As cool as I may appear to be to all of you out there, the truth is I am a pretty big geek a heart.
While I'm far from being a comic book aficionado, I'd be lying if I told you I didn't enjoy a good comic from time to time.
What's not to love about a good superhero comic?
That got me to thinking; What if our favorite UFC fighters were superheroes?
Who would they be?
If Chael Sonnen were a superhero he'd be Frank Castle AKA The Punisher.
A classic Marvel Anti-Hero, The Punisher is a vigilante who uses a no-holds-barred approach to deal with crime.
Sonnen may not murder, steal, or kidnap, but he definitely intends to punish middleweight champion Anderson Silva for his recent actions when the two meet at UFC 117 for the title.
That's right, Kenny Florian is Batman.
Why you ask?
Batman is one of the greatest superheroes of all time, yet he has no superpowers whatsoever. The key to Batman's success as a crime fighter is his mind—he thinks, he plans, he executes.
Similarly, Florian is perhaps one of the greatest lightweight fighters of all time to never hold a major title. While he is great in all areas of the fight game, there is not any one area that he is exceptionally dangerous in—no superpowers.
Instead Florian utilizes his intelligence to formulate quality game plans and executes them perfectly.
I couldn't tell you if Jon Jones has genius level intelligence or not, but his ability to pickup new skills in MMA is astonishing, and his athleticism seems to be on an entirely different plane from everyone else.
That makes Jon Jones the unheralded X-Men character Beast.
Superhuman strength? Check.
Superhuman speed? Check.
Superhuman agility? Check.
It was tough to decide which superhero Velasquez would be, but in the end I felt Thing was far and away who Velasquez parallels the most.
Thing's powers pretty much sum up Velasquez as a fighter:
-Superhuman strength, stamina, and durability
-Skill in hand-to-hand combat
-Excellent dexterity and above-average reflexes
-Enhanced lung capacity
Velasquez is simply as tough as they come, and he keeps coming and coming and coming with a relentless tenacity.
Just look at the picture and tell me that BJ Penn is not Mr. Fantastic.
Aside from his sheer technical brilliance in the cage, Penn has an amazing ability to contort and utilize his legs like another set of arms.
Deciding the right superhero for Shogun Rua was a difficult task as well, but ultimately I felt that Rua was Wolverine.
Like Wolverine, Rua is relentless, tough, aggressive, powerful, and beloved by the fans.
There is no lover of comics who dislikes Wolverine, and there is no MMA fan who dislikes Rua.
Without question if Randy Couture were a superhero he would be Captain America.
For those who are unfamiliar with Captain America, he was a solider who the US government gave a special "super soldier serum" to in order to enhance his abilities to the peak of human potential.
Besides having great physical abilities, Captain America was also a master tactician and commander.
Couture continues to defy logic, as he has seemingly gotten better and better with age. While he is no longer the title contender he once was, there is no question he still has the physical health and cardio to compete with fighters half his age.
Throw in the fact that no one game-plans like Couture does and the fact that he runs one of the best MMA gyms in the world and it is apparent he is MMA's Captain America.
Being the unique and enigmatic figure that he is, Anderson Silva is the anti-hero Deadpool.
Aside from Silva's natural ability parallels to Deadpool—superhuman strength, stamina, agility, and reflexes—his recent in-cage antics have shown that he is a little off.
Silva is not plagued by madness like Deadpool is, but he does seem to be in his own little world much of the time.
Was there a doubt in your mind who Brock Lesnar’s superhero counterpart would be?
Like Hulk, Lesnar has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and, as he showed against Shane Carwin, durability.
Also, you won't like him when he is angry. Just ask Frank Mir or the fans in attendance at UFC 100.
GSP is the Superman of MMA, plain and simple.
GSP has the ability and stature in the sport that all fighters strive to achieve, and, like Superman's comic character, GSP evolves with every new experience.
In many ways GSP is the perfect fighter—just like Superman is the perfect superhero.