Best post UFC careers 

Honorable Mention:

  • Rampage Jackson (38-14): UFC record: (7-5)Post Record: (6-3)
  • Jon Fitch (32-8-2): UFC record: (14-3-1) Post Record: (7-3-1) Retired
  • Tito Ortiz (21-12-1): UFC record: (15-11) Post Record: (5-2 includes boxing)
  • Mirko Cro-Cop (38-11-2): UFC record: (5-6) Post Record: (11-1-1) Retired

#1 Gegard Mousasi (49-7-2): UFC record: (9-3) Post Record: (7-1): Of all the UFC fighters that have left the organization, Gegard might just be the only one the UFC wants back. There is a current debate if he is the only man that can beat Izzy and with Gegard in Bellator, we might never know. He has won the Bellator MW belt twice and only lost once to Rafael Lovato, he is currently on a 4 fight win streak and looks unstoppable. 

#2 Sergio Pettis (22-5): UFC record: (16-8) Post Record: (4-0): Sergio has succeeded where he previously failed. A constant contender with the UFC, Sergio never reached a title shot. But after leaving the company in 2020, he flipped a switch and won Bellator’s Bantamweight title in one of the best comebacks in the company’s history.

#3 Ryan Bader (29-7-1): UFC record: (15-5) Post Record: (7-2-1): From 2017-19 Bader was a Champ Champ. The former TUF winner and LHW contender with the UFC went on to have ridiculous success with Bellator where he has beat names like Phil Davis, King Mo, Fedor, Machida, Moldavsky and Mitrione. He has continued to show the explosiveness that made him a threat in his early days and at 38 is defending his HW title vs our #5 entry. 

#4 Phil Davis (24-6-1): UFC record: (10-3-1) Post Record: (11-3): Mr Wonderful has been just that during his tenure in Bellator. Not only did he win the LHW Grand Prix, but he also won the belt in 2016. He has only lost to two men twice (Bade, Nemkov) and is currently on a 2 fight win streak which includes Yoel Romero and Julius Anglickas. 

#5 Cheick Kongo (31-11-2): UFC record: (11-7-1) Post Record: (13-3): A career that began in 2001, Cheick Kongo has found success everywhere he went. While in the UFC he faced off against the best of the best before moving on to Bellator where he amassed an even better record. While the title may have slipped his grasp during an NC against Bader 3 years ago, Kongo is now back facing his old foe for the belt in May.

#6 John Lineker (35-9): UFC record: (12-4) Post Record: (4-0): Hands of stone has been plowing through opposition (17 KOs) since turning pro in 2008. During his UFC days, he came close to challenging for the belt but came up short in an eliminator fight. He left the UFC on sour terms but found instant success with Asian promotion One where he has scored 3 of his 4 wins via KO or TKO. He most recently flatlined Bibiano Fernandes to win the Bantamweight belt. 

#7 Corey Anderson (16-5-1): UFC record: (10-5) Post Record: (3-0-1): Corey recently suffered an NC in a fight that he was not only winning but one that would have made him Bellators 205 champion. Corey has been everything his new company could’ve wished for scoring 3 straight stoppages with Melvin Manhoef and Ryan Bader being 2 of the victims. A rematch vs Nemkov should be in the works and Corey will have a chance to prove everyone wrong that keeps doubting him.

#8 Kyoji Horiguchi (29-4): UFC record: (8-1) Post Record: (11-2): One of the few fighters to leave the UFC on a 3 fight win streak, Kyoji has fought for Rizin and Bellator only, Kyoji has some of the worst luck when it comes to title fights as evidence by his losses to DJ and Sergio Pettis. But the Japanese bantamweight has still had a very memorable post UFC career showcasing that regardless of the company he fights for, he is still one of the best in his weight. 

#9 Olivier Aubin-Mercier (14-5): UFC record: (7-5) Post Record (3-0): Former TUF finalist showed plenty of promise during his UFC run, but a final 3 fight losing streak caused his release from the promotion. OAM landed with the PFL where he has been undefeated beating 2 former UFC vets in Darrel Horcher and Marcin Held. 

#10 Will Brooks (23-5-1): UFC record: (1-3) Post Record: (5-1-1): Former Bellator LW champ Will Brooks, had one of the roughest tenures a former champ could have, in some ways it resembled Cro cop in winning his debut, but flaming out in the remaining fights with the company, many considered him finished, but he has put on a nice streak with the PFL and other regional companies, at 35 years of age his window is closing, but never say never to an PFL or Bellator reunion.

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