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Boxing strikes are one of the MMA fundamentals. Every fighter on the UFC roster spends time incorporating boxing techniques into their MMA game. But, some fighters do it more, some less. Some MMA fighters prefer more striking, some more grappling. Let’s see the ones that are best at striking, actually, to be more precise, at boxing in particular.
The best boxers of all time in the UFC (MMA) are Junior dos Santos, Sam Stout, Anderson Silva, Cody Garbrandt, Georges St-Pierre, Dominick Cruz, Sergei Kharitonov, Conor McGregor, Alistair Overeem, Nick Diaz, Vitor Belfort, Jon Jones, T.J. Dillashaw, Frankie Edgar, José Aldo, Jorge Masvidal, Quinton Jackson, Holly Holm, and Alexander Gustafsson.
Worth noticing is that given list is not in a particular order. We chose the fighters based on their UFC and amateur boxing resumes, their skills, and usage of boxing techniques.
Also, we made lists similar to this for every martial art. Take a look at best Muay Thai fighters in the UFC and MMA, best wrestlers in the UFC, best BJJ practitioners in the UFC, and best kickboxers in the UFC and MMA history.
Best UFC (MMA) Boxers in History
Junior dos Santos (Cigano)
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Born: Caçador, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Division: Heavyweight (2006, 2008−present), Light Heavyweight (2007)
Reach: 77 in (195 cm)
Team: American Top Team
MMA record: 21-7-0
Junior dos Santos Almeida is a Brazilian MMA fighter and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. He has victories over 5 UFC Heavyweight Champions: Fabrício Werdum, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, and Stipe Miocic.
He is one of the best boxers in MMA today. Out of 21 wins, he has 15 by knockout, of which 9 are by boxing punches. In one part of his career, through seven fights in the UFC, he had 82% strikes by boxing technique, of which 69% where power strikes.
His first martial arts where capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At 22 he started training boxing. In 2008, he debuted at UFC 90. He was a huge underdog against Fabrício Werdum. Cigano knocked Werdum out after only a minute and twenty seconds into the first round with an amazing uppercut, which earned him the “Knockout of the Year” award.
Born: London, Ontario, Canada
Reach: 70 in (180 cm)
Team: Adrenaline Training Center
MMA record: 21-12-1
Samuel James Stout is a retired Canadian MMA fighter from London, Ontario. He is a former TKO Lightweight Champion.
He started training kickboxing at the age of 14 and competed in a professional kickbox with a score of 16-4.
Ok, his nickname is “Hands of Stone”, do we need to say more? He attacks from all sorts of angles and in all parts of the body, and his strikes hurt a lot.
Born: São Paulo, Brazil
Division: Middleweight, Light Heavyweight
Reach: 77 1⁄2 in (196 cm)
Team: Chute Boxe Academy, Muay Thai Dream Team, Black House, Team Nogueira
MMA Record: 34-10-0 (1 NC)
Anderson da Silva is a Brazilian-American MMA fighter and a former UFC Middleweight Champion. He holds a record for the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days. Dana White, Joe Rogan, and many other MMA analysts named Silva among the best UFC and MMA fighters of all time.
He is an expert in Muay Thai, boxing and taekwondo, and primarily a stand-up fighter. He had amazing striking accuracy and power, and he was regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of MMA. He could change from southpaw to orthodox with almost no change in effectiveness.
He even has a pro boxing record with one win by knockout, and one loss with a knockout as well.
Born: Uhrichsville, Ohio, United States
Division: Bantamweight (2012, 2014–present), Featherweight (2013)
Reach: 65 1⁄2 in (166 cm)
Team: Team Alpha Male (2013–present) Mark Henry MMA (2019-present), Strong Style
MMA Record: 11-3-0
Cody Ray Allen Garbrandt is an American MMA fighter. He was an amateur boxer for six years with a record of 32-0.
He has very fast hands, and a UFC record of 11-3-0; he finished 9 of his opponents with strikes.
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Born: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Division: Welterweight (2002–2013), Middleweight (2017)
Reach: 76 in (193 cm)
Team: Jackson’s MMA, Tristar Gym, Grudge Training Center, Renzo Gracie Academy
MMA Record: 26-2-0
Georges St-Pierre is a retired Canadian MMA fighter. He is often called one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. He is a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with winning titles in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.
He won all sorts of awards and set records, he was a three-time UFC Welterweight Champion, then he retired, returned to the Middleweight division, and won it by submission over Michael Bisping.
St-Pierre started boxing when he was 16, and he had his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC 46. Most of the time he dominated his opponents with superior striking and accurate boxing.
Born: San Diego, California, U.S.
Division: Bantamweight (2008–present), Featherweight (2006–2008), Lightweight (2005–2006)
Reach: 69 in (175 cm)
Team: Alliance MMA
MMA Record: 22-2-0
Dominick Rojelio Cruz is an American professional MMA fighter. He is a two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion and was also the last bantamweight champion of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).
Cruz is widely considered to have the best footwork and a high fighting IQ. He almost flies around his opponents and forces them to attack without thinking. Many are interested to find out how his amazing footwork would work and how he would compare with professional boxers.
Born: Plesetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Reach: 76 in (193 cm)
Team: Russian Top Team (2002–2007), Baku Fires (Boxing Team), Golden Glory (2007 – present)
MMA Record: 18-5-0
Sergei Valerievich Kharitonov is a Russian Heavyweight MMA fighter and former kickboxer currently competing for Bellator MMA, M-1 Global and GLORY.
In his career, he has beaten some of the biggest kickboxing fighters, such as Murilo Rua, Semmy Schilt, Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, and Fabrício Werdum.
Sergei started boxing at the age of 10-11, and now he trains with the Russian national boxing team. He started a career in amateur boxing in 2000. He almost boxed on the Olympics, but passed that opportunity because he got to fight for PRIDE. So as you can see, he really is one of the best boxers in MMA history.
Born: Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland
Division: Featherweight (2008–2015), Lightweight (2008–2012, 2016–2018), Welterweight (2016, 2020–present)
Reach: 74 in (188 cm)
Team: SBG Ireland
MMA Record: 22-4-0
Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish professional MMA fighter and boxer. He is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight champion.
Not only is he one of the best (if not the best MMA and UFC boxer), but he also boxed with one of the greatest boxers of all time, Floyd Mayweather. Unfortunately, he showed that most UFC and MMA fighters don’t stand a chance with professional boxers. This is really something we actually all knew (MMA is much more than boxing, and MMA fighters don’t have their whole carrier only for training box).
He has amazing stand up skills, great jab, strong left hand, and great counters.
Born: Hounslow, London, England
Division: Heavyweight (2006, 2007–present), Light Heavyweight (1999–2007)
Reach: 80 in (203 cm)
Team: Golden Glory (2007–2011), Blackzilians (2012–2013), Jackson-Wink MMA (2014–2018), Team Elevation (2018–present)
MMA Record: 45-18-0 (1 NC)
Alistair Cees Overeem is a Dutch MMA fighter and former kickboxer. He is a former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, DREAM Heavyweight Champion, K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and one of only two fighters to hold world titles in both MMA and K-1 kickboxing at the same time.
He had his first kickboxing fight at the age of 17, in a K-1 rules fight. Overeem fought some of the biggest names in MMA history, like Fabricio Werdum, Mark Hunt, Vitor Belfort, Andrei Arlovski, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, and Brock Lesnar, and has won against many of them
Overeem has an amazing boxing technique, much success with his hands, and is razor-sharp.
Born: Stockton, California, United States
Division: Lightweight (2007–2008), Welterweight (2001–2006, 2008–2013), Middleweight (2015)
Reach: 76 in (193 cm)
Team: Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
MMA Record: 26-9-0 (2 NC)
Nickolas Robert “Nick” Diaz is an American former MMA fighter and promoter, who competed in UFC. He is a former welterweight champion in Strikeforce and WEC.
Diaz is also a professional boxer and fights in the Super Middleweight weight class, with a boxing record of one win by decision (from one match).
He was a great stand up fighter who dominated with his boxing skills, destroying his opponents with quick, strong and accurate jabs and looping punches, unusual boxing style and he overwhelmed opponents with strikes.
Born: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Division: Middleweight (2008–2018), Light heavyweight (1998–2007, 2012, 2013), Heavyweight (265 lbs) (1996–1997, 2001)
Reach: 74 in (188 cm)
Team: Brazilian top Team, RVCA Training Centre, Xtreme Couture (2008)
MMA Record: 26-14-0 (1 NC)
Vítor Vieira Belfort is a Brazilian-American MMA fighter currently signed to ONE Championship. He is the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Champion.
Belfort started boxing at the age of 12, and also had a professional boxing career of one match, which he won by TKO within the first minute.
He is well known for his explosive knockout power and has extremely fast boxing strikes.
Born: Rochester, New York, U.S.
Division: Light heavyweight
Reach: 84 1⁄2 in (215 cm)
Team: Jackson Wink MMA Academy
MMA Record: 26-1-0 (1 NC)
Jonathan Dwight Jones is an American professional MMA fighter who is fighting in the UFC. Jones is often regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters, and he is the current and two-time undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
He has amazing stand-up techniques and is really one of the best MMA boxers of all time.
Jones is also aware of his skills as a boxer, and has this to say about it:
“I believe that if I were to hire the right people to be around me, that’s maybe four boxing coaches….. that’s what the guys at the highest levels [have in place]. [I would] hire guys to come in here and we spend two years focusing on boxing and only boxing. I believe I’d be able to compete with the best in the world.”
Would he actually succeed in professional boxing, unfortunately, we probably won’t ever find out.
Born: Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Division: Featherweight (2013–present), Lightweight (2005–2012)
Reach: 68 in (173 cm)
Team: Ricardo Almeida BJJ, KHK MMA Fight Team
MMA Record: 22-8-1
Frank James Edgar is an American professional MMA fighter and is a former UFC lightweight champion.
He has some big victories over great fighters such as Sean Sherk, Hermes França, B.J. Penn (x3), Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson (x2) and Chad Mendes.
Edgar has excellent cardio, amazing footwork and head skills, and lighting striking.
Born: Sonora, California, U.S.
Division: Bantamweight (135 lbs) (2010–present), Flyweight (125 lbs) (2019)
Reach: 67 in (170 cm)
Team: Training Lab, Elevation Fight Team (formerly), Ludwig Martial Arts, Team Alpha Male (formerly)
MMA Record: 17-4-0
Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw is an American MMA fighter and is the former two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion.
He is an excellent MMA fighter with great Muay Thai and Boxing stand-up techniques. Dillashaw blends his punches and kicks together for an amazing offense.
Dillashaw has lighting fast hands and can throw various boxing combinations. He recently sparred with Vasyl Lomachenko, who is a professional boxer; you can see the match in the video below.
Born: Manaus, Brazil
Division: Bantamweight (2019–present), Featherweight (2004–2019), Lightweight (2005)
Reach: 70 in (178 cm)
Team: Nova União, Ruas Vale Tudo
MMA Record: 28-6-0
José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior is a Brazilian MMA fighter who competes in the UFC. He was the final WEC Featherweight Champion, becoming the first UFC Featherweight Champion after the UFC/WEC merger. José Aldo is a former three-time UFC featherweight champion.
He is best known for his Muay Thai striking and leg kicks, coupled with defensive wrestling. Aldo has a dynamic all-around striking boxing technique. His punches are very fast and precise.
Born: Miami, Florida, United States
Division: Welterweight, Lightweight
Reach: 74 in (188 cm)
Team: American Top Team
MMA Record: 35-13-0
Jorge Masvidal is an American MMA fighter, currently competing in the UFC’s welterweight division. He also competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, Shark Fights, and World Victory Road. Masvidal holds the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, at 5 seconds.
Masvidal was something of a YouTube star even before he started fighting in the UFC. He was a street fighter and was recording videos of those fights. Many people knew his great boxing skills from there.
He also has a professional boxing record of one fight and one win by majority decision.
Born: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Division: Heavyweight (1999–2000, 2016–present), Light heavyweight (2000–2002, 2004–2015), Middleweight (2003)
Reach: 73 in (185 cm)
Team: Team Oyama, Team Punishment, Wolfslair MMA Academy, Rampage Fitness Academy Team
MMA Record: 36-11-0
Quinton Ramone “Rampage” Jackson is an American MMA fighter, actor and former professional wrestler, currently signed with Bellator MMA. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
He had a kickboxing career with a few victories under K-1 rules. Rampage has a great defensive guard and a powerful hook.
Born: Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Division: Bantamweight (MMA), Featherweight (MMA), Light Welterweight (Boxing), Welterweight (Boxing and Kickboxing), Light Middleweight (Boxing)
Reach: 70 in (178 cm)
Team: Jackson Wink MMA Academy (2007–present), AKKA Karate USA (2000–2007)
MMA Record: 13-5-0
Holly Rene Holm is an American MMA fighter who competes in the UFC. She is the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and a former professional boxer and kickboxer. Holm was a multiple-time world champion in boxing, defending her titles 18 times in three weight classes, and a two-time Ring magazine fighter of the year (2005, 2006). She’s ranked by BoxRec as the tenth-best female professional boxer of all time. She has the notable distinction of being the first (and currently only) fighter to hold a world boxing title and a UFC title.
Holm won the bantamweight title with a win over Ronda Rousey (her first loss in career) and shocked the whole world.
She is an amazing all-around boxer, and something we really don’t see in MMA world, a real boxing professional, and probably the best MMA boxer on this list.
Born: Arboga, Sweden
Division: Light Heavyweight (2007–2019)
Reach: 79 in (201 cm)
Team: Allstars Training Center, Alliance MMA
MMA Record: 18-6-0
Alexander Lars-Åke Gustafsson is a Swedish professional MMA fighter. He was fighting in the UFC in the light heavyweight division.
Gustafsson started training boxing when he was 10, and he won the national championship in 2003, at the age of 16. He also won some amateur boxing tournaments.
Alexander is very tall and slim fighter and he uses this to his advantage. He is good at keeping opponents at a distance while punching them. He maybe doesn’t have knockout power in his hands, but he has amazing striking technique, accuracy, and combinations, with a lot of jabs to the body, as well as one-two combinations.
Who Is The Best Boxer in UFC (MMA)
It would be really difficult to determine the best UFC boxer. All MMA fighters from this list are great. If we have to choose one, then it would probably be the only woman on this list, Holly Holm. She is the only UFC fighter that has won a professional boxing championships.