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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.Read the rest of the article »
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.Read the rest of the article »
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.Read the rest of the article »
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.Read the rest of the article »
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.Read the rest of the article »
Today at ESPN's "Outside the Lines" will be featuring the life of MMA's Rad Martinez.
On Sunday, Rad Martinez will be grabbing the limelight at times, as he will be featured on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” — a newsmagazine program.
The former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler already has a 9-2 pro MMA record. He entered the world of MMA fighting due to the support of Frankie Edgar, his former teammate in Clarion University and the current UFC lightweight champion.
“Outside the Lines” will air today at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN and 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2. The program can also be watched on “SportsCenter” at 10 a.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET.Read the rest of the article »
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.Read the rest of the article »
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.Read the rest of the article »
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 […]Read the rest of the article »
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.Read the rest of the article »
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