The more MMA has emerged from the fringes to become a globally popular sport, the more training facilities have popped up in just about every location one can think of. There is one region, in particular that has produced some of the brightest stars to ever put on a pair of gloves: the British Isles.
Over the last decade, several British and Irish stars have been making waves in both the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as well as other high-profile organizations around the globe.
With that in mind, we are going to take a closer look at the top ten fighters the region has ever produced. The list is an excellent mix of today's top stars, combined with some of the big-name pioneers that helped pave the way for their fellow countrymen (and women).
Of course, the term "great" can be quite subjective. However, for our purposes, we are primarily taking into account a fighter's in-cage accomplishments, the fame and notoriety they've achieved, as well as the impact they have had on the sport of mixed martial arts as a whole.
Now that the criteria has been explained let's get to it.
From 1999-2003 Jacques performed on the Florida independent pro wrestling circuit. He also has an amateur wrestling background and currently holds a certification in Krav Maga. Jacques graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Follow him on twitter @goodeals79.