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20 Best Wrestlers in UFC History

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Years Active: 1997-2019 Date of Birth: August 10, 1991 Country: Georgia

“Triple C” was the man who put a stop to Demetrious Johnson’s legendary UFC title run at featherweight, combining his wrestling with his striking to masterful effect. His wrestling was so good that it opened up paths for his striking – when opponents became too worried about takedowns, they left themselves open to punches and kicks.

20. Mark Coleman

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Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  Accolades: UFC Middleweight Champion, NCAA Division I Wrestler  “Cardio Cain” had one of the best runs in UFC heavyweight history, with big wins over Junior Dos Santos, “Minotauro” Nogueira, and Brock Lesnar. He won the title twice and defended his belt two times. As a point of reference, 6 out of 10 fighters on the current PFP list have wrestling backgrounds. Although he retired in 2020, Cejudo re-entered the USADA testing pool to be eligible to compete in the UFC. He’s expected to challenge current bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling for the title later this year. If you love underdogs (or at least undersized fighters), Frankie Edgar is a hero. The fan-favorite utilized his outstanding footwork and boxing to set up his takedowns, making him one of the most successful wrestlers in UFC history. Country: Russia The former UFC welterweight champion had an incredible 15-fight win streak, which is second all-time in UFC history. Usman is known to drag his opponents down or dominant them in the clinch against the cage, setting up his hands for later in the fight. Accolades: UFC Lightweight Champion, UFC Heavyweight Champion, Youngest Champion in UFC History (23), 5th Most Wins in UFC History (21), 3rd Longest Win Streak in UFC History (13), Most Title Fight Wins in UFC History (15), 7th Lowest Bottom Position Percentage in UFC History (0.2%), 3rd Highest Takedown Defense Percentage in UFC History (95%)

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FAQs

Who are the best wrestlers in the UFC currently?

Cormier is known for his high-crotch slams, in which he lifts his opponents in the air and drops them on their back. He was a six-time US Olympic Wrestling team member and six-time US National Championships gold medalist, using the wrestling background to become one of the best MMA fighters of all time.

How many UFC fighters are wrestlers?

Weight Division(s): Welterweight Years Active: 2008-2018

Why is wrestling so effective in MMA?

Years Active: 2008-2020 Weight Division(s): Welterweight

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