1. Royce Gracie - participated in 5 of the first 10 events winning 3 tournaments, and winning every fight he was in barring the SuperFight. Wins over Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Kimo, and RON VAN CLIEFF!!!! during this time.
2. Ken Shamrock - The clear number 2 of this era IMO (hey shoot me), Participated in 8 of the first 10 events. First to not lose to Royce, also has wins over Severn, Taktarov, Kimo, Smith, and HAROLD HOWARD during this time.
3. Marco Ruas - Only participated in 1 UFC event during this time, but man I think that 1 showing proved that he was one of the best of this era. He could kick you, punch you, submit you, whatever. First to win a tournament via different finish every fight.
4. Dan Severn - Participated in 4 events during this time, First good wrestler of UFC early days. Won UFC 5 tournament. Wins over Shamrock, Taktarov, and Macias during this time. Losses to Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock as well. A bove Coleman simply because he was busier in this period.
5. Mark Coleman - 1 appearance from this time period, but it was clear he was damn good and a force. The first supreme wrestler of UFC. This Coleman would have given everyone on this list a tough ass fight. Big win over Don Frye in UFC 10 Finals.
6. Don Frye - appeared in 3 UFCs during this time winning 1 tournament and then losing another one to Coleman. Biggest win during this period is probably over Gary Goodridge.
7. Oleg Taktarov - Participated in 3 events during this time, bigest wins over Dave Buenet and Tank Abbott, lost to Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock . Won 1 tournament. First great Sambo wrestler in UFC. Went on to beat Ruas.
HERE IS WHERE IT GETS TRICKY every man above should render no argument, these next 3 should render many arguments
8. Kimo - Participated in 2 events, lost both fights, but they were verse Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock, nothing wrong with that, first plain big man of UFC. Nothing special but during this era a tough fight. Probably too high cause I can remmber how confident Ken was fighting him. He thought it would be an easy fight.
9. Tank Abbott - participated in 1 event during this era, but man was it an important one, would have been in more but was suspended numerous times. Ran through the tournament before succumbing to Oleg Taktarov but man, those fists were fearsome, and the whole UFC was put on alert, keep your head on a swivel verse this Tank guy.
10. Paul Varlens - Participated in 4 events if I remember correctly. No big wins but was always tough and made for great fights with Steve Jennum, Marco Ruas, and Tank Abbott. The Polar Bear was an accurate nickname.
Guy Mezger would have been ranked but only had 1 fight during this period so I did not rank him. Pat Smith at number 10 would recieve no arguments from me as well as Gary Goodridge
Whats yalls take, would love to get yalls rankings. If this is popular I will do the top 10 fighters from every 10 UFCs, let me know if you would enjoy that