Top strikers who made full time transition to MMA?

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  1. Bokaj

    Bokaj Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Who are the top fighters from a striking discipline who made the transition to MMA? I don't count someone like James Toney, since he wasn't a top boxer anymore and only went over for one fight. But Cro Cop, Overeem and Holly Holmes were still near the top (I think) and made a full time transition. Any more? Any top Muy Thai fighters?
     
  2. mirkofilipovic

    mirkofilipovic ESB Management Full Member

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    Igor Vovchanchyn
    Sergei Kharitonov
    Melvin Manhoef
    Mark Hunt
     
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  3. Bokaj

    Bokaj Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Of them only Hunt seems to have been a top practitioner in a striking discipline, though, as far as I can gather.
     
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  4. mirkofilipovic

    mirkofilipovic ESB Management Full Member

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    they all were pretty elite, check out Igors kickboxing record.
     
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  5. Angler Andrew

    Angler Andrew Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I don't know anymore but it tells you something about the sport when a retired England Rugby player is asked by Bellator to come and fight for them at heavyweight?I mean he's a rugby player FFS.
     
  6. mirkofilipovic

    mirkofilipovic ESB Management Full Member

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    They also asked a street fighter in Kimbo slice to join, its all about revenue with these cross promotional athletes. Bob Sapp only got fame because he was massive and a former NFL player.
     
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    UnleashtheFURY Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Kharitonov has legit amateur boxing pedigree and later competed at a decent level in K-1.
     
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  8. The Funny Man 7

    The Funny Man 7 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Cosmo Alexander is the guy who just shattered Sage Northcutt's face. He's a multiple time Muay Thai champion.
     
  9. Somali Sanil

    Somali Sanil Member Full Member

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    Hes going to be slaughtered if not matched safely, like to the point its not worth trying it

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    Somali Sanil Member Full Member

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    And a force for a round or two, he was a black eye for MMA Sapp, legitimately beat some of the best ever with nothing but muscle

    Regards Sanil
     
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  11. Bokaj

    Bokaj Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Yeah, Sapp is a bit unfairly mostly remembered for his late career. He made quite a bit of what he had.

    Actually, he qualifies as a top level practitioner in a striking disciple making the transition to MMA, even though it wasn't the kind of guy I had in mind. :)
     
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  12. It's Ovah

    It's Ovah Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Yes, he does.

     
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    It's Ovah Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Back in the day Maurice Smith was a pretty top level striker who was also very active in MMA. Probably the first really decent striker in MMA history in fact.
     
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  14. Babality

    Babality KTFO!!!!!!! Full Member

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    Who did he beat in MMA that was one of "the best ever"? He beat Ernesto Hoost in kickboxing. Who else?
     
  15. Somali Sanil

    Somali Sanil Member Full Member

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    that's the fight I was thinking of actually
     
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