Undoubtedly the last decade has been an incredible one in UFC. High-profile fighters have graced the cage, and with each passing year, the skill level and competition have been on an upward trajectory. From heavyweight legends to submission specialists, specific fighters have taken UFC events to the highest standards. We go back through the history books and examine some of the most outstanding UFC fighters of the past decade.
The most exceptional storyline in the UFC has to be the rise of Conor McGregor. Few fighters appeal to the media, are controversial, and are as skilful as the Irishman McGregor. Although his antics outside UFC is problematic, he is a formidable foe in the cage.
The Notorious one shall forever be remembered as the first man to win two different division championship titles simultaneously. He famously claimed to be different from the rest and bound for the top. He has done precisely that by rampaging through opponents and becoming a UFC household name.
From his debut win on 20th January 2012, Khabib hasn’t looked back. The Eagle has tamed veterans like Rafael Anjos, tormented strongmen like Michael Johnson, and even handled fierce fighters like Conor McGregor. He boasts of an intact record of 12 undefeated fights in UFC and continues to look undefeatable.
From the onset of the past decade, it was clear that Jon Jones had the potential to succeed in the UFC. With a freakish physical appearance and armed with a killer instinct, Jones was unstoppable for a whole decade. He brutalized opponents and made the UFC Heavyweight Title his own.
This list of UFC fighters is in no way exhaustive. It represents the very best of UFC athletes who have been outstanding in the octagon in the past decade. Specific mentions also go to remarkable fighters such as Tony Ferguson, Stipe, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, among others.