MMA's 10 Scariest Looking Fighters

Tim McTiernanCorrespondent IMay 9, 2011

MMA's 10 Scariest Looking Fighters

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    MMA has some really scary-looking dudes. 

    Before a fight, you have to stand across the cage, looking at a guy who wants to rip your head off.

    Some fighters don't have a great staredown, and generally aren't all that terrifying.

    But then there are others, whose simple stare can send shivers down the spine of the most intense and focused of fighters.

    These fighters are big, scary, brutal, and have killer instinct.

    Every list is subjective, but here, as far as I'm concerned, are the top 10 scariest fighters in mixed martial arts today.

10. Jeff Monson

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    Jeff Monson (42-11) is a heavyweight fighter and one of the top grapplers in the world today.

    Monson has placed several times in the ADCCs (Abu Dhabi Combat Club), and has beaten some outstanding grapplers to get there.

    In addition to grappling, Monson has beaten several top fighters in MMA, such as Travis Fulton, Sergei Kharitonov, Jason Guida, Roy Nelson and Ricco Rodriguez.

    Just from that picture, I would say that's one scary-looking dude.

9. Damacio Page

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    Damacio Page (15-6) is a bantamweight in the UFC.

    Page is just a tiny dude, but I wouldn't want to stand in the cage opposite him.

    He has gone in there against some of the top fighters, but unfortunately for him, he usually comes out on the losing end against the upper-level bantamweights.

    He has fought Demetrious Johnson in a losing effort, Brian Bowles twice, both losing efforts, and Scott Jorgensen in a win.

8. Kimbo Slice

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    Kimbo Slice (4-2) is...well, I'm not really sure what he is right now.

    Professional boxer? No, that didn't happen.

    Professional wrestler? No, he got injured.

    Well, whatever he may be at the moment, he is (or was at one time) a mixed martial artist.

    He joined Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter and, even though he didn't win the show, he impressed Dana White enough to earn a spot in the UFC after the show.

    His first fight was a unanimous decision victory over Houston Alexander, which was a largely uneventful fight. In his next fight, he was TKO'd by Matt "Meathead" Mitrione in the second round, and was released from the UFC soon after.

    Whatever he ends up doing, he is still a scary fighter.

7. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

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    Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (11-8), known by most just as "Sokoudjou," is a light heavyweight fighter.

    Sokoudjou is an accomplished judoka, and he has won many championships.

    In addition to his judo, he has been in the cage across from some great fighters.

    He holds notable victories over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, Bob Sapp and Dave Herman, while having fought against Lyoto Machida, Renato Sobral, Gegard Mousasi and Houston Alexander, all in losing efforts.

6. Rampage Jackson

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    Rampage Jackson (31-8) is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and a current UFC Light Heavyweight.

    Not only does Rampage have an intimidating nickname, but he has an intimidating walk-out, intimidating staredown, intimidating pre-fight attire, and an intimidating post-fight victory celebration.

    Rampage howls like a werewolf who has just made a kill. It is frightening.

    Not only is he vicious inside the cage, but anybody who watched him on Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter knows he has killed a door.

    Rampage is easily one of the scariest fighters in MMA today.

5. Shane Carwin

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    Shane Carwin (12-1) is a former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion and a current UFC heavyweight.

    Carwin is an absolute wrecking ball of a man. He is 6'2'' probably cuts to make 265.

    In Carwin's 12 victories, he has beaten each of his opponents to hell and back. He does however have five submissions on his record.

    One is a submission to punches, and then he has two rear-naked chokes and two guillotine chokes. 

    I think it would be safe to say he got those chokes after, yes, beating the hell out of his opponent.

    He was also about 10 seconds away from getting the Lesnar fight stopped, if only he had a little more cardio.

    I expect Carwin to work his way back up the heavyweight ladder, and hopefully get another shot at the title.

4. Hector Lombard

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    Hector Lombard (28-2-1 [1 NC]) is the current Bellator Fighting Championships Middleweight Champion.

    Lombard may not be known by every fan out there, but this is one scary dude. That picture of him gives me the heebie-jeebies.

    He won a fight in 20 seconds via "suplex and punches."


    By the way, if you look closely at that picture, he has blood on both arms, both hands, his chest and the "Full Tilt Poker" advertisement may look a little more red than usual.

3. Andrei Arlovski

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    Andrei Arlovski (15-9) is a punching bag as of late.

    You don't have to be good to be a scary-looking dude.

    Arlovski is, at least in my opinion, still a frightening dude. He may have lost four fights in a row, but to look across the cage at a guy with fangs would be pretty bad.

    Not only is Arlovski of 2011 scary, but the Arlovski of old looked like a total boss.

2. Brock Lesnar

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    There had to be a place for Brock Lesnar (5-2) on here somewhere, didn't there?

    Lesnar is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and a current UFC heavyweight.

    Lesnar won the belt when he TKO'd Randy Couture, and he defended it when he TKO'd Frank Mir, and submitted Shane Carwin.

    He has since been embarrassed at the hands of Cain Velasquez, but that doesn't make him any less frightening.

    Lesnar stands at 6'3'', and has to cut weight to make the 265 limit for the heavyweight class. Yikes. That's one big dude.

1. Wanderlei Silva

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    Wanderlei Silva (33-10-1 [1 NC]).

    What can be said about Wanderlei Silva? The man is easily the most intimidating fighter in MMA today, and probably in MMA history.

    His nickname is "The Axe Murderer."

    He has 25 stoppages due to strikes. (23 (T)KO, 2 submission to punches)

    When he hurts his opponent, its as if he is a shark that smells blood, and he swarms. He has the best killer instinct in all of MMA, and when he hurts his opponent, he goes for the kill with everything he's got.

    Just ask Rampage Jackson.

    Did I leave out a fighter who scares the living daylights out of you? Let me know in the comments and I may add them as an honorable mention.