Brazil has been a hotbed of MMA talent for as long as guys have been stepping into the octagon. Longer really, when you consider the years that vale tudo was basically the national sport down that way.
Now, MMA is living in a golden age of Brazilian talent. Three of seven UFC champions are Brazilian, and Saturday night will see a former beltholder headline UFC 139 when Shogun Rua battles Dan Henderson.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the baddest Brazilians ever to enter the octagon.