Posted on June 28 2019


You Won’t Believe This List!

By Fernando Ladera

Mixed Martial Arts could be one of the most unpredictable sports ever created. With almost unlimited techniques and fighting systems available nowadays, it doesn’t matter how talented or prepared you are, things can just not go the way you planned. Nevertheless, there are a few names that handle to make really solid statements through their career and have inspired tons of new athletes to give it a shot in this brutal lifestyle, pursuing greatness and of course, juicy paydays. Let’s take a look at these characters and how they made history in the sport:

Royce Gracie: The original seed. A slim guy who shocked the world by showcasing his ground breaking Jiu-Jitsu skills. By that time, the ground fighting arts wasn’t too popular or proven, the Gracie family wanted to send a message to the martial arts community and they did in UFC where Royce, the smallest guy of the family, fought against huge opposition with no rules and went 11-0-1 during that time, winning three UFC tournaments and submitting all of his rivals. Today, almost every high-performance fighter uses the Gracie family’s art in the octagon.

Rickson Gracie: another legend of the family, considered of the greatest fighters in BJJ history, a master in submissions with an unofficial and controversial record of 410 fights. Son of Helio Gracie, the creator of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Rickson had it in his veins and soul, dedicating his life to spread the Arte Suave. He stood his ground fighting in almost every corner in the world (mostly Asia and Brazil) against prodigies and champions of different styles.

Fedor Emilianenko: World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion, Pride Heavyweight Champion, Pride 2004 Grand Prix winner, 4x World Combat Sambo Champion. Fedor is ranked as #1 Heavyweight fighter in the world. Facts talk by themselves.

BJ Penn: the first American BJJ Black Belt World Champion and one of the first fighters holding two UFC Championship belts in different weight classes.

Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira: with a record of 34-10-1-1 and one of the most exotic and successful grappling styles in MMA history. He fought on the best leagues in the world against big legends like Fedor, Werdum and Mirko Cro Cop. Minotauro was known for his open guard game and ability to submit the opposition easily.

Georges St. Pierre:  GSP holds a MMA  record of 26-2, a 3rd dan black belt in Kyokushin Karate, 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Bruno Fernandes, Black belt in Gaidojutsu and Black belt in Shidōkan. He’s a technique freak and outstanding performer in the octagon with multiple resources to achieve the W.

Anderson Silva: “The Spider” has been called by Dana White and many other big names in the sport as the greatest MMA fighter ever exist. Does he need more introductions or background?

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza: a natural killer instinct mauler fighting out of Manaus, Brazil, with mastery in BJJ and solid striking skill set, an eight-time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, including gold medals in the Openweight class and ADCC Champion  as well.

Kazushi Sakuraba: defeated Royler Gracie, Royce Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Ryan Gracie and gained the nickname of “The Gracie Hunter” showing the world that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was not unbeatable, more than enough to make him a MMA Hall of Famer.

Matt Hughes: a two-time UFC Welterweight Champion, UFC Hall of Fame inductee, and NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee. He mauled all the available opposition in the welterweight division back in his prime, defended his belt seven times and considered the #1 P4P MMA fighter for the moment.

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