Sunday, April 14

Current Best UFC Fighters From Australia, Ranked

Highlights

  • Australia is producing successful UFC fighters who are establishing legacies and achieving championship titles.
  • Jamie Mullarkey rebounded in his career with knockout wins after initial losses.
  • Alexander Volkanovski is an undefeated Featherweight Champion and considered one of the greatest in the division.



Historically, Australia has not been a prominent recruiting ground for MMA and prospective talent. However, in the last decade, many successful UFC fighters have come out of Australia and gone on to realize successful careers in MMA.

Some of these fighters are top-ranked contenders while others are current and former UFC champions such as Alexander Volkanovski and Robert Whittaker, that have established undeniable legacies. Prominent fighters continue to come out of Australia and the number will only grow as the UFC continues to build its worldwide popularity.


10 Jamie Mullarkey Earned ‘Fight of the Night’ Honor

Mullarkey Has Fought Alexander Volkanovski Before UFC Fame

MMA Record

17-2

UFC Honors

Fight of the Night (Two times), Performance of the Night (One time)


Jamie Mullarkey, the lightweight competitor started his UFC career losing back-to-back fights to Brad Riddell and Fares Ziam. However, he successfully rebounded in 2021 and compiled a two-fight win streak at the expense of Khama Worthy and Devonte Smith. He defeated both fighters by knockout and after losing to Jalin Turner in 2022, Mullarkey had mixed success the following year with two wins and two losses.

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8 Jimmy Crute Is A Promising Contender

Crute Has Finished All His Wins In The UFC

MMA Record

12-4

UFC Honors

Performance of the Night (Two times)


Crute is a talented grappler capable of submitting or knocking out his opponents early and often. Following two defeats in 2021, Crute remained inactive throughout 2022. His return saw a draw against Alonzo Menifield at UFC 284, followed by a loss in their rematch at UFC 290. Taking a hiatus from the sport, Crute aims to return with enhanced skills and a refreshed perspective.

7 Jake Matthews Is A UFC Veteran

Matthews Fights At Lightweigh and Welterweight

MMA Record

19-7

UFC Honors

Fight of the Night (Two times), Performance of the Night (One time)

Matthews made his UFC debut back in 2014 and has since then compiled a 11-7 record. Throughout his UFC career, he has defeated Li Jingliang, Diego Sanchez, and Emil Weber Meek.


Matthews is primarily a ground fighter who utilizes his grappling to control his opponent’s while searching for a submission finish. The Melbourne native is still improving and will continue to get better as he approaches his prime years.

6 Casey O’Neil Is A Rising Flyweight

O’Neil Excels In Kickboxing

MMA Record

9-2

UFC Honors

Performance of the Night (One time)

Casey O’Neil is a Scottish-Australian mixed martial artist who made her pro debut in 2019. The 24-year-old flyweight is one of the most highly touted women’s prospects in all of mixed martial arts. She has a 4-2 record in the UFC and has the charisma of a future star of the sport.


O’Neil had the biggest win of her career against Roxanne Modafferi but has since lost two fights against Jennifer Maia and Ariane Lipski.

5 Jack Della Maddalena Is An Undefeated In The UFC

Maddalena Is Likely The Next UFC Champion From Australia

MMA Record

16-2

UFC Honors

Performance of the Night (Three times), Fight of the Night (One time), 2022 Newcomer of the Year

Maddalena is one fight away from the welterweight top ten in the UFC when he faces Gilbert Burns on March 9, 2024, at UFC 299. He is undefeated and holds wins over Randy Brown and Kevin Holland. He impressed Dana White in the Contender series and has since picked up several UFC bonuses with his spectacular knockouts over Pete Rodriguez, Danny Roberts and Randy Brown.


4 Kai-Kara France Fought For A UFC Title

MMA Record

24-11

UFC Honors

Fight of the Night (Three times), Performance of the Night (Two times)

It is still unclear how high Kai-Kara France’s ceiling as a flyweight contender is. The Australian made his UFC debut in 2018 and there are times when France has looked like the best flyweight in the division, but he has also suffered losses to top-ranked flyweights Brandon Moreno twice and Brandon Royval.

France dropped a decision in 2023 and suffered a concussion in training when scheduled to fight Manel Kape later in the year.


3 Tai Tuivasa Is A Knockout Machine

Tuivasa Has Won All But One Fight By Knockout

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MMA Record

14-6

UFC Honors

Performance of the Night (four times, Fight of the Night (one time)

Tai Tuivasa is awesome, plain, and simple. Very few fighters possess the perfect balance between charisma and fighting prowess. Tuivasa is not only likable and extremely popular with the MMA fan base, but he is also one of the most devastating knockouts artists currently competing in MMA.

After a 3-3 start to his UFC career, the Australian embarked on an impressive five-fight win streak but lost three fights in a row against elite competition.


2 Robert Whittaker Is A UFC Middleweight Legend

Whittaker Nearly Cleaned Out The Middleweight Division

MMA Record

24-7

UFC Honors

UFC Middleweight Championship (one time), Interim UFC Middleweight Championship (one time), Performance of the Night (three times), Fight of the Night. (five times) The Ultimate Fighter winner

Despite coming up short against Israel Adesanya twice, Robert Whittaker is easily the second best Australian fighter currently competing in MMA. He has compiled a 15-5 record in the UFC and has defeated some of the best middleweights in the world including Derek Brunson, Yoel Romeo, Ronaldo Souza, and Jared Cannonier.

Whittaker is extremely well-rounded, strategic, and durable, making him a difficult challenge for any middleweight. Although he is no longer the middleweight champion, he has accomplished so much and will continue to compete as a top-tier talent for years to come.


1 Alexander Volkanovski Was #1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter In The UFC

Volk Has Never Lost At Featherweight

MMA Record

26-3

UFC Honors

UFC Featherweight Championship, Fight of the Night (Three times), Performance of the Night (One time)

Alexander Volkanovsk is arguably the greatest UFC Featherweight Champion of all time and remains undefeated in the division. After defeating Holloway twice in a row to claim the belt and defend his title, Volkanovski faced Brian Ortega in a highly anticipated title match. He showed the heart of a champion by withstanding Ortega’s most powerful submission attempts and defeated the challenger by unanimous decision.

He went on to defeat Korean Zombie, and Max Holloway for the third time, and Yair Rodríguez. After an unsuccesful attempts to dethrone Islam Machachev, Volk still remains the king in his division.


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