For years now the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been considered the premier promotion in mixed martial arts, but that is not to say that they have all of the premier talent in the world in their roster. While there are seemingly dozens of new promotions popping up around the world each month, there are only a few who can come close to competing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, namely Bellator, One FC, and World Series of Fighting. These promotions show the most growth and level of talent that compares to the Ultimate Fighting Championship and it is with that in mind that this list ranks the top 10 fighters not currently in the UFC.
It does not matter if the fighter had fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship previously, as long as they are currently signed to another promotion, they were considered for the list. Rankings were compiled after looking at a fighter’s record, strength of competition, if they are a champion in their promotion, and how well they performed in fights. It does not matter if a fighter comes off as a big fish in a small pond, if they have been performing well and in dominant fashion then they were a candidate for the ranking. Simply because a fighter may not be facing the best competition that they can does not mean that they are not a great fighter, though a lack of strong competition can affect a fighter in the various conversations concerning who is the “greatest of all time,” but those conversations are for another time and place.
So please read, enjoy, and let us know what you think down in the comments section. How would you have ranked these differently? Are there other fighters that you felt should have made the list or that one of the entries should be ranked differently?
9 10. Alexander Volkov (23-4)
8 9. Cris 'Cyborg' Justino (12-1 (1))
7 7. Douglas Lima (26-5)
6 6. Patricio Freire (23-2)
5 5. Joe Warren (12-3)
4 4. Emanuel Newton (25-7-1)
3 3. Will Brooks (15-1)
2 2. Vitaly Minakov (14-0)
1 1. Ben Askren (14-0)
Former Olympic wrestler and collegiate champion Ben Askren is easily the best Welterweight in the world outside the UFC. Debuting professionally in 2009, Askren has gone undefeated in 14 matches, winning most by decision. Yet despite a strong wrestling background he has developed his striking and submission skills, winning his last four fights by either TKO or submission. He has also defended the Bellator Welterweight Championship four times and just recently became the new Welterweight Champion for Singapore-based promotion One FC. Unfortunately, his grinding style has made many call him a boring fighter, which has hindered his chances of getting into the UFC, which has cut grinding fighters like Jake Shields and Yushin Okami in the last couple of years.
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