Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Branson, Missouri
I'm going with all around importance, as well as being looked at as "The guy in the UFC".
Royce Gracie-I'm not a huge Royce fan, but his importance is most definitely there. The guy brought BJJ to the masses(Atleast in the states). He was, at one point, seen as "Unbeatable". He beat Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, & Kimo. Not a bad list at all, especially when they were at their best during that time period.
Matt Hughes-He was the working man's champion. He still is one of the greatest fighters this sport has ever seen, and a true fighter. He never EVER backed down from a challenge, and put on some of the greatest fights in the UFC.
Frank Shamrock-Ok, so this is personal bias here. I can defend this though. Frank was seen as the first true legit champion, and was probably the greatest fighter in his prime. Tito vs Frank is my favorite fight ever, and Frank was the catalyst for the Tito Ortiz's, the Matt Hughes, & the Chuck Liddell's. Frank, nowadays, is embarrassing, but he was the man back then.
I'd love to include Bas, but his UFC run was just not that good. He KO'd TK with an illegal knee(Well, he would've KO'd TK anyway, but still...), and won a *very* controversial decision against Kevin Randleman. Really, his UFC run was odd.
Last edited by Damone; 01-25-2007 at 09:21 PM.