The best UK MMA fighters outside of the UFC

The best UK MMA fighters outside of the UFC

Jack Cartwright


Jack is currently competing in the Cage Warriors bantamweight division where he holds a professional MMA record of 8-0 fighting out of SBG Manchester.

He recently defeated Manuel Bilic by unanimous decision at Cage Warriors 112, where he became the 61kg champion. Cartwright is also the 1st ranked pro bantamweight out of 172 in the United Kingdom & Ireland.

Since going professional in February of 2017, Cartwright has racked up an astonishing 4 submissions, 3 KO/TKO’s and just only 1 decision.

Before turning professional Jack had a perfect amateur record of 4-0 which spanned a total of two-years where again he had just the one bout go the distance.


Mason Jones


Known as “The Dragon” Mason Jones is another highlight named fighter here in the UK. He holds a record of 9-0 and fighting out of Pedro Bessa BJJ he has recently become the Cage Warriors lightweight champion. After his impressive win against Joe McColgan at Cage Warriors 113, earlier this year, after Danilo Belluardo pulled out of the title fight with Jones due to injury.

Mason is the 6th ranked pro lightweight out of 316 in the United Kingdom & Ireland. Where we’re sure he will be able to top the rankings in the near future.

Jones has a perfect split down the middle winning 3 by KO/TKO, 3 by submission & 3 by decision in his professional career wins.

At only 25 years of age Mason Jones certainly has great things in his career ahead of him and countless fans can’t wait to see what new accomplishments await to appear for the Welshman.


Paddy Pimblett


Possibly the biggest fan favourite on this list is nicknamed ‘The Baddy’. This is due to some of his unreal career highlights, like the time he pulled off a flying triangle choke/armbar in his bout against Alexis Savvidis at Cage Warriors 90.

Since becoming a professional MMA fighter back in 2012 Paddy has been nothing short of a pleasure to watch. Currently holding a record of 14-3 with his latest win being over Decky Dalton by ground and pound stoppage earlier this year after 18 months out due to injuries and cancelled bouts, it sure does happen to look as if this is the resurgence of the “The Baddy”.

Paddy is ranked 3rd out of 316 professional fighters in the United Kingdom & Ireland despite at his best he’s more then capable of topping the rankings.

Pimblett is the former Cage Warriors featherweight champion, he successfully made 1 title defence before coming short against Nad Narimani at Cage Warriors 82 in early 2017.


Fabian Edwards


Known as “The Assassin” Fabian Edwards you may know is the younger sibling of UFC welterweight starlet Leon Edwards but that isn’t stopping him from making a solidified name for himself.

Edwards is currently under contract with Bellator MMA, he is 9-0 and was supposed to fight Costello van Steenis at Bellator London: Gallagher vs Ellenor on 2020.05.16, however the event was later cancelled due to the corona-virus outbreak.

Fabian is 27 years of age and trains at the Ultimate Training Centre in Birmingham. As well as this, he is positioned in the worldwide MMA  middleweight rankings at 64 and will certainly continue to make his way up.

Since going pro in 2017 after an impressive run as a amateur, that spanned a year and a perfect record of 10-0 Leon Edwards has been nothing short of exciting to watch and many fans always have the same question to ask in why he isn’t already on the UFC roster within the 83.9kg weight division.

Fabian “The Assassin” Edwards has all wins split equally with 3 by KO/TKO, 3 by decision and 3 by submission.


James Gallagher


With a nickname like “The Strabanimal” it’s not all that difficult to understand why he’s such a fan favourite throughout the MMA community. James Gallagher competes within the Bellator MMA 65kg weight divsion, when he’s not fighting at catch weight that is.

Currently holding an impressive MMA professional record of 10-1 and fighitng out of Straight Blast Gym Ireland, James is on a current 3 fight winning streak.

Unfortunately for Gallagher his last fight was in September 2019, due to recent cancellations. His most recent scheduled bout was supposed to be held in March against Cal Ellenor, however it was cancelled due to the coronavirus. Although this isn’t their first meeting that was rescheduled, as in February the fight got cancelled as James had a back injry.

Many of his wins come out of submission attempts with a few by decision. James Gallagher seems very succesful on the ground as he has 6 victories by the rear naked choke and 2 by guillotines.

During his amateur career that spanned only a year long period, Gallagher tallied up 5 wins. 3 coming by a submission, 1 by decison and his debut his oppoent refusing to fight within the first second of the bout.



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