Mixed martial artists has become perhaps the fastest-growing sport in the United States among other countries, and it is due in large part to the colorful personalities and entertaining fighters who have become superstars in the UFC and other top organizations.
This list of the top ten most exciting fighters in the UFC and MMA today includes a wide variety of fighters who are exciting for different reasons. Any most entertaining fighters in MMA list has to include lots of strikers, but a few grapplers just might qualify as well.
The top ten most exciting fighters in the UFC and MMA all have that special something that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats; something that makes them memorable or unique.
With that in mind, here is the list of the most entertaining guys in MMA today.
10. Jose Aldo
Dominance is never boring as people either hate or love the person or team in question. Aldo is one of the most fearsome pound-for-pound champions we’ve ever seen as he has become a near-legend in the WEC’s featherweight class seemingly overnight with more excitement yet to come.
9. Brock Lesnar
Love him or hate him, Lesnar sells pay-per-views. The former WWE star and heavyweight champ of the UFC doesn’t have the most exciting overall style but he is so big and so fast and naturally talented that every fight is a must-watch.
8. Cung Le
An action movie star who happens to fight as well, Le gets the nod over Lyoto Machida for being more consistently aggressive with his breathtaking kick combinations.
7. Roy Nelson
Overweight and not afraid to poke fun at himself, Nelson has a great personality for MMA. He also has knockout power and amazing submission skills meaning he finishes fights often.
6. Rampage Jackson
Perhaps the most powerful striker pound-for-pound in MMA, Rampage also has the brute strength to body-slam opponents into submission plus a sense of humor and an aura of cockiness that are unmatched.
5. Marius Zaromskis
The “New Cro Cop,” Zaromskis is a high-kick knockout artist like few have seen in MMA before.
4. Jason Miller
Bringing PRIDE-style theatrics and a free spirit into the cage, the host of MTV’s “Bully Beatdown” show always impresses and entertains with his personality and MMA skills.
3. Fedor Emelianenko
The Michael Jordan of MMA, except in the body of a pale, pudgy Russian who happens to like ice cream. He is a larger-than-life character and a cold-blooded assassin in the ring or cage.
2. Wanderlei Silva
“The Axe Murderer” is a nice guy outside of the cage, but he lives up to his nickname inside of it. If he goes down, he goes down swinging. But more often than not, he comes out on the winning end.
1. Urijah Faber
He fought Mike Brown with two badly injured hands and kept going, throwing mostly elbows as he chased the WEC Featherweight Title.
While he was outclassed by Aldo recently, he always makes fights entertaining with his creative and high-energy style.
Conclusion: So there you have it, the top ten most exciting fighters in the UFC and MMA today. The top ten list of MMA fighters was hard to narrow down and many exciting prospects had to be left off.
But keep watching MMA and we’ll keep seeing more characters who can make the next list of the top ten most exciting MMA fighters some day.
The next top ten list might look a little different but MMA fans will always remember the legendary showmen of the sport like Genki Sudo and Charles “Crazy Horse” Bennett among others.