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Old 01-23-2010, 05:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yeah Chuck Norris was a pretty accomplished fighter albeit mainly in karate. Jean Claude Van Damme had a pretty impressive fighting career as well until he realized how much money he could make as a movie star.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yeah Chuck Norris was a pretty accomplished fighter albeit mainly in karate. Jean Claude Van Damme had a pretty impressive fighting career as well until he realized how much money he could make as a movie star.
I thought JCVD had a fair amount of accolades in legitimate and recognized competition, but I never dared mention it on here, in case 100 people went crazy, "HE JUST BEAT A FEW CANS IN AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GYM!! YOU'RE A N00B!!!"
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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bruce lee, just so we could settle the arguments of whether or not he could survive in the ufc :P
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Kurt Angle.
When he and Brock were still in the WWE, they had a amatuer-wrestling match, or something like that. Well, they say, Angle out-wrestled him (like every other guy in the roster). And, ofcourse, he won an olympic gold medal with a broken neck. I'm sure he coulde have done very well in MMA.
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:46 PM   #15 (permalink)
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How about Dwight Howard? He is 6'11 265 pounds and more athletic than any HW fighter in MMA right now. I think if he trained he would be awesome. But definetly makes more money right now in the NBA than he ever would in MMA so he made the right choice.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:27 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Aleksandr Karelin
I surfed through to make sure someone had said this already.

As far as I'm concerned, Karelin is the greatest amateur athlete in the history of combat sports. The numbers from his career are ridiculous:
  • 6'4, 285 lbs
  • Three Olympic Gold Medals
  • Nine World Championships
  • 13 Years without a Loss
  • Six Years without giving up a point
  • Bar none the greatest Greco Roman wrestler of all time
There's no athlete I'd rather see in MMA, period. When you look at the quality of solid Greco-Roman wrestlers that have appeared in MMA (Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, Dan Henderson, Joe Warren, etc.), it'd be awesome to see the greatest of all time compete.

There are a lot of great athletes in the history of modern sports, but Karelin is by far one of the most interesting in terms of what he could do in MMA.

Bruce Lee would be interesting (assuming he fought in his own division). Mike Tyson would be interesting if he could stay standing for more than ten seconds. Ray Lewis or one of the great punishers from the NFL would be exciting for the same reason Lesnar is exciting.

But, when it comes to a guy who would change the sport, Karelin is the kind of athlete with the skills and the raw power to just drop jaws and do things that no one else can.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:02 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Yes Chuck Norris of course Toxic, but bringing god into the discussion ruins it for all the others. I agree Kurt Angle was probably the greatest wrestler ever and had incredible work ethic and desire, I read his book, recommend it.

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Old 01-23-2010, 09:09 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Wow, agree with Karelin too, all the super-great wrestlers I think would do well. Even the phony wrestlers like Big Show and Andre the Giant would be interesting if they started young with such incredible size.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:30 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Chuck Norris was a black belt in TKD and a brown belt in Judo by the end of the sixties. So yeah, he would be pretty good in MMA.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:22 PM   #20 (permalink)
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get a Top Class basketball player and teach him to how to fight

football players seem to be the "physical" choice but in fact basketball players would do really well in fighting

they have great cardio, strength, and speed so teaching them how to fight in a mma fight would be excellent!

take roy jones jr, i know hes a boxer and all but he actually excelled in basketball, baseball, and football when he was in highschool/college (he had the choice to choose anyone of the sports to play pro in) and we all know roy jones jr is a really good fighter
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