Imagine Danny Hodge In His Prime Being In The UFC Now

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  1. Blackjack

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    Danny Hodge would absolutely wipe out anyone in hs weight class if he were in is prime today. If you aren't familiar with Hodge's accomplishments, at The University Of Oklahoma he was undefeated at 46-0, with 36 pins and reportedly was never taken off his feet during his collegiate career. He was a three-time Big Seven conference champ at 177 pounds (1955–1957), and won the 177-pound title at the NCAA championships those same three years, pinning all three of his finals opponents. (Hodge is only one of two three-time NCAA Division I champs to have done that, the other being Oklahoma A&M's Earl McCready in 1928–1930.)

    Hodge was never even scored upon in his senior year. The Dan Hodge Trophy is the equivalent of The Heisman Trophy in collegiate football.

    After wrestling Hodge boxed. Danny won the 1958 Chicago Golden Gloves at Heavyweight, then won a Chicago-NY Intercity bout in October, beating Charley Hood. He finished his amateur career with 17 wins, no losses and 12 KO's. Then as a professional he was 8-2. He left boxing to pursue a more lucrative career in pro wrest;ing. Realize back then, of the top five highest paid athletes in the country, four were pro wrestlers and the other was the pro boxing Heavyweight Champion.
     
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    Prime LaRusso wins UFC 1.
     
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    Maybe. Maybe not.

    Once you get to a certain level, it just depends on how you learn new MMA skills and how your wrestling skillset transfers to MMA.

    The difference between an NCAA top 10 and NCAA champ, like in every sport at the top level, is fractions of a percent. That fraction of a percent is huge in wrestling competition. However, when transferring that skill over to an entire new sport, other factors vary much more widely than a fraction of a percent.
     
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    Impressive, but wrestling is not MMA. It’s a fantastic resume, but not all can transition succesfully.
     
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    He would of been impressive , so would Lou Thesz , Stu Hart , Billy Robinson , Iron Sheik etc , but again who knows if they could of transitioned from wrestling to MMA well.
     
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    I watched Danny a good bit during his days in the NWA when he carried the Junior Lightweight belt for years. He was one legit skilled and tough dude. I was young then but looking back he could have competed with great success in MMA and pro boxing.
     
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    Would have Khabib-level grip strength.

     
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    True, but most wrestlers who try to transition don't have that boxing background.
     
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    He apparently trained catch with Ed Strangler Lewis as well. He would have a better base then anyone to undertake mma with the right gym he would run through ppl. As stated his grip is supposed to be ridiculous.
     
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    Omg stfu
     
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    Who's that? One of the Hodge twins?
     
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    Solid argument. Would read again.

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    LouisBolanos Popcorn tastes good

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    Karelin stomps this fool.
     
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    Better than the bullshit you spewed
     
  16. Blackjack

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    Hodge competed in the pre-steroid era.
     
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    Sounds like another incredibly boring ass wrestler. Glad he chose another path
     
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    Was it ever medically proven that he had double tendons in his wrists? Or was that just pro wrestling hype?
     
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    They dont have boxing creds - How well do they take a punch ? Thesz does kinda look like Nog
     
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    Neither did Brock Lesnar , Kazushi Sakuraba , Ken Shamrock , Dan Severn etc , and they became successful in the game.
     
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