There are rankings by weight class. There are pound-for-pound rankings. And there are rankings that line up the best fighters in the world from one era to the next. All are worthy endeavors, but, in a quest to add something new and challenging to the conversation, we decided to bring another set of boundaries into play: the alphabet.
Using a fighter’s surname as a guide—not necessarily the birth surname, but the one he ultimately became best known with—we set about to determine history’s best at each letter.
Some were easier than others. Some were considerably more difficult. But by the time we got through 26, a list of names had been created that we were pretty confident about.
Click through to see who’s where…and grab a notepad to concoct a version of your own.