10 Best Muay Thai Fighters In UFC History

The UFC features several popular martial arts incorporated into one competition. One of the most popular and well-known martial arts that is consistently used in the UFC is Muay Thai.

Muay Thai is a form of kickboxing that comes from Thailand. It is commonly known as the art of eight limbs and utilizes various striking techniques to defeat opponents.

Over the years, many great fighters have used Muay Thai to garner success in MMA, especially the UFC. Here are 10 of the best Muay Thai fighters in UFC history.

10 Edson Barboza


Edson Barboza is one of the most dynamic and exciting strikers to ever grace the UFC octagon. He holds a black prajied in Muay Thai and is considered the best kicker in UFC history. Barboza took the UFC by storm when he knocked out Terry Etim by landing a spinning wheel kick.

He is one of the few fighters to finish his opponents by leg kicks and is utilizes switch kicks in his aggressive Muay Thai attack. Barboza has compiled a 22-11 professional record and finished 13 opponents by knockout.

nine Paul Felder


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Despite coming from a Karate background, Paul Felder quickly established himself as a dominant Muay Thai practitioner. He is known for possessing powerful leg kicks vicious elbows when attacking his opponents.

Felder has defeated 10 opponents by knockout and has compiled a 17-6 professional record.


8 Carlos Condit

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At his prime, Carlos Condit was one of the most vicious strikers in MMA. The former UFC interim welterweight champion has shared the cage with the best welterweights in the world including Georges St-Pierre, Nick Diaz, and Johny Hendricks.

Condit is a powerful leg kicker that baits his opponents into wild exchanges to land a perfect counter hook. He has compiled a 32-14 professional record in MMA. His Muay Thai prowess was on full display during his showdowns with Dan Hardy, Dong Yung Kim, Martin Kampmann, and Thiago Alves.

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7 Thiago Alves


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Newer MMA fans might not familiar with the name Thiago Alves. Between 2005 and 2010, the Brazilian welterweight was one of the best Muay Thai strikers on the promotional roster and challenged St-Pierre for a title at UFC 100.

Alves was a powerful and vicious Muay Thai practitioner that used a variety of leg kicks and threw a thunderous cross. He holds UFC victories over welterweight notables such as Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes, Karo Parisyan, Chris Lytle, and Max Griffin. Alves now coaches several fighters who compete in the UFC today.

6 Donald Cerrone

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Donald Cerrone is undoubtedly one of the most loved fighters in MMA history. However, he is also one of the most dangerous and skilled Muay Thai practitioners to ever step into the cage. Cerrone has an extensive background in competing in Muay Thai as well boxing.

He is a powerful leg kicker who gradually attacks the legs before switching his kicking target to the body and head of his opponents. He holds victories over Eddie Alvarez, Alexander Hernandez, Matt Brown, Jim Miller, and Charles Oliveira.

five Mauricio Shogun Rua


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Watching Mauricio Shogun Rua batter his opponents with kicks and powerful hooks is a thing of beauty. The former UFC light heavyweight champion is a master striker and holds a black prajied in Muay Thai. Rua is a former member of the well-known Chute Boxe Academy team that primarily trained Vale Tudo fighters in the art of Muay Thai.

After winning the 2005 Pride Grand Prix middleweight tournament, Rua joined the UFC roster. He holds notable victories over Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, Brandon Vera, and Corey Anderson.

4 Joanna Jedrzejczyk

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Many MMA fans forget just how dominant Joanna Jedrzjczyk was during her title reign between 2015 and 2017. The Polish native began training in Muay Thai at the age of 16 and continuously honed her skills before eventually transitioning into MMA.

The former strawweight queen is a volume striker who flurries her opponents with overwhelming combinations before eventually getting a finish. She throws a high volume of leg kicks and jabs before aggressively attacking her opponents with various combinations. She is expected to return to action in the second half of 2022.

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3 Valentina Shevchenko

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No one could have imagined just how dominant of a flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko would become when she first joined the UFC. The Kyrgyzstan native is a phenomenal Muay Thai striker with a lengthy background in boxing and kickboxing competition.

One of Shevchenko’s biggest advantages over her opponents is her speed. She can land thunderous kicks and punches at unimaginable speeds that usually catch her opponents off guard. She is currently on an eight-fight win streak and has defended her flyweight title six consecutive times.

2 Jose Aldo

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Jose Aldo is one of the last MMA legends in the last two decades that continues to compete in the UFC at a high level. He is the former WEC and UFC featherweight champion and defended his belt a whopping nine times.

Aldo is one of the best Muay Thai practitioners in UFC history. he is known for his polarizing leg kicks, powerful jab, and thunderous body strikes. The Brazilian is currently the #3 ranked bantamweight in the UFC and has compiled 17 wins by knockout in MMA.

one Anderson Silva


No list of great Muay Thai fighters in the UFC would be complete without the middleweight GOAT Anderson Silva. Since he arrived in the UFC, has been the most dynamic and creative striker in mixed martial arts.

The former middleweight champion makes striking look effortless as he easily dispatches his opponents with front kicks, jabs, crosses, and head kicks. Silva holds victories over Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Demian Maia, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, and Derek Brunson.

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