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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.