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Top 10 Best Light Heavyweight MMA Fighters (Currently Active) | Bellator & UFC

Mixed martial arts got so much fame in the recent years that people from all parts of the globe are following this sport. Competitions are held among various categories. However, heavyweight and light heavyweight fights are worth watching as the fighters show their immense strength in it. Here are the best light heavyweight MMA fighters in MMA who are currently active and holding the contracts with different promotions.

Best Light Heavyweight Fighters

Top 10 Best Current Light Heavyweight Fighters in MMA | Currently Active

Many fighters have fought exceptionally well and now are holding worthy contracts with different promotions. UFC and Bellator are the top MMA organizations which offer expensive contracts to different fighters. Here are the top 10 light heavyweight MMA fighters who are currently active and is fighting for different promotions.

Jiri Prochazka

  • Country | Czech
  • Base Salary | $350k
  • Promotion | UFC
  • Total Titles | 3
  • Titles Defends | 2

The Czech professional mixed martial artist has started his career in 2012 from Gladiator fighting championship. Throughout his career, he fought 33 matches and won 29 matches including 25 knockout wins. He remained the part of GFC and Rizin Fighting Federation and won light heavyweight titles there. Moreover, he successfully defended his titles 2 times before joining UFC.

Prochazka signed a contract with UFC in 2020 under light heavyweight category. He fought three matches and now he is the current light heavyweight champion after defeating Glover Teixeira in UFC 275. That’s why he tops the list of best light heavyweight MMA fighters.

Glover Teixeira

  • Country | Brazil
  • Base Salary | $500k
  • Promotion | UFC
  • Total Titles | 2
  • Titles Defends | 0

Known for the name of The Brazilian Pitbull, Glover Teixeira is also in the list as he has performed exceptionally well. He fought 41 matches and won 33 fights while faced loss in 8 matches. The Brazilian fighter started his career in 2002. He remained part of different promotions in the past but his best came out for Shooto Brazil where he won his 1st light heavyweight title.

Teixeira joined UFC in 2012 and fought some great matches. He won the UFC light heavyweight championship for the first time in 2021. However, he lost his title against Prochazka in UFC 275.

Jan Błachowicz

  • Country | Poland
  • Base Salary | $100k
  • Promotion | UFC
  • Total Titles | 2
  • Titles Defends | 3

Jan Blachowicz, professional MMA fighter from Poland has started his professional career in 2007. He joined UFC in 2014 but the best of his career came out with KSW. He won KSW 2010 Light Heavyweight Tournament in 2010 and then fought for the light heavyweight championship. In 2011, he became the champion and then defend his title successfully for 2 times.

In UFC, he fought under light heavyweight category and won the title in 2020 against Dominick Reyes. After defending his title successfully against Israel Adesanya, he lost the championship title against Glover Teixeira in 2021.

Magomed Ankalaev

  • Country | Russia
  • Base Salary | $210k
  • Promotion | UFC
  • Total Titles | 1
  • Titles Defends | 1

Magomed Ankalaev is currently considered as the toughest rival to beat as he has the ability to change the position very quickly. The Russian MMA fighter has fought 18 matches and won 17 out of them. He started his career with Oplot Challenge in 2014 and then moved to WFCA in 2014. There he showed his master-class to win the light heavyweight championship. He successfully defended his title for the next time again.

Ankalaev moved to UFC in 2018 and then a new journey to his career started. Now, he is currently holding the contract deal under light heavyweight category and is looking to become the next champion.

Aleksandar Rakic

  • Country | Austria
  • Base Salary | $100k
  • Promotion | UFC
  • Total Titles | 0
  • Titles Defends | 0

Aleksander Rakic is also active and is a part of the best light heavyweight fighters list as he won 14 matches out of the 17 fights he played. Rakic started his professional career in 2011 and lost his first game. Then he turned the game at 360 degree and won his next 12 fights consecutively.

He joined UFC in 2017 and is now active in light heavyweight category. Although, he hasn’t won any title, however, he is looking forward to win the championship fight to come at the top of this list.

Ryan Bader

  • Country | America
  • Base Salary | $500k
  • Promotion | Bellator
  • Total Titles | 2
  • Titles Defends | 1

Ryan Bader, current heavyweight champion, is currently signed with Bellator under heavyweight category. He is also the former light heavyweight championship in Bellator. The American fighter has started his career in 2007 and then moved to UFC in 2009. He is the currebnt heavyweight champion of Bellator as well.

Bader won his first light heavyweight title in 2008 while fighting under The Ultimate Fighter. He joined Bellator in 2017 and won the light heavyweight championship in his very first game. Now, he is fighting in dual class as heavyweight and light heavyweight MMA fighter.

Phil Davis

  • Country | America
  • Base Salary | $100k
  • Promotion | Bellator
  • Total Titles | 1
  • Titles Defends | 0

The American professional mixed martial artist is currently signed with Bellator to fight under light heavyweight category. In his professional career, he fought 31 matches and won 24 out of them. He started his career in 2008 and remained the part of different promotions in the past.

In UFC, Phil performed well but fail to win any championship. Then, he moved to Bellator where he came with his top performances. He won the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship in 2016 and then lost the title in his next fight. However, he is looking to dominate the fighters to get the title again.

Vadim Nemkov

  • Country | Russia
  • Base Salary | $250k
  • Promotion | Bellator
  • Total Titles | 1
  • Titles Defends | 2

The Russian fighter made his way to professional MMA through Way Of The Warrior 3 in 2013. He fought for different promotions in the past and participated in 18 matches. His career records show his incredible fighting skills as he won 15 matches and lost only 2. While 1 ended as a draw.

He moved to Bellator in 2017 and then the new era to his career started. Vadim won his first Bellator light heavyweight world championship in 2020 and then successfully defended his title for 2 times. He is still holding the title as his last fight ended with no contest in Bellator 277.

Liam McGeary

  • Country | England
  • Base Salary | $75k
  • Promotion | Bellator
  • Total Titles | 2
  • Titles Defends | 1

Liam McGeary, professional mixed martial artist from England is also fighting for Bellator from 2013 while he started his career in 2010 from Battle of Jersey. In his just 2nd fight, he won the ICO British light heavyweight championship that show his incredible fighting skills.

Throughout his professional career, he fought 17 matches and faced just 4 loss while won the 13 fights. In 2015, he won the Bellator light heavyweight championship title and lost it in 2016 after one successful defense.

Muhammed Lawal

  • Country | America
  • Base Salary | $75k
  • Promotion | Bellator
  • Total Titles | 1
  • Titles Defends | 0

Muhammed Lawal’s performance have not been good in the recent years. However, he still managed the place in the list of best light heavyweight MMA fighters. In his career, Lawal has played 32 matches and won 21 fights including 13 knockout wins while faced loss in 10 fights.

Lawal won his 1st light heavyweight championship title in 2010 while fighting for Strikeforce. Then he moved to Bellator in 2013 for the first time and in 2016 for the second time. He is still active and is looking to improve his performance for winning the championship title.

These are the top 10 best light heavyweight MMA fighters who are currently active and holding contract deals with different promotions like Bellator and UFC. Further updates will be available in the list. Stay tuned for more information!

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