MMA’s Best Physiques
Queue the ghey jokes. Secure in our own beer-bellied manliness, we’re not above recognizing when a particular fighter is exceptionally jacked up or ripped. Hey, it’s their job to train and fight. Ours, not so much. That being said, check out our gallery of the top 15 physiques in MMA.
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(Heavyweight) Major Organizations: Strikeforce, Affliction, EliteXC, UFC Bio / Comments: The former UFC Heavyweight champion and Sambo practitioner was last seen getting dropped by Brett Rogers at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields, but is still universally regarded as a Top 15ish Heavyweight. Despite the often changing hairstyles, The “Pit Bull” always heads into his fights ripped. [Larger Photo] Anthony Johnson Height / Weight: 6’2″, 170 lbs. (Welterweight) Major Organizations: UFC Bio / Comments: “Rumble” Johnson is known to most MMA fans for two things – having devastating hands and for being a huge Welterweight. The UFC’s Joe Rogan often comments during Johnson’s fights about the massive size difference when compared to his opponent and how much weight he normally cuts to fight at 170lbs. [Larger Photo] Cheick Kongo Height / Weight: 6’4″, 237 lbs. (Heavyweight) Major Organizations: UFC, RINGS Bio / Comments: French striker Cheick Kongo literally looks like he was chiseled from stone and what I’d look like if I could say no to beer, chicken wings, and Fritos (ha, yeah right). With an ever-improving ground game and nice strikes, Kongo is likely slotted somewhere in the upper-middle tier of UFC Heavyweights. [Larger Photo] Georges St-Pierre Height / Weight: 5’11”, 170 lbs. (Welterweight) Major Organizations: UFC Bio / Comments: The new face of Under Armour, UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is an absolute athletic freak. UFC brass had it dead on when they dubbed him as the “next generation” of mixed martial artists while he was making his first title run. He’s always shredded and has mind boggling cardio. [Larger Photo] James Irvin Height / Weight: 6’2″, 205 lbs. (Light Heavyweight, although made Middleweight recently) Major Organizations: UFC, WEC Bio / Comments: UFC brawler James Irvin makes my wife weak at the knees. Eh, what can you do… the “Sandman” is always jacked and has put more than a few opponents to sleep with his heavy hands. An emaciated Irvin made 185 lbs. recently. [Larger Photo] Josh Koscheck Height / Weight: 5’10”, 170 lbs. (Welterweight) Major Organizations: UFC Bio / Comments: Love him or hate him, Kos is an dangerous Welterweight who can beat you standing or on the mat. A former National Champion wrestler at Edinboro, Koscheck rose to infamy during his stint on The Ultimate Fighter 1 and has continued to improve with each fight. Extra points for the blond afro! [Larger Photo] Kimbo Slice Height / Weight: 6’2″, 220-235 lbs. (Heavyweight) Major Organizations: UFC, EliteXC, sketchy South Florida boatyards Bio / Comments: A YouTube sensation thanks to his backyard knockouts in Miami, porn bodyguard Kimbo Slice won some fights (in and out of MMA) before he even threw a single punch. Shaved head, grizzly beard, and a heavily muscled frame helped Kimbo intimidate his opponents and ultimately get his bread. [Larger Photo] Nate Marquardt Height / Weight: 6’0″, 185 lbs. (Middleweight) Major Organizations: UFC, Pancrase Bio / Comments: The former King of Pancrase (hey, everyone else always mentions it), Nate Marquardt is another guy that just seems about 20 lbs larger than his actual fighting weight of 185 lbs. A huge Middleweight, Marquardt was last seen being overwhelmed by the cardio machine Chael Sonnen at UFC 109. [Larger Photo] Phil Baroni Height / Weight: 5’9″, 170 lbs. (Welterweight) Major Organizations: UFC, Strikeforce, EliteXC, Pride Bio / Comments: Amateur bodybuilder turned MMA fighter, Phil Baroni is known for his colorful entrances and middlin’ success in the cage. A lifetime 13-12 fighter, the “New York Bad Ass” has been fighting professionally for almost 10 years and has had some problems gassing during his fights. Too much muscle? [Larger Photo] Ricardo Arona Height / Weight: 5’11”, 205 lbs. (Light Heavyweight) Major Organizations: Pride, RINGS Bio / Comments: The BJJ black belt has fought just once in the last three years, but has notable wins over Wanderlei Silva, Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson, Murilo Rua, and Jeremy Horn. Incredibly strong, the free agent is recovering from a knee injury and has been in negotiations with the UFC for a 2010 debut. [Larger Photo] Rich Franklin Height / Weight: 6’1″, 185-205 lbs. (Middleweight and Light Heavyweight) Major Organizations: UFC Bio / Comments: Franklin is a former UFC Middleweight champion and one of the largest 185ers in MMA. Before running into Anderson Silva, Franklin reigned supreme in the UFC in large part because of his strength. He’ll soon fight Chuck Liddell at UFC 115. [Larger Photo] Ryan Bader Height / Weight: 6’2″, 205 lbs. (Light Heavyweight) Major Organizations: UFC Bio / Comments: Undefeated (11-0) and progressing towards contender status in the UFC’s stacked Light Heavyweight division, Bader recently bolted Arizona Combat Sports for Scottsdale’s Lion’s Den facility. Bader can directly attribute his strength and cardio to his background as a two-time All-American wrestler at ASU. [Larger Photo] Thiago Alves Height / Weight: 5’9″, 170 lbs. (Welterweight) Major Organizations: UFC Bio / Comments: Nicknamed the “Pitbull”, and literally built like one, Thiago Alves is a compact powerhouse. Standing only 5’9″, Alves packs a jacked 170 lbs. on his frame. He rattled off seven straight wins, including wins over Josh Koscheck and Matt Hughes, before losing in his quest for the title against GSP at UFC 100. [Larger Photo] Gina Carano Height / Weight: 5’8″, 135-145 lbs. (Bantamweight and Featherweight) Major Organizations: Strikeforce, EliteXC Bio / Comments: I’m washing the ghey off with his pick. Although she’s not jacked like her male counterparts on this list, a well-trained Carano looks fantastic! Her weigh-ins can be jaw dropping. As she completes filming of a Steven Soderbergh thriller, will she become the next “It Girl” in Hollywood and leave MMA for good? [Larger Photo]
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