Top 10 UFC Fighters Who Turned Boxers [year]

Top 10 UFC Fighters Who Turned Boxers

Boxing events remain more exciting no matter how prevalent mixed martial arts competitions become. Therefore, professionals from various promotions ended their careers to enter the boxing arena, including UFC.

Top 10 UFC Fighters Who Turned Boxers [year]

Fans and combatants favor boxing over mixed martial arts due to higher payouts and superior competition. Here are the complete details about the top 10 UFC fighters who turned boxers [year].

1) Fabio Maldonado

The Brazilian boxer is presently under contract with the MMA promotion Fight Nights Global, where he competed in the light heavyweight division. Fabio Maldonado began his career as a mixed martial arts (MMA) combatant in 2000 and joined UFC in 2010. 

However, he could not perform at his highest level in mixed martial arts. Fabio’s ability to rapidly change position makes him one of the most challenging boxers to confront. He was undefeated in his first 26 professional boxing matches, demonstrating his worth and dedication to this industry.

2) Anderson Silva

In 1997, Anderson Silva debuted in the mixed martial arts arena. The following year, in 1999, he made his professional boxing debut and suffered a loss. In 2005, he fought Julio Cesar De Jesus in a boxing match but lost again. 

In 2006, Anderson gave up boxing and joined Ultimate Fighting Championship. During his tenure in UFC, he reached his peak performance and claimed the Middleweight Championship. He departed the promotion in 2020 and competed in high-profile boxing bouts.

3) Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has enjoyed a prosperous mixed martial arts career thus far. He is best known for being the first UFC fighter to claim two championships in two weight classes simultaneously. He competed in 28 matches and won 22, including some of the most significant pay-per-views in UFC history. 

McGregor departed the promotion in 2017 to compete in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., where he was defeated. He returned to UFC in 2018, but his performance differed.

4) Tyron Woodley

From 2016 to 2019, Tyron Woodley effectively defended his UFC Welterweight title four times, allowing him to retain his title. This makes her one of the most accomplished UFC fighters in history. 

His performance, however, declined with time. In 2021, he fought Jake Paul twice in boxing after retiring from mixed martial arts following four consecutive defeats. To his disappointment, he was unable to obtain any of it.

5) Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt began his MMA career in 2004 and made his Ultimate Fighting Championship début in 2010. His tenure is not packed with many victories, as he only won 13 of his 29 professional matches. In 1998, Hunt participated in his first boxing match before transitioning to mixed martial arts. However, in 2020 he returned to boxing after leaving UFC in 2018.

6) Frank Mir

During his professional MMA career, the American superstar combatant Frank Mir has competed against notable opponents such as Brock Lesnar. As he began his tenure in 2001, he managed to win 19 of his 32 total appearances. 

Mir joined the UFC in the same year, and after a fruitful run, he departed the organization in 2019. In April 2021, Mir boxed for the first time against Steve Cunningham but could not defeat him.

7) John Moraga

After making his mixed martial arts professional début in 2009, John Moraga competed in both Rage in the Cage and UFC. In April 2012, he made his professional boxing debut but lost. In August 2012, after a brief pause of three months, he joined UFC. This promotion brought out his top performance. He competed in 25 professional MMA matches and won 17 of them. After a loss to Deiveson Figueiredo in 2018, he departed the UFC, and the following year, in 2019, he returned to the boxing arena and won a match against Brandon Foss.

8) Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz is most well-known for his success in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he was the Light Heavyweight Champion from 2000 to 2003. However, his performance drastically deteriorated as he lost consecutive bouts as time passed. He departed the promotion in 2012 and later joined Bellator. In 2021, however, he made his boxing debut against Anderson Silva and suffered a loss.

9) Ben Askren

Ben Askren’s MMA career began in 2009, and he participated in multiple promotions, including Max Fights, Bellator, and One FC, before joining UFC in 2019. He has 19 victories out of 22 bouts in his mixed martial arts career, which is a remarkable statistic. Ben departed the UFC in 2019 and made his first boxing appearance against Jake Paul in 2021, which he lost.

10) Chris Lytle

Chris Lytle is no longer participating in any sports, but he left a remarkable legacy, having competed in 54 professional MMA bouts and winning 31. However, he has only 18 losses on his card. 

Throughout his active years, Lytle has been phenomenal and had a fruitful boxing career. He joined UFC for the first time in 2003 but departed in 2004 to pursue a boxing career. Later on, he was able to pursue both professions concurrently.

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