Top Boxers in UFC: 5 outstanding fighters with the best boxing skills

We take a look at the best boxers in UFC history.


Top Boxers in UFC: 5 outstanding fighters with the best boxing skills

Best Boxers in UFC (Via UFC)

Boxing is one of the fundamental disciplines to master when beginning to train in mixed martial arts. In this list of the top 5 best boxers in UFC ie. Ultimate Fighting Championship, we will go through the fighting styles of fighters as well as the legacy they have cemented.

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All of the fighters on this list have been in title fights, with a few becoming champions. This shows how not only basic but important boxing is as a skill to grow exponentially as a fighter.

The list contains the elite of the elite fighters who perform primarily as a boxer. Hence, some fighters will not make the cut. Stipe Miocic, Jack Della Maddalena, Junior dos Santos, Petr Yan, Rob Font, and Song Yadong are honorable mentions.

Best Boxers in UFC #5: Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor probably has the sweetest left hand in UFC history. The superstar became a two-division champion thanks to his striking, which heavily relies on his boxing prowess. Coming from Ireland, it should be no surprise that he can go toe to toe with the best boxers in UFC. As such, he is considered one of the best boxers in the UFC.

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Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor (Via The Sun)

His 13-second counter-left knockout win against Jose Aldo to become the UFC featherweight champion solidifies this status. His penchant for boxing also allowed him to go the distance against Floyd Mayweather in a mega fight that earned him nine figures. Recently, he recounted his rematch against Nate Diaz as the greatest fight in UFC history.

Best Boxers in UFC #4: Sean O’Malley

Sean O’Malley is the current bantamweight champion of the UFC. He achieved this feat by knocking out Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292. This was not an isolated incident, as O’Malley has a highlight reel of knockouts, especially walk-away knockouts.

Sean O'Malley
Sean O’Malley (Via UFC)

Suga Sean is so confident in his boxing ability that he foresees a fight against Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis. If he succeeds in making that happen, he’ll be following in the footsteps of Conor McGregor, who fought ‘TBE’ Floyd Mayweather in 2019.

Best Boxers in UFC #3: Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland is the current middleweight champion of the UFC. He is responsible for arguably the biggest upset in UFC history when he defeated Israel Adesanya at UFC 293. This was possible because Strickland executed a game plan that relied highly on his boxing ability.

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Sean Strickland
Sean Strickland (Credits: IMAGO)

The simple combination of a jab followed by a one-two displayed the efficiency of the timeless boxing maneuver. Strickland also employed a variation of the Philly Shell reminiscent of Floyd Mayweather, including the infamous shoulder roll to parry punches.

Best Boxers in UFC #2: Max Holloway

The “Blessed” Max Holloway punches through his opponents as many times as one could breathe! The Hawaii native is unmatched regarding volume punching and mixing it up with different combinations every time he steps into the offense. Holloway is the only person to land more than 3,000 significant strikes in the UFC.

Max Holloway most significant strikes
Max Holloway (Via UFC)

Along with that, he has the record for the highest striking differential in his favor against his fight with Calvin Kattar. With his volume punching, Holloway has the most impressive performances in defeating Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo, Brian Ortega, Calvin Kattar, Ricardo Lamas, and many more. His close fight with Dustin Poirier remains a treat to watch Holloway’s grit and his boxing, even in adversity and loss.

Best Boxers in UFC #1: DUSTIN POIRIER

Dustin Poirier is definitely on top of our charts and, right now, is #1 on almost everyone’s list of best boxers in UFC. Poirier is a weirdly unique combination of a brawler who likes to stay technical even in the chaos of haymakers.

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Dustin Poirier
Dustin Poirier

His back-and-forth battles with Conor McGregor, Max Holloway, Dan Hooker, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje mark his place as one of the best boxers in the UFC.

The former UFC interim-lightweight champion has finished knockout artists like Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje, brawled with and outboxed brawlers like Eddie Alvarez and aforementioned Gaethje again, and, more impressively, has kept up with the pace of the forever-punching Max Holloway.

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