5 UFC Fighters With the Craziest Leg Reaches

Updated on April 28, 2019
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After numerous calls by Joe Rogan to do so, the UFC has introduced leg reach to their tale of the tape. For some reason, they were reluctant to show this stat during events. Maybe it's because the stat doesn't really give an accurate prediction of how successful a fighter will be with their kicks. Flexibility and speed are more important. It doesn't help that a good number of fighters in the UFC hardly ever throw kicks. The Diaz brothers, the Nogueira brothers, Roy Nelson, Jake Ellenberger, and BJ Penn are examples of guys who wouldn't throw kicks even if their lives depended on it.

However, the measurement is not entirely useless. Having long legs can give you a huge guard. This can deter your opponents from getting in your guard as they don't want to be susceptible to submissions. It's not a fluke that Stefan Struve has more than 16 submissions in his career. Fighters with long legs are able to use their knees more effectively, especially in the clinch. Delivering standing knees to the face can be quite a challenge if you have short legs.

After conducting some research, I was surprised at some of the details that I saw. It became clear to me that leg reach, unlike arm span, doesn't really differ much between individuals. The difference between the average leg reach of a middleweight and a bantamweight fighter is only around four inches. However, the difference in the average arm span between these two divisions is six inches.

Heights and Leg Reaches of the Fighters on This List

  1. Ning Guangyou: Height-5'4", Leg Reach-40"
  2. Taylor Lapilus: Height-5'6", Leg Reach-43"
  3. Magnus Cedenblad: Height-6'3", Leg Reach-48"
  4. Alessio Di Chirico: Height-6'0", Leg Reach-45"
  5. Jack Hermansson: Height-6'1", Leg Reach-46”

Ning Guangyou made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2007.
Ning Guangyou made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2007.

1. Ning Guangyou

Ning Guangyou is a Chinese mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division. Standing at 5'4", he has a significant height disadvantage as the average bantamweight fighter stands at 5'7".

The remarkable thing about him is that despite standing at a diminutive height, he has a leg reach of 40". The average of his competitors is around 38". His leg reach puts him on par with the average of fighters in the lightweight division.

Interestingly, he has the same reach as James Krause, who stands at 6'2" and competes in the lightweight division. He also possesses a longer reach than Nate Diaz and Keith Berish, who both stand at six feet tall. Probably the most astonishing thing is that he has a longer leg reach than Stipe Miocic, who stands at 6'4".

Before he began training in martial arts, Taylor Lapilus briefly attended college where he studied, and worked for a time as a welder.
Before he began training in martial arts, Taylor Lapilus briefly attended college where he studied, and worked for a time as a welder.

2. Taylor Lapilus

Taylor Lapilus is a French mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division.

He's truly a genetic freak. Standing at just 5'6", he possesses a mind-blowing leg reach of 43". This guy might have one of the shortest torsos in the UFC.

He is one inch shorter than the average bantamweight fighter, but his legs are five inches longer than the average in his division. His reach is closer to what is seen in the light heavyweight division.

It is interesting to note that he has a longer leg reach than some heavyweight fighters like Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. They stand at 6'4" and 6'1" respectively. He also has the same reach as heavyweight competitors like Josh Barnett, Ben Rothwell, Antonio Silva, and Frank Mir. All of these men are no shorter than 6'3".

Magnus Cedenblad is a former European and Scandinavian Amateur champion in Shootfighting.
Magnus Cedenblad is a former European and Scandinavian Amateur champion in Shootfighting.

3. Magnus Cedenblad

Magnus Cedenblad is a Swedish mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division.

Standing at 6'3", he is quite tall for his division considering that the average height is 6'1". However, what really sets him apart is his unbelievable leg reach of 48".

This might not appear astonishing at first until you consider the fact that Stefan Struve has the same reach and is seven feet tall. Cedenblad's legs are a whopping six inches longer than the average of his competitors.

Christian Colombo also has a leg reach of 48", but his length is not as impressive because he stands at 6'5". With the exception of Struve and Colombo, Cedenblad currently has the longest leg reach in the UFC.

Alessio Di Chirico won the 2014 International Mixed Martial arts Federation (IMMAF) Light Heavyweight amateur title on July 1.
Alessio Di Chirico won the 2014 International Mixed Martial arts Federation (IMMAF) Light Heavyweight amateur title on July 1.

4. Alessio Di Chirico

Alessio Di Chirico is an Italian mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division.

Standing at six feet, he is only one inch short of the ideal height for a middleweight. However, his leg reach is a different story. Di Chirico measures at 45", which is three inches longer than the average in his division.

Astonishingly, his leg reach is longer than the average in the heavyweight division, which is around 44". Strangely, he has the same reach as Jon Jones, who stands at 6'4". He also has the same reach as Travis Browne, who is seven inches taller than him.

Jack Hermansson is the former champion in Cage Warriors and Warrior Fight Series.
Jack Hermansson is the former champion in Cage Warriors and Warrior Fight Series.

5. Jack Hermansson

Jack Hermansson is a Swedish mixed martial artist who currently lives in and fights out of Norway.

He competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He stands at 6'1", a perfect height for his division.

With a leg reach of 46", his legs are longer than over 85 percent of the fighters in the heavyweight division. His legs are four inches longer than the average fighter in his weight class.

He has a longer reach than heavyweight fighters like Andrei Arlovski, Derrick Lewis, and Alistair Overeem. They all stand at no less than 6'3".

Average Leg Reach in Each Division

Here are some rough estimates of the average leg reach in each division.

  • Flyweight Division: 36"
  • Bantamweight Division: 38"
  • Featherweight Division: 39"
  • Lightweight Division: 40"
  • Welterweight Division: 41"
  • Middleweight Division: 42"
  • Light Heavyweight Division: 43"
  • Heavyweight Division: 44"

Leg Reaches of Some Famous UFC Fighters

While they may not be particularly impressive, here are some leg reaches on some of the top stars who have come through the UFC.

Jon Jones

Jon Jones has a leg reach of 45 inches which is around two inches longer than the average leg reach in the UFC's light heavyweight division.

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar has a leg reach of 44 inches which is around the average leg reach of a fighter who competes in the heavyweight division of the UFC.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov has a leg reach of 40 inches which is around the average leg reach of a fighter who competes in the UFC's lightweight division.

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has a leg reach of 40 inches which is around the average leg reach of a fighter who competes in the UFC's lightweight division.

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva has a leg reach of 42.5 inches which is about half an inch longer than the average leg reach in the UFC's middleweight division.

Georges St-Pierre

Georges St-Pierre has a leg reach of 42 inches which is about an inch longer than the average leg reach in the UFC's welterweight division.

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey has a leg reach of 38 inches which is around the average leg reach of a fighter who competes in the bantamweight division of the UFC.

Top 5 Longest Leg Reaches in the UFC

  1. Stefan Struve: Height-7'0", Leg Reach-48"
  2. Magnus Cedenblad: Height-6'3", Leg Reach-48"
  3. Christian Colombo: Height-6'5", Leg Reach-48"
  4. Walt Harris: Height-6'5", Leg Reach-47"
  5. Alexander Volkov: Height-6'7", Leg Reach-47"

Top 5 Shortest Leg Reaches in the UFC

  1. Demetrious Johnson: Height-5'3", Leg reach-34"
  2. Dustin Ortiz: Height-5'5", Leg reach-35"
  3. Drew Dober: Height-5'8", Leg reach-35"
  4. John Dodson: Height-5'3", Leg reach-35"
  5. Ian Entwistle: Height-5'5", Leg reach-35"

Questions & Answers

  • What is the leg reach of Khabib Nurmagomedov?

    Khabib Nurmagomedov has a leg reach of 40 inches which is around the average leg reach of a fighter who competes in the UFC's lightweight division.

  • What is the leg reach of Jon Jones?

    Jon Jones has a leg reach of 45 inches which is around two inches longer than the average leg reach in the UFC's light heavyweight division.

  • What is the leg reach of Conor McGregor?

    Conor McGregor has a leg reach of 40 inches which is around the average leg reach of a fighter who competes in the UFC's lightweight division.

  • What is the leg reach of Anderson Silva?

    Anderson Silva has a leg reach of 42.5 inches which is about half an inch longer than the average leg reach in the UFC's middleweight division.

  • What is the leg reach of Brock Lesnar?

    Brock Lesnar has a leg reach of 44 inches which is around the average leg reach of a fighter who competes in the heavyweight division of the UFC.

© 2016 Charles Nuamah

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