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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.


MMA Best Fighter: Georges St-Pierre

Written on August 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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This week, Georges "GSP" St-Pierre makes his way to Fighting Insider's list of MMA's best fighters.

Georges St-Pierre, also known as GSP, was born on May 19, 1981 in Saint-Isidore, Quebec. He is the current UFC welterweight title holder, and is lauded as one of the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter.

At the age of seven, he studied Kyokushin Karate from his father, Rolando, in order to defend himself against school bully. He continue his karate classes later on with a Kyokushin Karate Master. When his karate teacher died, he studied Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Boxing. Then before he became a professional MMA fighter, GSP worked as a bouncer at Fuzzy Brossard and a garbage man for six months to pay his school fees.

Georges St-Pierre made his UFC debut at UFC 46, where he defeated Karo Parisyan via unanimous decision. It was followed by a technical knockout win over Jay Hieron at UFC 48.

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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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