NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Ultimate Fighting is one of the most intense and physically exhausting activities in the world of mixed martial arts. It takes years of training, dedication, and sacrifice in order to perform at the highest level of this extreme sport.
The men and women that compete for UFC titles put their bodies on the line each time they step into the octagon.
The goal for these fighters is to be named the UFC champion and cement their place in ultimate fighting's history book.
The following is a list of the top 10 UFC champions...
Known as "The Hammer," Coleman was the UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournament champion (the numbers following UFC refer to the series event UFC is promoting, similar to how the Superbowl is numbered), the first UFC heavyweight champion and at UFC 82 this now retired fighter was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
During his career Coleman accumulated 16 wins, four by knockout, eight by submission, and four by decision.
Known as "The Beast," Severn stands 6'2" and weighs 250 lbs. This accomplished fighter is best known for his success in UFC tournaments when the sport was in its early years.
"The Beast" has fought in a total of 127 mixed martial arts tournaments, wining 101, 25 by knockout, 52 by submission, and 24 by decision.
An influential figure in mixed martial arts, this Brazilian-born fighter earned his spot on this list because he was known for taking on and beating opponents much larger than he was.
Now retired, Gracie can look back on a career that includes 19 fights, with 14 wins, 12 by submission and 2 by decision.
"The Iceman" hails from Santa Barbara. CA and holds a record of 21-8-0. Liddell was active from 1998-2010 and finished his career with the second most knockouts in UFC history after Anderson Silva.
"The World's Most Dangerous Man" was given the nickname by ABC News when they ran a special called "The World's Most Dangerous Things." Shamrock spent time wrestling with the WWF (now WWE).
Shamrock developed a famous rivalry with Royce Gracie. He would become the first UFC Superfight Champion after his defeat of Dan Severn at UFC 6.
"The Natural" is 19-11-0 in his fight history and is summarized by UFC.com as a "world class wrestler" with a "great clinch."
During his UFC career Couture was a three time UFC Heavyweight Champion, a two time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and was the UFC 13 Heavyweight tournament winner.
This 26-year-old wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and muay thai fighter, nicknamed "Bones," is the current UFC Light heavyweight champion.
It was announced on May 24 that the highly anticipated rematch between Jones and Alexander Gustafsson is almost set, and the UFC is looking at August 30 as the date. Jones has yet to respond but ESPN said Gustafsson has already accepted.
Now retired, Hughes made a name for himself when he went on two separate six fight winning streaks.
Hughes is a former two time UFC Welterweight champion, a UFC Hall of Famer and a NJCAA Hall of Famer.
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"Rush" is currently on hiatus after winning a controversial judge's decision at UFC 167 vs. Johny Hendricks.
His current fight record is 25-2-0 and UFC.com summarizes him as athletic, "very well rounded" and disciplined.
This Canada-born mixed martial artist has held 3 Welterweight Championships and has been described by Sherdog, an MMA website, as the number one Welterweight in the world.
This former champion a.k.a "The Spider" has a fight record of 33-6-0. UFC.com summarizes him as someone with speed, who is "well rounded," and a "phenomenal striker."
Silva holds the longest the longest title defense streak in the history of UFC.
The streak ended in 2013 and consisted of 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses.