Ranking the 10 best MMA promotions in the world currently

Ranking the 10 best MMA promotions in the world currently

Sospeter Itolondo
March 6, 2023 at 7:00 AM

MMA is one of the oldest and most watched sports worldwide. The combat sport has millions of fans worldwide viewing their favorite fighters in different classes. So, which MMA promotion is the best? Read on to learn more about the best MMA promotions in the world.

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Cage fighters during a fight. Photo: Mike Kemp
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MMA promotions ensure they manage fighters, get them paid well for their duels, and help them secure duels with other fighters. The MMA has some of the best athletes who also demand to be well-managed so that they can only focus on their training. Here are some of the best promotions in MMA right now.

10 biggest MMA promotions

The promotions help the sport go on smoothly while also searching for new talent. They also help in training the prospects. Here are some of the top MMA promotions:

10. Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA)

Started in 2017 by Ed Soares, the American organisation has organised more than 85 events. Each of their duels is broadcasted on AXS TV duels. Fans can also stream their duels online via UFC Fight Pass and YouTube.

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John Paul Le-Bosnoyani, top, defeated, Eugene Cacho via submission during LFA 54 at the Costa Mesa Hall at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Friday, Nov 16, 2018. Photo: Hans Gutknecht
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The LFA has its headquarters in Houston, Texas. Some commendable names in their Promotion include Vannessa Demopoulos and Zvaid Lazishvili.

9. M-1 Global

Its headquarters are in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and it is popular in Russia. The Promotion was started in 1997, and all their duels are streamed via their website, m1-global.com. Some of their fighters include:

M-1 Fighters

Sergey Morozov

Nate Landwehr

Roman Bogatov

Shavkat Rakhomonov

Bruna Silva

Khadis Ibragimov

Alexandar Volkov

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Bobby Green (L) battles Dan Lauzon during their Lightweigt bout at "Affliction M-1 Global Day of Reckoning" at the Honda Center on January 24, 2009 in Anaheim, California. Photo: Jon Kopaloff
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8. Pancrase

Jointly founded by Minoru Suzuki and Masakatsu Funaki in 1993, the organisation is the most populous in Japan. Its headquarters are in Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan. They are well known for their exemplary tactics and techniques. Their duels are mainly broadcasted on Tokyo MX and the UFC Fight Pass.

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Two fighters battle it out on a Pancrase ring. Photo: metropolisjapan.com
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7. Invicta Fight Championships (IFC)

Its headquarters is in Enka Village, North Carolina, USA, where it was founded in 2012. It remains the most popular all-female MMA promotion and has some of the most fierce female MMA fighters. It boasts of hosting more than 40 events broadcasted on the UFC Fight Pass and YouTube. Some notable names from their roster include:

Invicta Fight Championships

Alesha Zappitella

Kanako Murata

Vanessa Porto

Julija Stoliarenki

Pam Sorenson

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Tonya Evinger (red) vs. Colleen Schneide for the bantamweight title during Invicta FC 17 at the Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Saturday, May 7, 2016. Photo: Hans Gutknecht
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6. RIZIN Fighting Federation (RIZIN FF)

The firm was established in 2015 in Tokyo, Japan, with more than 60 fighters. It is one of the most popular first in Asia and tops the list of Japanese MMA promotions, with its duels broadcasted on FITE TV, SKY Perfect Tv and YouTube. Some of the fighters on its roster include:

RIZIN Fighting Federation

Seo Hee Ham

Ayaka Hamasaki

Hiromasa Ogikubo

Shintaro Ishiwatari

Bob Sapp


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Floyd Mayweather (L) punches Mikuru Asakura during a Rizin Fighting Federation boxing exhibition match at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, eastern Japan, on Sept. 25, 2022. Photo: Kyodo News
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5. ONE Championship

The firm is based in Singapore and is currently the biggest Promotion in Asia. It was founded in 2011 in Downtown Core. Some of the fighters in the firm include:

One Championship

Aung La N Sang

Brandon Vera

Roman Kryklia

Kiamrian Abbasov

Christian Lee

Reinier De Ridder

4. AMC Fight Nights

The firm was established by Kamil Gadzhiev in 2010 and later renamed from its previous name, Fight Nights Global. It is based in Russia, with its headquarters in Moscow, Russia. It is one of the largest brands in the world, having hosted many events, including the infamous K-1. It is also known as Eurasia Fight Nights.

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An AMC Fight Nights Tv logo on a black background. Photo: YouTube Fight Nights Global TV
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3. Absolute Championship Akhmat

The firm was formerly known as the Absolute Championship Berkut. It was formed in 2014, headquartered in Grozny, Russia. Their duels are broadcasted on Match TV and streamed on YouTube and Facebook. Some of their top fighters include:

Absolute Championship Akhmat

Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov

Tony Johnson

Salamu Abdurahmanov

Deivi Daniel Oliveira de Almeida

Azamat Kerefov

Abubakar Vagaev

2. Bellator MMA

The first is based in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It is one of the largest in the world, and some consider it ahead of the UFC. Their duels are usually shown on the USA Paramount Network. Only some local channels also broadcast them.

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Yaroslav Amosov (L), in action against Logan Storley during their welterweight title bout at Bellator 291 in the 3 Arena, Dublin. Photo: David Fitzgerald
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The firm was established by Viacom in 2008 and has excellent fighters such as:

Bellator MMA

Ryan Bader

Patricio Pitbull

Leu Macfarlane

Cris Cyborg

Douglas Lima

1. UFC

So, what is the largest MMA promotion in the world? The UFC comes out on top of the list of MMA promotions. It was founded in 1993, with its headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada. Great names such as Tito Ortiz, Miguel Torres and Ken Shamrock have emanated from the great firm.

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Jon Jones (L) and Ciryl Gane of France face off during the UFC 285 Press Conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel on March 2, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Chris Unger.
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They are proud to have hosted over 500 events and a thousand duels. Their duels are broadcasted on their very own platform, the most popular platform UFC Pass. ESPN also broadcasts them sometimes. Some of their top fighters include:


Jon Jones

Petr Yan

Israel Adesanya

Amanda Nunes

Alexander Volkanovsk

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Kamaru Usman

UK MMA promotions

The UK is one of the biggest markets for MMA, with millions of fans. Some of their top promotions include:

  • Cage Warriors Fight Championship(CWFC) London
  • Almighty Fighting Championships(AFC)
  • Warrior Fight Series (WFS)
  • Budo Fighting Championships
  • Caged Steel Fighting Championships
  • British Challenge MMA
  • Phoenix Fight Night(PFN)

Canadian MMA promotions

Canada is also another big market for the sport. Some of the best Canadian MMA promotions ranked:

  • Unified MMA
  • Battlefield Fight League
  • Rumble in the Cage
  • BTC Fight Promotions
  • Friday Night duels
  • Slamm
  • Colosseo Championship Fighting

The US has some of the best MMA promotions in the world. The UFC takes the top spot as it has hosted thousands of duels and more than 500 events. They have also cultivated some of the top talents in the game.

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