11 Hottest Male MMA Fighters In The World (2024 Updated)

Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
Published by Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer
Last updated: March 30, 2024
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Not all good-looking men are action movie stars. Some of them are fighting inside the Octagon.

As a Certified Personal Trainer, I am impressed not just by their handsome looks but also by their exceptional fighting skills and titles.

To determine who are the sexiest male MMA fighters, our team conducted a poll and delved into articles, social media profiles, and videos to uncover all there is to know about the men included in our list.

Who are the MMA fighters turning heads with their looks as well as their punches? Read on and find out.

11 Most Handsome MMA fighters

11. Paulo Costa

I remember watching Paulo Henrique Costa's debut in the UFC Middleweight division.

Paulo Henrique Costa, a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, is not only renowned for his skills in the Middleweight division but also for his striking handsomeness.

Costa's chiseled features and confident demeanor make him a standout figure.

Costa's blend of physical strength and appealing looks add to his allure, making him one of the most handsome fighters in the sport.

 

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10. Anthony Pettis

Anthony "Showtime" Pettis completes our list of the most handsome MMA fighters. He fought in lightweight tournaments and is a former UFC Lightweight Champion and WEC Lightweight Champion.

Pettis had a couple of big time wins and has beaten several big names, such as:

  • Donald Cerrone
  • Benson Henderson
  • Charles Oliveira


He left the UFC with an impressive record of 24 wins and ten losses. To date, he is currently ranked number 13 in the welterweight rankings.

Pettis now fights in the Professional Fighters League.

 

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9. Dominick Rojelio Cruz

Watching Dominick Rojelio Cruz rise to become a two-time Bantamweight Champion has been an exhilarating journey.

He first won his Bantamweight Championship in the World Extreme Cagefighting and went on to sign up for the UFC, where he practically became unstoppable.

He made history by winning most of his fights in WEC and UFC and received several awards, including Fight of the Night honor and Performance of the Night.

Later in his career, he even became an award-winning, influential Commentator for the MMA sport.

 

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8. Roger Huerta

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Known by the nickname "El Matador," Roger Huerta is next on our list of the most handsome MMA fighters.

Huerta became a star in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship back in the 2000s, where he won 20 of his 23 fights, with six of the wins via knockout.

However, the second half of Huerta's MMA career didn't go well. He suffered back-to-back losses and ended his contract in the UFC in 2010.

He then fought under Bellator MMA, and on ONE Championship, with not much luck.

Despite all these, Huerta says he's not done fighting and aims to be a world champion.

7. Frank Mir

Frank Mir is one of the most handsome MMA fighters. He is an American mixed martial artist who has won the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title twice and has recently fought for Bellator MMA in the heavyweight division.

His first Ultimate Fighting Championship fight was in 2001, where he won against Roberto Traven at UFC 34 via armbar submission.

Since then, he has had many notable wins against famous fighters in the Octagon.

Frank Mir now holds an incredible record with 19 wins and 13 losses.

 

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6. Christopher Weidman

Christopher Weidman is next on the most handsome MMA fighters list and is an American mixed martial artist.

His aggressive style in combat, swift moves, and dashing personality earned him the support of many fans.

This Mixed Martial Artist is a famous middleweight competitor and is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion.

The 'All American' holds a stellar MMA career record of 15-5-0.

 

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5. Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson is a former professional kickboxer. Thompson's powerful physique and charming personality earn him a spot on our list of sexiest MMA fighters.

Thompson's father was a fighter and owned a karate school, while everyone in his family traditionally had to train karate from age three to 16.

"I know what martial arts have done for me. They've taught me integrity, self-control, perseverance, and an indomitable spirit."

— Stephen Thompson, Five-time World Champion Kickboxer

This Mixed Martial Fighter became a five-time world champion kickboxer and holds a 6th-degree black belt in Tetsushin Ryu Kempo Karate, 1st degree in Tetsushin Ryu Jujitsu, and a brown belt in RCJ Machado Jiu-jitsu.

Thompson has won undefeated kickboxing matches. He is currently a famous Welterweight Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter and fought several top names in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

4. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Next on the most handsome MMA fighters list is the famous Japanese mixed martial artist Yoshihiro Akiyama. He is also an accomplished judoka, winning gold in judo at the Asian Games and Asian Championships.

He practiced many martial arts such as karate, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and submission fighting.

An article published in 2010 in Wiley - Online Library shows the importance and the effects of martial arts on health status and fitness. In effect, this kind of training helped Yoshihiro Akiyama to improve his athletic competitive abilities [1].

Akiyama is known as the former K-1 Hero's Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion. And he has also fought under Ultimate Fighting Championship thrice, where he won Fight of The Night Honors in all of them.

3. Carlos Condit

Carlos Joseph Condit's fighting skills, muscular body, and charismatic personality made him one of the most handsome MMA male fighters.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship Interim Worldwide Champion from Mexico had many memorable moments inside the Octagon and classic fights against Georges St-Pierre, Dan Hardy, and Johny Hendricks.

Condit surprised the MMA world by announcing his retirement on September 17, 2021.

 

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Carlos Joseph Condit is known for the nickname "Natural Born Killer" and with no doubt deserving of that title. He had an impressive 32-14 record, where 15 of those wins came by knockout and 13 by submission.

2. Donald Cerrone

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is one of the most attractive fighters in the Octagon. He is known for taking fights on short notice for the thrill, and his appealing personality earns him significant support from fans.

Cerrone had his first professional fight in the lightweight division in 2006 and now has earned a striking Pro MMA Record of 36-16-0, 2 NC (Win-Loss-Draw).

He has an incredible Ultimate Fighting Championship record of 23-10 (W-L), with ten wins by knockout, six victories via submission, and seven decision wins.

He was also given several awards, including the MMA Fighter of the Year for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

1. Ryan Bader

Ryan is one of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Champions and reigning Bellator Heavyweight Champion.

Bader was a two-time NCAA D-I All-American wrestler and three-time PAC-10 champion.

Now, he is a mixed American Martial artist signed under Bellator.

He also has an incredible MMA fighters record of 27-6-0 (Win-Loss-Draw). He fought in several MMA promotions before fighting in the light heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. He also has an excellent UFC record of 14-5 (Win-Loss).

 

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References:

  1. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1756-5391.2010.01107.x
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Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
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Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health and is the owner of Taylor Made Fitness. Her philosophy centers on cutting through the hype and misinformation surrounding dietary supplements, focusing instead on practical, science-backed strategies for health and weight loss.
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