2 of the best European UFC champions, 1 of the worst

There have been a lot of UFC champions from Europe, some were great and others ... not so much.

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The UFC has been home to dozens of champions throughout the promotion's storied history. Of these many fighters, only a select few have been able to earn undisputed best-in-the-world status and truly reach the pinnacle of the sport. While winning a world championship in any organization is impressive, winning one under the UFC banner is nothing short of remarkable.

Every fighter who has had UFC gold wrapped around their waist has done so through years of training and hard work and should be properly acknowledged as one of the all-time greats in their respective weight class. However, not all championship victories and title reigns are created equally. This is simply due to the nature of the sport, and the high degree of criticism that can be placed on each individual performance. Winning a UFC championship is exceedingly impressive, but there are certainly levels to how each champion and their associated title reign is remembered.

With the current mixed martial arts explosion that is taking place all around the world, the sport is breaking into new markets and countries with limitless potential. France has only recently recognized MMA as a professional and legitimate sport, and in only a short period of time, several exciting potential superstars have emerged from this region. France is only one part of a much larger European continent that has produced some of the greatest talent in the history of the sport including multiple world champions.

Let's take a look at a couple of the best European UFC champions, and one of the worst.