Martial Artists, Mixed Martial Artists (MMA), Kickboxers, BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), vale tudo, luta livre fighters

MMA fighters, kickboxers, martial artists, other combat sports athletes and contemporary martial artists who have been influential.

MMA blends all these styles-Kickboxing, boxing, submission grappling, and wrestling-into one and a lot of athletes coming into the sport today are training in a way that combines them as well.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the hybrid Judo style taught by Mitsuyo Maeda, a naturalized Japanese-Brazilian citizen who was a 7th Dan in Kodokan Judo, to Carlos Gracie and his family during the early 20th century, it has become the dominant style of grappling taught to most MMA fighters.

Vale tudo had been on Brazilian TV for decades but the Gracie helped create the UFC as a way of showing the effectiveness of their family's martial art. Royce Gracie was picked by his father Helio to compete at the first UFC and won the tournament.

Luta Livre is a style of grappling that developed in Brazil, evolving from freestyle wrestling and Judo.

Catch, freestyle, folkstyle (collegiate) and Greco-Roman wrestling have all been seen in MMA as a number of high level college wrestlers and even some Olympians have competed in MMA and submission grappling. Catch wrestling refers to the catch-as-catch-can style of grappling that originated in England and spread across America after the Civil War, later finding it's way to Japan via Karl Gotch, a Belgian freestyle and Greco-Roman competitor-turned pro wrestler, who trained Japanese pro wrestlers that began the shoot style of pro wrestling that became immensely popular there.

Pro Wrestling played it's role, particularly in Japan where PRIDE FC was co-founded by pro wrestler Nobuhiko Takada and filled arenas in Japan with the series of Pro Wrestling vs. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grudge matches that played out there. Kazushi Sakuraba, a former collegiate wrestler-turned pro and catch wrestler, emerged as one of the biggest stars in his victories over different members of the Gracie family. His nickname was The Gracie Hunter and I.Q. Wrestler. He often fought at heavyweight and openweight against much larger opponents as well. Josh Barnett may be the most well known catch wrestling practitioner still competing in MMA today with his past appearances in PRIDE, UFC, and New Japan Pro Wrestling events.

Kickboxing is a hybrid of the popular full contact styles used in K-1, Glory, WKA, or WBC Muaythai-Boxing, Muay Thai, Karate, Taekwondo, Shootboxing, Wushu or Sanshou.

MMA weight classes as follows:
Atomweight-105 lbs
Strawweight-115 lbs
Flyweight-125 lbs
Bantamweight-135 lbs
Featherweight-145 lbs
Lightweight-155 lbs
Welterweight-170 lbs
Middleweight- 185 lbs
Light Heavyweight-205 lbs
Heavyweight-265 lbs
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Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and European cinema and audiences the way it has over the past four decades...
“ The originator of the no style approach to martial arts and called "Godfather of MMA," martial arts teacher and philosopher, actor, director, martial arts choreographer, script writer and author, trained in Wing Chun by the also legendary teacher Ip Man during his youth, founder of Jeet Kune Do, star of The Big Boss, Enter the Dragon and Game of Death among other films, died of a mysterious illness in 1973 while shooting Game of Death, survived by his wife Linda, son Brandon, and daughter Linda. His son was also making an attempt at an acting career with films like Rapid Fire and the now cult classic The Crow. Brandon also died tragically during production of his last film, The Crow, after an accident with a misfired blank round. ” - HawkHerald
Anderson Silva
Anderson is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva was the UFC's longest reigning champion and also holds the longest winning and title defense streak in UFC history, with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses, and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world according to ESPN...
“ Former UFC Middleweight Champion, black belts in BJJ, Muay Thai and Taekwondo, yellow rope in Capoeira, had a 15 fight win streak and 10 consecutive title defenses, currently has the most consecutive wins in UFC history, recently lost his title to "All-American" Chris Weidman, 33-6 MMA record, rematched Weidman at UFC 168 and lost after a gruesome leg injury resulting from a checked leg kick. ” - HawkHerald
“ 2x former UFC Welterweight Champion, vacated his title and is currently taking a sabbatical from MMA claiming he will return to the sport after straightening out some personal issues, 9 fight winning streak, black belts in BJJ, Shotokan and Kyokushin Karate, and Gaidojutsu (which is MMA trainer to the UFC stars Greg Jackson's own personally developed hybrid martial arts style), was the no. 1 ranked welterweight fighter and No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in MMA for 5 years, successfully defended his title though in a somewhat controversial fashion with a split decision over former All-American and national champion collegiate wrestler Johny "Big Rigg" Hendricks, improved his record to 24-2 in MMA, appeared as Batroc the Leaper-a savate using supervillain in upcoming Capt. America: The Winter Soldier due out in 2014, denied false rumors posted by TMZ about an unwanted pregnancy with an unnamed woman and father's supposed terminal illness through spokesman (I'd consider suing for libel and slander if I were GSP), currently embroiled in a multimillion dollar lawsuit with former manager Shari Spencer after splitting in 2010. ” - HawkHerald
“ Current UFC World Middleweight Champion, NCAA D-1 All-American @ Hofstra University and ironically nicknamed "All-American," Brown Belt in BJJ under former UFC Welteweight Champion Matt Serra, trains with Serra-Longo Fight Team, first fighter to beat Anderson Silva in over 6 years by KO to win title, holds MMA wins over Anderson Silva (2X), Mark Munoz, and Tom Lawlor, 11-0 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
“ Current UFC Lightweight Champion and last WEC Lightweight Champ, BJJ Purple Belt and 3rd Dan in Taekwondo, UFC 2x KO of the Night Winner, WEC 2x KO of the Night, 1x Submission of the Night and 1x Fight of the Night winner, 2010 MMA Breakthrough Fighter of the Year, his win over Ben Henderson featuring his off the cage "Showtime Kick" became an instant viral sensation, has a 17-2 MMA record with wins over Donald Cerrone, Jeremy Stephens, Anthony Pettis, Ben Henderson and Danny Castillo, was booked to fight UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo but was pulled due to MCL injury, rematched Ben Henderson and won UFC Lightweight (155lb.) Championship with a technical submission due to an armbar. ” - HawkHerald
“ First and Current UFC Flyweight World Champion, winner of UFC Flyweight Championship Tournament, known for his speed and wrestling, nicknamed "Mighty Mouse" due to his 5' 4" height, trains at AMC Pankration with UFC veteran Matt Hume, placed at Washington State Wrestling Championships in high school, was a top 10 ranked bantamweight before dropping to flyweight where he's the no. 1 fighter in the world according to Sherdog and SBNation MMA rankings, has made 3 successful defenses of his belt, UFC Fight of the Night (2x) and Submission and Knockout of the Night (1x each) Award Winner, has last title defense was a brutal second round knockout over no. 2 flyweight Joe Benavidez, 19-2-1 MMA record, currently on a 5 fight win streak with wins Joe Benavidez, John Moraga, John Dodson and Ian McCall. ” - HawkHerald
Rickson Gracie
Self, Chop Suey
Rickson Gracie is considered one of the greatest Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters in history. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he comes from the legendary fighting Gracie family. Along with brothers Royce, Royler, and Rorion Gracie, and his father Hélio, Rickson Gracie has won countless tournaments and championships...
“ 12-0 in MMA, 8th degree red and black belt in BJJ, black belt in judo and aikido, claims to have gone undefeated in over 300 other MMA, vale tudo and competition matches. His only loss came via uchi-mata in 1993 at the US Sambo Championships to Dr. Ron Tripp, a judo and world sambo champion, which was due in part to a misunderstanding of the tournament rules. ” - HawkHerald
Randy Couture
Randy Couture is a collegiate wrestler and fighter turned actor from Everett, Washington. He served as a four time US Olympic wrestling team alternate as a soldier in the U.S. Army, and is also a 6 time world heavyweight and light heavyweight UFC champion and Hall of Famer. He is a graduate of Oklahoma...
“ Former 3x NCAA D-1 All-American at OSU and two-time NCAA title tournament runner-up, 3x Olympic team alternate, 1991 Pan American Games Gold Medalist in Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling at 90kg, Former three-time UFC Heavyweight and two-time Light Heavyweight UFC Champion, UFC 13 Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner, 19-11 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
Fedor Emelianenko
Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko (born September 28, 1976) Fedor is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He is the current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion and the last holder of the Pride Heavyweight Championship, Pride 2004 Grand Prix winner, four time World Combat Sambo champion...
“ Pride FC Heavyweight Champion, multiple time World Combat Sambo Champion, undefeated for 10 years in MMA, No. 1 ranked heavyweight and pound-for-pound MMA fighter for years, floundered somewhat in the last two years of his career after his first true MMA loss to Fabricio Werdum, recently retired after his final MMA win over Pedro Rizzo, 34-4 MMA record, is a devout Orthodox Christian and was married in a ceremony in 2010, his fame and success have gained the admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin as well. ” - HawkHerald
“ UFC World Featherweight Champion, BJJ Black Belt, 24-1 MMA record, is a proficient Muay Thai striker and an accomplished grappler, well known for his devastating knee strikes and punishing leg kicks, hasn't lost in MMA in over 9 years, trains at Nova Uniao with fellow UFC Champion Renan Barao, has wins over Chad Mendes, Ricardo Lamas and Urijah Faber in MMA competition. ” - HawkHerald
“ Retired UFC fighter of Peruvian descent, serves as an analyst and commentator for UFC events, 2nd Dan in BJJ, operates Florian Martial Arts in Boston, MA with brother Keith, a fellow black belt, MMA record 14-6, wins over Joe Stevenson, Joe Lauzon, Diego Nunes, Sam Stout, Clay Guida and Takanori Gomi, fought for 3 championship titles, fought in four different weight divisions (Middleweight, Welterweight, Lightweight and Featherweight) in UFC, original The Ultimate Fighter cast member (TUF) and 185 lb. tournament runner-up. ” - HawkHerald
“ Co-founder of the UFC, 9th degree red abd black belt in BJJ, eldest son of Helio Gracie, first Gracie family member to teach BJJ in the US, and trained actors like Mel Gibson, who uses a triangle choke in Lethal Weapon to beat Gary Busey, and Ed O'Neil, who has a BJJ black belt from Rorion. ” - HawkHerald
Royce Gracie
Royce Gracie, of the legendary Gracie family, is one of the most prolific and influential MMA fighters in history. He became an 'underdog' hero while changing the landscape of combat sports and revolutionizing martial arts forever. After winning the first UFC Tournament(s) (UFC1, UFC2, UFC4), he proved...
“ Winner of the first 4 UFC tournaments, UFC Hall of Fame member, 7th degree red and black belt in BJJ, half-brother of Rickson and Rorion Gracie, and picked specifically by his father Helio to participate in the early UFC events, 14-2 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former UFC Lightweight Champion, 1st Dan in BJJ under Ricardo Almeida, NCAA D-1 All-American @ Clarion University, Reality Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion, 6x Fight of the Night Winner, 1x KO of the Night Winner, Fight of the Year Winner (shared with Gray Maynard), ESPY Award Upset of the Year 2010 winner (for wins over B.J. Penn), 15-4 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
“ Nicknamed The Axe Murderer due to aggressive style and proficient use of the Thai clinch to deliver knee strikes, Black Belts in Muay Thai and BJJ, PRIDE FC Middleweight (205 lb.) Champion and 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix Winner, 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Prix Runner-Up, went undefeated in 20 fights, MMA record 35-12, formerly a member of the famed Chute Boxe Academy, came from the infamous No Holds Barred promotion of International Vale Tudo Championship where he was LHW Champion, holds MMA wins over Kazushi Sakuraba, Quinton Jackson (twice), Guy Mezger, Ricardo Arona, Cung Le, Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson and Hidehiko Yoshida, runs Wand Fight Team in Las Vegas. ” - HawkHerald
Gene LeBell
"Judo" Gene LeBell the "Godfather of Grappling" is both a renowned ex-world champion in both wrestling/judo, and one of Hollywood's busiest stuntmen. He is highly respected by many martial artists all over the world, and has been considered a ground breaker in many aspects of the art of grappling. Gene started training in judo at a young age...
“ Judoka, actor, stuntman, early MMA pioneer, and pro wrestler. Gene Lebell has done it all. He's a 9th Dan in Kodokan Judo and a 10th Dan in Jiujitsu. He's well known for his pink gi and his demonstrations where he chokes a volunteer unconscious. He was an AAU National Judo Champion in 1954 and '55. He owns a victory over boxer Milo Savage in an early mixed rules bout. He was the ref in the bizarre mixed rules fight between Antonio Inoki and Muhammad Ali. Gene also allegedly choked Steven Seagal out as a lesson about courtesy during an aikido demonstration. Gene ran the NWA Hollywood Wrestling promotion from 1968-82. He received the Karl Gotch Award and is an honorary member of the Cauliflower Alley Club with the likes of James Cagney, Kirk Douglas and Karl Malden. He also teaches at Hayastan Studio in Hollywood, CA working with MMA instuctor and LeBell student Gokor Chivichyan to help train fighters like UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, Karo Parysian, & Manny Gamburyan. ” - HawkHerald
Alistair Overeem
Originally from Hounslow, England, Alistair Cees Overeem spent most of his life in Holland. Along with his older brother, Valentijn Overeem, Alistair was brought by his mother to Holland at age 6 after she and their father divorced. Alistair's interest in combat sports began at 15, when Valentijn took him to a gym to learn self-defense...
“ 2010 K-1 Grand Prix Champion, Former DREAM and Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, 36-13 (1) in MMA and 10-4 in kickboxing, owns wins over Sergei Kharitonav, Brock Lesnar, and Vitor Belfort in MMA and Tyrone Spong, Badr Hari, Peter Aerts and Remy Bonjasky in kickboxing, suspended for failing a pre-fight drug test after showing highly elevated testosterone levels but successfully reapplied for MMA license. Suffered brutal KO losses to Antonio "Pezao" Silva and Travis "Hapa" Browne in MMA after return from suspension, defeated Frank Mir by decision. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former amateur and professional wrestler for All Japan Pro Westling, UWFi, and Kingdom Pro Wrestling, trained extensively in the art of catch wrestling, fought in the UFC, Pride FC, and K-1 Hero's, defeated Royler, Renzo, Ryan, and Royce Gracie in a series of "pro wrestling vs. Brazilian Jiu Jistu" MMA fights which earned him "The Gracie Hunter" nickname, his fight with Royce lasted nearly 90 minutes and he broke Renzo's arm with a kimura armlock, 28-14 MMA record, he also holds MMA victories over Vitor Belfort, Ken Shamrock, Masakatsu Funaki, Ken Shamrock, and Quinton Jackson, won the UFC Ultimate Japan Heavyweight Tournament and was a semi-finalist in the 2000 Pride Openweight Grand Prix. ” - HawkHerald
B.J. Penn
Penn was born to Jay Dee Penn, an Irish American and Loraine Shin, a third generation Korean-American. At the age of seventeen, Penn began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after being introduced to it by his neighbor, Tom Callos. Callos had put up fliers in local gyms looking for people to train with...
“ Black belt in BJJ from Nova Uniao, World BJJ Champion (Mundials), received his BJJ black belt after 3 years of training, former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion, 16-9 MMA record, holds MMA wins over Takanori Gomi, Matt Hughes, Sean Sherk, Din Thomas, Kenny Florian, Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson. ” - HawkHerald
“ 2x K-1 World Grand Prix Winner, Multiple time K-1 Grand Prix runner-up, K-1 World Grand Prix in Las Vegas Tournament Winner, IKBF World Heavyweight Champion, MTBN World Heavyweight Muay Thai Championship, 1994 The Night of the Stars tournament champion, WMTA World Heavyweight Muay Thai Championship and Super Heavyweight Champion, Mr. K-1. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former UFC Heavyweight Champion, BJJ Black Belt, No. 2 MMA Heavyweight in the world, 3x KO of the Night Winner, has longest Heavyweight win streak in UFC history at nine in a row, 2008 Fight! Magazine Upset of the Year Winner for TKO win over Fabricio Werdum, holds MMA wins over Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, and Roy Nelson. ” - HawkHerald
Bas Rutten
Bas Rutten is a world-renowned mixed martial artist who has also made a name for himself outside the ring as an actor, host, and television personality. As an actor Rutten can be seen next summer co-starring in the Kevin James feature film Here Comes the Boom for Columbia Pictures. Rutten previously appeared in Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) and lent his talents to the voice cast of Zookeeper (2011)...
“ UFC Heavyweight Champion and Openweight King of Pancrase, 2nd degree black belts in Kyokushin Karate and Taekwando, Former Pride commentator, Host of Inside MMA and commentator for AXS TV Fights with Kenny Rice and Punk Payback, 28-4 MMA and 14-2 Muay Thai kickboxing records, holds MMA victories over Masakatsu Funaki, Frank Shamrock and Kevin Randelman. ” - HawkHerald
Gina Carano
Actress, Deadpool
Gina Joy Carano was born under a tornado warning in Dallas, Texas, to parents Dana Joy (Cason) and Glenn Thomas Carano. Her father played for the Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys as a backup quarterback for Roger Staubach and Danny White from 1977-1983. In 1984, he was the starting quarterback for the USFL Pittsburgh Maulers...
“ 12-1-1 as a Muay Thai kickboxer, 7-1 MMA record, in her last fight she was defeated via TKO by Cristian 'Cyborg' Justino for the Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship in 2009, appeared in ESPN Magazine's Body Issue, starred in 'Haywire' with Antonio Banderas and Michael Fassbender and is currently pursuing acting. Is now appearing in Deadpool. ” - HawkHerald
“ Black belt in BJJ and 3rd degree black belt in Shuri-ryu Karate, Former and 1st UFC Welterweight Champion, founder of Miletich Fighting Systems and former coach of Tim Sylvia, Matt Hughes, Robbie Lawler and Jens Pulver. Former commentator for Strikeforce on Showtime and current commentator for AXS TV Fights. National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum 1st Annual George Tragos Award recipient. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former Openweight King of Pancrase, UFC Superfight (Openweight) Champion and Hall of Fame member, learned the lost art of catch wrestling from Masakatsu Funaki in a tradition going back to the great Karl Gotch, and a former WWE and TNA pro wrestler. He's something of a sad cautionary tale in MMA, having made and lost a fortune and was busted for steroids. Despite his past problems, he's currently headlining in Bellator having lost to former street fighter Kimbo and Slice and is rematching Royce Gracie in Feb. 19. ” - HawkHerald
“ Black Belts in BJJ, Judo and Muay Thai, Multiple time IBJJF, Pan American, and ADCC World Champion, first fighter to truly beat the great MMA Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko by submission. Current UFC Champion, having made a comeback defeating former champion Cain Velasquez by submission. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former King of Pancrase, first UFC Light Heavyweight (then Middleweight) Champion, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, younger adopted brother of Ken Shamrock. He was initially trained by his brother but the two had a falling out over training methods and family disagreements. Retired in 1999 but fought sporadically and came back to MMA in 2006 full time. Retired again in 2010 due to injuries, 23-10 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight (135 lbs.) Champion, 2008 silver medalist at FILA World Grappling Championship @ 72 kg. (No gi), has a 13-4 MMA record with wins over Marloes Coenen and Zoila Frausto-Gurgel, trains at Team Alpha Male Gym along side UFC fighters Urijah Faber, Joe Benavidez, Bryan Caraway, and Danny Castillo. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, former NCAA D-1 wrestler at Cal-Poly Tech University where he graduated with a degree in accounting, black belts in Kenpo and Koei-Kan Karate, IKF Amateur International Rules U.S. Super Heavyweight Champion, USMTA Amateur Muay Thai North American Heavyweight Champion, 20-2 in kickboxing and 21-8 in MMA, owns 2 wins each over Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz, retired in 2010 and is currently with the UFC as an Executive Vice President. ” - HawkHerald
“ National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American at Lincoln College and a NCAA Division 1 All-American at Eastern Illinois University, has a UFC record of 18-7, won UFC Welterweight Championship 2x and defended it 9x, UFC Hall of Fame member, recently inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame, 45-9 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
“ 1st Dan in Judo and BJJ, Class A Shootist, DREAM and One FC Lightweight Champion, Former Shooto 168 lb. champion, holds MMA wins over Eddie Alvarez, Joachim Hansen and Tatsuya Kawagiri, 35-6 MMA (22 Subs., 1 KO/TKO, 9 Dec.), successfully made 145 lb. MMA debut in October. ” - HawkHerald
“ Nicknamed Minotauro and Big Nog, 4th dan in BJJ and black belt in Judo, 34-8-1 MMA record, fights in UFC as as Heavyweight where he was Interim Champion, holds MMA wins over Josh Barnett, Randy Couture, and Dan Henderson, PRIDE FC HW and Interim HW Champion, accomplished grappler placing at CBJJ World Championships numerous times and winning once. ” - HawkHerald
“ 4x K-1 World Grand Prix Winner, K-1 World Grand Prix in Paris Tournament Winner, K-1 Super Heavyweight Champion, Former Openweight King of Pancrase, winner of 2012 Glory Grand Slam Heavyweight Tournament, 6th dan in Ashihara kaikan karate, 26-14-1 in MMA and 37-6-1 in kickboxing, nicknamed 'Hightower' because of his 6'11" height, recently retired from kickboxing to a diagnosed heart condition. ” - HawkHerald
“ Nicknamed Minotoro, twin brother of Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, called "Little Nog" by fans, Black belts in BJJ (2nd dan) and Judo; Amateur Boxing-2006 & 2007 Brazilian Super-Heavyweight Amateur Boxing Champion, Gold Medalist at Super-Heavyweight @ 2006 South American Games & Bronze Medalist at Super-Heavyweight @ 2007 Pan-American Games; fights in UFC as a Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.), 21-5 MMA record with wins over Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem, #10 Light Heavyweight in MMA according to ” - HawkHerald
“ Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Winner, 2001 ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championship Absolute Division (ADCC) Bronze Medalist, Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion, 4x UFC Knockout of the Night Winner, BJJ Black Belt and Shotokan Karate Purple Belt, 24-10 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
Actor, Izo
“ K-1 Max World Champion, Multiple time K-1 Max Tournament Runner-up, 2000 ISKA Oriental World Welterweight Champion, 1999 AJKF Welterweight Champion, worked as model/actor, currently working in promotion for kickboxing. ” - HawkHerald
Ernesto Hoost
Miscellaneous Crew, Katana 6 'Rebellion'
“ Nicknamed Mr. Perfect, 4x K-1 World Prix Winner, Dutch Muay Thai Champion, WMTA Heavyweight World Kickboxing Champion, Savate European and World Champion, ISKA Full Contact Heavyweight World Champion, WKA & WMTA World Light Heavywight Champion, Kickboxing 97-21 (62 KO/TKO). ” - HawkHerald
“ Member of elite Lučko Anti-Terrorist Unit in Croatia that earned him him the nickname "Cro Cop," member of Croatian Parliament from 2004-2007, black belt in Taekwondo and brown belt in BJJ, 1999 K-1 World Grand Prix Runner-Up, K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Fukuoka Runner-Up, K-1 Braves '99 3rd Place, IKBF World Heavyweight Full Contact Champion, most head kick knockouts in Pride FC history, 2006 Pride FC Open-Weight Grand Prix Winner, 28-11-2 MMA record and 18-7 kickboxing record, hold MMA wins over Josh Barnett, Aleksander Emelianenko, Igor Vovchanchyn, and Wanderlei Silva and kickboxing wins over Mark Hunt, Peter Aerts and Jerome Le Banner, fighting Remy Bonjasky in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia for Glory kickboxing organization in a rematch of a K-1 bout which he won 2002. ” - HawkHerald
“ Openweight King of Pancrase (last fighter to hold this title), UFC Heavyweight Champion, BJJ Black Belt, expert in catch wrestling having trained under Erik Paulson, 2006 Pride FC Openweight Grand Prix Finalist, 2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finalist, resigned with the UFC and defeated fellow HW grappler Frank Mir by TKO due to a knee and punches, 33-7 MMA record, lost by KO to Travis Browne in most recent fight. ” - HawkHerald
Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier, a relatively short Heavyweight, has met success against bigger opponents in freestyle wrestling and later in Mixed Martial Arts. Cormier was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana where he was raised by his mother and stepfather. Cormier became a pro wrestling fan by age 10, which he watched on TV often...
“ UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight; Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Winner, former Division 1 and Olympic Wrestler; Xtreme MMA and King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion, All-American and Division 1 National Championship Runner-up at OSU, winner of numerous USA Wrestling and FILA Senior level events and championships, captain of the US wrestling team at Beijing Olympics; NJCAA All-American and National Champion, and Wrestling Hall of Fame member; BJJ Brown Belt under Dave Camarillo; holds MMA wins against Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, and Frank Mir, 13-0 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey burst onto the women's MMA scene in August of 2010. Born in Riverside County, California on February 1, 1987 to parents Ron Rousey and AnnMaria DeMars, little Ronda was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck that damaged her vocal cords. She didn't speak coherently until the age of six...
“ First woman ever signed with the UFC and is the organization's first World Women's Bantamweight Champion, nicknamed "Rowdy" after her admiration for retired pro wrestler Roderick "Rowdy Roddy Piper" Toombs (also a judo black belt and an MMA fan) with his blessing, has helped pave the way for Women's MMA in the world's largest fight promotion and gained mainstream attention like a role in the latest Fast and Furious film as well as a Maxim photo spread, 4th dan in Judo, bronze medalist at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, silver medalist at 2007 World Judo Championships, gold medalist at 2007 Pan American Games, gold medalist in 2004-2005 and silver medalist in 2006 at Pan American Judo Championship, her mother is also a judoka and world champion in the sport, 8-0 (7 Subs.) as a pro and 4-0 (4 Subs.) as an amateur in MMA, holds wins over Julia Budd, Sarah D'Alelio and Miesha Tate, was the last Strikeforce Bantamweight Women's World Champion, successfully defended her title against Liz Carmouche, and coached the first Ultimate Fighter season with women's bantamweight fighters competing for a contract against fellow coach Miesha Tate, defeated Tate again by armbar submission in rematch of Strikeforce bout. ” - HawkHerald
Dan Severn
Dan "The Beast" Severn is a legend in amateur and professional wrestling and Martial Arts. Born in Coldwater, Michigan, on June 9, 1959, he excelled in wrestling in both high school and college. A winner of over 500 amateur victories and numerous titles, he was an alternate on the USA Olympic Wrestling team...
“ UFC Superfight Champion, has had over 100 pro MMA victories, the original member of the elite Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club in Arizona, Summer Olympic Team Alternate in 84-92, 13 Amateur Athletic Union National Titles, 5th Dan in Judo, 2x All-American at Arizona State, successful pro wrestler having won the NWA Heavyweight World Title. ” - HawkHerald
Don Frye
Actor, Miami Vice
Don Frye dominated the world of mixed martial arts for 6 straight years. A former pro boxer and a licensed firefighter, Don Frye made an impressive professional fight debut by knocking out 6'1", 410 pound Thomas Ramirez in 8 seconds. Frye captured his first Ultimate Fighting Championship on Feb. 16...
“ Former NCAA Division 1 wrestler at Arizona State and Oklahoma State, won freestyle and Greco-Roman events at 1987 Olympic qualifier, 2nd dan in Judo, winner of UFC 8 and Ultimate Ultimate '96 tournaments, holds MMA wins over Gilbert Yvel, Ken Shamrock, Gary Goodridge and David "Tank" Abbott, MMA record 20-9 (7 KO/TKO, 11 Subs, 1 Dec.). ” - HawkHerald
“ Nicknamed "The Hammer," NCAA Division 1 National Champion, First UFC Heavyweight Champion, 2000 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Champion, has MMA victories over Igor Vovchanchyn, Don Frye and Dan Severn, called the "Godfather of Ground and Pound, 15-10 MMA record." ” - HawkHerald
“ Nicknamed the "The Smashing Machine," NCAA Division 1 National Champion, 1994 USA Senior Freestyle Champion @ 220 lbs., 1999 Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Submission Wrestling Champion at 99 kg & 2000 at 99 kg and Absolute, World Vale Tudo Championship 3 Heavyweight Tournament winner, UFC 14 & 15 Heavyweight Tournament winner. He's faced a rapid decline since the early 2000's and had a well documented battle with painkillers as seen in The Smashing Machine documentary. Still an early pioneer of no holds barred MMA, 15-10 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former WEC & UFC Lightweight Champion, NAIA All-American Wrestler, 1st Dan in BJJ and Taekwondo, was #1 ranked MMA Lightweight in the world by Sherdog from Dec. 2012 until recent loss to Anthony Pettis, proud Korean-American, 2x Fight of the Night Winner in the UFC and WEC and Submission of the Night Winner in the WEC, 2012 MMA Fighter of the Year, Fight of the Year Winner in '09 and '10 (shared with Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Anthony "Showtime" Pettis repsectively); MMA record 19-3 (2 KO/TKO, 8 Subs., 9 Dec.). ” - HawkHerald
“ 2003 K-1 World Grand Prix Preliminary USA runner up, 2002 K-1 World Grand Prix Preliminary USA runner up, 1999 I.K.F. International Rules Heavyweight World Champion, 1998 K-1 USA Grand Prix '98 champion, 1996 ISKA Full Contact Heavyweight World champion, 1994 IKF Full Contact Light Heavyweight World Champion,
1991-94 PKC Light Heavyweight World champion, 1991-94 ISKA Full Contact Light Heavyweight World champion, 1990 FFKA Light Heavyweight World champion, 1989 FFKA Super Middleweight World champion, 1987 KICK Super Middleweight World champion, 1986-89 PKC Middleweight U.S champion, 1986 PKC Light Middleweight U.S champion, 1996 WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight champion (boxing); 65-4 Kickboxing, 4-6 MMA, 13-5 Boxing. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former world champion kickboxer; younger brother of Rick 'The Jet' Roufus; considered one of the world's foremost Western experts in Muay Thai; founder and head coach of Roufusport Gym, trainer of MMA fighters like UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis and his brother Sergio, Alan Belcher, Pat Berry, Bellator Welterweight Champion and Olympian Ben Askren, Matt Mitrione, and Erik Koch; kickboxing record of 36-8 (26 Knockouts), Kickboxing Titles and Achievements-1998 IKF World Super Heavyweight Champion, 1997 KICK World Super Heavyweight Champion, 1996 WKBA World Super Heavyweight Champion, 1995 WAKO World Super Heavyweight Champion, 1995 ISKA World Super Heavyweight Champion, 1995 WKA World Super Heavyweight Champion, 1993 WKA North American Super Heavyweight Champion, 1991 WAKO World Championships in London Bronze Medalist in 84+ kg Light-contact. ” - HawkHerald
Ray Sefo
Ray Sefo is a semi-retired New Zealand kickboxer, boxer, mixed martial artist, fight promoter and former actor. He was born of Samoan descent on February 15, 1971 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a six-time Muay Thai World Champion and eight time K-1 World Grand Prix Finals tournament participant. Sefo is the president of the MMA promotion World Series of Fighting...
“ New Zealander of Samoan descent; 56-21 kickboxing, 5-1 boxing, & 2-2 MMA; striking coach at Xtreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas, President of World Series of Fighting MMA, Kickboxing Titles and Achievements-2000 K-1 World Grand Prix Heavyweight Runner-Up, 1997 WKA Super-Heavyweight World Champion, 1996 WMTF World Super-Heavyweight Champion, 1994-1996 ISKA World Super Cruiserweight, Cruiserweight, and Light Cruiserweight Champion, 1992 WMTF World LHW Champion, 1992 South Pacific Cruiserweight Champion, 1991 New Zealand Cruiserweight Champion, 1990 New Zealand HW Champion. ” - HawkHerald
“ Nicknamed Geronimo and Hyper Battle Cyborg; Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate; 76-21 Kickboxing record with 61 KO's & TKO's, 3-2 MMA record; has appeared in 13 major motion pictures; Kickboxing Titles & Achievements-1990 Full Contact French Junior Champion in Gymnase Japy, 1992 FFUBADA French Cup Full Contact Champion (-91 kg), 1992 I.S.K.A. Full Contact French Super Heavyweight Champion, 1994 I.S.K.A. Full Contact European Super Heavyweight Champion, I.S.K.A. Full Contact Intercontinental Super Heavyweight Champion, 1994 R.C.F.A. World Super Heavyweight Champion, 1995 K-1 World Grand Prix Final Runner Up, 1996 I.S.K.A. Muaythai World Super Heavyweight Champion (title defense in 1997), 1998 W.K.N. Muaythai World Super Heavyweight Champion (3 title defenses), 1999 K-1 World Grand Prix Final 3rd Place, 2000 K-1 World Grand Prix in Nagoya Champion, 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix in Osaka Champion, 2002 K-1 World Grand Prix Final Runner Up, 2007 K-1 World Grand Prix Final 3rd Place, 2010 W.P.M.F. Muaythai World Super Heavyweight Champion, 2011 I.S.K.A. Freestyle Kickboxing World Super Heavyweight Champion (current), 2011 World Pro League Kickboxing Super Heavyweight Champion (current), 2012 W.K.N. Kickboxing Oriental World Super Heavyweight Champion (current champ with 2 title defenses), 1997 Karaté Bushido Magazine Gold Katana of the best Muaythai fighter at 12th Martial arts Festival, Paris, Bercy, 1997 Fuji Television and Special Ringside Magazine Best fight of the K-1 Grand Prix '97 1st Round in Osaka vs Rick Roufus, 1999 Fuji Television Best fight of the K-1 World GP 1999 Final vs Peter Aerts, 2007 K-1 World GP 2007 Final MVP and best fight of the tournament vs Hong-Man Choi, 2009 Pantheon of Sports and Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Tokyo, Japan; Pro Wrestling-2011-2012 IGF Super Luxurious 200 Million Yen Belt Champion. ” - HawkHerald
Tim Kennedy
Stunts, Range 15
Timothy Fred Kennedy grew up the second son of three children in San Luis Obispo, California. As a youth, Kennedy's mother placed him in cooking and piano lessons. To offset her influence on him, Kennedy's father enrolled Tim and his brother in shooting schools, boxing lessons, wrestling teams, and Japanese jujitsu classes...
“ United States Army Special Forces Sniper, currently holds rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) and member of 7th Special Forces Group, Bronze Star Recipient (HOO-RAH!!), completed courses in Basic Combat, Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School, Special Forces Requirement Courses, holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Columbia College of Missouri; holds Black Belts in Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Modern Army Combatives; MMA record of 16-4 with wins over Melvin Manhoef, Robbie Lawler, Rafael Natal and Roger Gracie. ” - HawkHerald
“ MMA fighter and Muay Thai World Champion; Nicknamed Duane "Bang" Ludwig; Head Coach of Team Alpha Gym which includes UFC fighters and veterans Urijah Faber, T.J. Dilishaw, Joe Benavidez, Bryan Caraway, Chad Mendes, Andre Fili, Meisha Tate, Justin Bucholz and Danny Castillo; holds UFC Record for fastest KO ever with a four second win over Jonathan Goulet; also runs Bang Muay Thai out of Alpha Male Gym; Kickboxing record 48-7 (9 KO's & TKO's), amateur kickboxing record of 12-2, MMA Record 21-14 (10 KO's & TKO's); Kickboxing Titles-K-1 2002 World MAX USA Champion -70 kg, I.S.K.A. 2004 Muay Thai Light Middleweight World Champion -72.5 kg, W.K.A. 2000 Muay Thai Super Middleweight USA title -76 kg, I.K.F. 1999 Muay Thai Light Middleweight U.S Amateur Tournament Champion -72.5 kg, I.K.F. 1999 Muay Thai Super Middleweight U.S Amateur Champion -78 kg, I.K.F. 1999 Regional Middleweight Muay Thai Champion, I.K.F. 1999 Fighter of the Year, I.M.T.C. 2001 Muay Thai Super Middleweight North American Champion -76 kg, MMA Titles- 2003 TKO Major League MMA UCC World Lightweight Champion 70 kg., 2000 Extreme Shoot Fighting Lightweight Champion. ” - HawkHerald
“ Nicknamed King of the Streets, black belts in BJJ and Luta Livre, UFC 7 Tournament Winner, 9-4-2 MMA record, Head coach of Ruas Vale Tudo, trained UFC veterans (and No. 1 Light Heavyweight Contender) Glover Teixeira, Renato "Babalu" Sobral and Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo. ” - HawkHerald
“ nicknamed Mo; 13-13 MMA, 53-13 Kickboxing, 1-1 Boxing; Kickboxing Titles and Achievements-W.K.C. Light-Heavyweight World Champion (1983), W.K.A. World Kickboxing Heavyweight Champion (1983), K-1 World Grand Prix '93 Tournament Semifinalist,
I.S.K.A. World Muay Thai Heavyweight Champion (1996), 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Preliminary USA winner; MMA Titles and Achievements-UFC World Heavyweight Champion, Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Championship 3 tournament winner over Marcus "Conan" Silveira, Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Championship 4 tournament winner over Murakami Kazanari, 1997 Most Outstanding Fighter & 1997 Fight of the Year vs. Mark Coleman according to Wrestling Observer, 2001 Full-Contact Fighter of the Year according to Black Belt Magazine, holds MMA wins over Marco Ruas, Mark Coleman and Conan Silveira. ” - HawkHerald
“ Nicknamed Apollo, black belts in Tae Kwan Do (7th Dan) and Karate, runs Xtreme Fight Night MMA out of Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, operates "Apollo's Karate" martial arts school in Tulsa, 19-2 Boxing and 94-4 Kickboxing, Kickboxing-WKA World Super Middleweight (-76 kg/167.6 lb) Championship, WKA World Middleweight (-72.5 kg/159.8 lb) Championship, PKA World Middleweight Championship, PKA United States Welterweight Championship, WSBA World Shootbox Championship. ” - HawkHerald
“ 1st Dan in BJJ, Strikeforce, IFC, and WEC Welterweight Champion; Cesar Gracie Fight Team member with Nate Diaz, Jake Shields, and Gil Melendez; former UFC Welterweight (6-4 UFC record); holds MMA wins over BJ Penn, Takanori Gomi, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, and Frank Shamrock, and defended Strikeforce belt 3x; 2005 IBJJ Gold Medalist in Brown Belt Division @ Middleweight, 2004 Gold Medalist at US Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open in Purple Belt Division, promoted to BJJ Black Belt by Cesar Gracie in 2007, 26-9 (1) MMA and 1-0 Boxing, currently inactive. ” - HawkHerald
“ 1st Dan in BJJ, UFC Lightweight, MMA record 16-9, The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 winner, 5x Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night Winner; holds MMA wins over Takanori Gomi, Melvin Guillard, Donald Cerrone, Jim Miller, Josh Neer and Kurt Pellegrino; #8 Lightweight MMA Fighter in the World according Sherdog as of Sept. 2013, like his brother he has an incredible submission game from his back and has no fear being taken down but has lost decisions to wrestling-based grapplers who can avoid submissions and control the pace and position of a fight. ” - HawkHerald
“ nicknamed Quicksand, co-founder and coach @ Syndicate MMA, UFC Welterweight, 26-9 MMA record, BJJ Brown Belt, WEC Welterweight Champion, holds MMA wins over Rick Story, Josh Neer, Ricardo Almeida and Dan Hornbuckle, 1x UFC KO of the Night Winner. ” - HawkHerald
“ Nicknamed "The Machine," 20-7-1 MMA record, pioneer of British MMA, Cage Rage British Light Heavyweight Champion, fought for UFC, Cage Rage, M-1 Global, and It's Showtime MMA promotions, holds MMA wins over former UFC Champions Frank Mir and Ricco Rodriguez, fought in Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight divisions, retired due to age and health concerns in 2013, operates MMA gym Machine MMA. ” - HawkHerald
“ UFC Light Heavyweight No. 1 contender, 2nd Dan in BJJ, trains with John Hackleman, 22-2 MMA record, proficient submission grappler having competed at numerous NAGA (North American Grappling Association) & Grappler's Quest events, and ADCC Trials, holds a win over ADCC medalist and fellow UFC vet Dean Lister in grappling competition, Shooto Americas 220lb. Champion, has MMA wins over Ryan Bader, Quinton Jackson, former BJJ world champion Marcio Cruz, Kyle Kingsbury, Ricco Rodriguez, Marvin Eastman, James Te Huna and former IFL Middleweight Champion Matt "Suave" Horwich. ” - HawkHerald
“ nicknamed Little Evil, MMA record of 27-19, Purple Belt in BJJ, 1st UFC Lightweight Champion with 2 defenses, holds MMA wins over BJ Penn, Cub Swanson, Dennis Hallman, and Caol Uno, NJCAA All-American in Collegiate Wrestling out of Highline Community College, holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Boise State University, currently fighting in Singapore-based MMA promotion One FC as a Flyweight (125 lb.). ” - HawkHerald
Gilbert Melendez
Melendez, a Mexican-American, is from Santa Ana, California, and wrestled during high school. Melendez always enjoyed combat sports and competition, but did not start training in MMA until after college when he was introduced to the sport by his good friend and MMA fighter Jake Shields. Melendez attended San Francisco State University and was studying in liberal arts...
“ Nicknamed El Nino, BJJ Brown Belt under Cesar Gracie and trains with Diaz Bros., Jake Shields, and Ronda Rousey, Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, MMA record 22-3, holds MMA wins over Katsuya Kawajiri, Shinya Aoki, Josh Thomson, and Mitsuhiro Ishida, currently a UFC Lightweight and got his first win in the promotion against Diego Sanchez, debuted in UFC in a title fight to a narrow split-decision loss to former UFC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson, runs Skrap Pack MMA team. ” - HawkHerald
“ nicknamed Ice Cold, MMA record of 55-10 and 61-2 Kickboxing record, winner of numerous single night MMA tournaments fighting 3-4 times a night often, 2000 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix Runner-Up, 1997 Absolute Fighting Championship Heavyweight Tournament Winner, World Vale Tudo Superfight and WVC 5 tournament winner, IFC 1 tournament winner, holds MMA wins over Mark Kerr, Kazushi Sakuraba, Enson Inoue, and Gilbert Yvel. ” - HawkHerald
“ Nicknamed California Kid, BJJ Brown Belt, NCAA D-1 wrestler @ UC Davis where he got a B.A. in Human Development, founder of Team Alpha Male Gym where UFC contenders Chad Mendes, Joe Benavidez, T.J. Dilishaw, Meisha Tate and Brian Caraway train, former King of the Cage, Gladiator Challenge and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) MMA Featherweight (145 lb.) World Champion, defended WEC title for over two years, current UFC Bantamweight (135 lb.), #3 Bantamweight in the world according to Sherdog, holds MMA wins over Jens Pulver, Scott Jorgensen, Brian Bowles, current UFC BW champ Dominick Cruz, Ivan Menjivar, Bibiano Fernandes, and Jeff Curran, 29-6 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
Tito Ortiz
Cited by film producer Jeff Most as "The next Vin Diesel", Tito delivers the audience as well as the sheer acting talent. The most electrifying Ultimate Fighting competitor alive today, as intimidating as Tito is in the ring, outside he is an unparalleled fan favorite. A dynamic speaker, Tito's popularity with the fans made for a natural move into other media...
“ Former UFC Light Heavyweight World Champion, defended that title 5 times, UFC Hall of Famer, UFC 18 Tournament Winner, 15-11 MMA record, has victories over Ken Shamrock, Evan Tanner, Ryan Bader, Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Patrick Cote and Yuki Kondo, runs Team Punishment MMA out of Punishment Training Center in Big Bear, CA, christened himself "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," is an accomplished grappler, winning a bronze medal at 2000 ADCC World Combat Submission Championships, and winning NJCAA championships in college. He's booked to face Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko for the Bellator 185 lb. title at a pay-per-view on May 17 if he stays healthy. His life has been tabloid fodder due to his volatile relationship with Jenna Jameson, with whom he has two children. ” - HawkHerald
Gokhan Saki
Gokhan Saki, sportsman, actor and trainer. Born on October 19, 1983, in Schiedam, The Netherlands, from Turkish origin. He became Glory Light Heavyweight World Champion kick-boxing in April 2014 and fought in the USA in 2013 for the Heavyweight Belt. Gokhan is two-time Dutch and European Muay Thai champion and has 7 world titles on his name...
“ nicknamed The Rebel, Dutch and Turkish descent, Dutch and Euro Muay Thai champ, 2003 World Muay Thai champion, 2006 K-1 World Grand Prix in Amsterdam runner up, 2008 WFCA World Thaiboxing Super Heavyweight (+95 kg) title, 2008 K-1 World GP in Hawaii champion, 2008 K-1 World Grand Prix Final 3rd place, 2009 K-1 Heavyweight (−100 kg) tournament runner up, 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Final 3rd place, 2010–2011 United Glory World Series heavyweight tournament champion, 79-17 Kickboxing record. ” - HawkHerald
“ Yes, the Olympic and World Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion was an MMA fighter, for one fight against fellow Olympic Gold Medalist Judoka (Barcelona 1992) Hidehiko Yoshida at a PRIDE FC event in 2004, he won via decision, his one fight MMA record can be seen on Sherdog's Fight Finder here: ; actual highlights of the fight are here: ” - HawkHerald
“ Former UFC Middleweight, currently retired from MMA, Former US Marine Captain in command of 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, Silver Star Recipient for Bravery in Combat during Operation Matador, Afghanistan War on Terror, graduate of the Naval Academy @ Annapolis, MD, where he played football for the NCAA D-1 Midshipmen, Analyst for numerous UFC events, holds MMA wins over Alessio Sakara, Chris Leben, Steve Cantwell and Doug Marshall, Black Belt in USMC Combatives and Blue Belt in BJJ, currently a college football analyst. ” - HawkHerald
Yoel Romero
Yoel Romero Palacio is a Cuban mixed martial artist (MMA) and former World Champion and Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling. He made his UFC debut against Clifford Starks on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7. He won the fight via KO in the first round. He did also compete in the now-defunct Strikeforce organization.
“ Cuban Olympic wrestler and MMA fighter, signed to UFC's Middleweight Division where he has amassed 3 wins, 7-1 MMA record, 2000 Sydney Silver Medalist in Freestyle Wrestling @ 85kg, 1999 World Champion @ 85kg, 2003 Pan American Games Champion @ 85kg, various Silver and Bronze Medal placings @ Pan American Games and World Championships from 1998-2003, currently trains @ American Top Team with fellow Cuban Olympian Hector Lombard and BJJ Black Belt Thiago Silva. ” - HawkHerald
Don Wilson
Don "The Dragon" Wilson is considered the greatest kick-boxing champion in the sport's history. A native of South Florida, Wilson began fighting in the late 1970s. In a career which spanned 4 decades, he won 11 world kick-boxing championships, among them the WKA, STAR, WKC, PKO Lightheavyweight World Championships...
“ World Champion Kickboxer, Star of the popular "Bloodfist" series and many B-action movies, studied Goju-Ryu Karate and Pai Lum Tao Kung Fu as well as Kickboxing, has won Kickboxing Championships in KICK, STAR, IKF, PKA, ISKA, WKA, and PKO organizations, he owns victories against former champions Maurice Smith and Dennis Alexio, record 72-5-2 ” - HawkHerald
“ 8th Degree Red and Black Belt in BJJ under Carlos Gracie, Jr., has trained Chuck Norris and Erik Paulsen, ADCC Bronze Medalist in 2000 and Pan American champion in 1996-97 in Absolute (openweight) and over 100kg divisions, has appeared in 9 motion pictures and several documentaries. ” - HawkHerald
Jim Kelly
With his funky Afro hairstyle, super cool attitude and superb karate skills, Jim Kelly was instantly identifiable, and one of the top martial arts film stars of the early 1970s. After appearing in a minor film role, Kelly's second screen effort was as one of the invited guests to the deadly Han's Island in Enter the Dragon...
“ Identifiable for his tall afro, cool tough guy persona and his attitude of Black Power, starred with Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon as Williams and the cult classic Black Belt Jones, trained in Okinawan Karate and was 1971 World Middleweight Karate Champion at the Long Beach Karate Championships organized by martial arts pioneer and fellow karate practitioner Ed Parker, also worked as a stunt choreographer/teacher at his dojo on Crenshaw, starred in Three the Hard Way with Fred Williamson and Black Samurai, was the partial inspiration for the 2002 Undercover Brother film starring Eddie Griffin and even had a deleted cameo in it, passed on June 29, 2013 from cancer. ” - HawkHerald
“ UFC Lightweight, raised in Tulsa and initially trained with UFC veteran Mikey Burnett, member of The Ultimate Fighter 5 cast with UFC vets Nate Diaz and Joe Lauzon, MMA record 15-7, owns victories over Michihiro Omigawa, Thiago Tavares, Mac Danzig, and Paul Sass, won 4 Fight of the Night and 1 Submission of the Night bonus awards. ” - HawkHerald
“ Olympic Gold Medalist @ 2008 Beijing Games, 5-0 as an MMA fighter, Winner of US Olympic Team Trials, youngest American Olympic Champion ever at 21, skipped college and went straight to Olympic Training Center at age 17, Pan American Gold Medalist and placed at World and Junior Championships, retired from competitive freestyle wrestling in 2012, supports numerous charities including Make-a-Wish, Warrior Games, Phoenix Children's Hospital and State Games of America, trains at Fight Ready MMA in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. ” - HawkHerald
“ Cousin of Royce and Rickson Gracie, grandson of Carlos Gracie, Sr., grandnephew of Helio Gracie, trainer of fighters Matt Serra (Former UFC Welterweight Champion and his first American student promoted to black belt), Ricardo Almeida, Frankie Edgar and Chris Weidman, both of the last whom were also UFC Champions, 6th Dan in BJJ and 1st Dan in Judo, MMA record 13-7-1, wins over Oleg Taktarov and Maurice Smith, operates Renzo Gracie Combat Team MMA out of NYC. ” - HawkHerald
“ Brother of Renzo Gracie, the "Bad Boy" of the Gracie Family, MMA 5-2, wins over Shungo Oyama and Ikuhisa Minowa, 4th Dan in BJJ, was found dead in a jail cell in 2007 after an arrest and accidentally overdosing on prescribed medicine and prescribing doctor was later found guilty of negligence. ” - HawkHerald
“ 1st Dan in BJJ from Nova Uniao, fights at 135 lb. in Bellator FC, Grappler's Quest, Brazilian National and World BJJ Champion, Bellator Season 6 135 lb. Tournament Winner, MMA record 15-6-1, wins over Louis Nogueira, former WEC Champion Chase Beebe and Travis Marx. ” - HawkHerald
Joseph Benavidez
Joseph Benavidez born on July 31, 1984 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Joseph is married to UFC reporter Megan Olivi. He is of Mexican descent. He worked Screenprinter at GSI graphic services in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He attended Las Cruces High School, where he began training boxing, kickboxing, but at the age of 16 he began training wrestling...
“ UFC Flyweight (125 lb.) No. 1 contender, top 10 ranked flyweight and bantamweight fighter, New Mexico State Wrestling Champ @ 103 lbs. in high school, wrestled collegiately @ William Penn University, trains out of Team Alpha Male with Urijah Faber and Meisha, 19-3 MMA record (6 KO's, 8 Sub., 5 Dec.), rematched Demetrious Johnson for 125 lb. title at UFC on Fox 9 and lost via KO, has wins over Eddie Wineland, Ian McCall, Yasuhiro Urshi-tani, Miguel Torres, and Rani Yahya. ” - HawkHerald
“ Wrestled at Cal-State Fullerton, placed at many Pac 10 duals, competes as a bantamweight in the UFC, trains out of Team Alpha Male, 7-2 MMA record, wins over Vaughan Lee, Issei Timura, and Hugo Viana, no. 9 ranked MMA bantamweight according to Sherdog. ” - HawkHerald
“ wrestled at Central State University in Washington state, UFC bantamweight, trains at Alpha Male Gym, MMA record 18-6, wins over Johnny Bedford and Mitch Gagnon, boyfriend and assistant coach of Meisha Tate on The Ultimate Fighter 18 season. ” - HawkHerald
“ 4-2 MMA record, former MMA and Muay Thai fighter, nicknamed Mestre which is Portuguese for Master or sensei, black belt in BJJ, former trainer at Chute Boxe and current head trainer at Kings' MMA, trained Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, Fabricio Werdum and Jason Miller. ” - HawkHerald
Jean Jacques Machado
Miscellaneous Crew, Redbelt
“ World champion grappler, nephew and student of Carlos Gracie, Sr., 7th Dan Red and Black Belt in BJJ, medaled in many BJJ and grappling competitions including ADCC Combat Submission Wrestling Championships, trainer of Eddie Bravo and Joe Rogan. ” - HawkHerald
“ Black belts in Judo (2nd Dan) and BJJ (5th Dan), decorated grappler and MMA fighter, 35-15-1 MMA record, has competed in MMA since 1995, fought at UFC 18 against MMA champion Pat Miletich for welterweight title, has held Legacy Fighting Championships Lightweight and Welterweight titles, operates Macaco Gold Team out of Houston, TX, USA and Brazil, trainer of UFC veteran Charles "do Bronx" Oliveira, recently lost to fellow MMA veteran Luis Palomino in MMA World Series of Fighting. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former 154 lb. Shooto World Champion, Class-A Shootist, currently a UFC featherweight, called "Crusher" due to his strong wrestling and ground and pound, Dream and Pride FC Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinalist, 32-7-1 MMA records with wins over Joachim Hansen, Luiz Firmino, Josh Thomson, Drew Fickett, Gesias Cavalcante and Yves Edwards. ” - HawkHerald
“ Kyokushin Karate and Judo Black Belt, Former DEEP Lightweight Champion and 2009 DEEP Lightweight Grand Prix Winner, owner of a devastating crescent kick and awkward karate-based striking style that makes him especially dangerous, has competed in Dream and DEEP mainly, signed to the UFC in November 2013, MMA record 21-5-2 with wins over Daisuke Nakamura and Kuniyoshi Hironaka. ” - HawkHerald
“ Current 2x Bellator World Lightweight Champion, Bodog Welterweight Champion, Prep School All-American, from Kensington, Philly, of Irish-Puerto Rican ethnicity, Dream Lightweight Grand Prix Finalist, Bellator Season 1 Lightweight Tournament Winner, trains out of Blackzilians Camp with Rashad Evans and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, his style is a potent mix of wrestling and boxing, MMA record 25-3 with wins over Michael Chandler, Patricky "Pitbull" Freire, Roger Huerta, Derrick Noble, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Katsunori Kikuno, Shinya Aoki, and Joachim Hansen. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former Division 1 National Wrestling Champion and All-American @ OSU, BJJ Purple Belt, of Filipino descent hence the nickname "Filipino Wrecking Machine," top 10 185 lb. fighter, has UFC wins over CB Dolloway, Chris Leben, and Demian Maia, has had a rough patch lately and was KO'd brutally by Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machido in his last two of three fights. ” - HawkHerald
“ Australian Muay Thai World Champion, arguably most successful Western Thai Boxer ever, has held numerous championships and fought in WKN, K-1 Max, and The Contender Asia, 83-31 kickboxing record with 38 KO's. ” - HawkHerald
“ 4th Dan in BJJ under Rigan Machado, one of the first Americans to earn a BJJ black belt, trainer and grappler, also practices Jeet Kune Do, and coaches. ” - HawkHerald
Dan Inosanto
Noted Filipino-American martial arts practitioner, who studied "jeet kune do" from fellow martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. Always seeking to improve his knowledge, Inosanto holds numerous belts in various martial arts including Asian, American & Brazilian disciplines such as Muay Thai, Pentjak Silat & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu...
“ Practitioner of Eskrima, BJJ and Jeet Kune Do, student of Bruce Lee and appears in Game of Death. ” - HawkHerald
Erik Paulson
Miscellaneous Crew, Never Back Down
Erik Paulson grew up in Minnesota and began his training in Judo in 1974. He started training competition Tae Kwon Do in 1976. To get his hands better he joined Golden Gloves Boxing in 1978 and competed all throughout his junior and senior high years while still competing in many karate tournaments and full-contact kickboxing matches.
“ Judo and BJJ Black Belt, Head trainer of CSW (Combat Submission Wrestling) where UFC fighters Josh Barnett and Liz Carmouche train, former Shooto Light Heavyweight Champion, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do and Shooto Certified trainer. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former Shoot 155lb. Champion, BJJ Black Belt, ADCC Japan Trials Grappling Winner, 29-16 MMA record. ” - HawkHerald
“ UFC Lightweight, Shooto and Pride FC Lightweight Champion, Pride Lightweight Grand Prix Winner, 34-9-1 MMA record, Class A-Shootist, winner of four All Japan Combat Wrestling Championships, trains at American Kickboxing Academy with Cain Velasquez and Dan Cormier and at his own Kugayama Rascal Gym at home, well known for his wrestling-boxer fighting style and devastating ground strikes, has won numerous Fighter of the Year awards from MMA news sites like Sherdog, winner of 1x Fight and KO of the Night Awards for wins over Tyson Griffin and Mac Danzig. ” - HawkHerald
“ ADCC and Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, grandson of Carlos Gracie, 6-2 MMA record, BJJ Black Belt under cousin Renzo Gracie, teaches at his own BJJ school in Nottingham, UK, has competed for Dream, Strikeforce, and UFC as HW, LHW and MW in MMA, owns wins over Kevin Randleman, Trevor Prangley and Keith Jardine. ” - HawkHerald
“ Famous Vale Tudo fighter with dozens of unsanctioned fights dating back to the early 1960's in Brazil, famously took the Gracie Challenge and lost to Rickson in a fight that aired on national TV in Brazil, "official" MMA record dates back to 1980 with loss to Rickson and is listed at 2-7. ” - HawkHerald
“ Retired MMA middleweight fighter, BJJ Black Belt under Cesar Gracie and trained with the Diaz Bros. and Gil Melendez, has wins over Matt Lindland, Joey Villasenor, and Scott Smith, ex-No. 1 contender for UFC Middleweight World Championship, retired in 2008 after lingering injuries kept him from a comeback, operates Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance MMA Gym where he trains ex-Bellator Featherweight World Champion Joe Soto, and UFC veterans David Mitchell and Nate Loughran. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former UFC World Middleweight Champion and USWF Heavyweight Champion, won UFC title with a KO over David Terrell, won USWF Heavyweight and Pancrase Neo-Blood Middleweight Tournaments, MMA record 32-10, was defeated in has last MMA fight by Kendall Grove due to a KO, speculated that years of alcohol abuse had taken a hard toll on his body, was later found dead after hiking alone into the desert region of Palo Verde, California where he died from exposure to temperatures in excess of 118 degrees Fahrenheit, he is a well remembered and beloved figure in MMA due to his generosity, kindness, and friendly attitude, a documentary celebrating his life and beliefs was released in 2011. ” - HawkHerald
“ Former UFC LHW and Strikeforce Middleweight, successfully sued the United States Olympic Committee over a controversial team trial loss to secure a spot on the 2000 Sydney US Wrestling team where he won a silver medal in the Men's 76 kg Freestyle event, also has won silver and gold medals at World Cup, Pan-American and World Championships from 1994-2001, he was a top 10 ranked wrestler on the Senior circuit until 2004, co-founder of Team Quest MMA with fellow Olympians Randy Couture and Dan Henderson, was an Oregon GOP nominee for Oregon House of Representatives in 2008, has an MMA record of 22-9 with wins over Ivan Salaverry, Ricardo Almeida, former UFC welterweight champion Pat Miletich, MMA pioneer Jeremy Horn, and 60 plus fight MMA veteran Joe Doerksen. ” - HawkHerald
“ Black Belts in BJJ and Judo, trains at American Top Team, UFC Welterweight, 33-4 MMA record, Former Bellator and Cage Fighting Championships Middleweight Champion, has wins over Nate Marquardt, Rousimar Palhares, and Jesse Taylor, former Judo Olympian for Cuba. ” - HawkHerald
“ UFC Bantamweight, 19-7-2 MMA record, Former Cage Force Bantamweight Champion, WEC 2x Fight of the Night Winner, fringe top 10 MMA bantamweight contender, holds a Master's in electrical engineering. ” - HawkHerald