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MMA Best Fighter: Takeya Mizugaki

Written on September 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Ranked by Sherdog as the top 10 bantamweight MMA fighter, Takeya Mizugaki makes his way on Fighting Insider's "MMA Best Fighter" list.

Currently ranked by Sherdoog as top 10 Bantamweight fighter, Takeya Mizugaki was born on December 16, 1983. He started his MMA career, competing for Japanese promotions like Shooto and Cage Force. He was the Shooto Rookie of the Year in 2003, and won the Cage Force Bantamweight tournament.

According to his official UFC profile, Takeya Mizugaki started training and competing for MMA when he was in high school. Back then, the sport was really famous in Japan. He was in college while fighting for Shooto and Cage Force. And during that time, he only had part time jobs working at gas station.

Takeya Mizugaki, other than being a notable bantamweight MMA fighter, also holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kanto Gakuin University.


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MMA Best Fighter: John Dodson

Written on September 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Still collating a list of best MMA fighters, Fighting Insider gives way to a flyweight talent -- John Dodson.

Born as Jonathan Dodson III on September 24, 1984 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, John Dodson is one of the slickest and most physically gifted fighters in MMA.

Born and raised in Albuquerque, John Dodson moved to Edgewood with his family. He competed in track, basketball, wrestling and gymnastics while attending Moriarty High School. He was a two-time state champion, one time state runner-up, and four time district champion in wrestling. He graduated from high school in 2003, and attended University of New Mexico while working at the local Chuck E. Cheese.

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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’s Best Fighter: Rich Franklin

Written on July 16, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Once called by Joe Rogan as "an angry Jim Carrey", Rich Franklin makes his way to Fighting Insider's list of MMA's Best Fighter.

Former UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin, was born as Rich Jay Franklin II on October 5, 1974. Prior to becoming a MMA fighter, he was a Mathematics teacher at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a graduate of University of Cincinnati, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, as well as his Master’s Degree in Education.

Rich Franklin, together with American Fighter president — Jeff Adler, created the Keep It In the Ring Foundation. It advocates on non-violence and character build-up for youths through after school sports, martial arts and life skills program.

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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: Jens Pulver

Written on June 18, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The Little Evil shows his rise to the top, as Jens Pulver makes his way to Fighting Insider's list of MMA's Besf Fighter.

Born as Jens Johnnie Pulver on December 6, 1974, Jens Pulver was the first UFC Lightweight champion. He also holds notable wins over BJ Penn, Caol Uno, Cub Swanson, Cole Escovedo, Dennis Hallman, Rob Emerson and Joe Stevenson. A son of a licensed horse jockey, he grew up Maple Valley, Washington, and was raised in […]

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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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