What do you mean by "grappler"?
Jacob wrestled God. God was losing and had to cheat with a hip lock when he knew hip locks were banned.
i'd say chuck norris but that wouldn't be funny, his takedown defense sucks
I don't know about the "ever" part, but these days,
marcelo is a safe pick
minotauro is a safe pick
every ADCC and BJJ mundials open class champ is a safe pick
Grendal was robbed.
Originally Posted by Phrost
Yujiro Hanma is THE "Grappler".
Personally, I think there was only one Grappler
He used Grappling to make that
Xande Ribiero is generally considered the best - he's won more championships than anyone else out there in straight grappling. Somewhere online there's a spreadsheet of all the top grapplers and their victories in the top competitions. It's Xande then Roger Gracie.
One most also keep in mind that there's generally a criteria - best takedowns/throws, best submissions, best position, most wins in grappling tournaments with the fewest rules (ADCC).
Another thing to consider is how well they've done with current competition - let's face facts, the best back in 1993 compared to the best of now...well, generally the differences are pretty big.
Marcelo p4p. He's probably the only example of a person where the pound for pound rule actually makes sense - he's significantly smaller than almost anyone he fights and he still wins - usually via submission.