Greatest Martial Artists In History: Part 2

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Here is Greatest Martial Artists In History: Part 1 for those who haven’t read it yet.

1. Bruce Lee:

Greatest Martial Artists In History: Part 2

Upon popular request, I have decided to include him in this list. Unfortunately many people criticize him for never taking part in MMA, which is stupid considering there was no MMA in his days. Nonetheless Bruce Lee did contribute a lot to what would eventually become MMA. He was one of the few martial artists out there in his days to combine various martial arts disciplines into one style which is known as Jeet Kune Do. Aside from his martial arts skills, he was an impressive specimen as well. He was abnormally fast and strong for someone of his size. Cinematographers had to slow down frames in his fight scenes just because of how fast he was. He was also strong enough to do two finger pushups because he put a lot of emphasis on forearm and hand strength.

2. Stefer Rahardian

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A mixed Martial artist who had a prestigious run in Brazilian jiu jitsu before going to MMA. Despite only being a flyweight he still managed to defeat a heavyweight named Eric “the mountain” Duncan in BJJ. In MMA he currently has 8 wins and only 3 losses. He’s still young and green in MMA but he has a lot of potential.

3. Randy Couture

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A retired Mixed martial artist who fought and defeated the best during his MMA career. He’s beaten Vitor Belfort, Chuck Liddel and the 6’8” Tim Sylvia.

4. Lyoto Machida

Greatest Martial Artists In History: Part 2

This Mixed martial artist proved that if Karate is taught correctly, it can be an effective martial art. Lyoto Machida used both his Striking and grappling skills to defeat numerous opponents. His biggest win was against Randy couture.

5. Bas Rutten

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This man is one of the oldest mixed martial artists and is among the best. He has beaten guys like Frank Shamrock, Ryushi Yanigasawa, Jason Delucia, Kevin Randleman and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka And many others. Bas Rutten has only lost to Masakatsu Funaki and Ken Shamrock in his whole MMA career. He even beat up 5 nightclub bouncers.

6. Chuck Liddel

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One of the best mixed martial artists of the 2000’s. He has a record of 22 wins and only 9 losses, most of his wins were in his post prime. He fought Randy Couture on three occasions and won 2 of those fights. He also beat Guy Mezger, Alistair Overeem and Vitor Belfort.

7. Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Probably the best lightweight mixed martial artist out there. He’s currently undefeated and defeated Conor Mcgregor in 3 minutes. Khabib also has two gold medals in Sambo and is proficient in Judo, ARB and Pankration.

8. Igor Vovchanchyn

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A very underated retired mixed martial artist. He has 59 wins, 10 losses and 1 draw. He is known as a giant slayer who’s beaten multiple larger opponents. At only 5’7” 235lbs it shouldn’t be surprising that most if not all of his opponents were twice his height and weighed more than him. Yet despite his small size, he rarely lost a fight. His biggest win was against the 6’8” 300lb Paul Varelans. This is the real life Yuri Boyka.

Here’s a classic video of Vovchanchyn defeating the 6’8” Paul Varelans in the early days of MMA.


9. Kaori Matsumoto

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A female Judoka who has 5 gold medals and 2 bronze medals in Judo and has rarely lost a Judo contest.

10. Andre Galvao

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A Brazilian BJJ practicioner who holds numerous medals(Gold, Silver and Bronze) in BJJ and submission grappling. Despite only being 5’7” and 170lbs he’s managed to defeat guys that are twice his size.

11. Holly Holm

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Considered to being of the best mma fighters in the UFC. Aside from MMA, she also has experience in professional boxing and kickboxing. She’s fought and beaten the best. Her biggest wins were against Ronda Rousey, Beth Coreia and the 6’0” Megan Anderson. Aside from her striking prowess, she is also trained in wrestling.

12. Valentina Shevchenko

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An underrated MMA fighter who currently has 16 wins and only 3 losses. Her biggest win was against Holly Holm. Much like a Holly Holm. She also has experience in Professional boxing and kickboxing. She also has a black belt in Judo.

13. Ronda Rousey

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A very popular Judoka, MMA fighter, actress and professional wrestler. She gained popularity during her undefeated streak in the UFC by beating Miesha Tate, Beth Correia and Cat Zingano. Prior to her MMA career, she competed in Judo and won several gold medals, her biggest win was against the 6’0” “Dutch Giant” Edith Bosch.

14. Anne Wolfe

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Considered to be one of the greatest female boxers in history. She retired with a record of 24 wins, 1 draw and only one loss. And she would avenge that loss later in her career. But Anne’s biggest win was against The towering 6’6” undefeated Vonda Ward.

Here is a video of Anne knocking out the 6’6” Vonda Ward with an overhand right.


15. Edna Carrillo

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A Mexican Judoka That has won 8 bronze medals, 2 silver medals and 1 Gold medal in various Judo competitions. Despite only being 5’0”, She’s proven to be a very tough competitor and probably the best female Judoka from Mexico.

16. Mirko Cro cop

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The best mixed martial artist from Croatia. He has fought the best and beaten the best. Due to being a proficient kickboxer, he is known for his devastating strikes that have been able to ground the toughest of his opponents. His has a combination of strategy, precision and striking power. His biggest wins were against Alexander Emilianenko, Josh Barnett and the 7’2” Choi Hong Man. Aside from his strikes, he’s also very good at applying submissions holds. He retired on March 1st 2019 with a record of 38 wins, 11 losses, 2 draws and 1 no contest.

17. Satoshi Ishii

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A underated Japanese Judoka and mixed martial artist. He has 5 gold medals and one silver medal in Judo. While his mma record is currently at 21 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw. His three biggest wins were against Heath Herring, the 6’7” 315lb Sean McCorkle and the 6’8” 280lb Tim Sylvia.

Here’s a video of Satoshi beating Tim Sylvia.


18. Sergei Kharitonov

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A Russian mixed martial artist who has a record of 28 wins, 6 losses and 2 no contests. He also has experience in kickboxing and was a paratrooper in the Russian army. His biggest wins are against Fabricio Wedrum, Semmy Schilt and Roy Nelson.

Here’s a video of Kharitonov beating Semmy Schilt.


19. Josh Barnett

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An mma fighter who has fought all sorts of opponents. He has a record of 35 wins and 8 losses. His biggest wins so far were against Alexander Emilianenko, Semi Schilt, Randy Couture, Yuki Kondo And Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

20. Chuck Norris

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Not many people know that he actually competed in numerous karate competitions when he was younger and won numerous awards and championships during his Karate run. What makes him a great martial artist is that much like Bruce Lee he combined numerous martial arts disciplines into his own fighting style. He is an expert in Judo, BJJ, Tang Soo Do and various forms of Karate. He even created his own fighting system called Chun Kuk Do which is a hybrid of various Striking and grappling arts.

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  • Britantic
    I was going to give you shit for not including lyoto machida, colture and Liddell in your last mytake.
    You seem to only be either mentioning wrestlers or judo/jujitsu/bjj practioners missing out great martial artists in muay thai, sambo, karate, boxing, kickboxing, taekondo, savate burmese boxing etc.
    Like how about Benny the Jet known for once holding the rare achievement of six world titles in five different weight divisions, and remained largely undefeated in his 27-year career.
    https://youtu.be/ZgGTP5Cevrs
    How about Kazushi Sakuraba
    He is known as the "Gracie Hunter" or the "Gracie Killer"due to his wins over four members of the famed Gracie family: Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Ryan Gracie, and Royce Gracie. In particular, Sakuraba is famous for his initial fight with Royce, which lasted ninety minutes and ended after Royce was unable to continue due to damage received from Sakuraba.
    Known for his excellent skills in catch wrestling, he is considered to be one of the greatest mixed martial art fighters of all time, and also holds notable victories over 7 UFC champions, 3 Pancrase Champions, a DREAM champion, a King of the Cage champion and Battlecade Extreme Fighting champion; former Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton, two former Light heavyweight champions Vitor Belfort and Quinton Jackson, former Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman, 3-time UFC Tournament champion Royce Gracie, former Superfight champion and King of Pancrase Ken Shamrock, former UFC Tournament champion and King of Pancrase Guy Mezger, former King of Pancrase Masakatsu Funaki, DREAM Super Hulk Tournament Champion Ikuhisa Minowa, former King of the Cage Light Heavyweight champion Vernon White, and former Battlecade Extreme Fighting champion Marcus Silveira. He is also the first of only two Japanese champions in UFC history. https://youtu.be/QNlQQ-SX3X4
    There are also so many greats in muay thai to mention.
    Is this still revelant?

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  • RolandCuthbert
    I pretty much agree with you list. Its funny, we don't agree on much.

    I just have one question. Where is IP man?

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    Is this still revelant?
    • I forgot to mention him, I’ll mention him if I write part 3.

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  • White-American89
    Ad Santel, was an American professional wrestler, considered one of the greatest practitioners of catch wrestling ever. He is known for his feud with the Kodokan judo school.
    Ad Santel fought one of the early clash-of-the-styles matches in modern martial arts history against Tokugoro Ito, a 5th degree black belt in judo from Japan. Fighting under judo rules, which he knew thanks to a previous match against jujutsu specialist Senryuken Noguchi, Santel defeated Ito when a slamming takedown rendered the judoka unable to continue, and then proclaimed himself the World Judo Champion. Tokugoro Ito went on to avenge the loss a few months later on June 10, 1916, by defeating Santel with a choke hold, becoming the first and last judoka to ever defeat Santel.
    In October 1914, Santel came to Seattle and challenged resident judo master Taro Miyake, who Santel had already met in a draw. Santel won with such a powerful half nelson slam that Miyake remained dizzy for half an hour after the match. Seeing this as a new offense, judo founder Jigoro Kano sent 5th degree black belt Daisuke Sakai to avenge his defeat, but Santel again got over him, submitting Sakai twice with a biceps slicer.
    As the Kodokan school did not send more challengers, Santel decided to travel to Japan to challenge them in their own ground. He assembled a team with fellow wrestlers Henry Weber and Manjiro "Matty" Matsuda, the latter being a judo black belt who had turned to catch wrestling years before. Their travel was possible thanks to Kodokan member Heita Okabe, who helped to host a series of matches between Ad's team and the Kodokan. Though Kano refused to sanction the event and threatened his students with expulsion if they fought, six of them accepted the challenge nonetheless, among them 5th degree black belts Hikoo Shoji and Reijiro Nakata. It was decided the bouts would be contested under neutral rules that demanded judogi jackets yet allowed all sorts of holds. In front of a crowd of 10.000 at the Yasukuni shrine, Santel defeated Nagata by TKO after a devastating headlock, and the next day he had a 60 minutes draw with Shoji, who left the mat so battered that Santel himself had to help him out of the arena. Later Santel would defeat another judoka, Hitoshi Shimizu, to avenge Shimizu's victory over Weber.
    The impact of these performances on Japan was immense. The Japanese were fascinated by the submissions taught in catch wrestling, and Japanese fighters traveled to Europe in order to either participate in various tournaments or to learn catch wrestling at European schools such as Billy Riley's Snake Pit in Wigan, UK. Okabe and the judo challengers were effectively expelled from Kodokan, but some of them followed Santel to the United States to train with him, among them Hikoo Shoji, who became a freestyle wrestling pioneer in Japan.
    In 1925, Santel faced a new judoka, this time Tsutao Higami, a 65-pound lighter but highly renowned groundwork expert who had trained under Ito and Miyake. The match had two falls as in professional wrestling and was refereed by judoka Hiroshi Kitayama. Santel won the first fall, scoring a takedown and transitioning into a neckscissors hold that choked Higami out. After being revived, Higami proceeded to win the second fall, going through a back and forth round and locking a juji-gatame which Kitayama called on his favor. With the two falls evenly scored, the match ended in a draw, although Higami decided to learn professional wrestling himself shortly after. In 1926, Santel would face Setsuzo Ota, drawing again.
  • Bananaman177
    And then there's Fedor, who could beat everyone on your list simultaneously.

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  • bulletbob555
    I read your previous one also. I enjoyed reading about the guy you said was the father of Brazilian jujitsu. Although I thought it started during slavery days.
    I'm not sure of my spelling but what about master pang?
    • I’ve never heard of master Pang, I’ll have to read about him.

    • They made a movie called iron and silk about him. Was supposed to of been the only kung fu master left at one point that taught it to others

  • Anpu23
    Does someone have to fight MMA to be a great fighter? There are some incredible fighters, and fighting styles that doesn't work in the ring.

    As an example Musashi, probably one of the best swordsmen in history.
  • Miristheiss
    Good list but I'd say Anderson Silva in his prime needs to be on it.
    As well as Jon Jones. You have Lyoto Machida on there but Jones choked him unconscious.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMoVYxbaHMwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl05kFaPq14
  • Very good list, but I don't see Cris Cyborg, I know she's not hot like Valentina and Ronda, but she is a great fighter.
    I'd also add Laila Ali, she retired as undefeated Super middleweight and
    Light heavyweight boxing champion (WBC, WIBA, IWBF and IBA).

  • Love Chuck but i still count Jet Li and Jackie Chan 🤷‍♀️
  • Liam_Hayden
    If they weren't included in your first round, Joe Lewis and Vic Moore. Two of the only people to beat Chuck Norris in tournaments while Chuck was in his prime.

  • FatherJack
    A good list and good to see female fighters listed too , Fedor Emelianenko is one of the best ever all rounders and deserves a mention. For stand up striking , Lethwei from Myanmar is the most hardcore , similar to neighbouring Muay Thai & Muay Lao , but allows headbutts and no gloves , just tape and gauze. No points , win by KO or stoppage only , otherwise a draw. Dave LeDuc and Tun Tun Min are easily in the best all round stand up striker category
    https://youtu.be/3PPGJTNJm6k
    • My bad !! ... You DID mention Fedor Emelianenko in Part One !! Also a great list.

  • admles
    I've rolled with Andre Galvao before, I've never felt so helpless in my life!
  • DeeDeeDeVour
    I definitely like this "round" of fighters.
  • saeyamazaki
    Jet Li, Jackie Chan
  • Good take...
  • OfDeath
    Don the dragon wilson
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