UFC 120: Ranking the Top Ten European-Born Fighters of the UFC

Ariana Stover@arianastoverCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2010

UFC 120: Ranking the Top Ten European-Born Fighters of the UFC

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    UFC 120 is on the way and will be aired from London, England on October 16th.

    The fight card is packed with fighters from all over Europe. This should be an exciting night for fighters like Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy, who will be fighting in front of their home fans.

    Now, let’s take a look at the best European-born fighters of the UFC today. 

No. 10: Andre Winner

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    - Record: 11-4

    - England

    Although born in Grenada, Andre Winner spent most of his life and MMA career in England.

    Winner was featured on season nine of The Ultimate Fighter. He went on to the finale to face Ross Pearson and lost via unanimous decision.

    Losing TUF didn't stop Andre from furthering his career with the UFC.

    After his loss, he defeated Rolando Delgado via KO at UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera, and Rafaello Oliveira via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs.Gomi.

No. 9: Gilbert Yvel

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    - Record: 36-15-1-1 NC

    - Netherlands

    Yvel is set to face Jon Madsen next at UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez.

    “The Hurricane” is coming off of two losses, one to Ben Rothwell and the other to top heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos.

    That doesn't mean Gilbert isn't a threat; the man is a wrecking ball with over thirty wins by KO/TKO in his entire mixed martial arts career.

No. 8: Dennis Siver

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    - Record: 16-7

    - Germany

    Siver has a deadly spinning back kick.

    That just so happened to be his weapon of choice in his fight with Nate Mohr and Paul Kelly. He won both of those fights via TKO.

    Siver earned Knockout of the Night for both of those vicious wins.

No. 7: Ross Pearson

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    - Record: 11-4

    - England

    “The Real Deal” was featured on The Ultimate Fighter Nine and went on to the finale to defeat Andre Winner.

    After his win with TUF, Ross Pearson faced Aaron Riley and Dennis Siver.

    Pearson earned Fight of the Night with his unanimous decision win over Siver at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi.

No. 6: Cheick Kongo

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    - Record: 15-6- 1 DRAW

    - France

    Cheick Kongo has held championship titles in other MMA organizations such as King of the Colosseum, Rings World, King of the Ring, etc.

    Kongo has also defeated former PRIDE Open-Weight Tournament Winner and MMA legend Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.

    Over the years, Cheick has shown that he's a powerful fighter and is going to face Travis Browne at UFC 120. This adds yet another European fighter to the fight card.

No. 5: Karo Parisyan

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    - Record: 19-5-1 NC

    - Armenia

    Karo Parisyan will be making his return to the UFC at UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida.

    He is set to face Dennis Hallman, who has a ridiculous record of 42-13-2-1 NC.

    While Hallman's record is impressive, Parisyan has defeated former welterweight champion Matt Serra and top contenders Chris Lytle and Nick Diaz.

    His outstanding record puts him at number five on the list.

No. 4: Martin Kampmann

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    - Record: 17-3

    - Denmark

    The Hitman.

    Martin Kampmann is a rising star who's on his way to the top.

    At UFC Fight Night 18, Kampmann defeated former WEC champion Carlos Condit, who was making his UFC debut.

    Kampmann is facing Jake Shields at UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez, where Shields will be making his UFC debut. Can Kampmann defeat yet another fighter making their first appearance in the UFC?

    If so, Kampmann may reserve his spot as a top contender in the welterweight division.

No. 3: John Hathaway

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    - Record: 14-0

    - England

    Undefeated Brit John Hathaway is a force to be reckoned with.

    Hathaway has won all of his four fights with the UFC, one by TKO and the rest by decision.

    Hathaway is coming off of a dominating win over Diego Sanchez and is scheduled to fight Mike Pyle at UFC 120.

    If Hathaway is able to defeat Pyle, there could be a title shot in his near future.

No. 2: Michael Bisping

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    - Record: 19-3

    - England

    TUF Three winner Michael Bisping might not be the most likeable fighter, but he represents England with power and pride.

    You can't complain when Bisping has only lost to phenomenal fighters like Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, and Wanderlei Silva.

    Bisping was also on the receiving end of probably one of the best knockout punches of all time.

    “The Count” is now heading into a fight with former K-1 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Winner Yoshihiro Akyiama at UFC 120. Will Bisping be able to defeat Sexyama? Tune in Saturday, October 16th for UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama.

No. 1: Dan Hardy

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    - Record: 23-7-1 NC

    - England

    "The Outlaw" most definitely deserves the top spot due to his great success in the UFC.

    Hardy was on a seven fight winning streak before he was defeated by welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111.

    Hardy is a vicious striker and has impressive wins over Rory Markham, Marcus Davis and Mike Swick. He was also the first fighter from the UK to fight for a title shot.

    At UFC 120: Bisping vs Akiyama, Hardy will face Carlos Condit, who is coming off of a TKO win over Rory MacDonald.