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Top 10 MMA and UFC veterans that retired on a win

Bloody Elbow has compiled a top-ten list of the greatest MMA fighters that left the sport on a win.

What is the hardest part about being an MMA fan, besides keeping up? Longtime fans will agree - watching your heroes fall from grace by way of getting brutally beat up right before your eyes can be rather difficult to stomach.

In other sports, you sometimes see career-ending injuries, but by and large there are ample cases of athletes riding off into the sunset after finishing up their careers with a couple of not-so-great seasons. So your favorite player isn’t as sharp, athletic, or even putting up the same numbers as he or she once did in their prime; big deal.

When it comes to combat sports, when our heroes start to fade, the sight can be quite disturbing. A lot of guys go the Ken Shamrock and Takanori Gomi route, losing routinely in devastating fashion, but there are a select few O.G.’s who went out by way of the winner’s circle. Bloody Elbow has compiled a list of your top-ten MMA vets who left the sport on a W. Let us know who we missed in the comment section.

Top-10 MMA veterans that went out on a win:

**arranged by year of retirement


TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 26: (JAPANESE NEWSPAPERS OUT) Rickson Gracie competes in the match against Masakatsu Funaki during the Colosseum 2000 at Tokyo Dome on May 26, 2000 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Sankei via Getty Images

Rickson Gracie 11-0 (400-0)

  • Last fight- Technical Submission of Masakatsu Funaki on 5/26/2000
  • First official MMA bout in 1980
  • Finished each of his 11 MMA bouts (2 KO, 9 Sub)
  • Rumored to have a combined record of 400-0 across multiple combative disciplines


Guy Mezger Pancrase Hybrid History UFC 251 Fight Island Shakiel Mahjouri MMA News Video Photo by David Becker/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Guy Mezger 30-14-2

  • Last fight - TKO of Daniel Bergman on 12/6/2003
  • Veteran of UFC, Pancrase, and PRIDE FC
  • UFC 13 middleweight tournament winner (200 pounds)
  • First person to defeat Tito Ortiz in a professional MMA match


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Bas Rutten 28-4-1

  • Last fight - TKO of Ruben Villareal on 7/22/2006
  • Legendary run as King of Pancrase
  • Won UFC heavyweight title in 1999 by defeating Kevin Randlemen at UFC 20
  • Put the ‘Liver Shot’ on the map


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Pat Miletich 29-7


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Chris Lytle 31-18-5

  • Last fight - Submission of Dan Hardy on 8/11/2011
  • Competed in MMA while simultaneously holding down a job as a firefighter
  • The Ultimate Fighter Season 4 finalist
  • Finished career with 22 submission wins


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Kazuo Misaki 25-11-2

  • Last fight - Decision over Paul Daley on 3/3/2012
  • 2006 PRIDE welterweight Grand Prix winner
  • Retired on a three-fight winning streak


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Dan Severn 101-19-7

  • Last fight - Decision over Alex Rozman on 4/28/2012
  • Won over 100 sanctioned MMA matches
  • UFC 4 tournament finalist
  • UFC 5 tournament winner
  • UFC 7.5 tournament winner


UFC 106 Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Forrest Griffin 19-7

  • Last fight - Decision over Tito Ortiz on 7/7/2012
  • Put MMA on the mainstream map with his Ultimate Fighter Season 1 Finale iconic war with Stephan Bonnar
  • The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner
  • Won the UFC light heavyweight title by defeating Quinton Jackson at UFC 86


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Pedro Rizzo 20-11

  • Last fight - TKO of Andrew Flores Smith on 9/12/2015
  • 3x UFC heavyweight title challenger
  • One of the first MMA pioneers to devastate with leg kicks
  • Has fought every heavyweight legend under the sun, from Fedor Emelianenko to Randy Couture and everything in between


UFC Fight Night: Faber v Pickett Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Urijah Faber 34-10

  • Last fight- Decision over Brad Pickett on 12/17/2016
  • Held WEC featherweight belt for over two years
  • 4x UFC bantamweight title challenger
  • Founder of Team Alpha Male and world champion coach

Candidates if they can remain retired:

Royce Gracie 15-2-3

  • Last fight - TKO win over Ken Shamrock on 2/19/16

Tito Ortiz 19-12-1

Matt Brown 21-16