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18 Tallest MMA Fighters in History (Updated 2023)

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MMA Record: 2-1

Accolades: Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion, second longest winning streak in UFC heavyweight division history (7), 2021 Sherdog Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

  • 18. Ciryl Gane, 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
  • 17. Travis Browne, 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
  • 16. Alexander Volkov, 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
  • 15. Sean McCorkle, 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
  • 14. Paul Varelans, 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
  • 13. Tim Sylvia, 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
  • 12. Emmanuel Yarborough, 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
  • 11. Dan Christison, 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
  • 10. Steve Mowry, 6 ft 8 in
  • 9. Gan McGee, 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
  • 8. Wes Sims, 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
  • 7. Reuben de Jong, 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
  • 6. Semmy Schilt, 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
  • 5. Jan Nortje, 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
  • 4. Cory Peterson, 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
  • 3. Stefan Struve, 7 ft (2.13 m)
  • 2. Hong Man Choi, 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
  • 1. Paulo Cesar Silva, 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
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18. Ciryl Gane, 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)

Ciryl Gane

Nationality: AmericanHong Man Choi is tied with Paulo Cesar Silva for being the tallest MMA fighter in history, standing at an incredible 7 feet 2 inches. The South Korean giant also competed in kickboxing, collecting 13 wins and 9 losses.Accolades: Two-time UFC Heavyweight champion, three total title defenses, PWP Heavyweight champion, ISKA MMA Super Heavyweight championAccolades: M-1 Global Heavyweight Champion, Bellator Heavyweight World Champion, UFC Fight of the Night honors (one time), UFC Performance of the Night honors (two times)

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Ciryl Gane | UFC Greatest Hits

Accolades: Third most post-fight bonuses in UFC heavyweight division history (two Fight of the Night honors, four Knockout of the Night awards, and one Submission of the Night), World MMA Awards 2013 Comeback of the YearMMA Record: 20-7It’s worth noting that only two of the top 18 tallest MMA fighters on this list were champions in a major promotion (Ciryl Gane as UFC interim champion and Tim Sylvia as UFC champion). Meanwhile, there have been numerous fighters who are considered short for their division who went on to become some of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. These include Daniel Cormier, Fedor Emelianenko, Frankie Edgar, Alexander Volkanovski, and Demetrious Johnson.

17. Travis Browne, 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)

Travis Browne

Accolades: Member of the “3 Amigos” with Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, bitten by Mark Kyle in infamous momentAccolades: Member of the “3 Amigos” with Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, bitten by Mark Kyle in infamous momentAccolades: Member of the “3 Amigos” with Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, bitten by Mark Kyle in infamous momentAccolades: Member of the “3 Amigos” with Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, bitten by Mark Kyle in infamous momentAccolades: Member of the “3 Amigos” with Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, bitten by Mark Kyle in infamous momentAccolades: Member of the “3 Amigos” with Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, bitten by Mark Kyle in infamous momentAccolades: Member of the “3 Amigos” with Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, bitten by Mark Kyle in infamous momentAccolades: Member of the “3 Amigos” with Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, bitten by Mark Kyle in infamous momentAccolades: Member of the “3 Amigos” with Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, bitten by Mark Kyle in infamous momentAccolades: Member of the “3 Amigos” with Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, bitten by Mark Kyle in infamous momentBirthday: July 17, 1982Travis Browne is an American former MMA heavyweight known for his height, run in the UFC, and for being the husband of UFC icon Ronda Rousey. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Browne is the only fighter on this list to be of Polynesian descent.Nationality: Dutch

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PRIDE: Ikuhisa Minowa vs Giant Silva

Despite his height and incredible 84.5 inch (215 cm) reach, Struve preferred to use his grappling. Of his 29 wins in MMA, 18 came via submission.MMA Record: 20-7

FAQs

Who was the tallest MMA fighter?

Birthday: Unknown

Who was the shortest MMA fighter in history?

Death: January 16, 2021

Do tall guys fight better in MMA?

Although Varelans didn’t have a very long career, having only fought in MMA from 1995 until 1998, he goes down as one of the tallest MMA fighters in history at an impressive 6 feet 8 inches. He passed away from COVID-19 in 2021.Wes Sims is a tall MMA fighter who fought in the UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce. Although he didn’t have a lot of success in the UFC, he had a lot of very memorable moments that will live forever in the promotion’s lore.Known primarily for his striking, Volkov uses his long legs to keep his opponents at a distance while punishing them with kicks to the legs, body, and head. He has notable victories over Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Roy Nelson, and Alexander Romanov.

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