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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 12-09-2009, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Which athlete would you like to see make the transition to MMA

We all know a wrestler, judoka, boxer or kickboxer can make a successful transition to mixed martial arts.

Lately, we've also seen a few football players show at least the promise to do the same.

Former hockey tough guy Steve Bosse seems off to a good start as well, with a 6-1 record. Though he never played hockey at a particularly high level, he was well-known in Quebec as an enforcer-type in local leagues.

My question is, which athletes, from which sports, would you like to see make the switch to the toughest sport of all? Is there anyone in the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB or even PGA who you think could pull it off? Why?

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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old 12-09-2009, 01:09 PM
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Michael Phelps he would never gas!!!!! Plus Joe Rogan would have a smoke buddy!!!! lol
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Andrew Symonds. Australian cricketer. He'd probably take a few years to learn some technique, but given the pure size of the bloke I reckon he could make the transition. Cricket requires superb hand-eye co-ordination as well, which should come in handy with the striking aspect, and he's soo powerful and so athletic that I'm sure he could make the step-up to MMA if he had the training back in his 20's. Here's a picture of him:



With the right training I could definitely see him terrorizing the Heavyweight or Light Heavyweight Divisions.

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Reggie Bush...dude is built, quick, and could be awesome in MMA as a LHW..
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Andrew Symonds. Australian cricketer. He'd probably take a few years to learn some technique, but given the pure size of the bloke I reckon he could make the transition. Cricket requires superb hand-eye co-ordination as well, which should come in handy with the striking aspect, and he's soo powerful and so athletic that I'm sure he could make the step-up to MMA if he had the training back in his 20's. Here's a picture of him:



With the right training I could definitely see him terrorizing the Heavyweight or Light Heavyweight Divisions.

lol you dont mess with symonds PERIOD! remember that idiotic streaker that ran past him roflmao


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Anyone that played for the Melbourne Storm would be great in MMA. Andrew Symonds actually tried out for the Brisbane Broncos when he was younger and wanted to play rugby league. Andrew is good but was slughtered by the Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater on Rexona Australia's Greatest Athlete show.

The Melbourne Storm wasnt the first to use and practice wrestling. All NRL clubs now basically have their own wrestling coach, all players are taught how to take down a player and control/pin players. In saying that all players are also taught defensive moves.



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A FORMER Storm player rendered unconscious in a sleeperhold by Melbourne wrestling coach John Donehue has claimed the premiers regularly trained to use the outlawed grapple tackle. As the chicken wing controversy hit overdrive last night,retired Melbourne forward Brett O’Farrell said the Storm were drilled over and over on the wrestling technique during the 2004 pre-season. Along with practising the manoeuvre with Donehue, O’Farrell alleged the Storm players were encouraged to use grapple tackles by coaching staff during video sessions. O’Farrell confirmed he was the victim of a sleeper hold from Donehue, who made him unconscious in front of the Storm squad as punishment for skylarking at training.

‘‘I know that Craig Bellamy has denied that they train to do it and all that sort of stuff. They do,’’ O’Farrell said. ‘‘At the end of the day we were drilled over and over and over by John Donehue to do it and to hide it and to conceal it. ‘‘In the video sessions the coaches would pull us up and say, ‘why didn’t you put a grapple holdthere, on that bloke there . . . you could have put a grapple on him or slowed the play-the-ball down in certain ways’.’’ O’Farrell refused to say which member of the coaching staff issued the instructions. Bellamy was in charge at the time, but strongly rejected the suggestions when contacted yesterday by The Sunday Telegraph. ‘‘Please. I’m telling you that’s a load of crap,’’ Bellamy said.‘‘I might have said ‘why didn’t you put this hold on him or why didn’t you try and turn him on his back there — or why didn’t you grip tighter here or why couldn’t you grab some handles up here’.

‘‘The boys were always at Donehue to do it to someone, but it wasn’t a thing that we were asking him to show us so we could put people to sleep. That’s just ridiculous.’’ O’Farrell’s comments come after the chicken wing controversy was revealed on NRL on Fox last Wednesday and flared during the Storm’s win over the Broncos on Friday night. Melbourne forward Adam Blair was placed on report for a tackle on Michael Ennis. Roosters centre Sam Perrett, victim of a chicken wing from Anthony Quinn in round three, said the move appeared to be the latest Storm tactic designed to slow down the play-the-ball. ‘‘It was uncomfortable, there’s no doubt about that. I think they’ve been working on it now that the head grappling has been rubbed out,’’ Perrett said. ‘‘It looks like they’ve looked for another technique to dominate tackling and wrestling. That’s my opinion. You can’t fight against it. Had someone jumped on top of me it could have done something very unhealthy to my joint.’’
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Nearly anyone from Rugby and Strongman.


Mariusz Pudzianowski plays Rugby, is the world's strongest man, and is a black belt in Kyokushin Karate (GSP is also a blackbelt), and has been training in boxing and catch wrestling. He could literally be twice as strong as Lesnar, and the grip strength of strongmen is outrageous. I'm pretty positive that Mariusz could break someone's arm or wrist by squeezing it. Seriously.

Plus his cardio is unmatched, he'd probably have the best muscular endurance in MMA, and he's lightning fast.

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Nearly anyone from Rugby and Strongman.


Mariusz Pudzianowski plays Rugby, is the world's strongest man, and is a black belt in Kyokushin Karate (GSP is also a blackbelt), and has been training in boxing and catch wrestling. He could literally be twice as strong as Lesnar, and the grip strength of strongmen is outrageous. I'm pretty positive that Mariusz could break someone's arm or wrist by squeezing it. Seriously.

Plus his cardio is unmatched, he'd probably have the best muscular endurance in MMA, and he's lightning fast.

Nearly as strong as lesnar x2? the dudes like just the current worlds strongest man...dude won it with a damaged calf muscle

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Nearly as strong as lesnar x2? the dudes like just the current worlds strongest man...dude won it with a damaged calf muscle
What? It's hard to be twice as strong as anyone, but I mean like this:


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I think Mariusz stats would be nearly twice those as Lesnar.
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Nearly anyone from Rugby and Strongman.


Mariusz Pudzianowski plays Rugby, is the world's strongest man, and is a black belt in Kyokushin Karate (GSP is also a blackbelt), and has been training in boxing and catch wrestling. He could literally be twice as strong as Lesnar, and the grip strength of strongmen is outrageous. I'm pretty positive that Mariusz could break someone's arm or wrist by squeezing it. Seriously.

Plus his cardio is unmatched, he'd probably have the best muscular endurance in MMA, and he's lightning fast.

he is fighting in mma this Friday. the guy he is fighting is a pro boxer
Mariusz Pudzianowski vs. Marcin Najman dec 11

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