Tallest UFC Fighters: Rising Above The Competition

Tallest UFC Fighters

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Height is might in sports but not necessarily in mixed martial arts. Although taller fighters have the advantage, being tall in MMA doesn’t guarantee victory.

The tallest fighter to ever step inside the UFC Octagon was Stefan Struve. Listed at 7 feet tall, the Skyscraper fought in the UFC from 2009 to 2020. Struve’s last fight was at UFC 254 where he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Tai Tuivasa. 

Despite having a massive size advantage against his opponents, Struve lost five out of his last six UFC bouts and won just 4 out of his final 12 Octagon assignments. 

With The Skyscraper now retired, let’s have a look at who are the tallest current fighters in the UFC.

Alexander Volkov (6′ 7″ tall)

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Alexander Volkov is a Russian mixed martial artist who currently fights in the UFC heavyweight Division. The 35-year-old from Moscow is currently the No.6 ranked heavyweight in the promotion.

Volkov was a heavyweight champion in both the M-1 Global and Bellator MMA promotions. He joined the UFC in 2016 and won his first four Octagon assignments. Drago was on the verge of receiving a title shot when he suffered his first UFC loss against Derrick Lewis at UFC 229. He struggled with a 4-3 record after that but has now won his last three bouts, including an Ezekiel choke submission of Tai Tuivasa in his last bout at UFC 293 last September 2020.

Johnny Walker (6′ 6″ tall)

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Johnny Walker is the No. 7 ranked light heavyweight in the UFC. The 32-year-old from Rio de Janeiro is a former Ultimate Challenge MMA light heavyweight champion. Walker gained entry to the UFC via the Contender Series where he defeated Henrique da Silva in 2018.

Walker began his UFC career with three straight knockout wins, all of which earned him Performance of the Night honours. But he hit hard times in his next five bouts, going 1-4 during that span. Walker has bounced back and is 3-1 with one no-contest in his last four fights. He is, however, coming off a 2nd round knockout loss to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC Fight Night 234 last 13 January 2024.

Cyril Gane (6’5″ tall)

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Cyril Gane is a former interim UFC heavyweight champion. Known as ‘Bon Gamin’, the 34-year-old from La Roche-sor-Yun in France is the current No.2 ranked contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division. He is a former Muay Thai champion in France and has an undefeated Muay Thai record of 13-0 with 9 knockouts.

Gane transitioned to MMA and became the TKO Heavyweight champion in Canada in his first MMA bout. After successfully defending the title twice, he moved to the UFC. He defeated Derrick Lewis to become interim UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 265. Bon Gamin suffered his first career loss against Francis Ngannou at UFC 270 when he challenged for the undisputed heavyweight title. 

He lost in his second crack at the belt when he was beaten by Jon Jones at UFC 285. Gane won his last bout, earning a Performance of the Night Bonus with a second-round KO of Serghei Spivac at UFC Fight Night 226 last 2 September 2023.

Ryan Spann (6’5″ tall)

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Ryan Spann is a former Legacy Fighting Alliance light heavyweight champion. The 32-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee known as Superman is currently the No.15 ranked 205-pound fighter in the UFC. Spann appeared twice in the UFC’s Contender Series. After losing to Karl Roberson in his first appearance, he submitted Emiliano Sordi during the 10th edition of the Contender Series to earn a UFC contract.

The Memphis, Tennessee native was victorious in his first four UFC appearances before tasting his first Octagon defeat at the hands of Johnny Walker at UFC Fight Night 178. Superman has been anything but super since then as he is a mere 3-4 in his last seven bouts, including three consecutive losses in his last three fights. Spann was knocked out by Bogdan Guskov at UFC on ESPN 55 just last 27 April 2024.

Kennedy Nzechukwu (6’5″ tall)

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Kennedy Nzechukwu moved from his birthplace of Nigeria to the United States when he was 10 years old. He began training five years later and then began his MMA career with the XKO promotion. Nzechukwu appeared twice in the Contender Series, earning victories over Anton Berzin and Dennis Bryant. 

Nzechukwu began his UFC career with a good 6-3 record, earning two Performance of the Night and one Fight of the Night bonuses during that period. He has however, lost his last two bouts, suffering a knockout loss to Dustin Jacoby at UFC on ESPN 20 and falling short via split decision versus Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 239 in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 239 last 16 March 2024.