Brock Lesnar, Herschel Walker and the 10 Most Polarizing Fighters in MMA
To polarize is defined as "to cause people to adopt extreme opposing positions."
The following is a list of 10 mixed martial arts fighters that do just that.
There is usually no middle ground when these names come up—it's either love or hate.
Without further delay, the 10 most polarizing figures in today's MMA world.
Jason "Mayhem" MIller
Is it the MTV program? Is it the non-stop clown act? Is it the silly hairstyle? Is it the perpetual need to put himself in the spotlight and always keep some sort of focus on "Mayhem?"
I have no idea the cause, but Miller is a polarizing figure who can generate a huge amount of debate on whether he is a good fighter or a good self-promoter.
There is no denying that UFC Hall of Fame member Matt Hughes is one of the most talented fighters to ever step into the Octagon.
The two-time UFC welterweight champion has a combined seven title defenses on his resume and 18 wins in the UFC.
His accomplishments inside the Octagon could be considered to be without peer.
With that being said, it is his cocky and brash attitude that rubs people the wrong way.
A recent example of this attitude was in evidence when he took to his website to take shots at the retiring Chuck Liddell as well as the "boring" Georges St. Pierre.
The St. Pierre comments could come across as especially cocky since they came after Hughes had been knocked out by BJ Penn in 21 seconds.
While some see Hughes, a born again Christian, as a humble fighter who largely shuns the spotlight, others see him as a hypocrite whose main focus is promoting Matt Hughes.
For every fan of mixed martial arts that says Fedor is the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter to ever live you will find one that says that he is a fraud.
The pro Fedor crowd will bring up his amazing win streak of 28 straight fights with the only blemish before his submission loss to Fabricio Werdum in 2010 being a 2000 TKO loss via a cut.
Those that are con Fedor claim that his record was padded by fighting unskilled and overmatched opponents. These folks also constantly bring up the fact that Fedor never fought in the UFC, so claims that he is the best are immediately suspect due to that fact.
Cocky or confident? Trash talker or good promoter?
Koscheck used trash talk and hype to help generate huge ratings on season 12 of "The Ultimate Fighter" when he coached opposite UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
Koscheck pulled out all the stops in getting fans to tune into the show and the PPV when the two coaches clashed.
Tito has found his share of fans as well as detractors over the years. He's been outspoken on his desire to get paid, he's been critical of the UFC and Dana White—who can forget the "Dana Is My Bitch!" shirt.
Recently he made some misplaced remarks about deaf fighter Matt Hamill, claiming, "He's deaf so he has a soft head."
Tito's detractors see him as a cocky, one-trick pony that has not evolved with the sport while his fans see him as one of MMA's all-time legends.
While some fans see UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva as one of the best, if not the best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA today, others have nothing but contempt for "The Spider."
When it comes to Silva, it's not his attitude or his statements to the press that cause fans to have differing views on the Brazilian fighter. With Silva it all seems to boil down to his skill level.
Supporters of Silva love the way he makes fighting look easy, the taunting and toying with his opponents, his ability to not truly engage in a fight—all reasons his fans love him.
Detractors of Silva cite the same reasons for disliking him. In the minds of those that hate Silva, he's showing up his opponents in the cage, disrespecting them as well as the sport as a whole.
Nick is the current Strikeforce welterweight champion. He is also one one of the most polarizing fighters in MMA.
Detractors call him a malcontent, a hot head, disrespectful, a ne'er do well, basically a bad representative for MMA.
Supporters say that Nick is misunderstood, that he only wants his due when it comes to his achievements and dedication to MMA.
One thing is for certain: neither side can deny that Diaz is an exciting fighter to watch when he steps in the cage.
Ok, he's not a fighter, but you cannot deny that he is one of the most polarizing figures in mixed martial arts and that is the reason he makes the list over some fighters.
Detractors claim that White is an egomaniac focused on Dana White more than anything else. Its been opined that White sees himself as bigger than the fighters in the UFC.
Supporters say that he is a great representative of MMA and especially of the UFC. They say that without Dana White the sport would not be where it is currently at in regards to popularity and ability to generate revenue.
Whichever side you take on White, it's hard to deny that he is one of the best promoters in the sports world.
Walker will fight Saturday January 29 on a Strikeforce card that will take place in San Jose, CA. At 48 years old, it will be his second MMA fight.
Despite this only being his second fight, Walker has received a huge amount of press that some say he does not deserve. Detractors say that Walker is nothing but a sideshow, that there is no reason for him to be in the cage. They also claim that he takes a roster spot that could go to a younger fighter.
Supporters say that Walker's claim that his long-term goal to be an ambassador for MMA is reason enough for him to get the press he receives. They say that his visibility will only help the sport as a whole. Supporters also say that he is clearly dedicated to the sport and that it is not something he is doing as a fluke.
Maybe the most polarizing figure in MMA today.
Some fans and pundits see Lesnar as nothing more than a freak show, a huge man who uses nothing more than his size to dominate his opponents. They claim that he was fast-tracked to the top of the UFC, not based on talent, but based on potential revenue that he could bring in. They say that his loss to Cain Valesquez show that he has no skills whatsoever and that when the history of MMA is written, he will be looked at as nothing more than a curiosity or a footnote.
Those that support Lesnar say that his rise to the top of the UFC heavyweight division is proof that he is for real. They say that he is an elite athlete and that he deserves to be at the top of the division even without a great deal of experience. Supporters say that his winning and defense of the UFC heavyweight show that he is the real deal and that he will once again capture the UFC title.