mardi 31 mai 2011

World's Strongest Man of Wrestling

World's Strongest Man of...  Wrestling
Written by PYGOD on January 9, 2008

It is widely known, pro wrestling has always been the land of strongmen. It seems the general public has always had some sort of fascination with strongmen and musclemen. These herculean icons never failed to capture the hearts and imagination of their fans with their larger than life aura of indestructibility.  This article “The World’s Strongest Men… of Wrestling” will probably be the first of a series, titled “The World’s Strongest Men…” This will give some perspective of these strong athletes where strength became their official gimmick. Strength became the core of their persona.  Strength became their life and character. Here come the strongest of them all!  The World's Strongest Men of wrestling.

Being dubbed the "World's Strongest Man" in the land of giants is not an easy feat. So let's study the case of the five wrestlers who, at one time or another, were officially billed as the "World's Strongest Man".

Ken Patera.

Born November 6, 1942 in Portland, Oregon. Ken Patera began his strength career in football as an all-state fullback in high school. Then, he went to Brigham Young and threw the shot put 67 feet and could dunk a basketball all at 6'1", 270 lbs. At 19, he was capable of a 42 inch vertical leap. In 1968 at 25 years old he placed third in the NCAA finals in the shot put and fifth in the hammer throw. The next year, he moved to weightlifting and became a national champion with only one year of training. By 1971, Patera has already won three national championships and finished second to his arch-rival, the all-time great Vassili Alexeyev, in the annual World Weightlifting championship.  

Patera’s moment of glory came on July 23, 1972 in San Francesco, California at the age of 29, weighting in at 340 lbs for and officially measuring a height of 6'1.75" he became the first American to clean and jerk 500 lbs (officially lifting 505.5 lbs).  He was also the only American to clean and press 505.5 lbs!  Patera also snatched 387.5 lbs on that event-which registered his all-time career's best. After such a feat, he was viewed as a serious threat for the worldwide famous Vassili Alexeyev for the 1972 Olympics.  But when the time came, he failed miserably and didn't place at the 1972 Olympics. So, shortly after, he resumed his Olympic career and broke his all-time best total at the three Olympic lifts, which was 1395 lbs; only second to Alexeyev's best effort of 1421 lbs.  1972 was the last year that the press was an Olympic lift.  Now, there is only two Olympic lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk. 

In the end of 1973, at 31 years of age, he begin his wrestling career, already billed by promoters and announcers, as the "World's Strongest Man" -A billing that he would maintain for his entire wrestling career.  Even though he lost most of his bulk through his wrestling career; starting at 330 lbs dropping to a mere 245 lbs by 1980 that enabled him to increase his wrestling abilities and his stamina.  Doing so, he relied less and less on power moves but was always pushed as a powerhouse.  Performing feats of strength on TV, like holding back an accelerated car with his legs pressed against the car's front and his back against a wall, bending nails and iron bars, driving nails through boards, and blowing hot water balloons until they exploded.  Enhancing his reputation as the "World's Strongest Man", he competed in the contest of the same name in 1977, the first of a long series which is still continued today to truly define who is the worlds strongest man. Patera placed third in the extravaganza; behind Olympic weightlifter Bruce Wilhelm and football player Bob Young. This feat was truly remarkable despite undergoing repaid weight loss and being far from his ideal "strength-weight" which was due as he was greatly suffering from a back injury.

His career took a turn to the worst, on April 6, 1984 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  It all began when he and fellow pro wrestler Mr. Saito went to a local McDonald’s joint late at night and were denied service because it was no longer open. So, an angered Patera threw a heavy boulder through the window and breaking it. Later that night, several police officers go to the hotel room of the two belligerents to arrest them. But Patera and Saito didn't were not cooperative and kicked the asses of the several police officers that night. The police clubs and mace weren't enough to get the upper hand on these two powerhouses. The police officers got to pull their guns to get the "cooperation" of Patera and Saito. Both of them were sentenced to two years in jail.

After his time was served, Patera returned to WWF wrestling in 1987-he was 45 years old at the time. He was still billed as the "World's Strongest Man"; however he failed to catch up his past momentum and was mostly used as a mid-carder and not a headliner.

Nonetheless, Ken Patera was an amazing all-around athlete and a great performer. He will be remembered as a great showman, one of the most hated man in wrestling, and a top notch strength icon.

Ted Arcidi.

Born in June 16, 1958 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Introduced by Ken Patera, "Mr. 705" Ted Arcidi began in WWF in late 1985 at 27 years old. He was immediately billed as the "World's Strongest Man" due to his raw bench press world record of 705.75 lbs. Being the first man able to bench 700 lbs. 

At 5'10", 290 pounds, he was so big and muscular that his wrestling skills were next to nil and he could barely move in a ring. His lack of skills and the fact that WWF honcho Vince McMahon didn't want two wrestlers billed as "World's Strongest Man" on his show decided to release Arcidi upon the return of Ken Patera (ironically the same man who introduced him) to determine this billing. 

He also wrestled for various independent wrestling federations. Even feuded with fellow "World's Strongest Man" Bill Kazmaier in Calgary. But he ultimately left pro wrestling to set new world records in powerlifting. Weighing 291 lbs, in 1990, he set another world record with an amazing 718 lbs bench press. On September 14, 1991, at a Mr. Olympia contest, he squared off face to face with
his greatest rival Anthony Clark to determine who the greatest bench presser of the world was. At 5'8", 375 lbs, the much bigger Anthony Clark failed to even budge the 725 pounds off his chest a weight Arcidi bench pressed to establish a new, but controversial, world record. It was considered controversial because his elbows weren't fully locked, allegedly due to his advanced state of arthritis.

Ted Arcidi will always be remembered as a poor wrestler but a tremendous powerlifter and arguably one of the greatest bench pressers of all-time.

Dino Bravo.
Born August 6, 1948 and dead March 11, 1993.  Italian-born French Canadian Dino Bravo (Adolfo Bresciano) was, unlike the other strongmen of this list, a career long pro wrestler.  Unlike the other so-called "World's Strongest Man", Dino Bravo never officially competed in strength sports like powerlifting, strongman, and Olympic lifting.

At a legit height of 5'9" and weighting a legit 255 pounds, Dino Bravo was already the self-proclaimed "Canada's Strongest Man".  Feuding with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, and The Ultimate Warrior, Dino Bravo was one of the most hated main event heel in the WWF of the late 80s and early 90s.

He officially started the "World's Strongest Man" gimmick at the WWF 1988 inaugural Royal Rumble, were he bench pressed 715 pounds (minus four bogus 45-pound plates) to beat the world record of the time.  Despite his bogus attempt to etablish the new bench press world record.  Dino Bravo was legitimaly strong and able to bench press more than 500 pounds.  Former tag team partner Gino Brito even stated that Dino Bravo bench pressed 675 pounds, which is seven 45-pound plates per side.

He retired from professional wrestling in 1992 and to keep up with his lavish lifestyle he turned to organized crime.  However Dino Bravo aka Adolfo Bresciano was found shot to death on March 11, 1993 at age 44 with 17 bullets in the head.  His execution was related to his involvement in illegal cigarette smuggling and loan sharking.

Doug Furnas.

Born December 11, 1961 in Commerce, Oklahoma. Furnas, began his athletic career as starting running back on the University of Tennessee football team. Coincidentally, one of his teammates was the former NFL star, Reggie White. But his greatest achievement came as a powerlifter. Already in college, he was a physical marvel. Able to run a 4.6 forty yard dash, a 36-inch vertical leap, doing full legs splits, and regularly benching 450 lbs and squatting 775 lbs. On March 26, 1983 at the same University; he set the men's collegiate national records in the squat (881.75 lbs) and the deadlift (766 lbs) in the 242 weight class.  

Furnas was truly a powerlifting extraordinaire, achieving his career best total in June 28, 1987 in Bloomington, Minnesota with a 2403 lbs competing in the 275 category.  His best squat came in 1986 at 985 lbs weighting a ripped 265 lbs with 35-inch thighs.  His best bench is 600 lbs and his best deadlift is 821 lbs.  During his illustrious powerlifting career, he set 29 world records, often breaking his own. He probably still holds the Tennessee State record for the squat (985), deadlift (821) and total (2403).  And keep in mind that his exploits were made with minimal supportive gear compared to today's ridiculous slingshot suits.  Interesting fact: during his height of his powerlifting career Furnas only trained twice a week.

In 1986, he started pro wrestling. Evidently billed as the "World's Strongest Man" but only for the first few years of his career. In 1990, he was exposed to national TV coverage on WCW, where they heavily emphasized him as the "World's Strongest Man" every chance they got. But, unfortunately the billing ended in 1990 after his WCW departure. Despite his incredibly large legs and very muscular stature, he lacked size and looked more like a sun-tanned bodybuilder.  Furna’s stats were exaggerated at 5'11" and billed as 265 pounds (more likely 245 lbs) and his high-flying, ultra-athletic style of wrestling was hardly seen as a credible title as the "World's Strongest Man". He was exceptionally strong, but he didn't look like he was and his wrestling highlight as the "World's Strongest Man" came in a losing effort against Barry Windham in 1990 NWA Clash of Champions XI. 

Another conflict of determining who the real "World's Strongest Man" came upon the arrival of Bill Kazmaier in 1991.  One year after the departure of Furnas in 1990. Fans questioned why the two of them were called "World's Strongest Man"?  So, the announcer Gordon Solie came on TV and explained that Doug Furnas was the strongest man in the 275 weight class and Bill Kazmaier (their new "World's Strongest Man") was the strongest man overall.  Since Kazmaier was a lot bigger and stronger looking; these explanations easily convinced the public.

For the rest of his wrestling career, Doug Furnas achieved international success in tag team wrestling with his partner Dan Kroffat (Phil Laffon). Sadly, due to his drop in weight to 230 lbs; his strength accomplishments were all but   forgotten and he was never seen as a powerhouse again.

Bill Kazmaier.

Born December 30, 1953 in Burlington, Wisconsin.  Bill Kazmaier is, without a doubt, one of the strongest men of all-time. He was a fullback at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1973-1974 before leaving school for a full-time powerlifting career.  Doing so, he won his first National championship in 1978 with a 782 lbs squat, a 534 lbs bench press, and a 804 lbs deadlift as a 275 pounder. In 1979, as a 25 year old superheavyweight, he won the American powerlifting championship and the IPF World powerlifting championship with a 865 lbs squat, a 622 lbs bench (world record at the time) and a 804 lbs deadlift. 

He does his best powerlifting lifts in 1981 at 27 years old. That year, he set the world record with a 661 lbs bench press in a drug-tested competition, completely raw (no stupid bench shirt) with a narrow grip.  He also made his best total, 2425 lbs.  Which, I believe is still an unseen feat in raw, drug tested powerlifting.  His best drug-tested deadlift was 886, which remained a record for the next seven years and his best squat was 925 lbs.  Keep in mind all of this was done in 1981 under official circumstances, drug-tested and without supportive equipment.  Wow!

The great Kaz wasn't only a powerlifting marvel; he is also a three-time World's Strongest Man.  He won the prestigious contest three consecutive years in 1980, 1981, and 1982.  He was so dominant that he was blackballed by the organizers, fearing a lost in interest by the viewers as he would be the only champ. So in 1983, the great Kaz returned to powerlifting, winning the IPF world championship again. Ironically, due to the emergence of another dominant
strongman (Jon Pall Sigmarsson of Iceland) Kazmaier was re-invited back to the annual World's Strongest Man contest. Kaz, finished second to strength phenom,  Sigmarsson in 1987 and 1988. He in 1989, he finished fourth, while injuring his ankle in the process and this was the beginning of his pro wrestling.   

Briefly competed in WCW in 1991, with over 30 records under his belt (at the time) and officially proclaimed the "World's Strongest Man" by Guinness. Kaz was incredibly strong and his physique looked even more incredibly strong but he was a poor wrestler. However, he still managed a few shots on pay-per-view events, he received some title shots including from then champion Lex Luger. His highlights came when he was sneak-attacked and "injured" by the Enforcers (Arn Anderson & Larry Zbysko) before the tournament finals of the WCW world tag team championship and the outcome had him and his partner Rick Steiner losing to Anderson & Zbysko.  

Kaz worked for other wrestling outfits like the local Alabama promotion, the Canadian Stampede wrestling, and New Japan. His wrestling career came to a close and he returned to his bread and butter sport- strongman competitions.

As I mentioned earlier, Kazmaier was a poor wrestler, but who cares - he was the "World's Strongest Man"!

The last "World's Strongest Man" of wrestling is none other than

Mark Henry.

Born June 12, 1971 in Silsbee, Texas. Mark Henry is, in my view, with Louis Cyr and Paul Anderson, in my view one of the three greatest World's Strongest Men who ever lived.

Already weighing 365 pounds at 17, he was published as the next superheavyweight Olympic weightlifting gold medalist. At the young age of 21, and weighing a more muscular 366 pounds; he finished tenth in superheavyweight weightlifting at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic. He was also a gifted powerlifter; scoring his best lifts on July 16, 1995 at 24 years old weighing 405.8 lbs. He bested the 1976 934.5 lbs raw (unequipped) squat world record by Don Reinbourt with a superhuman 948 lbs squat. A 463 lbs raw bench press and a 865 lbs raw deadlift. 

Later in 1995, at the World powerlifting championship, he lifted 953 lbs in the squat, a 518 lbs bench, and a 865 lbs deadlift. His best total ever recorded was during that year, at 2336 lbs for the three lifts and he also won the Pan American Games silver medal in Olympic weightlifting. Henry was the Senior American record holder of the best snatch, clean and jerk and total from 1993 to 1997, where he became the Senior National Weightlifting Champion in 1993, 1994 & 1996. 

His dominant performances in the strength arena intrigued the WWF, who sponsored him for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta where he finished 14th.  Henry made his pro wrestling debut in September 22, 1996 at 25 years old, defeating Jerry "The King" Lawler at the pay-per-view event In Your House: Mind Games.  Mark Henry signed on for a 10 years at a whopping $10 million contract which was unheard of at the time.  Unfortunately, this contract proved to be the worst business deal ever inked by WWE Vince McMahon (second to his ill-fated football league XFL).  In fact, the giant was miss-used by the creative team, rather than pushing him as an unstoppable monster heel like he should have been was pushed into losing weight to enhance his in-ring performance.  They strongly compelled the giant to eat very clean, do one hour of cardio every day, and train on a ridiculous fitness program. So the big man became the shadow of himself without his precious bulk and strength. It was totally stupid! I hate what the WWE did to Mark Henry.

Despite all of WWE’s stupid efforts of making Mark Henry a good wrestler never panned out as he still sucked in the ring.  Slow, injury-prone, sweaty, no charisma and filled with silly gimmicks like Sexual Chocolate and crap like that.  The "World's Strongest Man" was, for the most part of his ten-year contract, sends at training facilities Ohio Valley Wrestling, on the injured list or losing to an established superstar.  Again it was ridiculous!

Finally on February 23, 2002 the light of day shone through dark, at the inaugural Arnold Classic strongman contest. The Arnold setting in my opinion is the ultimate and is best platform to see who the real Strongest Man in the World is.  He got the okay by Vince McMahon to train and participate at the prestigious  event.  All the years of rust, diet, and lack of brute strength training was not a deterrent as Mark Henry bested seven of the strongest  powerlifters, strongman competitors, and Olympic lifters in the world to be crowned the 2002 Arnold Classic Strongman winner. Weighing in at over 400 lbs at 30 years of age, he achieved world class fame for his feats of strength and was evident when he
cleaned and jerked the Apollon wheels three times and snatching the Inch dumbbell overhead.  It was impressive! 

After that, he returned to WWE TV programs with his own televised segments called "Feats of Strength" in paralleled with his official "World's Strongest Man" status he was bigger and badder. On his segments; he routinely performed various feats of strength like bending an iron cast, lifting a car, holding off an accelerated truck with his foot on the bumper and his back against a wall all while other wrestlers took bets. Sadly, this was short-lived, and he was returned to OVW for more training.

He re-signed in 2006 with the WWE and Mark Henry was finally used as a brutal 380-pound monster that injures his opponents on a regular basis.  However, he is still the same wrestler: injury-prone, immobile, and somewhat boring.  What a waste of talent!  He was meant to be the strongest man who ever lived but he was lured away by the big paychecks of pro wrestling (who wouldn't be right?).  He didn't achieve his full strength potential and his combined powerlifting (squat, deadlift, bench press) and Olympic lifting (snatch, clean and jerk) total is already the highest ever recorded. The preceding record holder was Don Reinbourt.  Like Don Reinbourt; Mark Henry was one of the very few strength marvels that excelled in the three main strength disciplines:  Olympic lifting, powerlifting, and strongman sports.  Amazingly, despite his short-lived full time dedication to the strength world and we are often left with what if… Mark Henry is still probably the strongest man who has ever lived!

For more about Mark Henry and other strongmen and strength training secrets.


 Dino Bravo 715 pound Bench Press

Ted Arcidi vs. Bill Kazmaier - Lifting Contest

 Doug Furnas vs. Lord Humongous (Sid Vicious) BenchPress Contest

lundi 30 mai 2011

Minowaman - The Giant Killer

Minowaman - The Giant Killer

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog" Mark Twain

Ikuhisa Minowa, better known as Minowaman, is what I like about what's left of the MMA.  A small man who routinely kicks the asses of much bigger man.  No matter how great they are, no matter how big they are, Minowaman will face them.  Minowaman is the modern-day David vs Goliath.  Minowaman is the Ultimate Giant Killer.

Minowaman fought a large variety of fighters.  He defeated fighters like Butterbean, Giant Silva, Hong Man Choi, Bob Sapp, Jimmy Ambritz, Don Frye, Kimo Leopold, Imani Lee, Mike Plotcheck, Gilbert Yvel, Phil Baroni, Errol Zimmerman, Stefan Leko, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou...  And honorably lost against some of the bests of the sport, fighters like Mirko Cro Cop, Wanderlei Silva, Kazushi Sakuraba, Evan Tanner, Paulo Filho, Semmy Schilt, Ricardo Arona, Quinton Jackson, Murilo Bustamante...  With a record of 47 Wins - 32 Losses - 8 Draw (47-32-8), Minowaman has faced the greatest and the largest fighters of the world.  Whether there is King Kong and Godzilla wanting to tag team against him in an handicap match, Minowaman won't back against any man, woman, or animal!?!...

It's easy to understand why Minowaman is a hero in Japan and one of the most popular fighters there.  Minowaman is the Ultimate Underdog!  A 5'9" middleweight who never weighted more than 196 pounds, Minowaman shows us that, like Mark Twain would say: "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." 

Minowaman is all about heart, courage, and dedication.  A true hero and inspiration to look up to.

Hero Highlight - Minowaman Hypersonic War Wagon of awesomeness


MMA Freak Show

Top 50 Freak Fighters

dimanche 29 mai 2011


Written by PYGOD on June 3, 2010

My favorite MMA fighters are by far those who are called the
freaks.  These super heavyweights are by far the most popular and entertaining fighters around.


1- Brock Lesnar.
A veritable freak of nature, he is a highly decorated amateur wrestler (two-time NJCAA All-American, 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight Champion, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Conference Champion, and 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion with a record of 106–5 overall in four years of college) and an already legendary pro wrestler (former IWGP and WWE world champion.)  His official stats are: 6'3", 290 lbs, 82" reach, 4XL fists size, a 475 lbs bench press, 695 lbs squat, 720 lbs deadlift, run a 4.7 second forty-yard dash, 10 foot standing broad jump, and a 35 inch vertical leap.  Beginning his pro MMA career at the age of 29 (almost 30) after a 7 years pro wrestling career and one season in the NFL football team, Minnesota Vikings.

Despite his superhuman physical abilities and athletic background, Lesnar was seen as nothing more than a freak by the MMA purists.  Nothing more than a freak on the same level of Kimbo Slice, to whom he was often compared.  But "The Next Big Thing" proved the world that he was more than just a sideshow circus attraction.  When he defeated the legendary UFC Champion Randy Couture and becoming the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion in only his fourth MMA fight.

A protected freak show attraction my ***!  After squashing a
relatively easy foe (Min-Soo Kim, a Bob Sapp victim) he joined the UFC and was immediately throw in the shark tank.  Fighting former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir for his UFC debut.  Not surprisingly, the very green Brock Lesnar submitted 90 seconds into the match to his seasonned foe.  But he trains harder and harder to become a complete MMA fighter with the result we know today.  By
the way, he avenged his Frank Mir loss and outpunched him in his first UFC title defense.

Forget Primo Carnera!  Brock Lesnar is by far, the most successful freak of all time.

2- Kimbo Slice. 
Fighting out of Miami, Florida, 6'1" and weighting between 234 to 280 (in his street fighting day) "The King of the Web
Brawlers" Kimbo Slice.  After becoming a worldwide internet youtube sensation with his street fighting prowesses.

At the late age of 33 years old; with his 7-1 street fights record and worldwide fame.  Having MMA legend Bas Rutten as trainer.  He entered the MMA world; squashing former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Ray Mercer in 1:11 of an "exhibition" match.  The same Ray Mercer that KTFO of former UFC Champion Tim Silva in 9 seconds with one right hook. After that, he signed with EliteXC, naturally becoming their main attraction.  He was put on a steady diet of tomato cans.  Three easy fights and one not so easy fights later.  The freight train was derailed.  Kimbo Slice was squashed in 14 seconds by the late replacement guy for Ken Shamrock, pink haired unknown Seth Petruzelli (another Bob Sapp victim).

After this upset loss, EliteXC declared bankruptcy and Kimbo Slice emmerged in the UFC.  Where potentially the biggest ticket seller in MMA was buried and reduced to participate in a rookie reality show: The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.  The reason why Dana White and the UFC spited on easy money by not capitalizing on Kimbo Slice box office appeal is still a mystery. 

3- Bob Sapp.
The 6'5", 350-pound beast is one of the most amazing freak on this list.  After a stint in the NFL, an FX Toughman boxing win against William "The Refrigerator" Perry, and an unsuccessful attempt to become a pro wrestler.  The 27 years old hulking man has nowhere to go.  While touring in South Korea with an obscur pro wrestling organisation.  Sapp time finally come, baby!  He was scouted and recruited by PrideFC and K-1 Japanese fighting organisations.  The Japanese promoters saw dollars signs and instantly pushed Bob Sapp at the main event status of both promotions.  Biased referees and carefully selected opponents and sky was the limit. 

In Japan, it was Bob Sapp everywhere!  Bob Sapp on tv! Bob Sapp on radio! Bob Sapp publicity!  Bob Sapp in the magazines!  Bob Sapp ice cream!  Even Bob Sapp sex toys!  It was all about Bob Sapp!  By the way, Bob Sapp became a multi millionaire during his period on top of the world.  He was billed as a 6'11", 385-pound beast aiming to be the Pride Fighting Champion and K-1 Champion at the same time.  But all good things come to an end!  With his disputes with K-1 and his fighting weaknesses exposed by more skilled opposition.  Bob Sapp slowly, but surely, declined to tomato cans status (becoming the designated victim of fellow freak Bobby Lashley in just 3:18).

At least it was a good ride!   

4- Butterbean.
The ultimate freak show attraction.  5'11.5" with his weigh fluctuating from 300 to 417.5 pounds, a bald, fat, pale man wearing a United States flag trunks.  Butterbean (Eric Esch) started his pro boxing career at 28 years old after a successful Toughman Contest career, ending with a record of 56-5 (36 KO).  Boxing professionaly since 1994, to this date (summer of 2010) he cumulated a pro record of 77-8 (58 KO).  His opposition can be qualified as the second worst bunch of tomato cans and first timers assembled on a boxing record.  The first being the padded boxing record of 70's lightweight Sean O'Grady.  Nonetheless, with his boxing experience, Butterbean started as a crude brute to become a legit heavyweight boxer.  Skilled enough to go the distance with a 52 years old Larry Holmes in 2002.

The "King of the 4 Rounders", as billed in pro boxing, didn't stop to boxing.  Butterbean was featured in two video games.  He dabbled into pro wrestling; beating former Golden Glove champion Marc Mero in a worked match in 1997 and almost killed Brawl For All champion Bart Gunn in 35 seconds, in a legit boxing match at Wrestlemania XV.  He knocked out Johnny Knoxville in a Jackass episode.  And entering the world of MMA and kickboxing in 2003 at 37 years old.  All in parallele with his boxing career.

Despite his mean streak in the ring.  Butterbean is for sure the most loveable freak of the list.

5- Tank Abbott.
6', 250 lbs with a legit 600-pound bench press, starting in the UFC at the age of 30.  Before Kimbo Slice, David "Tank" Abbott was the original street fighter.  Loud, brash, and vulgar, he was promoted as what he was.  Nothing more than a beer guzzling street fighter who only cares about two things: drinking and fighting.  With one punch knock out power in both fists, the potted belly brawler was an immediat hit in the old UFC.  You either loved him or hated him.  But he lefted nobody indifferent.

Despite a less than stellar MMA record, Tank Abbott was an
entertaining fighter always capable of KO'd any man in front of him.  But being a one-dimensional brawler with a lack of overall skills prevented him to do so. 

From 1999 to 2001, he was lured by the huge money of professional wrestling (the dying WCW was literally throwing money out of the window in an unsuccessful attempt to surpass the WWE).  First brought in to "put over" Goldberg.  He was reduced to acting as a dancing clown for three jobbers named Three Count, a boy band parody.  Ironically, now, he is just a parody of himself.  A washed-up obese middle aged fighter who was feed to Kimbo Slice and
destroyed in 43 seconds. 


1- Mike Tyson.
The baddest man of the planet is in the misses list.  Because he has everything needed to be the biggest hit in the MMA world.  Japanese promoters offered him millions and millions of dollars to be "The Next Big Thing" in MMA, the biggest box office seller of all time.  But the heart wasn't there anymore.  Plagued with personnal problems, drugs and alcohol addictions; the faded Mike Tyson didn't care about fighting anymore.

2- Hong Man Choi.

The 7'2", 360 athletic pounds Korean kickboxer didn't really catched the imagination of the fans with his purple hair and his nickname "Techno Giant". 

3- Akebono.
This fat, man titted 6'8", 525-pound Yokozuna was nothing more than an oversized jobber ending his 3 years straight MMA and kickboxing career with an horrible combined record of 1-12.

4- Zuluzinho.
Huge, fearsome 6'7", 407-pound black man, son of the legendary Brazilian vale tudo fighter Rei Zulu (who lost a famous match to a young Rickson Gracie).  A good overall MMA record of 19-6, but nothing special about him.  Was the victim of Butterbean in their 2007, Pride 34 match, submitting after 2:35.

5- Giant Silva.
Former WWE Oddities, former Brazilian basketball player Paulo César da Silva was probably too ugly to be a hit.  Billed from 7'2" to 7'7" with a weight of 360 to 450 lbs.  With a final record of MMA record of 2-6, Giant Silva (not to be confuse with former UFC champion Tim Silva) was nothing more than a tomato can like Akebono.  Mysteriously, their careers begin and ended at the same time.  From December 31, 2003 to December 31, 2006.  Their last fight was against each others.  The result was a kimura submission victory for Giant Silva in 1:02.  Which says a lot about the level of mediocrity attains by sumo legend Akebono.

Honarable mentions to: Bobby Lashley and Jimmy Ambritz.


Top 50 Freak Fighters

MMA Freak Show

Minowaman - The Giant Killer

vendredi 27 mai 2011

Size Doesn't Matter

Why weight classes are useless.

Here are real life examples that prove that size doesn't matter in combat sports.

1- Keith Hackney vs Emmanuel Yarborough
       5'10", 185 lbs   vs  6'9", 616 lbs

That's what can happen when you put David vs Goliath

2- Daiju Takase vs Emmanuel Yarborough
   169 lbs  vs 600 lbs
The mediocre American sumo fat man gets his ass kicked one more times by a foe several times smaller than him.

3- Royce Gracie vs Akebono
  6'1", 180 lbs  vs 6'8", 486 lbs

Here is another giant-sized sumo wrestler, this one is a former Yokozuna (Grand Champion) pitted versus former UFC champion & legendary fighter Royce Gracie.

4- The "Minowaman" Ikuhisa Minowa case

At 5'9", 185 lbs, Minowaman is MMA's Giant Killer. Despite his below average frame, Minowaman isn't affraid to regularly take fights against much larger opponents and, more often than not, defeat them. The phenomenal Minowaman defeated Hong Man Choi (7'2", 360 lbs), Bob Sapp (6'4", 355 lbs), Butterbean (5'11", over 330 lbs), Kimo Leopold (6'2", 240 lbs), former UFC champion Don Frye (6'1", 230 lbs), WWE Bart Gunn aka Mike Polchlopek (6'3", 258 lbs), muscleman Jimmy Ambriz (6'1", 330 lbs), Chang Hee Kim of South Korea (over 300 lbs) and more... Generally, Minowaman goes into each fight with at the very least 20 pounds lighter than his opponent. Does it make him an underdog? Not at all! With Minowaman, the bigger they are the harder they fall.

5- "The Manassa Mauler" Jack Dempsey

At 6'1", 187 lbs, Jack Dempsey was one of the five greatest boxer of all-time.  He was a world-famous case of Davide and Goliath when he almost killed the 6'7", 250 lbs Jess Willard for the World Heavyweight Boxing Title.  KO'ed the 6'2", 212 lbs Luis Angel Firpo in an epic two rounds brawl.  At one times, Dempsey was even send flying outside of the ring.  KO'ed the 6'6", 210 lbs white hope Fred Fulton in 18 seconds.

6- Genki Sudo vs Butterbean
    5'9", 154 lbs  vs  5'11", over 330 lbs

Butterbean getting flattened by a man half his size.

7- Fedor Emilianenko vs Zulu
     6'1", 230 lbs vs 6'7", 407 lbs

The Last Emperor didn't bother with weight classes.  He know the result will always be the same...  Look at him while he squashed his much more bigger and taller foe in a matter of seconds.

8- Frankie Garcia vs Jeep Swenson
 205 lbs vs  6'4", 281 lbs

Look at the small tomato can Frank Garcia KTFO of wrestling bear Robert "Jeep" Swenson.

In my view, weight classes are useless and stupid in combat sports.  When you get into a street fight and you got to fight for your life, you don't ask for a weight-in.  It's not a matter of who is the heaviest and who got of 5-pound weight advantage.  It's a matter of who can kick the ass of the other.  So should be any kind of hand-to-hand fighting sports.

All the greatest and most dominant heavyweight boxing champion were relativelly "small".  Muhammad Ali was 212 lbs, Joe Louis was 199 lbs, Jack Dempsey was 187 lbs, Mike Tyson was 220 lbs, Bob Fitzsimmons was 167 lbs, and Rocky Marciano was 5'10", 185 lbs.  And in MMA, you got no better example than the skinny 6'1", then 175 lbs Royce Gracie who dominated the early UFC.  Back when it was real "No-Hold-Barred" competition.  Bruce Lee was supposedly the greatest fighter of all-time.  He was just 5'7", 140 lbs soaked and wet.  If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

The buttom line is that I don't care who is the best 130-pound fighter of the planet!?!  I just want to know who's the best fighter of the planet. Period.


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