The world of Mixed Martial Arts is full of historical fighters, and it’s hard to know anything about the sport without first learning about the likes of Bas Ruten, Royce Gracie or Randy Couture. These days however, the fighters are better than ever and while we certainly can’t forget the men who paved the path for them, there are three modern-day combat artists that you absolutely must see before you die, because they will be the names the next generation is always talking about.
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1) Nick Diaz — Starting this list off with someone like Fedor Emelianenko would be too easy (and not too modern), and talking about Jon Jones could be a little bit premature, so are you really surprised to see Nick Diaz on this list? Nick Diaz is one of the most polarizing fighters competing today, and he has a fan following that is almost cult-like in its appreciation for him. Diaz is a real guy that says what he wants, does what he wants and fights where he wants, and he’s still got a lot left in the tank.
In the past, Diaz has been plagued by his inability to win decisions and is well-known for dishing out damage, but losing out on the scorecard after a hard-fought contest. Over the last few years, however, Diaz has crafted his game in such a way that he no longer is on the losing end of all those decisions, and he’s winning all the fights he deserved to win once again. As of 2011, Diaz is on one of the hottest fight streaks in MMA, having won 14 of his last 16 fights, with his only two losses being due to a doctor stoppage from a cut and a post-fight reversal from testing positive for marijuana (coincidentally, one of Diaz’ most impressive wins of his career). While fighters like Georges St. Pierre may seem to ostensibly deserve a mention over Diaz, the reality is that Diaz has shown to be the kind of fighter that can not only give GSP a run for his money, but make the fight interesting in the process.
2) Anderson Silva — Although Anderson Silva is on the tail-end of his career, he continues to establish himself as the greatest fighter in the world today. The speed and technique of Anderson Silva is almost unparalleled, and his ability to deliver breath-taking and unorthodox knockouts has become a thing of legend in the MMA community. As a striker, there is no one in his weight class that even comes close to Silva, and as a submission artist he’s able to put to sleep the few wrestlers that are big enough to control him on the ground.
At this point in his career, Silva is both the most electrifying fighter in MMA, and also its most dominating fighter. With a record of 28-4 and victories in 16 of his last 17 fights (one loss from disqualification for an illegal kick), Silva is undeniably one fighter you just can’t miss before his time as a superstar runs out.
3) Brock Lesnar — Brock Lesnar isn’t the best fighter in MMA, in fact he’s not even the best fighter in the heavyweight division. In the fights Lesnar has lost, he’s been exposed for his inability to take a hit and poor stand up game, and yet he still deserves to be on this list. What makes Brock Lesnar one of the fighters you must see before you die isn’t his immaculate record, nor is it his technical prowess, but rather it is what he presents for the future. Lesnar is a monster of a man who walks around at 280lb and cuts down to 265 for heavyweight bouts. He is lightning quick for his size, and is the prototype for the kind of heavyweight super athlete we can expect to see enter MMA in the future, and for that reason, you absolutely must see him fight (or cower in a corner after getting punched, whichever comes first).