Top 10 British MMA Fighters in the Sport Today

Greg ParfittCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2010

Top 10 British MMA Fighters in the Sport Today

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    The UFC is returning to the UK for UFC 120, and it is right around the corner.

    So it seems like a good time to take stock of where MMA is in the UK and see who the best fighters are from the UK currently competing in mixed martial arts.

    Let's get down to it!

Rob Broughton

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    Record: 14-5-1

    The former Cage Rage Heavyweight Champion and ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament Winner will be making his UFC debut at UFC 120.

    Broughton is riding a four-fight win streak into the UFC and will be looking to display that UK Heavyweights do have talent.

    Broughton holds wins over Neil Wain, James Thompson, Butterbean, and Akhmed Sultanov.

Kurt Warburton

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    Record: 6-1

    The Wolfslair prospect is another fighter who will be making his UFC debut at UFC 120.

    Warburton holds a win over Ross Pearson, but he will have a lot to contend with, as his opponent in Lodon will be Spencer Fisher. 

Andre Winner

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    Record: 11-4

    Since losing the TUF Season 9 finale to Ross Pearson, Winner has forged a place for himself on the UFC roster.

    Winner won his debut fight with a crushing KO of Roli Delgado, and then a tough decision win in his next fight moved him to 2-0 in the UFC.

    However, a recent loss to Nik Lentz has slowed his momentum. The fight was a frustrating loss, but it once again exposed UK fighters' lack of ability to cope with wrestlers.

    Winner has a lot to learn, but the sky is the limit with his excellent hands as a base.

Terry Etim

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    Record: 14-3

    Before his recent loss at UFC 112, Etim was riding a four-fight win streak.

    He is now 5-3 in the UFC and remains a promising fighter in the Lightweight Division. A bounce-back win is a must in his next fight.

Ross Pearson

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    TUF 9 Winner
    TUF 9 Winner

    Record: 11-4

    Another TUF season winner, Pearson has looked good in each of his outings inside the famed octagon.

    Recently suffering his first defeat in the UFC to Cole Miller, Pearson remains a good prospect in the Lightweight Division but will have to round out his wrestling and ground game to go with his strong striking.

    Pearson is "The Real Deal" though and has a bright future.

Paul Daley

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    Record 25-9-2

    Since being infamously cut by the UFC for hitting Josh Koscheck after their fight had ended at UFC 113, Paul "Semtex" Daley remains one of the best Welterweights in the world today.

    He has won two fights since leaving the UFC and has recently signed a multiple-fight deal with Strikeforce and is set to face Scott Smith December 4th.

    That fight will be a striking war, and Daley could do very well in Strikeforce's Welterweight Division.

Brad Pickett

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    WEC star Brad Pickett
    WEC star Brad Pickett

    Record: 19-5

    Brad "One Punch" Pickett is currently a rising star in WEC's Bantamweight Division.

    Since joining the Zuffa-owned promotion, Pickett has gone 2-1 and looked impressive in each of his fights.

    Most recently losing a tough decision to Scott Jorgensen, which exposed a wrestling weakness, Pickett has excellent striking and solid come forward style that will see him have a bright future.

    He has picked up two fight bonuses from his WEC fights and has already gained many fans with his style and character.

    A former Cage Rage Featherweight Champion, Pickett is now training with American Top Team, which is a great camp and really shows that Pickett is on the right path to success.

John Hathaway

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    Record: 14-0

    A rising force in the UFC Welterweight Division and one of the few UK fighters who seem to have developed a wrestling game.

    Hathaway is undefeated and 4-0 in the UFC with his most recent win being a hugely impressive defeat of Diego Sanchez.

    Should Hathaway win at UFC 120 in a good fashion, it is not out of the question to think that he may only be one more fight away from a title shot.

Michael Bisping

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    Record: 19-3

    Quite possibly the most divisive fighter in MMA today—booed relentlessly in America but cheered loudly in Europe.

    However, Bisping is a TUF season winner, and his three losses are to Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, and Wanderlei Silva. That is a who's who of MMA and shows that he has only lost to the best.

    Set to face Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 120, a win would keep Bisping right in title contention at 185 lbs.

Dan Hardy

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    Record: 23-7-1

    The first fighter from the UK to ever fight for a UFC title, Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy has been very successful since entering the top MMA organisation in the world.

    Hardy went on a four-fight tear to earn his title shot. Unfortunately for him, the current champion at 170 lbs. is Georges St. Pierre. 

    GSP dominated Hardy for five rounds, but the fight did display Hardy's iron will and ability to hang in there.

    A tough comeback assignment against Carlos Condit at UFC 120 will tell everyone where Hardy sits in the Welterweight mix.

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