In the extremely competitive nature of worldwide MMA, it’s sometimes hard to remember where the most successful or the most popular fighters come from. Although it’s easy to remember the icons, it’s usually due to their activity in terms of personal branding, fan interactions, and overall skills to put on a show.
Fighters like McGregor and Mayweather are easy to remember, recognize and know details about due to their fame. Even those who don’t watch MMA at all, know who these people are because of their “outside of the rink” actions.
But this doesn’t mean that MMA fans forget about the underdogs or the champions that aren’t too active on social media or any type of internet platform. But for those who do, we have this article to remind you about some of the best performing Aussies in the whole gig and remind you how they achieved their success.
The fighters will not be listed according to weight, gender, ranking or anything, it’s just a small list of who’s the most accomplished from Australia. Let’s call it “Top 3 Australian MMA Fighters”
Robert “Bobby Knuckles / The Reaper” Whittaker
Robert has said that he’s been involved in self-defense discipline for as long as he can remember. He was just seven years old when his father introduced him to Goju-Ryu Karate, after which he developed a love for any type of combat sports.
He soon transitioned to MMA in his teen years and has been pursuing it ever since. The reason why Whittaker is so popular amount Aussies is because of his achievements in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Whittaker started his MMA career in 2009 and managed to very quickly win the UFC: The Smashes series in the welterweight division.
Whittaker managed to win his title as champion in the UFC: 213 which was held in 2017. He got the title as the interim middleweight champion and was upgraded to undisputed champion soon after. The upgrade was due to George St-Pierre forfeiting his title.
Whittaker is known to be a very humble person who puts sportsmanship above everything else.
Megan Anderson is also a fan favorite in Australia. She is arguably the best female MMA fighter the country has managed to field.
In fact, in the wake of the feminist movement, multiple Australian women looked up to her as a true display of freedom and equality in the country. She also used to be a favorite of the local casinos as they’d always expect her to win and have the expectation satisfied.
Megan Anderson will always have very high odds of winning no matter who she is matched against. Why? Because she’s tall.
Standing at 1.83 meters, Anderson is taller than 99.9% of women involved in MMA. Plus she fights in the featherweight division, giving her an amazing advantage over her opponents in terms of reach.
Anderson was so good in fact that she once held the Invicta FC featherweight champion title for a while.
Her involvement with the UFC has been a mix with wins and losses, but she still has a chance to prove herself once again on October 6th, 2019.
Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski
Volkanovski was born in Macedonia, hence the nickname “The Great”, but competes under the Australian flag.
He is yet another fan favorite for Aussies simply because of his performance in the Australian Fighter’s Championship, which he won in the featherweight division.
However, this is the least of his accomplishments so to say, he is currently ranked #1 in official Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight division.
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