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The smartest fighter in all of MMA

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Outside of the ring it might be Terry Martin--he's working towards a PhD in clinical psychology at the moment.

Inside the ring, I think Fedor, Randy and Lyoto are good choices. They seem to be able to beat fighters who have many physical and technical advantages over them by coming up with superior game plans.

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bj penn is the smartest

Post #17   1/11/08 9:56:32AM   

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There's probably a lot of guys I'm forgetting, but two that just popped into my head (beyond the ones already mentioned) were Carlos Newton for out of the ring smarts (training to be an MD, fluent in at least Japanese and English) and Sakuraba in the ring (another guy who beat a lot of people with physical advantages).

Post #18   1/11/08 10:03:55AM   

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In the ring: I'd be inclined to agree with Lyoto Machida. From the fights I've seen he's been rediculously smart. While fighting opponents he thought had a weakness he could expose, he finished them ( Soko on the ground; Rich Franklin on the feet). And those with an all around great game he beat by decision. Not always the most exciting fights, but smart. A close runner up would be Fedor.

Outside of the ring: I wouldn't know. Kenny Florian kinda looks like a smart guy.

Post #19   1/11/08 12:47:45PM   

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any fighter that comes in with a good gamr plan i dont think you can only pick one

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I agree that there are a lot of fighters that come in with good game plans, its hard to choose any single one. But I would definately not choose Hughes after seeing his game plan with GSP...

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Inside the ring its Lyoto Machida, i dont think he's been seriously hurt in any of his fights, he is so hard to hit, Fedor is really smart inside the ring as well.

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Post #23   1/17/08 11:01:35PM   

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Lyoto. Throw Thiago Tavares into the mix with those guys as well. Honor.

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its gotta be randy, he has a gameplan for everyone
lyoto seems to be very clever in the ring, and his fighting style is amazing

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Randy has evolved into a great game=planner, but he hasn't always been.

Besides the obvious ones that are already mentioned, I think Lauzon is a great game-planner.

During TUF, everyone was cheering and shouting instructions during the fights. Joe was taking notes on a pad b/c he knew he wouldn't have a chance to watch tapes of the other guys! That's thinking ahead

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bj penn is a close 2nd tho, when bj and lyoto fought that was a chessmatch but i dont like bj fighter over 170 and dont advise it if he wants to keep winning, love to see the 3rd penn/hughes after penn stomps a hole in sherk who is a lesser fighter than hughes

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Lyoto Machida. Undeafeated.

Post #28   1/22/08 1:15:41AM   

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Are their more fighters that come to mind. Hmm

Post #29   1/24/08 2:32:16AM   

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Aaron Stark is a card carrying member of mensa....so i'd say he's pretty smart

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