What makes mixed martial arts so special is its wide variety of athletes who participate and help make the sport what it is today.
Mixed martial arts has allowed world-class fighters from all across the globe to compete at the highest stage possible.
While the sport has its fair share of fighters from nearly every part of the world, it is also home to many former Olympians.
These athletes once represented their countries on a national pedestal before making the transition to mixed martial arts.
The following slides display the five best Olympians to ever compete in MMA.
Let's take a look.