Ranking 10 Greatest Ever MMA Fighters From The UK & Ireland

10. Liam McGeary (13-4)

King's Lynn, Norfolk's Liam McGeary is one of best light heavyweights the nation of England has ever produced. He also has the distinction of being the only athlete on our list to have never competed in the UFC.

That being said, he's certainly more than made his presence felt in Bellator MMA. In 2015, the well-rounded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made history by defeating Emanuel Newton and becoming the UK's first Bellator champ.

From 2010 until 2016, McGeary was an undefeated fighter with a perfect 11-0 record. The 6'6" former champ holds a victory over UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz. McGeary also defeated Muhammed 'King Mo" Lawal, back in 2018.

Given that he hasn't fought in the UFC, Liam McGeary isn't as well known among casual fans. However, he's been one of Bellator's best for years now and distinguished himself by becoming the promotion's first British champ.


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.