Greatest arm wrestlers of all time include John Brzenk, Vitaly Laletin, Ron Bath, Denis Cyplenkov, Travis Bagent, Daniel Mosier, Biker and more.
Arm wrestling has been an organized sport since the 1950s. Meanwhile, its origin history traces back to ancient Egypt and Greece.
The Japanese form of "wrist wrestling" during the Edo period of Japan is recorded to be the early form of modern arm wrestling. With its long history and easy access, arm wrestling is truly an attention-grabbing sport to determine strength.
While each individual is aware of arm wrestling, 82 countries participate in organized tournaments that are looked over by the World Armwrestling Federation (WAF).
WAF arranges the World Armwrestling Championship (WAC) annually in different weight classes, use of left and right hand, and gender categories.
Alizhan Muratov of Kazakhstan is the 2022 WAC winner in +110kg using the left arm, followed by Georgi Tsvetko from Bulgaria in the same weight class but using the right hand.
The best arm wrestlers of all time in an order are:
- John Brzenk
- Devon Larratt
- Denis Cyplenkov
- Dave Chaffee
- Travis Bagent
- Ron Bath
- Cleve Dean
Vitaly Laletin was born in 1989 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Vitaly's height is 6 feet 6 inches and he weighs 135 kg.
Hence, he competes in +110 kg tournaments with his right hand. He is a seven-time world champion, winning the European championship the same number of times.
His feats in the European arm-wrestling matches have named him one of the best over-the-top arm wrestlers. Meanwhile, he is considered a living legend in Russia, where he helps sponsor many local-level arm wrestling competitions.
Laletin had sponsored the 2019 Professional Armwrestling League (PAL) to help the competitors get the deserved prizes since it was held in his region.
Vitaly has faced many notable arm wrestlers, including Dave Chaffee and Levan Saginashvili though he lost to both. He and Levan fought at the Zloty Tur & Vendetta tournament for the Top 8 position in Rumia, Poland, on December 8, 2019.
The Russian arm wrestling champion is known for his friendly approach to opponents.
Ron Bath, known as "The Legend," has one of the longest ongoing arm wrestling careers in the United States. He has bagged more than 40 national titles, 14 world titles, and 5 WAF titles to date.
Ron Bath arm wrestler age is 61 years old. Bath was born on February 15, 1962, in Wabeno, Wisconsin, as the fifth kid out of eight.
He grew up playing different sports in his school days while looking after his family farm.
The world champion arm wrestler started wrestling as a teenager and first participated in a local competition in 1980 in Pickerel. Bath then trained under then-world champion Bert Whitfield in 1985 to kick off his career.
Ron Bath stands at 6 feet 3 inches and has 249 lbs of body weight. The "Legend" was last seen winning against Chance Shaw at the Eastside Arm Brawl in July 2022, per Golds Arm. He competes in the +110kg weight category.
Bath is a father of four and grandfather of many with whom he enjoys vacations that involve arm wrestling.
Aleksandr Beziazykov is known as "Schoolboy" in the arm wrestling fandom. His young face and school-going age are opposite to his well-built muscles and body that oozes immense strength to win any match.
Schoolboy Arm Wrestler age is 25 years old and was born in Russia. As a teenager, he started training in competitive arm wrestling and trained alongside his elder brother, Aleksei, aka Alex Toproll.
Beziazykov is the winner of the 2019 China Open Championship held in Shenzhen. He had competed in the 78 kg+ junior class.
His brimming potential and training scenes are available on Alex's YouTube channel, where he often engages in street arm wrestling for bets.
Schoolboy is currently ranked No. 2 in the right-hand heavyweight division's Unified Ratings of Professional Armwrestling.
The "Georgian Hulk" Levan Saginashvili is considered the most muscular arm wrestler of the modern era. He has won WAF championships seven times and the European arm-wrestling championship six times.
Levan was born on September 15, 1988, and stands 6 feet 3 inches tall. His recorded weight is 178 kg, and he competes in the heavyweight class.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia bestowed him with the merit of first degree in 2013 due to his notable win at the World Police and Fire Games Gold medal in arm-wrestling in Belfast.
In 2023, he is considered the No.1 arm wrestler in the right-hand legacy on Earth. His February 25, 2023, match against Ermes Gasparini at King of the Table 6 continues to be one of the super matches of this year.
He conceded two nonessential final rounds with Ernes due to health reasons but still emerged victorious.
Alexey Voyevoda was born on May 9, 1980, in Kalynovytsya, Ukraine. He represents Russia in international competitions and is a one-time world champion in Bobsleigh.
Likewise, he held a stronghold in arm wrestling when he won the Zloty Tur 2004 after defeating big named arm wrestlers such as Bagent, Brzenk, Matt Girdner, and Alexey Semerenko.
His victory against John Brzenk that year continues to be among arm wrestling fans' most talked about matches. The match was also the reason behind the 2009 sports documentary "Pulling John."
Voyevoda bagged many wins, including the WAF Championship and the European Championship in 2004, along with several Russian arm wrestling championships in his career.
Alexey left his arm wrestling career twice to focus on his bobsleigh career, first in 2005 and the second in 2007. He also served as an ex-deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation in 2016 before returning to arm wrestling in 2016.
However, he has halted the sport and is now focusing on his life as a fitness and health expert.
Dave Chaffee's "Easy Money" is the 2015 WAL Southern Regionals Championship. He then bagged the WAL Northern Regionals in 2016.
The 46-year-old fights in the super heavyweight class and uses both his left and right hands. The 6 feet 3 inches arm wrestling powerhouse boasts a record of 32 wins and four losses.
Chaffee originally hails from Erie, Pennsylvania, and travels worldwide for arm wrestling competitions.
He became a professional arm wrestler in 2006 and has overcome a broken arm and other health issues. He is married with two kids, while his wife goes as Mrs. Easy Money on Instagram.
Andriy Pushkar, better known as Andrey, was the 14th World Armwrestling Champion. His other feats include his win at the 16th European Championship in Arms and his eight wins at the absolute World Cup.
He faced many notable names during his lifetime, including Vitaly Laletin, Devon Larratt, John Brzenk, Michael Todd, and Zhokh, among many others.
The late Pushkar was a rival to Dave Chaffee for a long time. Sadly, the Ukrainian arm wrestling champion passed away in a car accident on November 14, 2018, at 33.
He leaves behind his wife, Svitlana, and a son named Nicholas. Svitlana Pushkar is an entrepreneur and psychotherapist.
Pushkar was honored with a memorial statue at Krzemieniec cemetery in his hometown for his chivalry.
One of the biggest names in professional arm wrestling is Travis Bagent. He is the WAL 2015 Southern Region champion in left-hand but is also polished in right-hand face-offs.
Known as "The Beast" like Brock Lesnar, Travis learned the arm wrestling art from his dad, a U.S. Marine. He has knabbed more than 25 various national titles and 17 world titles since he started pulling as a 15-year-old.
The WAL champion is a rival to Devon Larratt, Dave Chaffee, and John Brzenk, fellow big names in the sport.
Travis Bagent arm wrestling record is 30-10 in the right hand in 2016 and 41-0 in the left hand in 2017.
Devon Larratt, aka "No Limits," is often called North America's No.1 ranked arm-wrestler. He was born in Victoria, British Columbia, on April 24, 1975.
Since 1999, Devon has continued fighting in both left and right-hand matches. Throughout his career, he has also faced off against Levan, Brzenk, Chaffee, Bath, and Pushkar.
Besides competitive arm wrestling, Larratt previously served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Coming into 2023, he does YouTube to share his arm wrestling journey.
His habit of eating pancakes during his super-matches training has started a wave of humorous discussions, while his fans often send him cake mix and maple syrup.
Devon has grown as a content creator alongside his ongoing arm wrestling career.
Cleve Dean lived from December 15, 1953, to May 10, 2011, as one of the heaviest arm wrestlers in the world. He hailed from Pavo, Georgia, USA, and grew up farming.
Dean stood at 6 feet 7 inches and competed at 300 to around 450 lbs weight classes. He is known to have an uninterrupted 8-year reign-winning record in arm wrestling though he lost a few matches between 1978 and 1986.
Many claims he did not exercise in gyms but instead raised hogs and could "pick up a full-grown hog under each arm." He had built his strength through manual labor on his family farm.
Moreover, his hands were six inches wide he wore a size 20 ring on his ring finger. Known as the "Arm Breaker," Cleve passed away due to a heart attack near Stockbridge, at 58 in 2011, per The Valdosta Daily Times.
Denis Cyplenkov fights in the heavyweight class and stands at a height of 6 feet. Known for his immense love for arm wrestling, he is back on the field despite his many health concerns.
Cyplenkov was born on March 10, 1982, in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, and is known for his rivalry with many big names, including Pushkar, Brzenk, and Larratt, among many others.
Besides arm wrestling, Denis is a former world record holder for strict curl at a weight of 113 kg, which he attained in 2015. Leroy Walker has broken his record as of August 2021 at 114 kg.
John Brzenk started his professional arm wrestling career in 1982 at 18. Coming into 2023, he has continued his feats and has been known as "the greatest arm wrestler in the history of the sport" since 1998.
He was named the "Most Successful Arm Wrestler" in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000. Brzenk competes in left and right hands and has been in almost every arm wrestling tournament worldwide.
Brzenk learned the sport from his father, an arm wrestler, and started wrestling from a young age. His presence in the sport is considered legendary though many call him a rival.
Michael Todd, better known by his nickname, "The Monster," is truly a monster in arm wrestling. He is the winner of 23 world titles, 36 national titles and is also the reigning WAL champion.
Besides Top Roll, he is famous for using the King's Move technique after going through multiple fractures on his right arm. He was born on June 12, 1973.
He got his Monster nickname in 2006 at the National Arm-Wrestling event by Neil Pickup. Todd is married to a seven-time National Woman’s Armwrestling Champion, Rebecca.
The couple runs the Monster Factory, a personal training and body transformation center.
Gary Goodridge, or "Big Daddy," was a arm wrestling world champion before his MMA career. He defeated top names like Sharon Remez and John Brzenk in the 90s.
Gary was born on January 17, 1966, in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, before moving to Barrie, Canada. He also became a super heavyweight amateur boxing champion of Canada later.
Considered one of the top-ranked contenders in professional arm wrestling, Bigg Daddy pursued an MMA career where his arm wrestling skills proved helpful.
He co-owns the Big Daddy Fight Team and is only active on Twitter.
Johnny "Iceman" Walker fell in the top ranks in arm wrestling back in the 70s and 80s. He competed in the middleweight class and faced off Brzenk at a Reno tournament in 1984 that he lost.
He left his mark in the field at the 1981 AAA Stand-Up Nationals and won in two classes. Johnny also won nine WPAA world titles in 1985 in a row.
Walker claimed at least a total of 30 national and world titles under his name and became a legend in arm wrestling. Future pullers such as John Buononato and Ron Bath trained alongside him.
Moreover, the Lewco line of Over the Top toys also released a Johnny Walker action figure during his career peak.
"Leviathan" Richard Lupkes was born on October 5, 1956, in Minnesota. He was a big name in the 70s, but elbow problems halted his arm wrestling career.
However, he returned back in the game at the 1986 Chicago Regional Over the Top Qualifier, which he won. In 1989, Lupkes reached his career high when he defeated John Brzenk and Gary Goodridge.
He is a multiple-time world champion who later found his ventures into wrestling and strongman competitions.
Richard is the back-to-back winner of the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Unified National Armwrestling Championships in the Open division at the Billings Holiday Inn Convention Center.
The Globe reported that the strongman was 54 when he attained that feat while he continued to bodybuild in his 60s.
Andrew "Cobra" Rhodes
Andrew Rhodes, better known as Cobra Rhodes, was born on April 12, 1964, in Rhode Island. He is considered one of the top 50 arm wrestlers of all time.
He has an extensive experience in underground arm wrestling while he started professionally pulling back in the 80s as a teenager. Standing at 6 feet and fighting at 165 pounds category, he has bagged several world titles.
Some of his wins include the Carling O’Keefe International Armwrestling Championship, the AAA Stand-Up title, and a WAWF world title. Andrew is in no way related to wrestler Cody Rhodes.
Cobra is an expert in Top Roll technique and a chef and personal trainer, making food, a healthy lifestyle, and arm wrestling his main priorities in life.
Dave Patton took over the arm wrestling competitions in the country back in the 80s. He rarely missed any of them and often traveled far to get his hands on each tournament he could get on.
Patton was born on May 17, 1960, in Virginia. He competed in the 150 or 165 lbs weight classes, where he mainly emerged victorious or at the top level.
The legend grabbed 12 AAA national titles, six-recorded IWC international titles, and nine featherweight WWC world titles, making his win count 40. Patton regularly competed until 2002, as mentioned by The Armwrestling Archives on Facebook.
“Vise-Grip" Jerry Janing is one of the few arm wrestler of Patton's weight class to defeat him several times.
Daniel Mosier has been known as "Ironman" since he started pulling for about a decade. He hails from Denham Springs, Louisiana, and gained the upper hand in arm wrestling as the 2014 finalist at WAL.
The Ironman competes in the 195-pound category around the many tournaments. Besides his passion for the sport, he works as an industrial ironworker and grows hot peppers.
In his 2020 interview with Sean Hancock for Arm Power, Mosier confirmed that he enjoys growing the world's hot peppers and making hot sauces. His wife, Lisa, accompanies him to compete in arm wrestling tournaments.
He also won the 2018 Arnold Classic Armwrestling Championship and the 2019 National Armwrestling League Championship.
Daniel is good friends with other notable pullers and enjoys spending time with them, as seen on Instagram.
Biker Arm Wrestler
"The Armwrestling Biker" or the Biker arm wrestler's real name is Etienne Waite. He also goes by his nickname "ET."
Meanwhile, he is mainly known by his username @armwrestlingplanet on most social media platforms. The young lad stands at 5 feet 9 inches and was 27 during his online interview with Paul Italia in June 2022.
ET weighs 164 pounds and started his arm wrestling journey in February 2019. He went viral online, especially on TikTok, where he pulls against daunting opponents.
He challenges people to arm wrestling in his videos for bets while he has gone against some well-known pullers in some of them.
His growing career has taken him to many notable arm wrestling tournaments and millions of views in single videos. His fans hope to see him more engaged in professional tournaments and aim high, apart from his fun videos.