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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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Hall of Fame: Karl Istaz

Written on May 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The God of Pro Wrestling - Karl Istaz - leaves his mark not only in sports, but also in Fighting Insider's MMA Hall of Fame.

Born on August 3, 1924, Karl Istaz was a professional wrestler and trainer born in Antwerp, Belgium who was popularly known as Karl Gotch. The Holocaust survivor learned Greco-Roman wrestling during his younger years. A very well-known sportsman, Karl Istaz wrestled in the notable sports center in Antwerp — The Hippodroom.

He excelled in amateur wrestling and had his breakthrough by competing as Charles Istaz for Belgium in the 1948 Olympics. Karl Istaz’s professional wrestling career began after his training at the Snake Pit, which was owned by renowned catch wrestler — Billy Riley. He debuted in 1959 as Karl Krauser, and established himself as one of Europe’s best wrestler. After four years, Karl Istaz ventured to US.

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MMA Hall of Fame: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Written on May 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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One of the greatest fighter of all time, heavyweight fighter - Antonion Rodrigo Nogueira - makes his way to Fighting Insider's MMA Hall of Fame.

Also known as “Big Nog”, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was born on June 2, 1976. He is a former UFC Interim Heavyweight champion, a twin brother to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and a best friend to Anderson Silva. He was born in the town of Vitória da Conquista in Brazil, where he started training in Judo at age 4. Ten years later, he trained in boxing, and in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 18.

In 1999, Big Nog made his MMA debut against David Dodd at World Extreme Fighting 6 where he submitted his opponent via Crucifx in the first round. After that, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeated Nate Schroeder via amrbar at WEF 7, and fought in Japan at Ring’s King of Kings forty-eight man tournament. He won his first three fights, but loss to Dan Henderson at the semi-finals. It was followed by a decision victory over Jeremy Horn at WEF 8, before he competed for Ring’s King of Kings 2000 forty-man tournament. It was in this competition that he won his five matches and became the champion.

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Chael Sonnen’s Career is Not Yet Over

Written on January 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"His career is not over. It's far from over, I can promise you that. This is just going to get Chael more time to get better and when he comes back he's going to be coming back with full intention of getting that belt." --- Mike Roberts, UFC Fighter Manager

Though Chael Sonnen is in UFC hiatus, his manager, Mike Roberts, pointed out that the fighter’s career is far from over. Chael Sonnen is finishing up a steroids suspension, and awaiting another sentence for money laundering. According to Mike Roberts, Dana White’s decision to temporarily suspend the fighter’s contract was mutual. The UFC president believes that it would be best if the fighter gets his life back together before returning for a fight.

Last week, a news broke out that Chael Sonnen pleaded guilty of money laundering in relation to mortgage fraud. Now anticipating his sentence, the UFC fighter already gave up his license and paid a $10,000 fine. And instead of facing 20 years in jail, Chael Sonnen is expected to receive a two-year probation sentence. Though Mike Roberts is not at par on legal stuff, he assured that fans will not see Sonnen behind bars. But whether he’ll comeback to UFC as a contender, that remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, Chael Sonnen will return inside the Octagon with the full intention of getting the middleweight championship belt.

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