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The 10 Most Important Fighters to the Business of Mixed Martial Arts Part I

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The mixed martial arts business has seen its ups and downs during its short history. This list is intended to capture the fighters who had the biggest influence in creating interest in the sport and drawing money.

This list is not intended to be a simple listing of the fighters who drew the most money. If that were the sole criterion, the list would look significantly different. Rather, this list is designed to capture the fighters who were most important in shaping the business. Fighters who sparked increases in business and paved the way for bigger things are given additional weight even if they drew less money at the time.

The four fighters who came the closest to making the list but fell short were Masakatsu Funaki, Wanderlei Silva, Matt Hughes and Kid Yamamoto.


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Post #1   6/30/08 1:13:56PM   

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Great list so far.Glad to see their looking at MMA in a "worldview" as opposed to just the American shores.

Wrestlers like Takada brought the sport a lot of attention in Japan,and I think the same would happen in America if some of the top stars over here made the same transistions.

Post #2   6/30/08 1:28:39PM   

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That list is a joke. Randy below 2 freak shows.

Post #3   6/30/08 1:32:13PM   

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That's how it goes man.It's not always the best fighter who draws the most money.Just look at kimbo.

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i wonder who is 1 through 5.

Post #5   6/30/08 1:50:18PM   

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

i wonder who is 1 through 5.



i Think Fedor, Sakuraba, Liddell, Ortiz, and wanderlei silva will be the top 5. (not in specific order)

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My Prediction for 1-5 is

1. Sakuraba
2. Chuck Liddell
3. Fedor
4. Wandy
5. Tito

Edit: Wow ! Like 15 Seconds after Juanez posted his, We have the same thing

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Posted by hotrodttt

My Prediction for 1-5 is

1. Sakuraba
2. Chuck Liddell
3. Fedor
4. Wandy
5. Tito

Edit: Wow ! Like 15 Seconds after Juanez posted his, We have the same thing



Wanderlei won't be on the list, but I agree with the rest. Royce would probably take the final spot.

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The four fighters who came the closest to making the list but fell short were Masakatsu Funaki, Wanderlei Silva, Matt Hughes and Kid Yamamoto.



It'll be Royce.

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yea its probably Royce than.

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1. Sakurabi
2. Royce
3. Tito
4. Fedor
5. Chuck

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You think Tito makes the top 5?

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I don't like Tito but I think he should be in the top 5. He brought a lot of attention to the sport in the early days when he was the champ.
Him and Chuck are big reasons why Randy made the list.

Post #13   6/30/08 3:32:15PM   

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Tito and Chuck are def. top 5's. Fedor is up there too, he was huge in Japan.

Kimbo is probably #1. Yeah definitely.

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Maybe Ken Shamrock is in the Top 5

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