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Brock Lesnar and the 10 Most Physically Imposing Fighters in MMA History

Andrew MahlmannCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2017

Brock Lesnar and the 10 Most Physically Imposing Fighters in MMA History

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    Brock Lesnar is, without a doubt, one of the most physically imposing figures in the UFC's history.  

    Is he the most physically imposing figure in MMA history?

    What are the other fighters in MMA history that can put audiences in awe, just by showing up and entering the ring?

    These are the top 10 most physically imposing figures in MMA history.

    A minimum of five professional fights is required to qualify.

Honorable Mention

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    Akebono Tarō (only 4 MMA fights)

    Mariusz Pudzianowski (only 4 MMA fights)

    James Thompson

    Alistair Overeem

    Stefan Struve

    Shane Carwin

    Sean Sherk

10. Ken Shamrock

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    Ken Shamrock

    Nickname: World's Most Dangerous Man

    Height: 6'

    Weight: 205-240

    In the early days of the MMA, Ken Shamrock looked like a monster.

    Heavyweight competitors were often out of shape sluggers with little technique. 

    Shamrock had technique and could fight in prominent matchups, but had the body-builder type physique and size that made him much more physically imposing that many of his opponents.

9. Kimo Leopoldo

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    Kimo Leopoldo

    Height: 6'1''

    Weight: 244

    Ken Shamrock may have been an imposing heavyweight in the early days, but Kimo Leopoldo was a true heavyweight who would be a relatively imposing figure even by today's standards.

8. Antonio Silva

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    Antonio Silva

    Nickname: Bigfoot

    Height: 6'4''

    Weight: 265+

    Antonio Silva is the perfect size for the 265lbs heavyweight limit. Cutting weight to make the limit, he walks into the cage around 280lbs.

    He has an obviously large build, with enormous features, making him a scary sight to behold.

7. Tim Sylvia

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    Tim Sylvia

    Nickname: The Main-iac

    Height: 6'8''

    Weight: 265+

    Sylvia is one of the most successful UFC heavyweight champions in history.

    When he ruled the division, there was little his opposition could do to handle his size. 

6. Brock Lesnar

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    Brock Lesnar

    Nicknames: Vanilla Gorilla, The Next Big Thing

    Height: 6'3''

    Weight: 265+

    Out of all the men who have had to cut weight to make the 265lbs heavyweight limit, Brock Lesnar is the most athletic.

    Not just big boned and large, Lesnar has cartoon style muscles that make average men tremble.

5. Semmy Schilt

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    Semmy Schilt

    Nicknames: The Dutch Destroyer, Supersized Samurai

    Height: 6'11''

    Weight: 290

    One of the most accomplished kickboxers of all time, the Supersized Samurai also has a deep MMA record.

4. Paulo César Da Silva

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    Paulo César da Silva

    Nickname: Giant Silva

    Height: 7'2''

    Weight: 385

    He may not be very nimble or dexterous, but Giant Silva certainly is physically imposing.

    In the mid-90s, Giant Silva was a staple for PRIDE "freakshow" fights. 

3. Wagner Da Conceição Martin

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    Wagner da Conceição Martin

    Nicknames: Zuluzinho, Big Zu

    Height: 6'7''

    Weight: 390lbs

    Zuluzinho and his father are legends in Brazil's "Vale Tudo."

    What Zuluzinho lacks in musculature and athleticism, he makes up for in pure mass. 

2. Bob Sapp

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    Bob Sapp

    Nickname: The Beast

    Height: 6'4''

    Weight: 330

    Bob "The Beast" Sapp has had a lengthy MMA career in Japan, and it is due almost entirely to him being a physically imposing figure.

    His technique has always been lacking, but that is of little consequence since he is so incredibly large and athletic.

1. Hong-Man Choi

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    Hong-Man Choi

    nicknames: Techno Goliath, Korean Collosus

    height: 7'2''

    weight: 350

    With only five MMA fights, Choi barely makes the requirement for this list. 

    Everything he lacks in experience, however, he makes up for with physical imposition.

    Choi's background is in Korean wrestling (Ssireum) and kickboxing and he is one of the most physically imposing athletes in the history of sports.

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