With the recent competition with Scott Coker and Bellator, as well as other organizations around the world, it raises the question, who are the best fighters outside the UFC? There are plenty of amazing fighters outside the UFC, but here are a few of the best outside the UFC.
Ben Askren may be the best welterweight in the entire world. Former two time NCAA wrestling champion and Olympian wrestler Ben Askren has dominated the fight game with his incredible wrestling. In his career, Askren is undefeated and has dominated just about everyone including current Bellator Welterweight champion Douglas Lima. Askren also has a dominating win over Andrey Koreshkov who has been a mainstay for Bellator. After his next fight in his current promotion ONE Championship, Askren has announced he will retire. It is a shame we never got to see Askren face off against the best of the UFC, but there is no doubt in my mind Askren would do just fine.
MacDonald is most known for his epic wars with Robbie Lawler in the UFC. When Georges St Pierre stepped away from the sport everyone believed MacDonald would take over as the face of MMA in Canada, and he has delivered. In MacDonalds career, he has defeated current UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley, Demain Maia, Jake Ellenberger, BJ Penn, and Nate Diaz. At only the age of 28, Bellator is getting a MacDonald in the prime of his career. Now under the new banner of Bellator, MacDonald has a win over Paul Daley and is fighting Douglas Lima for the Welterweight title in January.
Ryan Bader just recently signed with Bellator and has already captured the Light Heavyweight title. In Bader’s career, he has only lost to the elite of the light heavyweight division and has wins over quality opponents. Bader has wins over Rashad Evans, Ovince Saint Preux, Little Nog, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and two wins over Phil Davis.
Chandler has been a staple for Bellator in the lightweight division. The second former Missouri wrestler on this list (Askren being the other) is one of the most well-rounded lightweights in the world. I understand that Chandler may not be the champ of division currently, but his resume speaks for itself. Chandler has two wins over Patricky “Pitbull” Freire as well as wins over two former UFC lightweight champions in Benson Henderson and Eddie Alvarez. Michael Chandler is amongst the best lightweights in the entire world regardless of promotion.
Lima who is the current Bellator Welterweight champion has an impressive resume. His only recent losses are to Ben Askren who was previously mentioned, and Andrey Koreshkov that he later avenged. Lima has other wins over Lorenz Larkin, Paul Daley, and Ben Saunders. A win over Rory MacDonald in January would catapult Lima into the conversation of best welterweight in the world.