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How many fighters in the UFC (Dream or Strikeforce) have a Karate backround?

Obviously Machida Karate comes to mind.



I have heard GSP has a Kyokushin Karate backround.



Im pretty sure Mir started in Karate under his dad. Not sure which style his roots were though.


Can you guys name more top fighters who use Karate or even has a Karate backround?

I really think Karate is an effective style when used correctly. I would love to see more or have a list of fighters to look on at. Karate used to be a joke but despite being KO'd by Shogun I think Machida has brought that respect back.
 

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Rich Franklin, Vitor Belfort, David Loiseau, Seth Petruzelli(coming to the UFC soon).
Jess Liaudin, who probably will return to the UFC soon, is also a former karate-ka.

Probably more fighters, but those were some of them.
 

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Theres probably a lot of fighters that have trained in it (especially as kids/teens) but don't use it much.
 

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Can i say on the subject of karate that it is a very useful martial arts to learn and a very good foundation in anyone's background mainly "kyokushin". Its proved by some of the best fighters like GSP or Liddell.
I think its proven that the karate "mawashi geri kick that Machida always uses is very effective and less telegraphed than the straight leg muay thai alternative that most fighters use. Evans couldnt cope with them either.

Has anyone ever heard of Frank Brennan :praise01:
He has one of the best mawashi geri kicks of all time and it was better than Machida's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaXl2a6yuoE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yllbkGBruQY = skip 50 seconds in and watch the speed of his kicks.

I had the pleasure of training under Frank in Liverpool's red triangle club in the Uk for 8 years. His record in the 80's and 90's was like Machida's in karate competitions. If he was 20 years younger today with mma around there is no doubt he would have been involved.He used to be in bare knuckle competitions in the 80's. Even now at over 50 he is the fastest kicker i have ever seen and ive been around alot of martial arts for years.
 

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Rich Franklin, Vitor Belfort, David Loiseau, Seth Petruzelli(coming to the UFC soon).
Jess Liaudin, who probably will return to the UFC soon, is also a former karate-ka.

Probably more fighters, but those were some of them.
Rich Franklin has a Karate background?:confused02:
Source?
 

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1. Lyoto Machida
Perhaps the most famous Karate practitioner of today, the UFC LHW Champion. Lyoto is a 3rd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate under his father Yoshizo Machida - a 7th degree black belt and JKA chief instructor.

2. Bas Rutten
A a 5th degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate, famous for his deadly Liver Shot. Bas started out in TKD, after getting his Shodan he switched to Kyokushin Karate. Rutten entered MMA as a pure Karate striker but kept improving his submission wrestling skills and developed his game enough to eventually become a three time "King of Pancrase" and the UFC HW Champion.

3. Guy Mezger
Guy Mezger is a 3x Texas State Karate Champion, 3x WFKL Karate Champion and a 2x U.S.K.A. HW Champion. Through competing in the UFC, Pride FC and Pancrase fighting organizations and displaying an exciting Karate-orientated striking style Mezger has garnered a large fan base as a journeyman of the sport. Guy was a champion in MMA in two different promotions, the UFC and Pancrase.

4. Chuck Liddell
Former UFC LHW Champion. Liddell began studying Kempo and Koei-Kan Karate at the age of 12; the tattoo that can be seen on his scalp reads "Koei-Kan" in Kanji. He went on to gain his Black Belt and win a national championship title in that same style before joining John Hackleman in "The Pit". He has relied on his Kempo and Karate background throughout his entire career.

5. George St-Pierre
Having trained in Kyokushin Karate and its various offshoots (Shidokan, Ashihara etc.) George wears a Gi and headband adorned with Karate symbols before entering the UFC cage. GSP has often said that Karate had a huge impact on his life as a fighter and a person.

6. Yuki Kondo
Yuki is an MMA veteran, having fought in Pancrace, PRIDE and the UFC. He has a background in Shorinji Kempo Karate and a professional MMA record of 49-23-6 as of September 2008.

7. Katsunori Kikuno
Kikuno is a master of both Kyokushin Karate and Judo. He is the current DEEP Lightweight Champion, famous for fighting in the traditional Karate Sochin-dachi stance which completely throws off his opponents.

8. Rory Markham
Rory first got involved in traditional Karate when he was young, then moved on to Shidokan, Kenpo and entered his first full-contact competition in Kyokushin Karate. When he was 13 he was already fighting in bare-knuckle tournaments and beating guys in their 20's, knocking some of them out with head kicks. Rory is currently fighting in the UFC.

9. Jeff Joslin
Jeff "The Inferno" Joslin, is a Canadian mixed martial arts fighter and the current APEX welterweight champion. A 4th degree Blackbelt in Wado-ryu Karate, Joslin has won all of his fights via KO/TKO and has only lost via very controversial Decisions (especially the Fitch fight).

10. Seth Petruzelli
Seth Petruzelli is a Shito-ryu Karate expert with a record of 10-4. Seth was he first man to ever KO a much heavier (and heavily promoted) Kimbo Slice, his other notable win is over Dan Severn.

11. Ryo Chonan
Ryo Chonan is a Kyokushin Karate expert and one of the 4 people to ever defeat Anderson Silva. Ryo is currently fighting for DEEP.

12. Takanori Gomi
"The Fireball Kid" has attributed his striking accuracy and power to training in Mushinjuku Karate. Mushinjuku Karate emphasizes the conditioning of hands for hand power and to stop the breaking the bones. With a record of 30-5, Gomi has definately helped to put Karate on the Map of Mixed martial arts.

13. Semmy Schilt
This huge K-1 and MMA fighter is a world famous Ashihara Karate practitioner and three time consecutive K-1 World GP champion. He is the first fighter in K-1 history to win the championship three times in a row. He has also fought for the Pride Fighting Championship, UFC and Pancrase organizations.

14. Sam Greco
One of the best Australian Seidokaikan Karateka. 6 time Australia Full Contact Karate Champion, Commonwealth Karate Champion 1989-1991, Karate World Cup Champion 1994. Entered MMA at the end of his career and defeated three very tough fighters in Gamlin, Herring and Oyama. His only loss in MMA is a Split Decision to Lyoto Machida.

15. Chinzo Machida
Lyoto Machida's brother, 4th Dan in Shotokan Karate and World vice-champion, Chinzo entered the world of MMA with a first round jaw-breaking KO over Muay Thai expert Christiano Rosa.

16. Antonio Carvalho
A Shotokan Karate and BJJ expert, Antonio Carvalho is a Canadian professional mixed martial artist and Shooto veteran who has fought for TKO Major League MMA, Maximum Fighting Championship, Ironheart Crown and Cage Force. Antonio is one of three people to have defeated Hatsu Hioki.

17. Jeff Newton
One of the most decorated point Karate fighters in the world, with numerous national and international titles to his name, Jeff was once dubbed "The Karate Kid".

18. Shonie Carter
This Shidokan Karate expert is a former WEC welterweight champion, a UFC veteran, and a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. He is known for his flashy style, colorful personality, and use of the spinning backfist in competition.

19. David Loiseau
Karate and TaeKwonDo blackbelt. He has fought in the UFC, EliteXC, and TKO Major League MMA and is the former TKO Middleweight Champion.

20. Leonard Wilson
Kempo Karate blackbelt, one of Rage In The Cage's top fighters, famous for his spinning back kick KO over Ray Elbe. All of his wins have come from KO/TKO.

21. Ed Ratcliff
Karate and boxing expert holding a record of 7 wins and 1 loss, Ed "9mm" Ratcliff loves Karate so much he even has "Karate" written on his mouthpiece.

22. Jason Dent
Jason is a blackbelt in Sanchi-ryu Karate under Richard Fike, who gave Jason a strong foundation on which he is building a successful career. Jason’s current record is 22-8-0. He has won all major belts in the northeastern Ohio area since his UFC bouts, the biggest being the NAAFS Pro Series Championship.

23. Neil Grove
Neil Grove is a South African born English heavyweight MMA fighter currently signed with the Ultimate Challenge UK where he is the Heavyweight Champion. He holds a Shodan rank in Goju-ryu Karate. Grove has a record of 7-2 with all wins coming by way of KO.

24. Taiei Kin
Taiei Kin is a professional LHW Seido-kaikan Karateka competing in K-1 and DREAM. Before switching to MMA, Kin was a distinguished fighter in the K-1 scene, praised by both Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost as the best fighter to come out of Asia. Since 2006, he works also as coach for Choi Hong-man.

25. Andrews Nakahara
Nakahara is a Japanese-Brazilian Kyokushin kaikan Karateka, the South American and All American Open Karate Champion who still regularly trains in IKO (International Karate Organization).

26. Mike Ciesnolevicz
Mike built his martial art base on Karate, Judo and kickboxing while attending Williams Valley High School. He later honed his submission skills at the Lock Haven University wrestling squad and eventually joined Pat Miletich in MFS.

27. Takashi Nakakura
Nakakura is a Seido-kaikan Karate and Judo black belt. He is the current Shooto welterweight champion, undefeated since 2005.

28. Mamed Khalidov
Mamed Khalidov is a Chechen-Polish MMA fighter competing in KSW. Khalidov is currently undefeated in the promotion and has not lost in his past 16 fights. Mamed trained Shotokan Karate, TKD, wrestling and boxing before entering MMA. Mamed still uses impressive spinning kicks which he learned in Karate.

29. Maciej Gorski
One of the best Polish MMA fighters of today, holding a record of 7-3, Maciej has spent 11 years in traditional Shotokan Karate and still supplements his MMA training with Karate seminars in Warsaw.

30. Torrance Taylor
American Karate blackbelt, PKC national Karate champion Taylor is a former NAAFS champion and Fighter of the Year.

31. Tiawan Howard
Holds Blackbelts in Kaju Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do and American kenpo, NAAFS 2006 National Middleweight Champion, USKBA 2004 Full Contact kickboxing national champ, PKC fighter of the year, Ranked 2nd in the world in 2003 on the NBL Pro Karate circuit.

32. Frank Mir
Not really a Karate fighter anymore but definitely worthy of mention on the list. Frank was introduced to martial arts by his parents who are both Kempo Karate instructors. He later went on to wrestling and BJJ, eventually becoming one of the world's best MMA heavyweights.

33. Kestutis Arbocius
Lithuanian Shidokan Karate expert. Heavyweight King of Pancrase with a 7-5 record.

34. Tariel Bitsadze
Georgian Kyokushin Karate fighter with a 7-6 record.

35. Ryuta Noji
Japanese Kyokushin Karate fighter with a 7-5 record. (no video)

36. Ausserio Silva
Blackbelt in Seiwakai Karate, trained under Seiwakai founder Ademir DaCosta. UFC veteran and HW king of Pancrase with a 14-7 record.

37. Vitor Belfort
Belfort (26-8) has trained Shotokan Karate for a long time with Vinicius Antony (Yoshizo Machida's pupil), trained it in 2001 to fight Heath Herring and in 2009 with Lyoto Machida before defeating Rich Franklin.



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I was not the one who searched all this! ;D
 

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2. Bas Rutten
A a 5th degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate, famous for his deadly Liver Shot. Bas started out in TKD, after getting his Shodan he switched to Kyokushin Karate. Rutten entered MMA as a pure Karate striker but kept improving his submission wrestling skills and developed his game enough to eventually become a three time "King of Pancrase" and the UFC HW Champion.


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I was not the one who searched all this! ;D
Whoever did research this didn't do his entire homework. Bas started training in Muai Thai after TKD and Kyokushin and had 15 fights in MT before he started his MMA career, so he definitely wasn't a pure Karate striker.
 

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1. Lyoto Machida
Perhaps the most famous Karate practitioner of today, the UFC LHW Champion. Lyoto is a 3rd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate under his father Yoshizo Machida - a 7th degree black belt and JKA chief instructor.

2. Bas Rutten
A a 5th degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate, famous for his deadly Liver Shot. Bas started out in TKD, after getting his Shodan he switched to Kyokushin Karate. Rutten entered MMA as a pure Karate striker but kept improving his submission wrestling skills and developed his game enough to eventually become a three time "King of Pancrase" and the UFC HW Champion.

3. Guy Mezger
Guy Mezger is a 3x Texas State Karate Champion, 3x WFKL Karate Champion and a 2x U.S.K.A. HW Champion. Through competing in the UFC, Pride FC and Pancrase fighting organizations and displaying an exciting Karate-orientated striking style Mezger has garnered a large fan base as a journeyman of the sport. Guy was a champion in MMA in two different promotions, the UFC and Pancrase.

4. Chuck Liddell
Former UFC LHW Champion. Liddell began studying Kempo and Koei-Kan Karate at the age of 12; the tattoo that can be seen on his scalp reads "Koei-Kan" in Kanji. He went on to gain his Black Belt and win a national championship title in that same style before joining John Hackleman in "The Pit". He has relied on his Kempo and Karate background throughout his entire career.

5. George St-Pierre
Having trained in Kyokushin Karate and its various offshoots (Shidokan, Ashihara etc.) George wears a Gi and headband adorned with Karate symbols before entering the UFC cage. GSP has often said that Karate had a huge impact on his life as a fighter and a person.

6. Yuki Kondo
Yuki is an MMA veteran, having fought in Pancrace, PRIDE and the UFC. He has a background in Shorinji Kempo Karate and a professional MMA record of 49-23-6 as of September 2008.

7. Katsunori Kikuno
Kikuno is a master of both Kyokushin Karate and Judo. He is the current DEEP Lightweight Champion, famous for fighting in the traditional Karate Sochin-dachi stance which completely throws off his opponents.

8. Rory Markham
Rory first got involved in traditional Karate when he was young, then moved on to Shidokan, Kenpo and entered his first full-contact competition in Kyokushin Karate. When he was 13 he was already fighting in bare-knuckle tournaments and beating guys in their 20's, knocking some of them out with head kicks. Rory is currently fighting in the UFC.

9. Jeff Joslin
Jeff "The Inferno" Joslin, is a Canadian mixed martial arts fighter and the current APEX welterweight champion. A 4th degree Blackbelt in Wado-ryu Karate, Joslin has won all of his fights via KO/TKO and has only lost via very controversial Decisions (especially the Fitch fight).

10. Seth Petruzelli
Seth Petruzelli is a Shito-ryu Karate expert with a record of 10-4. Seth was he first man to ever KO a much heavier (and heavily promoted) Kimbo Slice, his other notable win is over Dan Severn.

11. Ryo Chonan
Ryo Chonan is a Kyokushin Karate expert and one of the 4 people to ever defeat Anderson Silva. Ryo is currently fighting for DEEP.

12. Takanori Gomi
"The Fireball Kid" has attributed his striking accuracy and power to training in Mushinjuku Karate. Mushinjuku Karate emphasizes the conditioning of hands for hand power and to stop the breaking the bones. With a record of 30-5, Gomi has definately helped to put Karate on the Map of Mixed martial arts.

13. Semmy Schilt
This huge K-1 and MMA fighter is a world famous Ashihara Karate practitioner and three time consecutive K-1 World GP champion. He is the first fighter in K-1 history to win the championship three times in a row. He has also fought for the Pride Fighting Championship, UFC and Pancrase organizations.

14. Sam Greco
One of the best Australian Seidokaikan Karateka. 6 time Australia Full Contact Karate Champion, Commonwealth Karate Champion 1989-1991, Karate World Cup Champion 1994. Entered MMA at the end of his career and defeated three very tough fighters in Gamlin, Herring and Oyama. His only loss in MMA is a Split Decision to Lyoto Machida.

15. Chinzo Machida
Lyoto Machida's brother, 4th Dan in Shotokan Karate and World vice-champion, Chinzo entered the world of MMA with a first round jaw-breaking KO over Muay Thai expert Christiano Rosa.

16. Antonio Carvalho
A Shotokan Karate and BJJ expert, Antonio Carvalho is a Canadian professional mixed martial artist and Shooto veteran who has fought for TKO Major League MMA, Maximum Fighting Championship, Ironheart Crown and Cage Force. Antonio is one of three people to have defeated Hatsu Hioki.

17. Jeff Newton
One of the most decorated point Karate fighters in the world, with numerous national and international titles to his name, Jeff was once dubbed "The Karate Kid".

18. Shonie Carter
This Shidokan Karate expert is a former WEC welterweight champion, a UFC veteran, and a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. He is known for his flashy style, colorful personality, and use of the spinning backfist in competition.

19. David Loiseau
Karate and TaeKwonDo blackbelt. He has fought in the UFC, EliteXC, and TKO Major League MMA and is the former TKO Middleweight Champion.

20. Leonard Wilson
Kempo Karate blackbelt, one of Rage In The Cage's top fighters, famous for his spinning back kick KO over Ray Elbe. All of his wins have come from KO/TKO.

21. Ed Ratcliff
Karate and boxing expert holding a record of 7 wins and 1 loss, Ed "9mm" Ratcliff loves Karate so much he even has "Karate" written on his mouthpiece.

22. Jason Dent
Jason is a blackbelt in Sanchi-ryu Karate under Richard Fike, who gave Jason a strong foundation on which he is building a successful career. Jason’s current record is 22-8-0. He has won all major belts in the northeastern Ohio area since his UFC bouts, the biggest being the NAAFS Pro Series Championship.

23. Neil Grove
Neil Grove is a South African born English heavyweight MMA fighter currently signed with the Ultimate Challenge UK where he is the Heavyweight Champion. He holds a Shodan rank in Goju-ryu Karate. Grove has a record of 7-2 with all wins coming by way of KO.

24. Taiei Kin
Taiei Kin is a professional LHW Seido-kaikan Karateka competing in K-1 and DREAM. Before switching to MMA, Kin was a distinguished fighter in the K-1 scene, praised by both Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost as the best fighter to come out of Asia. Since 2006, he works also as coach for Choi Hong-man.

25. Andrews Nakahara
Nakahara is a Japanese-Brazilian Kyokushin kaikan Karateka, the South American and All American Open Karate Champion who still regularly trains in IKO (International Karate Organization).

26. Mike Ciesnolevicz
Mike built his martial art base on Karate, Judo and kickboxing while attending Williams Valley High School. He later honed his submission skills at the Lock Haven University wrestling squad and eventually joined Pat Miletich in MFS.

27. Takashi Nakakura
Nakakura is a Seido-kaikan Karate and Judo black belt. He is the current Shooto welterweight champion, undefeated since 2005.

28. Mamed Khalidov
Mamed Khalidov is a Chechen-Polish MMA fighter competing in KSW. Khalidov is currently undefeated in the promotion and has not lost in his past 16 fights. Mamed trained Shotokan Karate, TKD, wrestling and boxing before entering MMA. Mamed still uses impressive spinning kicks which he learned in Karate.

29. Maciej Gorski
One of the best Polish MMA fighters of today, holding a record of 7-3, Maciej has spent 11 years in traditional Shotokan Karate and still supplements his MMA training with Karate seminars in Warsaw.

30. Torrance Taylor
American Karate blackbelt, PKC national Karate champion Taylor is a former NAAFS champion and Fighter of the Year.

31. Tiawan Howard
Holds Blackbelts in Kaju Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do and American kenpo, NAAFS 2006 National Middleweight Champion, USKBA 2004 Full Contact kickboxing national champ, PKC fighter of the year, Ranked 2nd in the world in 2003 on the NBL Pro Karate circuit.

32. Frank Mir
Not really a Karate fighter anymore but definitely worthy of mention on the list. Frank was introduced to martial arts by his parents who are both Kempo Karate instructors. He later went on to wrestling and BJJ, eventually becoming one of the world's best MMA heavyweights.

33. Kestutis Arbocius
Lithuanian Shidokan Karate expert. Heavyweight King of Pancrase with a 7-5 record.

34. Tariel Bitsadze
Georgian Kyokushin Karate fighter with a 7-6 record.

35. Ryuta Noji
Japanese Kyokushin Karate fighter with a 7-5 record. (no video)

36. Ausserio Silva
Blackbelt in Seiwakai Karate, trained under Seiwakai founder Ademir DaCosta. UFC veteran and HW king of Pancrase with a 14-7 record.

37. Vitor Belfort
Belfort (26-8) has trained Shotokan Karate for a long time with Vinicius Antony (Yoshizo Machida's pupil), trained it in 2001 to fight Heath Herring and in 2009 with Lyoto Machida before defeating Rich Franklin.



Sources:
- wikipedia
- youtube
- topgunmma
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- other

I was not the one who searched all this! ;D
nice find!
However, you could have just said your source was sherdog..
http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f2/30-successful-karate-fighters-mma-1040386/

About Franklin

http://www.411mania.com/MMA/columns/106526

"Rich Franklin was born October 5, 1974 (Making him 34 today) in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a kid, Rich's father placed him in karate class at age 12, which Rich enjoyed but did not take seriously (who as a kid took karate seriously?) due to his love and desire to play football. Rich played football in high school but was not quite skilled enough to make the starting lineup so throughout high school he was second string. He wanted more then anything to play college football; however he did not make the team. Still a gifted athlete, Rich went back to focus on karate.
While learning karate, Rich became friends with Josh and Shawn Rafferty, who were the sons of the karate instructor. Shawn, who had served in the Marine Corps, taught Rich some skills in Thai boxing, which Rich took a strong liking too. After the guys watched some early UFC tapes and witnessed how the bigger standup fighters were simply taken down and submitted by smaller fighters (mainly any Royce Gracie fight), Rich began to train in some BJJ. Due to low attendance and dying interest in karate, the gym where Franklin and the boys used to train shut down. This forced Rich and the Rafferty's to train elsewhere, but without a proper gym in the area, they moved their practice to a shed in the Rafferty's backyard."
 

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Whoever did research this didn't do his entire homework. Bas started training in Muai Thai after TKD and Kyokushin and had 15 fights in MT before he started his MMA career, so he definitely wasn't a pure Karate striker.
That's why I didn't named the exact source for it^^

But still the list looked pretty good for me!
 

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Hey I didn't revive a long dead post I just joined back in on the conversation. I would also like to note that someone else with a karate background is none other then Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva. Weird as it maybe.
 
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