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Greatest fighters ever from Europe (excluding Russia)?

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  1. pankrat Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    So who are the greatest fighters ever from Europe, or higher ranked in the p4p GOAT list?

    Not asking for place of birth or nationality, but rather fighters who learned ther craft in Euope and actually came out of the European professional circuit

    #1 - Conor (top15 worldwide)
    #2 - Mousasi (top30 worldwide)
    #3 - Overeem (top30 worldwide)
    #4 - Mirko (top50 worldwide)
    #5 - Rutten (top50 worldwide)
    #6 - Arlovski - UFC champ and fringe contender in the absolute division for two full decades.
    #7 - Bisping - became champ blind in one eye
    #8 - Igor - king of the European scene in the 90s and Pride top HW contender
    #9 - Jan - one of only 4 male UFC champions ever from Europe
    #10 - Gustaffson - arguably beat all-time greats Jones and Cormier in their prime for the tittle

    Im surely forgetting some

    *Edit: Shilt, Hansen, Kongo, Lee Murray, Ngannou, Saffiedine, Daley, Weichel, Janitor

    *Huge respect for Joana, I dont include her for the same reason no woman shares a list with Leo Messi or Michael Jordan

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  2. AmericanMMA Brown Belt

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    Semmy Schilt
     
  3. ralphus1 Extremely stable genius

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    Doesn't crack the list but gotta give a shutout to the criminally underrated Joachim Hansen
     
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    The Snake! I remember being pumped after he pieced up Luiz Cane. He was probably pushing 40 at that point too.

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  6. pankrat Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Did Diabate ever crack the rankings?
     
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  8. DS66 Brown Belt

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    I think you pretty much covered it. If you're including women, Joanna should be on the list somewhere.
     
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    Conor over Crocop alone makes your list invalid
     
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    Heh.... He has some good wins... A recent 8 fight streak

    And a win over 2007 Mirko
     
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  11. TempleoftheDog Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    Joanna has something like 6 title defenses. Conor has 0.
     
  12. Badger67 Taxidea taxus

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    From europe excluding russia. Ok. Thanks for clarifying my geography is off.
     
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  13. pankrat Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    I said in OP why I dont include her
     
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    Hello.... Igor Vovchanchyn?!?!
     
  15. JustAkidFrom209 Banned Banned

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    You forgot the GOAT Miocic who is Croatian
     
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    Russia technically is Europe and Asia
     
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  17. pankrat Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Shit, big miss
    Not sure where to rank him though
     
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    I think he's Crohioan.
     
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    I think the order is a bit whack but you’ve covered most the right names. Mousasi is way, way too high for my tastes, but I don’t want to reopen that can of worms.
     
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  20. Badger67 Taxidea taxus

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    I wasnt being sarcastic.
     
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