MMA  > General MMA  > Greatest Combat Sport Athlete of All Time
February 27, 2012, 03:23 PM
This one is even more subjective than the GOAT MMA discussion going on in the other thread.

The combat sports are much bigger than MMA: they encompass Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Sambo, Wrestling, Kickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, and many other arts.

So the question is; who, as a whole combat sports athlete, a sum of all their accomplishments and contributions to the martial arts, is the greatest of all time?
February 27, 2012  07:33 PM ET
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So the question is; who, as a whole combat sports athlete, a sum of all their accomplishments and contributions to the martial arts, is the greatest of all time?

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February 27, 2012  11:03 PM ET

Hey Yoda, your a video guy, right?

Can you make a GIF out of a short video clip?

February 28, 2012  09:53 PM ET
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Hey Yoda, your a video guy, right?Can you make a GIF out of a short video clip?

Done. Sent to your e-mail.

February 29, 2012  01:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Done. Sent to your e-mail.

Beautiful.

Thanks again.

February 29, 2012  06:26 AM ET

I would go with Bruce Lee.

Accomplishments are debatable, but I believe he was the single most influent person in the history of martial arts... before Royce Gracie came along.

February 29, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I would go with Bruce Lee.Accomplishments are debatable, but I believe he was the single most influent person in the history of martial arts... before Royce Gracie came along.

I don't know, this is a tricky subject.

Lee definitely did more as far as getting people interested in the martial arts.

But I would say Royce has been more influential on a much larger scale than Bruce as a far as changing the way we forever view the combat sports.

To me, there is one major split as far as the history of martial arts. There is pre 1993 and post 1993. There are for sure many other huge influences, from the great things Jigoro Kano did for Judo, to what Lee did to popularize the martial arts.

But nothing has ever quite changed the way people see real unarmed combat than the Royce Gracie sweeping through three UFC tournaments starting in 1993.

February 29, 2012  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Done. Sent to your e-mail.

Errgh, does anyone here know how to post to a gif to the boards? I have forgotten.

February 29, 2012  06:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Beautiful.Thanks again.

You're very welcome.

February 29, 2012  06:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Errgh, does anyone here know how to post to a gif to the boards? I have forgotten.

I added them to your gif thread.

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March 1, 2012  01:24 AM ET
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Triple H. Hands down.

There are a couple of pro wrestlers who did do a lot for Martial Arts.

Inoki, when he fought Ali.

How about that Sakuraba was a hugely popular pro wrestler, then became the most popular Japanese fighter in the history of the sport?

March 1, 2012  07:53 AM ET
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I don't know, this is a tricky subject.Lee definitely did more as far as getting people interested in the martial arts.But I would say Royce has been more influential on a much larger scale than Bruce as a far as changing the way we forever view the combat sports. To me, there is one major split as far as the history of martial arts. There is pre 1993 and post 1993. There are for sure many other huge influences, from the great things Jigoro Kano did for Judo, to what Lee did to popularize the martial arts. But nothing has ever quite changed the way people see real unarmed combat than the Royce Gracie sweeping through three UFC tournaments starting in 1993.

If ANYONE could have prevented Royce Gracie from getting ahold of them, it would have been Bruce Lee....Royce took some damage trying to get a grip on someone....from there is was pretty much over, but until then, he'd take some hits...I think Bruce would have been able to capitalize on that in a heartbeat....I haven't the faintest idea how Bruce would fare in grappling...

 
March 1, 2012  10:07 AM ET

Sorry guys, Bruce did too much movies for me. My man love will come out and will pick RANDY.
He is a veteran, so we should all thank him for his service. He was in the olympics. He was an underdog in most of his fights, especially his first in MMA. He submitted a guy double his size in the first few minutes of the first round. Randy beat Chuck, Big Tim, Vitor and Tito when he was supposed to loose.

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