Who are the scariest fighters in the world of mixed martial arts?
Actor Kevin James, star of the MMA inspirational comedy “Here Comes the Boom,” recently told us his thoughts on that very topic. He listed for us the following fighters:
Chuck Liddell is one of the most successful and popular UFC champions of all time. His most dangerous weapon: His powerful looping overhand right. Chuck, also known as “The Iceman,” won 13 of his 21 career wins by KO or TKO. He announced his retirement in December 2010.
Fedor Emelianenko, also known as “The Last Emperor,” is arguably the greatest fighter in the history of the sport. His arsenal of explosive strikes and submissions helped him earn an undefeated run between 2001 and 2009. His calm, focused demeanor also added to his legendary mystique. He retired this past June.
Brock Lesnar, at 6’3’’ and over 260 lbs, is one scary athlete. Brock, who was a former NCAA Wrestling Champion and former WWE Champion at the time, entered the UFC in 2008 and won the Heavyweight Championship in only his third fight for the company. He successfully defended the belt two times. At the end of 2011, Lesnar announced his retirement from the UFC. He returned to the WWE this past April.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is not someone you’d want to find yourself fighting against. Jackson, an extremely powerful wrestler and striker, is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He holds brutal KO/TKO victories over two other names on this list: Chuck Liddell (twice) and Wanderlei Silva.
Rich “Ace” Franklin is one of the most experienced, well-rounded fighters in the UFC today. Franklin, who is actually known as one of the “nice guys” of the sport, is far from nice once he enters the octagon. He is a former Middleweight champion, with notable victories over fighters including Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva and Matt Hammil.
Wanderlei Silva, like others mentioned above, is widely regarded as one of the best fighters ever. A PRIDE and UFC veteran, he holds the nickname, “The Axe Murderer.” He is known for his aggressive style of stalking his opponents, placing fear into them before knocking them out. His most recent win: a 2011 TKO victory over former Strikeforce champion Cung Le.
Kevin James, who also co-wrote and co-produced “Here Comes the Boom,” has stated in interviews that he has been an MMA fan since 1993.