One of the things that make MMA truly great is the unpredictability of the sport. Between multitude to techniques that can be utilized and the equalizing effect of four ounce gloves, anything can and often does happen in the sport. But as unpredictable as the sport can be at times, there are fighters who managed to still dominate their competition; fighters seem to remain constant in an ever changing landscape of champions and challengers.

Below is the five fighters stand above all others in terms of dominance. Dominance can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, so let’s clarify the criteria; the fighters below are ranked based on, overall record, longest win streak, title defenses, finishing rate and level of competition.

#5 – Ronda Rousey, 11-0

When it comes to the complete and utter decimation of competition, no one holds a candle to UFC women’s bantamweight champion Rousey. In 11 professional fights, she has only been taken beyond the first round on a single occasion. What’s even more impressive is the fact that she was won seven bouts in under a minute; three of which were title defenses. If Rousey can keep this pace up, she will eventually go down as the most dominant fighter of all-time, but right now her overall lack of competition is holding her back.

#4 – Fedor Emelianenko, 34-4, 1 No Contest

Once widely regarded as the greatest fighter of all-time, Emelianenko’s legacy took a hit when he lost three in a row under the Strikeforce banner. But the fact remains that he is one of the greatest fighters of all-time and he dominated the PRIDE heavyweight division when all of the best heavyweights in the world were competing for PRIDE. Over the course of his career, Emelianenko beat a who’s who of MMA elite including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira twice, Mark Coleman (twice), Kevin Randleman, Mirko Filipovic, Mark Hunt, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski.

#3 – Jon Jones, 21-1

At just 28 years old, Jones was well on his way to writing an MMA legacy that would live on forever; after becoming the youngest champion in UFC, Jones rattled off eight consecutive title defenses over a fierce lineup of competition. But after some personal and legal issues, Jones was stripped of his title and is currently sorting his life out on an indefinite suspension. Putting his personal life aside and looking just at his in cage accomplishments, it’s hard to argue against Jones. What really separates him from the pack was his ability to beat his opponents at their own game. Hopefully Jones will get his personal affairs back in order so he can add to his already impressive resume.

#2 – Georges St. Pierre, 25-2

When St. Pierre stepped away from the sport, he was at his absolute best; he was on the longest
winning streak of his career (12 wins), and he had just defended his UFC welterweight title for the 9th time. Other than moving up in weight to face Anderson Silva in a superfight for the ages, St. Pierre accomplished everything there was to accomplish in the sport. In terms of his level of competition, St. Pierre faced a murder’s row of competition; the welterweight division has long been MMA’s most talent rich division and St. Pierre beat them all. The only thing keeping St. Pierre out of the top spot on this list is his finishing rate; at just 52%, even though St. Pierre won, he didn’t always dominate.

#1 – Anderson Silva, 34-6

Back-to-back losses to Chris Weidman and a failed drug test for PEDs following his win over Nick Diaz have tainted Silva’s overall legacy, but in terms of dominance he still tops the list. Silva was a one man wrecking crew in the UFC’s middleweight division from his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 5 until he ran into Weidman at UFC 162; decisively beating everyone the UFC put in front of him. During his reign of terror, Silva was 16-0 in the Octagon with 14 of those wins coming by stoppage.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.

  • mike

    Georges got caught multiple times using roids how can you even include him in this list