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Old 07-03-2009, 05:27 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Gracie
Couture
Before all is said and done, Anderson Silva's name will be mentioned here as well.
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:21 PM
 
Location: spring tx
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randy is EXTREAMLY over rated. i mean look at his record alone. people like him, and he has done well but greatest? NO WAY your nuts!

chuck has had a better career. chuck very well could be the best in the modern era, royce would have to be the greatest of the past era. anderson could be passing chuck shortly though.

and for the record, fedor while being the best FIGHTER has never been in the UFC as the question asks, i also agree miguel angel torres is very high on the list of pound for pounds but again never been in the ufc.
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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There isn't one fighter that stands out in my mind as the best. Here are the top 3 for me.


Lyoto Machida is undefeated and he has never lost a round in the UFC.

Anderson Silva has won 9 fights in a row in the UFC and holds the record for the most consecutive wins in the UFC.

GSP has been tearing through everyone and looks unbeatable. If he beats Thiago Alves he will have pretty much cleaned out the division.

I think that all of these fighters are in the top 5 pound for pound as well.

Chuck Liddel has lost 4 of his last 5 fights. He does have a long list of wins, but lately you can really see how the game has passed him by.

The reason that I have chosen 3 of the current champs as the best of all time is because I really can't see them losing to anyone in their weight class who has ever been in the UFC. The fight game is always evolving, so the modern fighters are just better and more rounded than the fighters of the past.
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:40 PM
 
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Gracie came onto the scene and shook things the heck up for sure. I watched all the original UFC championships and no one could beat him. He was awesome. He had true guts - going into fights against people who outweighed him so much it was ridiculous.
I gotta give it to Royce also. He fought and won at a time when you had pure styles against each other(which made for more interesting fights)and no time and weight limits.
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Denver
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randy is EXTREAMLY over rated. i mean look at his record alone. people like him, and he has done well but greatest? NO WAY your nuts!

chuck has had a better career. chuck very well could be the best in the modern era, royce would have to be the greatest of the past era. anderson could be passing chuck shortly though.

and for the record, fedor while being the best FIGHTER has never been in the UFC as the question asks, i also agree miguel angel torres is very high on the list of pound for pounds but again never been in the ufc.

The OP called UFC "A Sport", which implies they think MMA is synonymous with "The UFC"...(which it is not)

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I know the UFC is still a young sport. Yet it is the fastest growing sport out there.

My question is to those who know the UFC well, who would you say is the best fighter of all time to date?

I say Couture.
That is why some of us said Fedor.

But if we limit it to just the UFC Organization then I'll say: Beginning years = Royce, Present Era = Anderson Silva. But best in the sport = Fedor.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:32 AM
 
Location: spring tx
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The OP called UFC "A Sport", which implies they think MMA is synonymous with "The UFC"...(which it is not)

That is why some of us said Fedor.

But if we limit it to just the UFC Organization then I'll say: Beginning years = Royce, Present Era = Anderson Silva. But best in the sport = Fedor.

fair enough
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Warner Robins, GA
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The OP called UFC "A Sport", which implies they think MMA is synonymous with "The UFC"...(which it is not)

That is why some of us said Fedor.

But if we limit it to just the UFC Organization then I'll say: Beginning years = Royce, Present Era = Anderson Silva. But best in the sport = Fedor.
I agree with this... However, I think Miguel Torres doesn't get the credit he deserves... When compared with the Fedor of right now he has a better record, is fighting more frequently, and is winning in dominant fashion against the most qualified opponents in his weight class (i.e.. true number 1 contenders).

I am just consistently amazed by his skill and heart... Fedor has all the skill and heart in the world its just that his big name is almost hurting him in his ability to fight top competition... Fedor still has top 10 heavyweights to beat while the WEC can't find top guys fast enough for Torres to destroy...
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:11 PM
 
Location: New Hampsha
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randy is EXTREAMLY over rated. i mean look at his record alone. people like him, and he has done well but greatest? NO WAY your nuts!
yeah i agree. his record isnt all that amazing
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Tempe
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yeah i agree. his record isnt all that amazing
I agree his record isn't that good and definitely isn't the top of alltime. But the excuse is that he hasn't had any easy fights and his record reflects that.
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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Randy is horrible. He couldn't compete at HW, so he moved to LHW. When he couldn't compete at LHW he retired. He came back and defeated an injured Tim Sylvia (in a decision, while others have been mowing through Sylvia), and then beat Gonzaga via accidental nose-break.

The best fighter in the UFC at this point has to be an Anderson Silva, Matt Hughes, or Royce Gracie. They've had the most impressive runs and have all been great champions. If we're talking about fighters who haven't made a career in the UFC, but have fought there, then Nogueria's name needs to be mentioned as well.
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