History UsefulNotes / MixedMartialArts

7th Mar '17 11:17:13 AM CaptainCrawdad
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Rules vary slightly between promotions. Japanese promotions have traditionally differed the most from the Unified Rules, such as by disallowing elbow strikes but allowing kicks and knees to the head of a downed opponent. Some Japanese promotions handle rounds and judging slightly differently as well. For example, Sengoku judges the whole fight instead of round-by-round, and DREAM splits the fight into two rounds of 10 minutes and 5 minutes. Women's bouts in all countries vary from three-minute to five-minute rounds depending on the promotion, though there is a growing movement in support of standardized five-minute rounds. The Strikeforce promotion was the first to hold women's bouts with five-minute rounds.

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Rules vary slightly between promotions. Japanese promotions promotions, but have traditionally differed the most from gradually migrated to coincide with the Unified Rules, such as by disallowing elbow Rules. Elbow strikes to the head are allowed, but allowing kicks and knees to the head of a downed opponent. Some Japanese promotions handle rounds and judging slightly differently as well. For example, Sengoku judges the whole fight instead of round-by-round, and DREAM splits the fight into two rounds of 10 minutes and 5 minutes. Women's opponent are not. Nonchampionship professional bouts in all countries vary from three-minute to go three five-minute rounds depending on the promotion, though there is a growing movement in support of standardized five-minute rounds, while championship fights go five rounds. The Strikeforce promotion was In the first event of a decision, three cageside judges use a modified version of boxing's 10-point must system to hold women's bouts with five-minute rounds.
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7th Mar '17 11:11:38 AM CaptainCrawdad
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In Japan, the sport of MMA took a concurrent but separate evolution, with origins in a form of ProfessionalWrestling called "shoot wrestling." Founded by Belgian wrestler Wrestling/KarlGotch, the style incorporates both real submission wrestling techniques as well as striking in a hybrid style similar to MMA. Promotions like the Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation and its offspring celebrated occasionally real fights among their worked cards, and before the creation of the UFC, the UWF descendants of Pancrase and Shooto were already putting on hybrid fighting shows that had largely phased out pre-determined outcomes. Pancrase shoot wrestling champion Wrestling/KenShamrock participated in the first UFC event. As the popularity of MMA began to rise, the popularity of Japanese shoot wrestling promotions also enjoyed a bump. The PRIDE Fighting Championship (PRIDE FC) was created using an MMA-style rule set to take advantage of the new phenomenon. The promotion's roster included foreign mixed martial artists, Olympic judoka, traditional martial artists, and a number of popular Japanese professional wrestlers. A heated rivalry between UFC and Pride developed over several years before allegations of racketeering and {{Yakuza}} ties forced Pride out of business in 2006. The UFC bought all rights to Pride and dismantled it, taking some of its best fighters into their own roster.

With the popularity of MMA on the rise, a number of other rival promotions have risen up in the past few years. However, nearly all major promotions have either gone out of business or been bought by the UFC, giving it a stranglehold on the sport. The organization has enjoyed mainstream success by signing a contract with Fox to air live bouts on network television. They continue to air pay-per-view events about twice per month. The FX channel will air future seasons of ''Series/TheUltimateFighter''. Outside of the UFC, Bellator events have becomes Spike TV's new source for MMA. NBC Sports Network currently airs the World Series of Fighting. [=AXStv=] covers small promotions and provides regular analysis of the sport on ''Inside MMA''. ESPN covers the sport with ''MMA Live'', which often features current professional fighters giving commentary.

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In Japan, the sport of MMA took a concurrent but separate evolution, with origins in a form of ProfessionalWrestling called "shoot wrestling." Founded by Belgian wrestler Wrestling/KarlGotch, the style wrestling," which incorporates both real submission wrestling techniques as well as striking in a hybrid style similar to MMA. Promotions like the Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation and its offspring celebrated occasionally held real ("shoot") fights among their worked cards, and before the creation of the UFC, the UWF descendants of Pancrase and Shooto were already putting on hybrid fighting shows that had largely phased out pre-determined outcomes. Pancrase shoot wrestling champion Wrestling/KenShamrock participated The concurrent rise of MMA in America culminated in the first UFC event. As the popularity creation of MMA began to rise, the popularity of Japanese shoot wrestling promotions also enjoyed a bump. The PRIDE Fighting Championship (PRIDE FC) was created using an MMA-style rule set to take advantage of the new phenomenon. The promotion's roster included foreign mixed martial artists, Olympic judoka, traditional martial artists, and FC), a number of popular Japanese professional wrestlers. A heated rivalry between MMA organization heavily influenced by its pro wrestling roots. PRIDE rivaled the UFC and Pride developed over for several years before allegations of racketeering and {{Yakuza}} ties forced Pride out of business in 2006. The UFC bought all rights to Pride and dismantled it, taking some of its best fighters into their own roster.

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other rival promotions have risen up in the past few years. However, nearly all major promotions have either gone out of business or been bought by rise and fall, the UFC, giving it a stranglehold on UFC remains the sport. The organization has enjoyed mainstream success by signing a contract with largest name in MMA. In 2011, the UFC and Fox to air live bouts signed a partnership that began putting MMA on network television. They continue television and vastly expanded the sport's reach. In 2016, Zuffa sold the UFC to air pay-per-view events about twice per month. The FX channel William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME-IMG) for $4.2 billion. What this new era of MMA will air future seasons of ''Series/TheUltimateFighter''. Outside of the UFC, Bellator events have becomes Spike TV's new source for MMA. NBC Sports Network currently airs the World Series of Fighting. [=AXStv=] covers small promotions and provides regular analysis of the sport on ''Inside MMA''. ESPN covers the sport with ''MMA Live'', which often features current professional fighters giving commentary.in store has yet to be seen.
7th Mar '17 10:58:23 AM CaptainCrawdad
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Fights can end by knockout, referee stoppage, or submission. Unlike boxing, the fight does not pause when a combatant falls to the floor. Thus, if a fighter gets knocked down, he must continue to defend himself as his opponent continues to attack him. The referee is vitally important in deciding when a fighter can no longer defend himself and calling a stop to the fight. For this reason, technical knockouts due to referee stoppage are much more common than a straight KO. If a fighter is not "intelligently defending" himself, even if he is not taking very much damage, the referee can stop the fight in the interest of fighter safety.(John [=McCarthy=], the longtime referee who helped write the Unified Rules of MMA, has gone on record clarifying this distinction: "A TKO is when I stop the fight because the fighter is NOT defending themselves. A KO is when the fighter CANNOT defend themselves.") If a fighter is placed in a submission hold or decides at any time that he wishes to surrender, he must "tap out" on the mat or his opponent's body to stop the fight. If the fighter's hands are tied up, he can also verbally submit.

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Fights can end by knockout, referee stoppage, or submission. Unlike boxing, the fight does not pause when a combatant falls to the floor. Thus, if a fighter gets knocked down, he must continue to defend himself as his opponent continues to attack him. The referee is vitally important in deciding when a fighter can no longer defend himself and calling a stop to the fight. For this reason, technical knockouts due to referee stoppage are much more common than a straight KO. If a fighter is not "intelligently defending" himself, even if he is not taking very much damage, the referee can stop the fight in the interest of fighter safety.(John [=McCarthy=], the longtime referee who helped write the Unified Rules of MMA, has gone on record clarifying this distinction: "A TKO is when I stop the fight because the fighter is NOT defending themselves. A KO is when the fighter CANNOT defend themselves.") If a fighter is placed in a submission hold or decides at any time that he wishes to surrender, he must "tap out" on the mat or his opponent's body to stop the fight. If the fighter's hands are tied up, he can also verbally submit.
7th Mar '17 10:49:48 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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Fights can end by knockout, referee stoppage, or submission. Unlike boxing, the fight does not pause when a combatant falls to the floor. Thus, if a fighter gets knocked down, he must continue to defend himself as his opponent continues to attack him. The referee is vitally important in deciding when a fighter can no longer defend himself and calling a stop to the fight. For this reason, technical knockouts due to referee stoppage are much more common than a straight KO. If a fighter is not "intelligently defending" himself, even if he is not taking very much damage, the referee can stop the fight in the interest of fighter safety. If a fighter is placed in a submission hold or decides at any time that he wishes to surrender, he must "tap out" on the mat or his opponent's body to stop the fight. If the fighter's hands are tied up, he can also verbally submit.

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Fights can end by knockout, referee stoppage, or submission. Unlike boxing, the fight does not pause when a combatant falls to the floor. Thus, if a fighter gets knocked down, he must continue to defend himself as his opponent continues to attack him. The referee is vitally important in deciding when a fighter can no longer defend himself and calling a stop to the fight. For this reason, technical knockouts due to referee stoppage are much more common than a straight KO. If a fighter is not "intelligently defending" himself, even if he is not taking very much damage, the referee can stop the fight in the interest of fighter safety. (John [=McCarthy=], the longtime referee who helped write the Unified Rules of MMA, has gone on record clarifying this distinction: "A TKO is when I stop the fight because the fighter is NOT defending themselves. A KO is when the fighter CANNOT defend themselves.") If a fighter is placed in a submission hold or decides at any time that he wishes to surrender, he must "tap out" on the mat or his opponent's body to stop the fight. If the fighter's hands are tied up, he can also verbally submit.
28th Jan '17 5:43:49 AM Cieloazul
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-->"Akiyama, you betrayed so many people and little kids in the ring. I cannot forgive you. But, after tonight’s match with you, your heart reached me. After tonight, you should fight with a deep apology in mind for people. Would you support? Judo is the best! Everybody, Japanese is strong!"

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-->"Akiyama, you betrayed the trust of so many people and little kids children in the ring. ring, and that's something I cannot forgive you. you for. But, after tonight’s match with you, while I was fighting you tonight, your heart reached me. After tonight, you should fight with sincerity and a deep apology in mind for all that people. Would Will you support? accept? Judo is the best! Everybody, Japanese is people are strong!"
13th Jan '17 2:57:04 AM Xarvas
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* TheBerserker: Wanderlei Silva. Following closely the feral Brazilian school of UsefulNotes/MuayThai, his offensive was based around swarming his opponents with frightening hooks, knees, kicks and being willing to take hits in order to land his. This, though quite effective against Japanese nonstrikers and highly entertaining for the audience, proved to be a liability on his fights against the precise, technically impeccable Mirko Cro Cop, who was able to outstrike him by reading through his frenzy.

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* TheBerserker: Wanderlei Silva. Following closely the feral Brazilian school of UsefulNotes/MuayThai, his offensive was based around swarming his opponents with frightening hooks, knees, kicks and being willing to take hits in order to land his. This, though quite effective against Japanese nonstrikers and highly entertaining for the audience, proved to be a liability on his fights against the precise, technically impeccable Mirko Cro Cop, who was able to outstrike him by reading through his frenzy. It got even worse in the UFC, when his chin started fading after years of constant punishment.



** One could also argue that UFC Women's Champion Creator/RondaRousey has become one of these.

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** One could also argue that UFC Women's Champion Creator/RondaRousey has become one of these. Accusation intensified after she was fast-tracked into a fight against the champion, Amanda Nunes, despite coming off a loss against Holly Holm and taking a year off.



** Women's UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Her management even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr3yOkbFAps released an 11-second video]] explaining how to pronounce her name. It's close to Yoanna Yen-Dray-Trick. She often goes by "Joanna Champion" to make it easier for fans.

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** Women's UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Her management even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr3yOkbFAps released an 11-second video]] explaining how to pronounce her name. It's close to Yoanna Yen-Dray-Trick.Yen-Jay-Chick. She often goes by "Joanna Champion" to make it easier for fans.
2nd Jan '17 3:32:47 AM unwell619
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'''Mixed Martial Arts''' is a combat sport that incorporates techniques from a wide range of other combat sports and martial arts styles, with the three basic pillars of the sport being striking, wrestling and submission grappling. Thus, the name "mixed martial arts" refers to the mix of techniques used in competition. It is a relatively new sport, still suffering from growing pains, and currently haunted by a great deal of misconception. The "major league" and most popular promotion of the sport is currently the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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'''Mixed Martial Arts''' is a combat sport that incorporates techniques from a wide range of other combat sports and martial arts styles, with the three basic pillars of the sport being striking, wrestling and submission grappling. Thus, the name "mixed martial arts" refers to the mix of techniques used in competition. It is a relatively new sport, still suffering from growing pains, and currently haunted by a great deal of misconception. The "major league" and most popular promotion of the sport is currently the Ultimate Fighting Championship UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship (UFC).



** A legendary underdog was the capoeira master Mestre Hulk in the Desafio Vale Tudo 1995 event. Virtually knowing nothing of MMA or fighting, he managed to defeat two expert grapplers from both the luta livre and the Brazilian jiu-jitsu camps solely thanks to his striking expertise and ended winning the tournament.

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** A legendary underdog was the capoeira UsefulNotes/{{Capoeira}} master Mestre Hulk in the Desafio Vale Tudo 1995 event. Virtually knowing nothing of MMA or fighting, he managed to defeat two expert grapplers from both the luta livre and the Brazilian jiu-jitsu camps solely thanks to his striking expertise and ended winning the tournament.



** Kazushi Sakuraba was the first in doing a cartwheel guard pass. He probably got the inspiration from Wrestling/SatoruSayama, who performed a similar move during a pro wrestling match against Antonio Inoki.
** Unorthodox fighters like Ikuhisa Minowa, Daijiro Matsui or Alexander Otsuka often pull somersaults against the opponent's guard in a effort to pass it. While a straight front flip is a generally impractical move, there are some succesful instances in MMA history, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwMSdkNA1C8 this unnamed fighter]] can testify.

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** Kazushi Sakuraba Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba was the first in doing a cartwheel guard pass. He probably got the inspiration from Wrestling/SatoruSayama, who performed a similar move during a pro wrestling match against Antonio Inoki.
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** Unorthodox fighters like Ikuhisa Minowa, Daijiro Matsui or Alexander Otsuka Wrestling/AlexanderOtsuka often pull somersaults against the opponent's guard in a effort to pass it. While a straight front flip is a generally impractical move, there are some succesful successful instances in MMA history, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwMSdkNA1C8 this unnamed fighter]] can testify.



** In a no-fighting context, Charles Benett and Alexander Otsuka often perform a backflip as a victory celebrarion.

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** In a no-fighting context, Charles Benett and Alexander Otsuka Wrestling/AlexanderOtsuka often perform a backflip as a victory celebrarion.



** Ken Shamrock dropped at least two Pancrase matches: one to drop a title before a UFC tournament, and one to build the popularity of Japanese fighter Minoru Suzuki. Pancrase has been accused of regularly working fights.
** Several of the first PRIDE events were anchored by Nobuhiko Takada, a popular Japanese professional wrestler, and his stable of fighters. Unfortunately, Takada's skill in real bouts did not match his popularity, causing PRIDE to set up a worked match with Mark Coleman, a former UFC champion, to boost his drawing power. Coleman did a particularly poor job of selling the work when he jumped ''into'' Takada's guard and allowed himself to be heelhooked.
** Naoya Ogawa is another PRIDE example. Managed by notorious backstage manipulator Antonio Inoki, Ogawa is said to have fought worked bouts again Masaaki Satake and Stefan Leko.

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** Ken Shamrock Wrestling/KenShamrock dropped at least two Pancrase matches: one to drop a title before a UFC tournament, and one to build the popularity of Japanese fighter Minoru Suzuki.Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki. Pancrase has been accused of regularly working fights.
** Several of the first PRIDE events were anchored by Nobuhiko Takada, Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada, a popular Japanese professional wrestler, and his stable of fighters. Unfortunately, Takada's skill in real bouts did not match his popularity, causing PRIDE to set up a worked match with Mark Coleman, a former UFC champion, to boost his drawing power. Coleman did a particularly poor job of selling the work when he jumped ''into'' Takada's guard and allowed himself to be heelhooked.
** Naoya Ogawa Wrestling/NaoyaOgawa is another PRIDE example. Managed by notorious backstage manipulator Antonio Inoki, Wrestling/AntonioInoki, Ogawa is said to have fought worked bouts again Masaaki Satake and Stefan Leko.



* WrestlerInAllOfUs: A wide range of wrestling moves to be used in actual athletic competition, creating some spectacular matches. Dropkicks, chops and triangle choke-countering powerbombs and piledrivers are the most common ones, but the sport has seen even German suplexes, abdominal strechtes, airplane spins, superkicks, elbow drops and even diving attacks.

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* WrestlerInAllOfUs: A wide range of wrestling moves to be used in actual athletic competition, creating some spectacular matches. Dropkicks, chops and triangle choke-countering powerbombs and piledrivers are the most common ones, but the sport has seen even German suplexes, abdominal strechtes, stretches, airplane spins, superkicks, elbow drops and even diving attacks.
2nd Jan '17 1:44:15 AM unwell619
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** Dan Severn sported the original MMA badass mustache, but his protege Don Frye made it a MemeticMutation.

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** Dan Severn Wrestling/DanSevern sported the original MMA badass mustache, but his protege Don Frye made it a MemeticMutation.



** Carlson Gracie's BJJ black belt Marcus Silveira was submitted by Kazushi Sakuraba, a pro wrestler of all people who was almost unknown at that time.

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** Carlson Gracie's BJJ black belt Marcus Silveira was submitted by Kazushi Sakuraba, Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba, a pro wrestler of all people who was almost unknown at that time.



* TheBerserker: Wanderlei Silva. Following closely the feral Brazilian school of muay thai, his offensive was based around swarming his opponents with frightening hooks, knees, kicks and being willing to take hits in order to land his. This, though quite effective against Japanese nonstrikers and highly entertaining for the audience, proved to be a liability on his fights against the precise, technically impeccable Mirko Cro Cop, who was able to outstrike him by reading through his frenzy.

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* TheBerserker: Wanderlei Silva. Following closely the feral Brazilian school of muay thai, UsefulNotes/MuayThai, his offensive was based around swarming his opponents with frightening hooks, knees, kicks and being willing to take hits in order to land his. This, though quite effective against Japanese nonstrikers and highly entertaining for the audience, proved to be a liability on his fights against the precise, technically impeccable Mirko Cro Cop, who was able to outstrike him by reading through his frenzy.



** Japanese fighter Sanae Kikuta, whose grappling style often feature extensive control and lay and pray before making any advance, was in-universe called the most boring fighter in Japan during his public feud against Alexander Otsuka.

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** Japanese fighter Sanae Kikuta, whose grappling style often feature extensive control and lay and pray before making any advance, was in-universe called the most boring fighter in Japan during his public feud against Alexander Otsuka.Wrestling/AlexanderOtsuka.



* BreakingTheFourthWall: Some fighters occasionally mug to the audience in the middle of a fight. Fan reaction is generally mixed. People seem to like Jason "Mayhem" Miller's [[VSign V-signs]] to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL5DhoY0TVE&t=8m30s camera]], but ''hated'' when Brock Lesnar mimed lassoing a prone Heath Herring.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Some fighters occasionally mug to the audience in the middle of a fight. Fan reaction is generally mixed. People seem to like Jason "Mayhem" Miller's [[VSign V-signs]] to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL5DhoY0TVE&t=8m30s camera]], but ''hated'' when Brock Lesnar Wrestling/BrockLesnar mimed lassoing a prone Heath Herring.



** During his short career, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f_6L9MopnM Shigeyuki Umeki]] was an even weirder example. His fighting style was based around resembling a stoned moneky, swinging apathetically his arms toward his opponent and feinting kicks with equal nonchalance, then surprising him with quick rolling takedowns.

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** During his short career, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f_6L9MopnM Shigeyuki Umeki]] was an even weirder example. His fighting style was based around resembling a stoned moneky, monkey, swinging apathetically his arms toward his opponent and feinting kicks with equal nonchalance, then surprising him with quick rolling takedowns.



** One could also argue that UFC Women's Champion Ronda Rousey has become one of these.

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** One could also argue that UFC Women's Champion Ronda Rousey Creator/RondaRousey has become one of these.



** The Gracie family cultivated an invincible aura during the early years of MMA that was particularly pronounced in America, where they were most famous for Royce Gracie's undefeated streak. That image was permanently shattered when four members of the Gracie clan (including Royce) were beaten by Japanese grappler and former pro-wrestler Kazushi Sakuraba. Sakuraba was later dubbed "The Gracie Hunter."

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** The Gracie family cultivated an invincible aura during the early years of MMA that was particularly pronounced in America, where they were most famous for Royce Gracie's undefeated streak. That image was permanently shattered when four members of the Gracie clan (including Royce) were beaten by Japanese grappler and former pro-wrestler Kazushi Sakuraba.Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba. Sakuraba was later dubbed "The Gracie Hunter."



** UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey gained a reputation for steamrolling all competition. After winning the Strikeforce championship, she defended her unified title seven times. When she was scheduled to fight Holly Holm, her last four challengers had lasted a total of 130 seconds against her. In spite of being a 12-to-1 favorite against Holm, Rousey was thoroughly dismantled by Holm's striking and eventually knocked unconscious in the second round.

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** UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey Creator/RondaRousey gained a reputation for steamrolling all competition. After winning the Strikeforce championship, she defended her unified title seven times. When she was scheduled to fight Holly Holm, her last four challengers had lasted a total of 130 seconds against her. In spite of being a 12-to-1 favorite against Holm, Rousey was thoroughly dismantled by Holm's striking and eventually knocked unconscious in the second round.



* EnsembleDarkHorse: Kazushi Sakuraba was just another mid-tier professional wrestler when he entered the Pride Fighting Championships, being overshadowed by his superstar mentor Nobuhiko Takada. However, Sakuraba quickly distinguished himself as one of the few pro wrestlers who could actually fight. He would eventually become Pride's biggest Japanese star.

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* EnsembleDarkHorse: Kazushi Sakuraba Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba was just another mid-tier professional wrestler when he entered the Pride Fighting Championships, being overshadowed by his superstar mentor Nobuhiko Takada.Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada. However, Sakuraba quickly distinguished himself as one of the few pro wrestlers who could actually fight. He would eventually become Pride's biggest Japanese star.



** Sanshou artist Cung Le became famous for his incredible spinning kicks, which were almost out from a kung fu flick. Before him, Bazigit Atajev (another sanshou practitioner) was known for land spinning wheel kicks at will.

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** Sanshou artist Cung Le became famous for his incredible spinning kicks, which were almost out from a kung fu flick. Before him, Bazigit Atajev (another sanshou practitioner) was known for to land spinning wheel kicks at will.



** Japanese wrestler-turned-fighter Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada is a tragic example. He started as a massively popular [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]] in the [[WorkedShoot shoot wrestling era]], but was forced to venture in MMA due to its increasing influence in Japan. The age-worn and unexperienced Takada was chosen by PRIDE Fighting Championships as its top fighter and was booked in some worked wins in an effort to maintain his popularity while he struggled in hopeless fights against the best MMA fighters of the time. Finally, Takada stepped down and [[PassingTheTorch passed the torch]] to his trainee Kazushi Sakuraba, who managed to be what Takada should have been in his years.

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** Japanese wrestler-turned-fighter Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada is a tragic example. He started as a massively popular [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]] in the [[WorkedShoot shoot wrestling era]], but was forced to venture in MMA due to its increasing influence in Japan. The age-worn and unexperienced Takada was chosen by PRIDE Fighting Championships as its top fighter and was booked in some worked wins in an effort to maintain his popularity while he struggled in hopeless fights against the best MMA fighters of the time. Finally, Takada stepped down and [[PassingTheTorch passed the torch]] to his trainee Kazushi Sakuraba, Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba, who managed to be what Takada should have been in his years.



** Many fighters adopt a nickname that is coined by friends, family, and trainers, but sometimes the fans themselves coin them. Examples include Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk, Kazushi "The Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba, and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. Examples that are not officially adopted are often mocking names or simple abbreviations of the fighter's name. Sometimes a fighter's signature move receives a fan nickname.

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** Many fighters adopt a nickname that is coined by friends, family, and trainers, but sometimes the fans themselves coin them. Examples include Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk, [[Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba Kazushi "The Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba, Sakuraba]], and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. Examples that are not officially adopted are often mocking names or simple abbreviations of the fighter's name. Sometimes a fighter's signature move receives a fan nickname.



*** Brock Lesnar is often called "Cock Chesnar" to mock the extremely phallic tattoo he sports on his chest.

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*** Brock Lesnar Wrestling/BrockLesnar is often called "Cock Chesnar" to mock the extremely phallic tattoo he sports on his chest.



* FreudianTrio: The three main Antonio Inoki trainees, who basically created the Japanese MMA, fit this trop to a T. Wrestling/AkiraMaeda is the Id (emotional and instinctual, known for his impulsiveness), Wrestling/Satoru Sayama is the Superego (cold and intellectual, known to be rather underhanded) and Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada is the Ego (balanced and level-headed).

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* FreudianTrio: The three main Antonio Inoki Wrestling/AntonioInoki trainees, who basically created the Japanese MMA, fit this trop to a T. Wrestling/AkiraMaeda is the Id (emotional and instinctual, known for his impulsiveness), Wrestling/Satoru Sayama is the Superego (cold and intellectual, known to be rather underhanded) and Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada is the Ego (balanced and level-headed).



** Brock Lesnar could take a beating, but never learned to stay composed after getting punched in the face. He tended to wince away and crumple after a solid shot. When he lost most of his ungodly speed due to a [[GameBreakingInjury game breaking illness]], he had to get out of the sport for good.

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** Brock Lesnar Wrestling/BrockLesnar could take a beating, but never learned to stay composed after getting punched in the face. He tended to wince away and crumple after a solid shot. When he lost most of his ungodly speed due to a [[GameBreakingInjury game breaking illness]], he had to get out of the sport for good.



** Lyoto Machida's signature stand-up style is greatly influenced by his family's brand of Shotokan karate as well as his sumo background.
** Katsunori Kikuno is a Japanese fighter noted for use of techniques from his Kyokushin karate background in the ring, typified by signature "crescent" kicks to the body (particularly towards the liver) and head.

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** Lyoto Machida's signature stand-up style is greatly influenced by his family's brand of Shotokan karate UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} as well as his sumo background.
** Katsunori Kikuno is a Japanese fighter noted for use of techniques from his Kyokushin karate UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} background in the ring, typified by signature "crescent" kicks to the body (particularly towards the liver) and head.



** Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio has become to capoeira what Machida is to the karate, and is known for using numerous capoeira moves in his fights.

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** Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio has become to capoeira UsefulNotes/{{Capoeira}} what Machida is to the karate, UsefulNotes/{{Karate}}, and is known for using numerous capoeira UsefulNotes/{{Capoeira}} moves in his fights.



** Yoji Anjo had one after being brutally beaten by Rickson Gracie in their infamous challenge fight, in which he was representing his boss and long time friend Nobuhiko Takada. Feeling he had failed him, Anjo sank into a depression and [[DrivenToSuicide even considered suicide]], but ultimately learnt to [[GallowsHumor endure his sorrows with laughs]] and formed the Golden Cups comedy stable in UWF International. Years after, Takada himself welcomed him back to the MMA for a last fight against Ryan Gracie, Rickson's relative.

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** Yoji Anjo had one after being brutally beaten by Rickson Gracie in their infamous challenge fight, in which he was representing his boss and long time friend Nobuhiko Takada.Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada. Feeling he had failed him, Anjo sank into a depression and [[DrivenToSuicide even considered suicide]], but ultimately learnt to [[GallowsHumor endure his sorrows with laughs]] and formed the Golden Cups comedy stable in UWF International. Years after, Takada himself welcomed him back to the MMA for a last fight against Ryan Gracie, Rickson's relative.



** Mark Kerr crashed his own head against the mat while taking down Yoshihisa Yamamoto, who took the avantage and pounded him for the win. Japanese media even developed the running joke that Yamamoto had managed to pull a real DDT.

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** Mark Kerr crashed his own head against the mat while taking down Yoshihisa Yamamoto, who took the avantage advantage and pounded him for the win. Japanese media even developed the running joke that Yamamoto had managed to pull a real DDT.



** Kazushi Sakuraba's epic 90-minute fight with Royce Gracie, which he won after Gracie threw in the towel due to exhaustion and accumulated damage. If that wasn't enough, Sakuraba faced a second opponent on the same night, Igor Vovchanchyn, a feared striker who was much heavier and better rested. Sakuraba went the distance for another 20 minutes, fighting Vovchanchyn to a draw, before Sakuraba declined to enter a tie-breaker round.

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** Kazushi Sakuraba's Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba's epic 90-minute fight with Royce Gracie, which he won after Gracie threw in the towel due to exhaustion and accumulated damage. If that wasn't enough, Sakuraba faced a second opponent on the same night, Igor Vovchanchyn, a feared striker who was much heavier and better rested. Sakuraba went the distance for another 20 minutes, fighting Vovchanchyn to a draw, before Sakuraba declined to enter a tie-breaker round.



* InsistentTerminology: Many fighters from Japan, most notoriously Sakuraba and Minowaman, tend to call themselves as "wrestlers" as opposed to "fighters" due to the wrestling heritage of their MMA styles. Similarly, Pancrase used to call its workers "hybrid wrestlers" while Shooto called its [[ShapedLikeItself simply as "Shootists"]]. This is sometimes taken UpToEleven in some minor MMA leagues, in which rear naked chokes are called "sleeper holds" and kimuras "double wrist locks". These are actual terms for the moves in catch wrestling, but are very rare to use nowadays.

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* InsistentTerminology: Many fighters from Japan, most notoriously Sakuraba and Minowaman, tend to call themselves as "wrestlers" as opposed to "fighters" due to the wrestling heritage of their MMA styles. Similarly, Pancrase used to call its workers "hybrid wrestlers" while Shooto called its [[ShapedLikeItself simply as "Shootists"]]. This is sometimes taken UpToEleven in some minor MMA leagues, in which rear naked chokes are called "sleeper holds" and kimuras "double wrist locks". These are actual terms for the moves in catch wrestling, UsefulNotes/CatchWrestling, but are very rare to use nowadays.



** The hulking Bob Sapp often behaves like the living anime character that Japan seems to think he is.
** A number of MMA commentators have developed a reputation for their hammy styles. Mauro Renallo regularly unleashes a torrent of cheesy, pre-scripted witticisms, while UFC commentator Mike Goldberg can always be counted on to bellow hyperbolic analysis at maximum volume. Michael "the Voice" Schiavello manages to do both at once. Bas Rutten generally acts like a hyperactive adolescent.

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** The hulking Bob Sapp Wrestling/BobSapp often behaves like the living anime character that Japan seems to think he is.
** A number of MMA commentators have developed a reputation for their hammy styles. Mauro Renallo regularly unleashes a torrent of cheesy, pre-scripted witticisms, while UFC commentator Mike Goldberg can always be counted on to bellow hyperbolic analysis at maximum volume. Michael "the Voice" Schiavello manages to do both at once. Bas Rutten Creator/BasRutten generally acts like a hyperactive adolescent.



** Early on, grapplers were able to easily take down and submit/ground-and-pound boxers and karate fighters, due to them not being trained in ground fighting.

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** Early on, grapplers were able to easily take down and submit/ground-and-pound boxers and karate UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} fighters, due to them not being trained in ground fighting.



** The more athletic heavyweight fighters fit this trope. Examples include Alistair Overeem, Brock Lesnar, Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. Seanbaby says that Lesnar in particular is prone to this, since "He is 300 pounds of muscle, and judging by the way he darts around, I don't think mass and inertia were properly explained to him."

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** The more athletic heavyweight fighters fit this trope. Examples include Alistair Overeem, Brock Lesnar, Wrestling/BrockLesnar, Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. Seanbaby says that Lesnar in particular is prone to this, since "He is 300 pounds of muscle, and judging by the way he darts around, I don't think mass and inertia were properly explained to him."



* MartialArtsHeadband: Longtime UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre always wore one on his way to the cage to honor his Kyokushin karate background. Ironically, GSP's striking became famously based on his head-jab, while Kyokushin competition does not include punches to the head.
* MasterOfNone: A problem observed in most of the shoot-style pro wrestlers during the PRIDE era was that, while they had been cross-training pioneers for years and knew multiple disciplines like muay thai, catch wrestling, sambo and judo, they were not proficient in any of them and thus they could not make a difference against their opponents. Sakuraba and Daijiro Matsui finally reverted the trend by focusing in wresling and anti-game tactics.
* MeaningfulName: Randy Couture's surname means "clothing" or "fashion," as in the French ''haute couture''. He started his own clothing line called "Xtreme Couture."

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* MartialArtsHeadband: Longtime UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre always wore one on his way to the cage to honor his Kyokushin karate UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} background. Ironically, GSP's striking became famously based on his head-jab, while Kyokushin competition does not include punches to the head.
* MasterOfNone: A problem observed in most of the shoot-style pro wrestlers during the PRIDE era was that, while they had been cross-training pioneers for years and knew multiple disciplines like muay thai, catch wrestling, UsefulNotes/MuayThai, UsefulNotes/CatchWrestling, sambo and judo, UsefulNotes/{{Judo}}, they were not proficient in any of them and thus they could not make a difference against their opponents. Sakuraba and Daijiro Matsui finally reverted the trend by focusing in wresling wrestling and anti-game tactics.
* MeaningfulName: Randy Couture's Creator/RandyCouture's surname means "clothing" or "fashion," as in the French ''haute couture''. He started his own clothing line called "Xtreme Couture."



* MightyGlacier: There are some rare MMA fighters who base their strategy around size and strenght, but they often fail in the ring due to lack of flexibility and/or mobility. In general, this is a ill-fated strategy in modern MMA.

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* MightyGlacier: There are some rare MMA fighters who base their strategy around size and strenght, strength, but they often fail in the ring due to lack of flexibility and/or mobility. In general, this is a ill-fated strategy in modern MMA.



** Grand sumo champion Akebono was a tragic example, both in kickboxing and MMA. His large size didn't save him from a loss-filled record.

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** Grand sumo champion Akebono Wrestling/{{Akebono}} was a tragic example, both in kickboxing and MMA. His large size didn't save him from a loss-filled record.



** An even weirder example are the two fighters named Marcus Aurelio, nicknamed respectively "Maximus" and "Lelo". They are both Brazilian and famous for their UsefulNotes/{{capoeira}} backgrounds (though the former not so much as the latter), but they are completely unrelated.

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** An even weirder example are the two fighters named Marcus Aurelio, nicknamed respectively "Maximus" and "Lelo". They are both Brazilian and famous for their UsefulNotes/{{capoeira}} UsefulNotes/{{Capoeira}} backgrounds (though the former not so much as the latter), but they are completely unrelated.



** Wrestling/GeneLeBell is revered as one of the first "mixed" martial artists in United States, and is most known as the trainer behind Ronda Rousey. At his eighties, he is still considered a force to fear on the mat.
** Jon Bluming, pioneer of judo and Kyokushin karate, built the field for MMA in Europe, and has trained several Dutch fighters, among them Bas Rutten and Semmy Schilt.
** Though currently a semi-retired pro wrestler, old Wrestling/YoshiakiFujiwara has trained loads of MMA fighters in Japan and is considered probably the biggest authority in catch wrestling nowadays.

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** Wrestling/GeneLeBell is revered as one of the first "mixed" martial artists in United States, and is most known as the trainer behind Ronda Rousey.Creator/RondaRousey. At his eighties, he is still considered a force to fear on the mat.
** Jon Bluming, pioneer of judo UsefulNotes/{{Judo}} and Kyokushin karate, UsefulNotes/{{Karate}}, built the field for MMA in Europe, and has trained several Dutch fighters, among them Bas Rutten Creator/BasRutten and Semmy Schilt.
** Billy Robinson, another UsefulNotes/CatchWrestling master trained guys like Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba and Josh Barnett.
** Wrestling/KarlGotch trained many of the people that would basically create MMA in Japan, students include those below and even Wrestling/GeneLebell.
*** Wrestling/AntonioInoki trained guys like Lyoto Machida and Wrestling/KazuyukiFujita and participated in proto-MMA matches, the most infamous against UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli.
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Though currently a semi-retired pro wrestler, old Wrestling/YoshiakiFujiwara has trained loads of MMA fighters in Japan like Wrestling/MasakatsuFunaki, Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki, etc and is considered probably the biggest authority in catch UsefulNotes/CatchWrestling nowadays.
*** Wrestling/SatoruSayama, the original Tiger Mask and founder of the Super Tiger Gym, Shooto and the martial art of Seikendo. While he has directly trained few of the most known (i.e. modern) Shooto fighters, he was the one who taught the instructors who trained them, which makes him an old master to old masters. Yuki Nakai, Noboru Asahi and Yorinaga Nakamura are his best known Shooto era apprentices. Also, combat
wrestling nowadays.founder Noriaki Kiguchi worked in his gym, and shootboxing pioneer Caesar Takeshi learned grappling from Sayama as well.
*** Wrestling/AkiraMaeda, founder of Newborn UWF and Fighting Network RINGS and trained many fighters like Wrestling/KiyoshiTamura and Wrestling/TsuyoshiKosaka.



** Some early pioneers, such as Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock, left the sport for ProfessionalWrestling to make money, only to return later when MMA paychecks improved. Ironically, the ''inverse'' is happening now, with former pro-wrestler Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley joining the sport.

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** Some early pioneers, such as Dan Severn Wrestling/DanSevern and Ken Shamrock, Wrestling/KenShamrock, left the sport for ProfessionalWrestling to make money, only to return later when MMA paychecks improved. Ironically, the ''inverse'' is happening now, with former pro-wrestler Brock Lesnar Wrestling/BrockLesnar and Bobby Lashley Wrestling/BobbyLashley joining the sport.



** Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons is a fighter active from the mid-90s to present day, skilled in muay thai. His body shape and style are both almost identical to that of current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and in fact he trained Silva at one point and had a real life enmity with him. Almost no one knows who "Pele" is (not the least because his [[NamesTheSame name]] makes him ThePeteBest in another way), while Silva has had much more success and is regarded as one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world.
** Bas Rutten dominated the Pancrase organization, won the UFC heavyweight championship, and retired before MMA ever went mainstream. However, he's made quite a name for himself for his commentating and commentary, as well as his infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8mBe0_Ha78 self-defense tapes]].

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** Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons is a fighter active from the mid-90s to present day, skilled in muay thai.UsefulNotes/MuayThai. His body shape and style are both almost identical to that of current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and in fact he trained Silva at one point and had a real life enmity with him. Almost no one knows who "Pele" is (not the least because his [[NamesTheSame name]] makes him ThePeteBest in another way), while Silva has had much more success and is regarded as one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world.
** Bas Rutten Creator/BasRutten dominated the Pancrase organization, won the UFC heavyweight championship, and retired before MMA ever went mainstream. However, he's made quite a name for himself for his commentating and commentary, as well as his infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8mBe0_Ha78 self-defense tapes]].



** Before Kazushi Sakuraba made a name by hunting down BJJ fighters with his shoot wrestling abilities, fellow shooter Rumina Sato had already achieved that feat in at least two occasions, submitting Ricardo Botelho and John Lewis. However, Sato's lack of exposure (occasioned by his refusal to fight outside of Shooto until he gained a title) made him almost unknown to western audiences.

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** Before Kazushi Sakuraba Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba made a name by hunting down BJJ fighters with his shoot wrestling abilities, fellow shooter Rumina Sato had already achieved that feat in at least two occasions, submitting Ricardo Botelho and John Lewis. However, Sato's lack of exposure (occasioned by his refusal to fight outside of Shooto until he gained a title) made him almost unknown to western audiences.



* PoorMansSubstitute: Kazushi Sakuraba is probably one of the most imitated fighters around.

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* PoorMansSubstitute: Kazushi Sakuraba Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba is probably one of the most imitated fighters around.



* RageQuit: Coach Ken Shamrock enforced this on his fighter Guy Mezger in the Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round. Mezger's fight with Kazushi Sakuraba was ruled a draw, requiring both fighters to go to a tiebreaker round. Shamrock believed that Mezger had clearly won the fight and prohibited him from entering the tiebreaker in protest, resulting in a forfeit loss.

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* RageQuit: Coach Ken Shamrock Wrestling/KenShamrock enforced this on his fighter Guy Mezger in the Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round. Mezger's fight with Kazushi Sakuraba was ruled a draw, requiring both fighters to go to a tiebreaker round. Shamrock believed that Mezger had clearly won the fight and prohibited him from entering the tiebreaker in protest, resulting in a forfeit loss.



** Satoru Sayama left the original Universal Wrestling Federation to found Shooto, the first MMA company ever. When he departed from Shooto, he was brough to Antonio Inoki's Universal Fighting-Arts Organization, but he left again and went to form a martial art of all things, called Seikendo.
** Akira Maeda created Fighting Network RINGS after the demise of the Newborn UWF.
** Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki left Pro Wrestling Fujiwara-Gumi to do real fighting, creating Pancrase.

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** Satoru Sayama Wrestling/SatoruSayama left the original Universal Wrestling Federation Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation to found Shooto, the first MMA company ever. When he departed from Shooto, he was brough brought to Antonio Inoki's Wrestling/AntonioInoki's Universal Fighting-Arts Organization, but he left again and went to form a martial art of all things, called Seikendo.
** Akira Maeda Wrestling/AkiraMaeda created Fighting Network RINGS after the demise of the Newborn UWF.
** Masakatsu Funaki Wrestling/MasakatsuFunaki and Minoru Suzuki Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki left Pro Wrestling Fujiwara-Gumi to do real fighting, creating Pancrase.
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** Dominick Cruz, the long reigning bantamweight king known for a highly elusive and defensive style, was dethroned at UFC 207 by Cody Garbrandt; who used a highly elusive and defensive style to stymie Cruz and defeat him.
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* FanDumb: The Sherdog Message Board is a notorious haven for trolls and infantile commentary.



* HateDumb: Many fans criticize Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar for coming to MMA after a successful pro wrestling career, in spite of their legitimate amateur wrestling pedigrees. The same fans seem to give a pass to the many other MMA fighters who also had professional wrestling experience. In fact, only four UFC heavyweight champions have never done any pro wrestling.
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