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MMA Best Fighter: Anderson Silva

Written on August 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Fighting Insider is listing the current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, in this week's MMA Best Fighter.

Born on April 14, 1975, Anderson Silva is the current UFC middleweight champion with 13 consecutive wins. He holds the longest active winning streak in UFC, and he is the longest reigning champion.

Primarily known for his Muay Thai mastery, The Spider is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. He started his martial arts training at 14, and earned his Tae Kwon Do black belt four year later. He also has a black belt in Judo, and a yellow rope in Capoeira.

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MMA Best Fighter: Tito Ortiz

Written on August 08, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Despite his recent UFC 133 loss against Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz still earns a spot in Fighting Insider's list of MMA's best fighters.

Born as Jacob Christopher Ortiz on January 23, 1975, Tito Ortiz is one of UFC’s early stars, CEO of Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line, and the owner of Punishment Training Center in Huntington Beach, California.

During his sophomore years, he started wrestling at Huntington Beach High School under coach Paul Herrera. As a senior, he finished fourth in the state high school championship. He continued his wrestling career at the Golden West College, where he won the California State junior college title. After that, Tito Ortiz also wrestled for Cal State Bakersfield.

Tito Ortiz’s MMA debut was in 1997, where he defeated Wes Albritton at UFC 13. His nickname “Tito” – which means “tyrant” – was given by his Mexican father.

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MMA Best Fighter: Pat Miletich

Written on August 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The first UFC welterweight champion, Pat Miletich, makes his way to Fighting Insider's list of MMA's best fighter.

Pat Miletich was born as Patrick Jay Miletich on March 9, 1968. He is the first UFC Welterweight Champion and the UFC 16 tournament title holder. He is also the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, which trained notable MMA fighters like Jens Pulver, Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia and Robbie Lawler.

During his high school years, Pat Miletich wrestled and played football at Bettendorf High School in Iowa. Albeit he originally planned to play football after graduating from high school, he decided to wrestle in junior college. But his mother eventually got ill due to heart problems, forcing him to leave school and take care for her. Pat Miletich revealed in his past interviews that he began fighting to actually help pay for his mother’s bills.

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MMA Best Fighter: BJ Penn

Written on July 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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BJ "The Prodigy" Penn makes his way on Fighting Insider's list of MMA Best Fighter.

BJ “The Prodigy” Penn was born as Jay Dee Penn on December 13, 1978.

He is known for his willingness to fight anyone, regardless of the weight class. Moreover, he is the second UFC fighter who won titles in two different division. He also holds notable wins over Jens Pulver, Matt Serra, Sean Sherk, Matt Hughes, Takanori Gomi, Renzo Gracie, Kenny Florian, and Diego Sanchez, Caol Uno.

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MMA’s Best Fighter: Frank Shamrock

Written on July 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Another Shamrock gets in Fighting Insider's list of MMA fighter. Give way to Frank Shamrock!

Frank Shamrock was born as Frank Alisio Juarez III on December 8, 1972. He was first to hold the UFC Middleweight Championship, which was later renamed to Light Heavyweight Championship. He also holds numerous titles like the interim King of Pancrase title, WEC Light Heavyweight championship, and Strikeforce Middleweight championship.

At a tender age of 12, Frank Shamrock was transferred from one foster house to another, and had a few run-ins with the law enforcement. He eventually went to live with Bob Shamrock in Susanville, California. Then at the age of 21, he was officially adopted by Bob Shamrock.

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MMA’s Best Fighter: Don Frye

Written on July 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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At this week's MMA's Best Fighters, Fighting Insider brings you one of the original "cross trained" fighter in the sport -- Don Frye.

Born on November 23, 1965, Don Frye rose to fame after fighting in early UFC events like UFC 8 and Ultimate Ultimate 96. Together with Marco Ruas, he was considered as one of the original “cross trained” MMA fighter, who had a background in various disciplines.

Don Frye started his UFC career in 1995, wherein he trained his old friend – Dan Severn – for the Ultimate Ultimate 1995. A year after that, Dan Severn acted as his manager for UFC 8. Don Frye fought three times in one night at UFC 8, dispatching all of his opponents in under a minute’s total. Then he returned to UFC 9, where he became an instant favorite. He won over Amaury Bitetti via TKO, followed by a back-to-back win over Mark Hall and Brian Johnston at UFC 10. However, Don Frye got his first loss from Mark Coleman via TKO afterwards.

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MMA’s Best Fighter: Frank Mir

Written on June 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A heavy-handed, heavyweight fighter makes his way to Fighting Insder's list of MMA's Best Fighters. A round of applause to Frank Mir!

Frank Mir was born on May 24, 1979 as Francisco Santos Miranda. He is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and Interim Heavyweight Champion, who holds the record for most number of victories in the heavyweight division with 13 wins.

While watching UFC 1: The Beginning, Frank Mir was not yet convinced with the benefits of learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Then his father convinced him to learn wrestling to avoid submissions. He started wrestling for Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, where he lost his first nine matches during his junior years. Then he went 44-1 during his senior years en route to a state championship title.

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MMA’s Best Fighter: Tim Sylvia

Written on June 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A former UFC heavyweight champion makes his way to Fighting Insider's list of MMA's best fighters.

Born as Timothy Deane Sylvia on March 5, 1976, Tim Sylvia made his professional MMA debut at IFC in 2001. He then garnered 13 consecutive wins is various promotions like SuperBrawl an Extreme Challenge. In 2002, Tim Sylvia signed in UFC where he won over Wesley Correira at UFC 39 via TKO. He then defeated Ricco Rodriguez at UFC 41, where he got his UFC Heavyweight championship title. After that, Tim Sylvia defended his title at UFC 44 against Gan McGee with another quick victory.

See Tim Sylvia’s list of accomplishments after the break.

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MMA’s Best Fighter: Evan Tanner

Written on June 04, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Evan Tanner was a very good stand up fighter with a very well rounded game. Not only did he compete, but he fought for the title while in USWF and in UFC.

Born as Evan Loyd Tanner on February 11, 1971 in Amarillo, Texas, Evan Tanner was a former UFC middleweight and USWF heavyweight champion. He was also the first American to win the Pancrase Neo-blood Tournament in Tokyo, Japan. In 1997, he dropped out from college after feeling that he wasn’t getting the ‘real world’ education he was looking for. Then he was convinced by friends to enter a local MMA tournament, not knowing that it will open doors to his professional career.

He won the USWF 7 and got his first championship after he defeated Heath Herring. After that, Evan Tanner successfully defended his title five times. He continued to fight in local shows and tournament before leaving for Japan to compete in Pancrase. He won five times while abroad and competed in USWF once more, before joining the UFC.

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MMA’s Best Fighters: Vitor Belfort

Written on May 29, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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From Hall of Fame, Fighting Insider moves on with MMA's best fighters. And Vitor Belfort graced his way on our list.

Following the list of MMA Hall of Famers, Fighting Insider is making a new list of ‘bests’ in Mixed Martial Arts. This week, you will be seeing a compilation of best fighters that MMA ever had, showcasing how great they were in their promotion, the accomplishments they’ve acquired, their domination in their division, and their […]

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