When it comes to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and United Fighting Championship (UFA), Europe is well represented with several European MMA fighters joining the UFC. Here are some of the European MMA fighters who made it to the UFC. All the names listed here are based on the odds of the latest UFC fights the players took part in.
Best Fighters Who Made It to the UFC
This heavyweight Dutch fighter holds a 36-12-1 record, making him one of the fighters to make it into the UFC. He is also a DREAM Heavyweight Champion. Overeem is famed for being the first fighter to hold both MMA and K-1 kickboxing titles simultaneously. He has a blue belt rank in Jiu-Jitsu. In the UFC, he is a one-time Performance of the Night Champion and a Fight of the Night Champion.
When it comes to MMA fighters, Alexander Gustafsson is the greatest of all time. Having won six UFC championships in a row, the Swedish fighter is one-of-a-kind. His record stands at 15-1 in the lightweight division and he is a purple belt holder in Jiu-Jitsu.
Costa Philippou is a Cypriot middleweight fighter with a record of 12-2-1. The one-time Ring of Combat Middleweight Champion is one of the few European MMA fighters who made it to the UFC during his MMA career.
With a record of 23-11-0, Denis Siver is one of the European MMA fighters to fight in the UFC. The German holds a black belt in Taekwondo, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a green belt in Judo. He is also a three-time Fight of the Night Champion, two-times Knockout of the Night champion and one-time Submission of the Night champion.
The retired Dutch MMA fighter makes it onto the list of fighters who made it to the UFC. Also known as Skyscraper, he is the tallest fighter in the history of the UFC and fought in both the heavyweight and lightweight divisions. Struve also boasts a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
You have probably heard of him before. Tarec Saffiedine is a Belgium mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He won the Fight of the Night award and the Performance of the Night award at the UFC.
Jimi Manuwa fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, winning two Fight of the Night awards and two Performance of the night awards as well. The American-born English fighter has a win-loss record of 17-6.
Currently signed to Absolute Championship Berkut, Brad Pickett fights in the lightweight division. He has previously fought in the flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight divisions in his career. He entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a bantamweight, becoming the Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion.
Cheick Kongo is a French MMA heavyweight fighter who has competed in the UFC, leaving with an 11-6-1 record.
Having competed professionally from 2003, the English MMA fighter has made it to the UFC. With a 62 wins record, he is one of the finest European MMA fighters. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a blue belt in the bolt wrestling system.
Ronda Rousey is a UFC Bantamweight Champion whose fame amongst women MMA fighters is unmatched. Her overall UFC record is 10-2-0.
Valentina Shevchenko is another female MMA fighter to compete in the UFC. Her record of 10-2-0 is awe-inspiring, and her fans and other fans of the MMA, often celebrate her victories.
With a UFC record of 6-1-0 and an overall record of 23-2-0, Chris Justino is one of the best female MMA fighters in Europe. The Brazilian-American MMA fighter fights in the featherweight division and holds a black belt in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She is the current Bellator MMA Women’s Featherweight Champion and a one-time UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion.
UFC Rising Stars
European MMA fighters have rapidly risen through the ranks and gained slots in the UFC. In the coming years, many more will likely join the UFC and even become champions. The likes of Jaoquin Buckley, Ciryl Gane and Jiri Prochazka show great potential in topping the lists of best UFC players in the near future.