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Who is the best combat sports athlete of the decade? Can you guess #1?

Jon Jones? Floyd Mayweather? Conor McGregor? Who do you think is the best combat sports of this past decade?

The decade is nearing its end, and what a decade it’s been for MMA and combat sports! The UFC is not on ESPN, several fighters have reached mainstream success and combat sports are growing in popularity. As these past ten years come to a close, Sportsbible have released a list of who they deem to be the twelve best combat sports athletes of the past decade.

The first MMA fighter on the list is Ronda Rousey, who brought women’s MMA into the spotlight and carried it for several years. While the end to her reign as bantamweight champion was rough for her, she will always be the one who got women into the UFC. For that feat, her many impressive victories and for how she represented MMA in the mainstream media, she lands the #11 spot.

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We also see current double champ Amanda Nunes, who defeated Rousey amongst others, on the #9 spot. Ahead of her we find controversial superstar Conor McGregor, who is in turn beat out by former welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre.

Somewhat surprising, undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather was listed at #4 behind rival Manny Pacquiao. Current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones sits at second place while boxer Canelo Alvarez makes the #1 spot.

The full list of the best combat sports athletes of the decade is below, do you agree with the list?

Best combat sports athlete of the decade

12. Wladimir Klitschko (record: 11-2)
11. Ronda Rousey (record: 12-2)
10. Gennady Golovkin (record: 22-1-1)
9. Amanda Nunes (record: 15-3)
8. Conor McGregor (record: 18-3)
7. Georges St-Pierre (record: 7-0)
6. Andre Ward (record: 11-0)
5. Daniel Cormier (record: 21-2 & 1 no contest)
4. Floyd Mayweather (record: 10-0)
3. Manny Pacquiao (record: 12-4)
2. Jon Jones (record: 16-0 & 1 no contest)
1. Canelo Alvarez (record: 23-1-1)

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for