Top 5 Muay Thai Fighters in the UFC Today
Muay Thai is one of the most highly respected forms of martial arts in MMA today. Many fighters, including many champions, have adapted Muay Thai skills that have made them into some of the most feared opponents to stand across the octagon with. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the best fighters in the UFC that represent Muay Thai in devastating fashion.
5. Donald Cerrone
Better known as “Cowboy”, Cerrone has some of the most effective Muay Thai combinations that seem to flow with ease in the UFC. He’s a real veteran of the sport, having some huge wins over fighters such as Matt Brown, Rick Story, Eddie Alvarez, and much more.
4. Edson Barboza
A longtime lightweight contender, Barboza is one of the deadliest strikers in the UFC…period. His accuracy is some of the best, with his entire UFC career being full of devastating KO’s, such as the spinning wheel kick of Terry Etim. Barboza is also on the fast track to his first ever UFC title shot, looking more and more impressive with each fight.
3. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Out of this entire list, Joanna may just be the most decorated at the martial art of Muay Thai, being a world champion in both that and the UFC. Her smooth and precise striking has transitioned excellently into MMA, with vicious strikes coming at all angles, such as her front kick and elbows. Jedrezejczyk has also been noted to have lighting quick technique, as well as footwork to work in and out of the pocket.
2. Jose Aldo
The former featherweight king, that had his historic championship run last a decade comes in at number two. Although Aldo has seemed to have a more boxing-oriented style recently, his arguable prime was when he threw his beautiful techniques, that were capped off by his infamous leg kicks.
1. Anderson Silva
Taking the number one spot is the middleweight GOAT himself, “The Spider”. With some of the most memorable knockouts in the sport, its no wonder he takes the crown on this list. He has arguably the best Muay Thai clinch in the UFC, as well as unorthodox striking on the feet that made him the legend that he is today.
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