Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the most popular martial arts, and it has been like that for years because it offers an exquisite combination of stand and on-the-ground fighting accompanied by versatile grappling techniques that will most likely win you the encounter.  

But what is BJJ in the first place? It is a combination of traditional Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, giving you the best of both worlds, and it is also very similar to the Russian national martial art  Sambo. Given its popularity, it doesn’t come as a surprise that BJJ is an integral part of MMA and UFC, with most of the best fighters showing significant skill in this martial art.  

When practicing Jiu Jitsu, it’s really important to have a gi that you feel great in, as it will determine your movement and maneuverability. Putting the equipment aside, if you are hoping to become a professional and enter the big arena one day, BJJ can give you a huge boost. Apart from it providing an array of self-defense techniques, it is focused on bringing the opponent down to the ground and getting them to submit to you, which is one of the most effective ways to end a UFC match.  

With BJJ being highly present in the UFC world, one question is quite common — who is the best Jiu Jitsu Fighter In The UFC? It is a tough one to answer, but we will give it our best shot. 

Worthy Mentions 

There is more than one UFC fighter that has had the opportunity to showcase his BJJ and submission skills. Bearing this in mind, it is hard to narrow down the list to just one particular specialist, but we did. So let us take a look at the worthy mentions first. 

Brian Ortega 

Our first worthy mention is Brian Ortega, who is world-renowned for this guillotine choke. Still young, he has already shown versatile BJJ techniques, and the match that he had with Cub Swanson was probably the best proof of his BJJ skills. There is no doubt that he is one of the best Jiu-Jitsu fighters in the UFC world, and the reason for that is that he has years of experience in this martial art. He began back when he was just 13 years old by enrolling in the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, and 15 years later, he has stayed true to his first passion. 

Demian Maia 

Talking about a BJJ UFC fighter we can’t go without mentioning, Demian Maia is another young fighter who managed to get his black belt in under 5 years, which is quite incredible for any standards. There is one thing we can say with ease and that is that Demian will be remembered as a man with one of the best BJJ techniques, highlighted by his renowned rear-back choke with which he has won quite a few matches already. Yes, he may have lost the Tyron Woodley match, but we are sure he will be back at it with even more determination next time. 

Charles Oliviera 

One of the most popular UFC fighters overall, Charles Oliviera already has 11 wins by submissions, and also 6 PON awards. Much like Demian Maia, there is no doubt that he will go down in history as one of the best BJJ UFC fighters there is. Rear chokes, guillotines — he has it all! 

Jussier Formiga 

He is a flyweight fighter who already has 10 matches won by submissions, mostly using his incredible grappling technique. Looking from the professional perspective, he executes all the chokes perfectly, and as a black belt specialist, we are sure that years of practice will finally pay off once he gets that UFC gold. 

The First Between Equals 

As we said, there are more than a few great UFC BJJ fighters and it would be quite discriminating to put one ahead of another. That is why we will name our last mention as the first between equals.  

Nate Diaz 

One of the most successful fighters in the history of UFC, Nate already has 10 submission victories racked up on his shoulder, and we are sure that he will get at least a few more before he is retired. As an attendant of the Cesar Gracie Academy, he has earned a second-degree black belt that he proudly wears. 


BJJ is an integral part of the MMA, which is the reason why you should absolutely consider practicing it if you want to become a professional. The aforementioned fighters showcase the importance of BJJ, and the critical effect that a carefully executed grappling technique can have on the match outcome. 

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