When art and MMA mix, you can get some pretty interesting results. At first you might consider this a silly notion. It can happen, however, and the following montages prove that.
Some of the these images may move you, others might make you cringe. No matter what, they will evoke an emotional response.
No MMA fan should miss this.
Mark Kerr, also known as "The Smashing Machine," was a mixed martial arts competitor whose career spanned from 1997-2009.
During his career, he amassed 15 wins. He was considered the best fighter in the world in 1998 and was under the tutelage of both Bas Rutten and Mark Coleman.
Unfortunately Mark should have retired in 2000 and it is a tragedy that he did not. The sport had passed him by but he plowed forward winning only four of the fifteen fights he fought since then.
Some people do not know when to quit. Mark Kerr was one of them. Enjoy this tribute to a past legend:
Chuck "The Iceman" Lidell left a deep footprint in the UFC landscape. A shoe-in for the UFC Hall of Fame, Chuck has a wide variety of talents.
Recently, Chuck even appeared on the television show "Dancing With the Stars," although, unlike most of his fights, he didn't win.
Let's pay our respect to one of the all time Octagon greats, as he sails off into retirement:
Very little about this that can be said has been said. A giant among men whatever his physical size, Randy has earned the respect of the whole world.
Couture's greatest moment, perhaps, was winning the UFC heavyweight championship, shocking the world by defeating a much larger defending champion in Tim Sylvia.
Although in his late forties, Randy continues to pursue the sport with success and will likely be back in the cage very soon.
Randy has shown that age is not always the determining factor in what a person can or cannot do.
Also known as "The Pit Bull," Arlovski has had a long and successful MMA career.
Arlovski's back and forth battles with Tim Sylvia were the focus of highlight reels for years.
It is a shame that lately, he seems to have fallen on hard times. Unable to mount consistent victories, Arlovski's future career has come into question.
After being knocked out by Brett Rogers and Fedor Emelianenko, perhaps it's time that Andre found a new vocation.
Whatever the case I am sure you will enjoy the following montage featuring Andre "The Pit Bull" Arlovski:
BJ Penn is one of the most well known and well respected mixed martial artists in the world today.
A multiple UFC Champion and future Hall of Famer, Penn has little left to prove. However, he was recently defeated by Frankie Edgar following a grueling five round battle for the UFC lightweight championship. A rematch is already scheduled.
If you don't believe he is one of the greatest ever maybe the following will help to change your mind:
Better known as "Rampage" Jackson, there is no question that he is a colorful character to say the least. Sporting a huge steel chain and a piercing howl, he is a handful for any opponent and proves himself over and over again.
Most recently, Jackson starred in a move rendition of the A-Team in which he played B.A. Baracus, Mr T's old role. The movie received better reviews than expected, and it could be the start of a long acting career for the fighter.
Here are a few of his non-acting roles:
Best known ans "The Gracie Killer" for his many wins over a variety of Gracie opponents, Sakuraba is a well known figure in mixed martial arts.
He is perhaps best known for his battle with Quinton Jackson in which he was hammered repeatedly and even, on one occasion, was tossed completely out of the ring.
Despite the relentless onslaught by Jackson, Sakuraba was able to sink in a rear naked choke and win the fight. Jackson. utterly exhausted by that time, could do little to resist.
Here is some Sakuraba in your face:
Mirko Cro-Cop was a legendary figure when he originaly signed with the UFC.
However, the luster quickly faded as he was soundly thrashed by Gabriel Gonzaga in his Octogan debut.
Since then Mirko seems to have made the adjustment to cage fighting and is beginning to excel.
So, you think you know him? Well, there is more to learn by watching than reading any story or encyclopedic file:
Also call "The Axe Murderer," Wanderlei has always been one of the most viscous, bloodthirsty fighters ever.
Armed with some of the most powerful knee strikes in MMA, Wanderlei puts fear into the heart of anyone he faces. With Wanderlei it's always "all or nothing" and is usually all.
For your entertainment, here is "The Axe Murderer":
Junior has been making waves in the world of MMA. Containing a truckload of TNT in his fists, he is ready for anyone.
Questions regarding his ground game remain unanswered, largely because most of his opponents are knocked out before they even get a chance to take him down.
Junior is a bad man. Check this out:
Nogueira, also known as "Big Nog," has had a long and illustrious career in mixed martial arts.
Long considered to be one of the greatest Jui-Jitsu practitioners today, Nogueira has earned his place amongst the MMA stars.
Perhaps best known for his three battles with Fedor Emelianenko, Nogueira experienced a victory of sorts when his protege, Fabricio Werdum, submitted Fedor for the first time in his career.
Let's take a closer look at Nogueira:
Love him or hate him, but never berate him, Tito has been around the UFC seemingly forever.
A five-time defender of the UFC light heavyweight belt, Tito knows how to fight.
Tito is best known for his feuds, of which he has had several. He had an ongoing problem with both Chuck Lidell and Ken Shamrock. Worse still was his relationship with UFC president Dana White.
It got so bad that the two of them were actually going to meet in a boxing ring to settle the score.
We say it's just boys being boys. Here is some titillating Tito:
Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa is a colorful Japanese MMA hero.
He is a leg and ankle lock specialist making him extremely dangerous—especially to the generally oversized opponents he faces.
Known for fighting and beating giants, Minowa has created a huge fan base and enjoys the love of the people. Watch him long enough and you will love him too.
Watch the following, and lets give Minowa some much deserved love:
Frank Mir burst onto the heavyweight scene in much the same way Brock Lesnar has done. It was not long before Frank had the UFC Heavyweight belt wrapped around his waist.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck when Mir was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident. It was unclear if he would ever be able to fight again.
After surgery and a long physical therapy ordeal, Frank was eventually able to make it back to the UFC.
Frank returned and faced Brock Lesnar just in time to hand Brock his first loss. While Brock later resoundingly avenged this defeat, very few can get the image of Brock Lesnar squirming in pain and pleading for the ref to stop the fight out of their heads.
For Brock, it was a learning experience. For Frank, it was just another win.
Take a closer look at Frank Mir:
Shane Carwin requires little introduction.
Sporting a perfect 12 and zero record inside the cage, Carwin has never even seen round two, as he has stopped all of his opponents very quickly.
Shane is currently the UFC interim Heavyweight champion and will be fighting to unify the title against its current holder, Brock Lesnar.
Favored by many to win, after watching him fight there is little reason to wonder why:
It would not be fair to mention the interim Heavyweight champion without looking at the holder of the real Heavyweight belt, Brock Lesnar.
Considered by many to be the most powerful example of a new breed of huge, athletic fighters, Brock is a powerhouse...with speed.
Brock manged to become champion after having only five fights, and if you watch the following, it will become apparent why:
What Brock does with logs, Fedor appears to do with cinderblocks.
Perhaps the most famous and well rounded mixed martial artist to ever live, Fedor never needs an introduction.
Called "The Last Emperor," Fedor dominated the MMA world for a decade without a single loss until recently when he was submitted by Fabricio Werdum.
Fedor is still young and will likely continue to dominate the sport for many years to come.
Please enjoy the following Fedor Emelianenko tribute:
A body discovered on Monday near the Palo Verde mountain area by Imperial County (CA) police was that of former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Evan Tanner.
He was 37 years old.
Tanner had not been heard of by friends since last Wednesday. Police began searching for him on Saturday and the following day discovered his motorcycle near a campsite. His body was later found in a nearby area.
At one point in his career, Tanner was considered one of the top 10 middleweights in the world. At UFC 51 on February 5, 2005, he defeated David Terrell to win the vacant UFC middleweight title which he lost in his next fight to Rich Franklin.
Tanner returned to the octagon at UFC 82 on March 1 after a near two-year absence, where he lost to Yushin Okami. He last fought at The Ultimate Fighter finale show on June 21 where he lost by split decision to Kendall Grove.
R.I.P. Evan Tanner:
Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida is the former UFC light heavyweight champion. He was recently dethroned by Mauricio Hua who knocked Machida out in the first round.
The second fight was in response to fan uproar over the decision to give Lyoto the victory following their first engagement. Hua took full advantage of this opportunity to end Lyoto's short reign at the top of the division.
Lyoto is an elusive fighter. Machida is so hard to hit that he has managed to win many fights without ever even being touched.
It will be interesting to see what is next for Lyoto Machida.
In the meantime, please enjoy the following:
The current UFC light heavyweight champion of the world, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, has made quite an impact on the world of MMA.
Even before he ever set foot on American soil, Rua has been an iconic figure throughout MMA. Often considered by many to be the best fighter in the world today, Rua carries himself with confidence and humility.
In the cage, he is a viscous warrior though, capable of defeating anyone put in front of him, including the former champion, Lyoto Machida.
Rua has provided much excitement for the fans of MMA, please allow him to generate some more.
In addition, as a reward for getting this far, the following clip has a special message for all of the MMA fans that endured this entire presentation out of love for MMA: