Great lengths: The 12 longest reaches in UFC history

As much as skill and technique play into how MMA fights unfold, intangibles can present insurmountable obstacles for even the most well-equipped combatant.

Long reaches, and how a fighter utilizes them, can pose a myriad of problems for opponents when they struggled to get inside. In UFC history, few fighters’ biological builds have surpassed 80 inches – and fewer have creeped toward 90 inches. But it’s happened.

At Saturday’s UFC 299, the all-time record for the longest reach will be broken – by 2.5 inches.

Check out the dozen fighters listed below who were able to touch up their opponents with punches from a farther distance than any others in history.

The 12 fighters have a combined professional MMA record of 210-74-2, including a combined UFC record of 85-47.

Maurice Greene, Antonio Silva - 82"

10. Johnny Walker - 82.3"

Johnny Walker
Johnny Walker

Johnny Walker

  • Record: 21-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC

  • Height: 6’6″

  • Years in UFC: 2018-present

9. Mike Rodriguez - 82.5"

7. Francis Ngannou, Kennedy Nzechukwu - 83"

6. Oumar Sy* - 83.9"

4. Cheick Kongo, Sergei Pavlovich - 84"

2. Jon Jones, Stefan Struve - 84.5"

1. Robelis Despaigne* - 87"

Robelis Despaigne

  • Record: 4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC

  • Height: 6’7″

  • Years in UFC*: yet to debut

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie