
Conor McGregor (21-3-0)
The UFC’s most talked about MMA fighter comes 2nd on our list. With a net worth of $22 million, this 28-year-old famous MMA fighter started his career when he was 18 and ‘The Notorious’ raises more eyes and comments than anyone in combat sports while he is in the spotlight because of his challenge to boxing king Mayweather.
Anderson Silva (34-8-0)
42-year-old Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is considered to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time. With a net worth of approximately $18 million, he is one the fighters that reformed the term ‘Striker’ in MMA with their technique and skill. His biggest victory of all time is between him and Chael Sonnen in UFC 117 by an Armbar but he wants to fight McGregor – a fight that many are very much looking forward to.
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