Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), is one of the fastest rising sports there is. Originating from Vale Tudo, with origins that can be traced back to as late as the early 1900s, this combat sport makes use of several martial arts including Boxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo and Karate. With several combat sports taken into consideration, things can go from a graceful display of technique to a brutal and savage beat down within a matter of seconds.
In November of 1993, MMA saw the light of day with UFC 1 being broadcast on live television. It was a really brutal show. Back then, no one knew what was going to happen. Let’s face it, everyone was used to seeing boxers go against boxers and wrestlers against wrestlers back then. So when the stage was set, everyone was curious of the outcome when fighters from different disciplines go head to head; or fist to head, and shin to head, or whatever their martial art dictates.
The first match was between Savate practitioner Gerard Gordeau and Sumo wrestler, Teila Tuli. The more scrawny looking Gordeau looks like he’s about to be squashed by Tuli. But this is MMA. Less than a minute into the fight, Gordeau took the win via TKO from head kicks to Tuli. If you watch closely, Tuli’s tooth can be seen flying out of the cage.
But that was years ago. MMA is a lot less brutal now and it’s no longer a free-for-all, no holds barred cage fight. But its evolution doesn’t mean that the fighters themselves have toned down on the violence. Every once in a while, fight fans get to see some vicious fighters out there. Here are the 10 most vicious MMA fighters in the world:
10 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
9 Fedor Emelianenko
8 Shinya Aoki
This is MMA, so if you’re expecting that every fighter featured on this list is a striker, then Shinya Aoki will surely prove you wrong. A grappling expert with a whopping 25 wins via submission, Aoki’s highlights are filled with some brutal submissions. He’s been on the end of controversy as well, since many analysts critique Aoki’s style as being reckless and purposely hurting other fighters to prove a point.
7 Ronda Rousey
Perhaps the most popular female MMA fighter there is, Ronda Rousey has proven time and time again that she is dangerous in both stand-up and ground battles. Rousey holds and impressive record of 12 win and 1 loss. Her first loss is courtesy of Holly Holm via KO.
6 Robbie Lawler
"Ruthless" is probably the hardest hitter in the UFC's Welterweight division. His moniker suits him very well, as Lawler seemingly pummels his opponents in the stand up department. The sheer power in his hands came on full display during his match against Rory MacDonald. Their brutal back and forth battle bagged the Fight of the Night Award and both fighters were visibly damaged, but MacDonald was the one that took the heavier beating in their colossal championship bout.
5 Rousimar Palhares
Yet another grappler in the world of MMA, Rousimar Palhares has been dubbed as the "Master of Leg Locks." Ask several fighters and they’ll tell you that a leg lock is one of the most painful submissions there is. The fact that Palhares can pull it off with ease makes him a very vicious fighter, not to mention holding the submission way after the tap.
4 Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor has proven time and time again that his striking is both unique and vicious. There’s no denying that "Mystic Mac" is one of the most popular fighters in the history of the sport, but with a very entertaining style and attitude, there’s no wondering why fans love the Irish man.
3 Dan Henderson
2 Wanderlei Silva
1 Charles Bennett
“Krazy Horse” ... It’s an odd nickname for a fighter, but seeing how he acts inside and outside of the cage (or ring), you wouldn’t be surprised. Now known as "Kid Khaos," Charles Bennett, despite having a short stature, has really heavy hands. His 17 wins via KO/TKO is proof of his ferocity.
Aside from his “Krazy” antics outside the cage, Bennett is even crazier during fights. His arsenal mostly involves punches, but several fighters have been slammed by him. Heck, Bennett even slammed his opponent in the cage at one point. Check the 1:27 mark of the highlight reel to see what I mean.
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