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Old 06-09-2011, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So Many Brazilian in MMA, Why?

I wonder why are so many major league (UFC, Strikeforce, Dream, Bellator) fighters are from Brazil.

I'm sorry if I sound mean....my friend said Brazil has lower average income, so people are more willing to take on more dangerous jobs like prize fighting. But I'm not sure if that's the case, because there are places with lower average income like African, part of Asian, Eastern Europe, Mexico. You don't see that many fighters from those places.

Some people say more people in Brazil practice grappling (brazilian jiu jitsu) so the transition from grappling to MMA is easier. But I'm not sure if that's the case either. Because many ppl from Eastern Europe learn grappling as well, they learn Sambo, and Fedor is the only famous Sambo fighters. Many people in Japan learn grappling as well.

Anyone have any idea why?

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Old 06-09-2011, 02:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Probably the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. they also might be inspired by the Gracies, who are Brazilian. I don't know.
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Old 06-09-2011, 03:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This is just a guess but Brazil is a VERY dangerous place. A lot of people fight their whole lives to survive in Brazil.
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that would be one reason but here are a few more, 1 soccer kicks are allowed in brazil and that is something brazillians really like doing ask shogun and wandy, 2. BJJ founded their 3. combat sports is very large their maybe because of the danger as you stated
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I'd say probably because of their long vale tudo tradition.
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Probably the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. they also might be inspired by the Gracies, who are Brazilian. I don't know.
True, maybe Royce Gracie's success inspired many people in Brazil to start training and competing in MMA.

I don't want to sound mean but....Brazil can be considered a dangerous place, but it is not the most dangerous place. Man there are constant war and killing going on in some of the most dangerous places.....

There are many cultures with vale tudo tradition. Brazil isn't the only one. I actually think EVERY culture has vale tudo tradition....
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I'd say probably because of their long vale tudo tradition.
This. The fight tradition far pre dates anything having to do with modern MMA or BJJ for that matter.
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maybe because of all their Bjj and MMA gyms in brazil gives them a easy way to transition into professional fighting.

Vale tudo attitude can be found in much more dangerous countries like central america for example.
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I'd say probably because of their long vale tudo tradition.
This.

And let's be clear here. The reason why 99% of the Top MMA contenders are American and Brasilian is because the talent pool is spread there. And of course the gyms with the corresponding training partners.

Where the depth of the talent is, it's gonna spread out.

BTW: I am also convinced that the reason for the japanese fighters being rather unsuccesful lately is the fact that they do not have that depth of great fighters in all aspects of the game in their top gyms.

These Gyms and the fact that you are able to train with the top fighters in the game is so freaking important, its unbelievable.
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