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Old 01-18-2012, 01:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Your top 5 all time favorite MMA fighters, Boxers, and Kickboxers

I'm incredibly bored so I decided to make a thread where we can list and explain our five favorite mixed martial artists, boxers, and kick boxers of all time.

MMA Fighters
1. Georges St. Pierre
The typical pick. He represents everything that is good in this sport. His humbleness, work ethic, and passion is what inspired me to start rolling and sparring. He's the most complete fighter and his dominance and demeanor has led me to never miss a PPV purchase with him on it whether he finishes fights or not.
2. Frankie Edgar
An Italian wrestler from Jersey. That right there is enough to make me a fan. Add the fact that hes possibly the smallest guy in his division and holds the belt, incredible athleticism and heart, and a humble attitude, he locks in the number 2 spot.
3. Chael Sonnen
The old saying "one mans trash is another man's treasure" holds true here. You either hate him or you love. Well I love him no homo. I get his humor, his intentions (no matter how greedy) and he just comes across as extremely likable to me.
4. Forrest Griffin
Another guy I love for his personality. His self deprecating ways and incredible heart has earned himself many fans. Add in his hilarious sense of humor and his awesome books and Forrest Griffin becomes the ******* man.
5. Jon Fitch
Another guy who gets a lot of hate for not finishing fights and being "boring" I for one love his grinding style and fully appreciate the intensity and technical ability that is easily forgotten thats involved in being able to wrestle**** people. If just anyone could do it, just about anyone WOULD do it. But that's not the reason I like this dude. The reason I like Fitch is because he comes across as a completely regular guy who happens to be a nerd on the side when he's not fighting. Also, he has a slamming hot Asian wife. Good for him.
Boxers
1. Mike Tyson
My favorite boxer by a mile. Unlike my favorite MMA fighter, he did NOT represent good sportsmanship. Regardless, his unrivaled explosiveness, power, intensity, aggressiveness, and overwhelming ability made me obsessed with his skills ever since I was a young kid. I was always blown away knowing that a human being was capable of actually doing the things he did to other human beings inside the ring. Truly epic.
2. Rocky Marciano
A tough Italian-American boxer who was undefeated and had a devastating right hook. As corny as it sounds, he was the first person I can remember that made me truly proud to be Italiano.
3. Manny Pacquiao
How can you not love Manny? His incredible speed and power that he generates from that small body of his never ceases to impress me. Sorry Sugar Ray Robinson but I think it's clear that Manny is lb for lb the greatest of all time.
4. Muhammed Ali
The greatest talker and the greatest heavyweight in boxing history. His speed and elusiveness was Silva-like in his prime and his technical prowess and ring intelligence is to this day completely unrivaled. He was truly an entertainer in every sense of the word.
5. Pernell Whitaker
Speaking of elusiveness... When it comes down to it, no one comes close to the defensive abilities this man had. There is something special to me watching a man fight on a completely different frequency. Probably the closest thing we'll ever get to a real Spider-man.
Kickboxers
1. Badr Hari
Again, another typical pick. Badr Hari is the most vicious kickboxer of all time and IMHO has surpassed both Ernesto Hoost and Rob Kaman in overall technical ability for heavyweights. Along with this, he's owner of some of the most exciting KO's in K-1 history. His ruthless demeanor and Tyson-like aggressiveness gives him the top spot.
2. Melvin Manhoef
Speaking of Tyson, Melvin Mahoef is someone I always referred to as the "Mike Tyson of Kickboxing". The way he explodes into all of his strikes always had me on the edge of my seat.
3. Gokhan Saki
I always loved the fact that despite being a bit doughy and undersized, he could brutally knockout people far bigger and more muscular. Cannot wait for Hari vs Saki!!
4. Buakaw Por. Pramuk
IMO the most technical kickboxer of all time even surpassing the great Masato. Truly the greatest representative of vicious thai fighters. His leg kicks are flawless and his toughness is unrivaled.
5. Andy Hug
Wrapping up my list is Andy Hug. Another undersized fighter who would absolutely SCHOOL larger opponents inside the ring with his incredible striking power. An incredible inspiration.
I would have thrown in Wrestlers and BJJ practitioners but this already took way too long!
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont know many kickboxers or boxers but for mma fighters its about even with:

BJ Penn
Anderson Silva
Jon Jones
GSP
Liddell

Thats a tough one I have a lot more but I guess thats about right for top 5.

For boxers:

Tyson
Ali
Pacman
maywheather
De la Hoya
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