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out of all the strikers that have competed in mma, most impressive striking background before mma

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  1. it is what it is Blue Belt

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    I kept hearing people say that Wonderboy is the best striker to compete in mma. I know he was 52-0 in karate before competing, but I would think there would be more impressive striking accomplishments from striking arts deemed more challenging. He is a total badass, and I may be ignorant to sport karate, but it just seems like there would be some pretty impressive striking accomplishments from others at this level
     
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    James Toney and Ray Mercer, I guess.

    Most of the K-1 legends had at least one MMA fight.

    Cung Le was pretty good.
     
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    Valentina Shevchenko however you spell it is 56-2. That's the only one I can think is close. A lot of Thai guys have crazy records if any of them have transitioned to MMA.
     
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  8. it is what it is Blue Belt

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    Always heard Cung Le was pretty great. You know how his art compares to Karate?
     
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    Not really. I've never really seen a Sanshou vs Karate match.

    I just know they both hold up well against this...

     
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    Terms of accomplishments I'd say Jim Toney followed closely by olympic gold medallist and HW belt holder Mercer. Holly is a no brainer for WMMA.

    Overeem, Hunt and Schilt deserve a mention for their K1 open weight titles.

    Hoost too but it's hard to overlook those losses to Sapp.
     
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    Peter Aerts. Semmy Schilt. James Toney. Ray Mercer. Ricardo Mayorga.
     
  13. it is what it is Blue Belt

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    This clip never gets old. Lol
     
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    Anderson Silva
    Vitor Belfort
    Bas Rutten

    These were some of the best strikers in MMA history i ever seen. K-1 kick boxers especially from 1993-1999 were elite strikers...guys like Andy Hug,Peter Aerts,Ernesto Hoost,Ray Sefo,Fransisco Filho and Jerome LeBanner
     
  15. it is what it is Blue Belt

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    Sadly, most of those names came in a shadow of themselves.....at least the boxers
     
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    There are many, and it's not surprising that they are some of the more exciting fighters in the sport.

    I love the kick boxers and Muy Thai fighters who are able to deal with humpy dumpy wrestlers.
     
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    it's not prior to his MMA career but Overeem was K1 champion concurrently to his MMA career. i believe that is unprecedented in modern MMA
     
  18. it is what it is Blue Belt

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    I don't think Aldo, Vitor, Anderson, or JDS did anything impressive pre-mma.....seems like they had some small success then developed further in mma
     
  19. it is what it is Blue Belt

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    True, but sadly he was a shadow of himself, but you may be right
     
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    Ubereem by far
    He destroyed all those names i see
     

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