Top 15 Nicest Fighters in MMA

Let's face it: when your job consists of beating people up for a living, it is easy to become a cocky and arrogant person. Many athletes also become disrespectful after tasting fame and money: think of Jon Jones, whose career just went downhill after he has virtually cleared out all of his division. Furthermore, trash-talking sells: the biggest and highest-paid martial artists in the world sell their fights with trash-talk and arrogance. However, traditional martial arts have always been based around the values of respect, humility, discipline, and integrity. These values were respected by nearly all martial artists back in the Pride FC days. The fighters always respected each other before and after their fights, and fans sat in their seats in absolute silence without uttering a single boo or cheer until the fight was over. But, as the sport grows and gains popularity, it tends to stray away from its roots. Fighters refuse to touch gloves and insult each other, do not shake hands after the fight, and use dirty moves inside the cage. MMA fans have also become quite rude and arrogant: they insult fighters over the internet, boo athletes for what they consider a "boring" performance, and give virtually no credit for the hard work and dedication that athletes put into their art.

However, not all fighters have forgotten the values and principles behind martial arts. Some still show the qualities and attributes of true martial artists, and help grow the sport as well as their own community. Here is a list of the most humble and respectful men inside and outside of the cage:

15 Anthony Johnson

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14 John Dodson

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13 Junior Dos Santos

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Junior Dos Santos is without a doubt one of the scariest looking guys in MMA. Personally, I would not want to be standing on the other side of the octagon when he does his signature finger point of death during introductions. When the fight is over however, no matter who the winner is, he is always the first one to come see his opponent, hug it out, and congratulate them.

12 Uriah Hall

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11 Sam Alvey

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10 Brian Stann

9 Dan Henderson

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8 Fabricio Werdum

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7 Fedor Emilianenko


6 Joe Lauzon

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5 Clay Guida

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4 Demian Maia

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3 Lyoto Machida

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2 Georges St-Pierre

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1 Mark Munoz

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Munoz is just one of those rare cases who has managed to retire from MMA with no enemies, no unsettled rivalries, and no controversies. He is a man that is great with his family: unlike other fighters, whose wives and kids have to beg them to retire from the sport for their own sake, Munoz promised his family to retire at 37 years old, and kept his promise. He never trash talked or put down his competitors, and has always remained humble in victory or defeat. The Philippino Wrecking Machine is also known for doing many things to help his community, such as starting and directing his own anti-bullying campaign.

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