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.
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.
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.
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.
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: