The Top 13 MMA Fighters Who Are Also Tall

But are there tall MMA fighters who made it?

MMA is the most versatile combat sport where being tall has many pros and cons when it comes to fighting

If we look back in history, being very tall in MMA fights will not lead to many advantages, as you think, in many cases, you tend to fight inside the cage

But as in any sport, there are exceptions where tall MMA fighters used their height advantage to a great extent to succeed

Continue reading this article to discover the best MMA fighters who are at least 6’6″ tall and their interesting stories

In the 90s, Ricardo Morais was one of those violent fighters who looked like they were straight out of horror movies

He was not only one of the tallest fighters, he also had huge muscles and looked very intimidating

Moreover, he had good Muay Thai skills and was always striving for a finish

Morais began his career in the mid-90s by participating in various bare-knuckle MMA matches

After amassing an 8–1 record, he got a chance to fight Mark Coleman at Pride FC 8 in ’99

Let’s not forget that Coleman was one of the best and most popular fighters during that time

Although he lost the fight, it was the biggest moment of Morais’ career

He fought several more times after the Coleman fight and retired in 2006 with a record of 10 wins and 4 losses

Most MMA fans remember Christison as a fighter who didn’t like decisions

He went to a decision six times in his career and lost them all

But on the other hand, he’s 21–1 in fights that have ended before the final bell, which gives you a big picture of just how wild Christison was

With a span of 85″, Christison still holds the record for the longest wingspan in the UFC

But on the other hand, he never used his long reach to gain an advantage in a fight because he was a grappler

“The Sandman” was all about taking the fight to the ground and finishing the opponent with submissions or ground and pound

In his career, he fought under the UFC banner only twice

He made a successful debut in 2006 against Brad Imes, but would lose a decision in his next fight against Frank Mir at UFC 61

He went on to fight in various smaller promotions such as IFC, CFC and Warrior MMA before retiring in 2010

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Mowry is a Bellator MMA fighter who is among the longest-tenured fighters on the roster

Although he is 6’9″, Mowry is very athletic and skilled in all areas of MMA

Most of his fights in Bellator are chaotic fights in which he was almost finished several times

Mowry began his pro MMA career in the popular Titan FC promotion

While with Titan FC, Mowry quickly rose to the top and drew a lot of attention by scoring two brutal KOs and two submission finishes

In the next three years, Mowry recorded five consecutive finishes, three submissions and two TKOs

What he does best is use his length and long limbs to destroy his opponents in the clinch with hard knees and punches

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Sims is not only one of the tallest fighters in UFC history, but also one of the fiercest

Out of 42 matches, he only got a decision 3 times in his career, which tells you how exciting his matches were to watch

And although he was 6’10” and weighed about 260 pounds, Sims was a very skilled fighter

In his career, he has fought for various promotions and rarely stuck in one place

But most fans know him for his rivalry with former UFC champion Frank Mir These two fighters faced each other for the first time at UFC 43 when Sims was disqualified for repeated leg drops

Mir would get his revenge less than a year later at UFC 46, where he finished Sims with brutal knees and punches

McCorkle is a former UFC fighter and one of the few athletes who entered MMA from college basketball

But during his college days, he also trained BJJ with UFC veteran Chris Lytle, who influenced McCorkle to begin competing in MMA in 2005

He weighed over 315 pounds in most matches and often looked twice the size of his opponent

And if we combine his physical size with strong fighting skills, we get a formidable fighter who didn’t take long to become famous

After posting a 12–0 record, McCorkle signed with the UFC in 2010

In his debut, he defeated K-1 and MMA legend Mark Hunt at UFC 119 which remains the biggest moment of his career

But the buzz around him was short-lived as he lost his next two fights before leaving the UFC in 2011

In his career, he also fought for Polish promotions “KSW”, “Bellator MMA” and “Legends of Fighting”

Varelans is one of the UFC pioneers who fought during the early days of the UFC

Standing 6’8″, Varelans got into MMA from football and he had some training in boxing

But during MMA’s wild beginnings, that was more than enough for the UFC to sign him and let him fight in the UFC 6 tournament

He returned at the UFC 7 tournament where he reached the finals

However, he lost once again, this time to one of the most skilled fighters of that era, Marco Ruas

McGee is a retired MMA fighter who was once the tallest fighter on the UFC roster

On his way to the UFC, he left nothing but carnage in almost every fight he fought

He would push for a takedown in the opening seconds of the fight, and once he was in top position, he would quickly end the show with a flurry of punches

But things didn’t go as planned for McGee in his UFC debut against Josh Barnett as he was finished in the second round

He bounced back with three straight wins in the WEC promotion before coming back to defeat legend Pedro Rizzo at UFC 39

Another stoppage win over Alexandre Dantas earned him a title shot against Tim Sylvia

The two faced each other at UFC 44 in 2003, and Sylvia went on to finish McGee in the first round with a barrage of punches

McGee left the UFC after this fight, and he went on to fight twice in PRIDE FC and lost both fights before retiring in 2009

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Browne is a former UFC heavyweight fighter who was once just one step away from a title fight

He came to the UFC in 2010 and it didn’t take long for him to rise to the top

Just a few fights into his UFC career, Browne was already seen as a future star and potential champion

Despite being physically large, he knew how to use this advantage in MMA

His kickboxing skills were very good and he had an iron chin

In his UFC career, he scored four “knockout of the night” bonuses, which came against some of MMA’s true legends

He retired from MMA in 2017 while on a four-fight losing streak

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Standing at 6’7″, Volkov is one of the tallest and most physically imposing MMA fighters in history

He joined the UFC in 2016 as a former M-1 Global and Bellator MMA champion, so the buzz around him was quite high and for good reason

He looks and fights like a monster

His first four wins came against Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum who was a former champion at the time

However, he would lose several crucial fights that put his title aspirations on hold

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Standing 7’2 inches tall, Choi once weighed around 352 pounds and is one of the biggest fighters in history

He became a huge star while fighting in the Japanese K-1 kickboxing promotion where he was the 2005 World Grand Prix Champion

On his way to winning the prestigious K-1 title, he defeated several K-1 legends such as Mighty Mo and Semmy Schilt

But let’s not forget that he was part of many freak shows where he fought against fighters who were half his size

Choi would later transition to fighting in MMA, but he never achieved the same success as he did in K-1

He wrestled for the DREAM promotion where he faced and lost to famous fighters such as Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko CroCop 3

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Tim Sylvia is a two-time former UFC heavyweight champion who is often regarded as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time

But although he was a giant, Sylvia was also very agile and mobile for a man his size, which made him a difficult match for anyone

No, Sylvia was a skilled striker who did a good job mixing up punches, changing angles and picking his shots well

The precision of his boxing was what made him better than other heavyweight fighters

And also, it’s one of the reasons why he retired with 22 KO wins on his record

He continued to wrestle for various smaller promotions before retiring from the sport in 2013

Sylvia is also one of the few MMA fighters to become a part-time police officer in Illinois

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Schilt is one of the tallest kickboxers in history who has also fought extensively in MMA

Although he was tall, heavy and tall, Schilt was really agile and very technical for a man of his size

But before becoming a K-1 champion, Schilt fought in MMA during the 90s

During those days, he often fought against fighters who were half his size, such as Yuki Kondo or Ikuhisa Minowa

Schilt also had two UFC fights

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Struve is a former UFC contender who is the longest-tenured fighter in the promotion’s history

He came to MMA from kickboxing where he fought as a professional before entering MMA later on

In his prime, Struve was a difficult matchup for anyone due to his height and long reach

Many great fighters like UFC champion Stipe Miocic or BigFoot Silva were knocked out by Struve

Because he was so tall and lanky, he had a hard time dealing with wrestlers who, in most cases, could take him down without much effort

And on top of that, his standing defense was full of holes as he suffered many brutal KOs However, no one could deny that Struve was a top UFC fighter at one point in time

He proved that you can be successful in MMA despite being 7’0″

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