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If I created a pro fighter…

I was thinking about this just now and I want to take a moment and have some fun with this. Nowadays, a fighter has to be well-rounded if he wants to succeed in the cage and one day, fight for (and win) a world title. MMA has come a long way since 1993 where it was all about being good at one thing, to the days of Pride FC where the best fighters were excellent at one particular discipline but had some functional knowledge of one or two other arts. Now, a fighter has to know a little bit of everything and be really good at it if he wants to get anywhere. So without further ado, here are the characteristics that would comprise my ideal fighter. They are in no particular order.

1. The accuracy of Anderson Silva

2. The boxing of Junior dos Santos

3. The wrestling of GSP

4. The strength, power, and explosiveness of Brock Lesnar

5. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Damian Maia

6. The conditioning of Cain Velasquez

7. The reach of Jon Jones

8. The unorthodox strikes of Lyoto Machida

9. The tenacity of Chael Sonnen

10. The speed of Jose Aldo

11. The kickboxing of Alistair Overeem

What about you? What does your ideal fighter look like?

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Jimmy Kimmel interviews Steven Seagal

Oh how I love Steven Seagal, the self-centred, sagging potato sack, aikido grand-master. He very much is a martial arts wizard and I can’t take that away from him.

What I will take away from him though is his assertion that he taught Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida the front face kick that they used to knockout their respective opponents with. I will now proceed to discredit his statement,

“There is a signature kick that I’ve taught them that they’ve knocked champions out with and won world championships with.”

  1. Anderson Silva didn’t actually KO Vitor Belfort with the kick. Silva still had to follow up with a few ground punches.
  2. Belfort wasn’t a champion at the time as he challenged current champion Anderson Silva for the middleweight title.
  3. Lyoto Machida already knew the kick as this video shows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsvmP7ybpRs.
  4. Machida did not win a world title with the kick

Check out the interview here: