1. Brandon Moreno
Taking up MMA training at the age of 12-years-old to lose weight, Brandon Moreno has exceeded all expectations for his career. Moreno has what many consider the ultimate comeback story.
Moreno has had a total of 30 fights over his 12-year-long career, with 21 wins. Holding a black belt in BJJ, Moreno is known for his submissions, which have contributed to 11 of his victories.
Moreno is known for his tenacity and having a never-back-down attitude in the cage. Having a plethora of experience from different promotions, Moreno has had quite the story in his MMA career.
'The Assassin Baby' was cast in the 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2016, titled Tournament of Champions. As the season was still on the air, Moreno made his UFC debut in a fight that earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Moreno would have a few fights with the UFC before being released by the promotion in late 2018 but, following a stunning TKO finish in his first bout outside the octagon, he swiftly made his return to the MMA giant. With his second run, Moreno had found new life and was dominating the flyweight division all the way to the title.
Moreno would kick off a rivalry with Deiveson Figueiredo, centered around the flyweight title, with the two meeting a total of four times in the octagon. Winning the 125-pound title was massive for Moreno but it was also a massive shift for the Mexican nation, as 'The Assassin Baby' was the first Mexican UFC champion in history.
Though Moreno lost the championship at UFC 290, he continues to lead the charge for Mexican MMA, with many considering him the nation's fighting pride. 'The Assassin Baby' has popularity and influence both in and for Mexico that goes beyond even holding the championship. For that, he could be considered the best Mexican fighter there is right now.