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Top 5 Best Boxers in the UFC

5. Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier

Dustin Poirier at the weigh-in of his UFC 242 title unification bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Dustin Poirier at the weigh-in of his UFC 242 title unification bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

At number 5 is Louisiana's Dustin Poirier. The "Diamond" has used his fantastic boxing base in MMA to defeat greats such as Max Holloway(x2), Justin Gaethje, and Eddie Alvarez. He KO'ed both Gaethje and Alvarez and has defeated Holloway by submission and by unanimous decision to win the interim UFC lightweight title in a bout where he mostly used boxing to defeat the Hawaiian. He is looking to get back to the Octagon in January where he is supposed to face Conor McGregor.

4. Cody "No Love" Garbrandt

Cody Garbrandt at his weigh-in before his bout against Thomas Almeida.

Cody Garbrandt at his weigh-in before his bout against Thomas Almeida.

In fourth place is Garbrandt. Garbrandt is known for his questionable chin and at times losing control of his emotions and wildly swinging at his opponents. You can make a strong argument that those are the only real reasons that the man has lost three fights in his pro MMA career. However, despite his flaws, Garbrandt has lightning fast hand speed and incredible power in his fists. These two attributes combined with his extremely high-level boxing have helped Garbrandt produce some highlight-reel KOs against top-level opponents. In the UFC he has only two wins by decision with the rest being KOs against the likes of Thomas Almeida and more recently Raphael Assuncao. He also used world-class footwork and head movement to defeat Dominick Cruz by unanimous decision to capture the bantamweight title. Ever since losing the title to Tj Dillashaw, he lost twice more (to Tj in a rematch and Pedro Munhoz) however, he is slowly rebuilding his career as he has defeated Assuncao at UFC 250 and was scheduled to fight for the UFC flyweight title, however, had to pull out due to injury.

3. Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 at his bout against Ben Askren.

Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 at his bout against Ben Askren.

At number three is the BMF himself. Jorge Masvidal is a veteran of the sport and has participated in forty-nine pro MMA fights of which he has won thirty-five and lost fourteen. Masvidal made a huge UFC comeback in 2019 as he won three fights in a row against Darren Till, Ben Askren, and Nate Diaz. He finished all three opponents by KO/TKO. He used his high-level boxing skills to help him achieve this. Jorge has used tremendous hand speed and power to KO opponents such as Darren Till. He was also able to deal significant damage to Nate Diaz in order to get a doctor stoppage win against the Stockton native.

2. Anderson "The Spider" Silva

Silva after possibly his last fight against Uriah Hall.

Silva after possibly his last fight against Uriah Hall.

Just short of first place is the recently retired middleweight GOAT Anderson Silva. Despite being more of a kickboxing fighter Anderson Silva had tremendous hand speed, precision, and head movement which he showcased in his bout against former UFC light-heavyweight champion Forest Griffin. Silva accumulated many KO/TKO victories during his time in the UFC and made fighters look like amateurs with both his boxing and kickboxing.

1. "The Notorious" Conor McGregor

McGregor after defeating Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC 246.

McGregor after defeating Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC 246.

Arguably the best striker in MMA let alone the best boxer, at number one is none other than Conor McGregor. He famously once said "Precision beats power and timing beats speed" well in his case not only does he have perfect timing and precision he also has tremendous hand speed and a very powerful left hand. His boxing skills are on full display in his destruction of Eddie Alvarez and his thirteen-second demolition against Jose Aldo to capture the featherweight title.

Honorable Mentions

Nate and Nick Diaz

Nate and Nick Diaz

Nate Diaz

Nick Diaz

Max Holloway

Tj Dillashaw


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