While mixed martial arts is an elegant sport that requires masterful technique and dexterous grace, some fighters make their way to the top through street toughness and physical prowess. Here is a look at the top five street fighters that became MMA gods.
#5: Eddie Alvarez
Eddie Alvarez is a former UFC lightweight champion that has put on a stored career under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Growing up in Philadelphia, Alvarez claims to have won 100 total street fights before making the move to mixed martial arts.
#4: Jorge Mavidal
UFC welterweight warrior Jorge Masvidal has earned dazzling finishes over the likes of Donald Cerrone and Jake Ellenberger during his career. However, Masvidal did not always keep his fighting inside the cage.
In the video below, Masvidal can be seen throwing down in a street fight.
#3: Lee Murray
“Lightning” Lee Murray’s career in the sport of mixed martial arts was cut short following an incident with the law. Murray is currently incarcerated for his involvement in a bank heist within London, England.
While there is no video evidence, of Murray’s street fighting. Multiple fighters have voiced Murray’s street fighting prowess in the past. Some fighters even claim Murray knocked out Tito Ortiz during a street fight in London when the former UFC light heavyweight champion was in his prime.
#2: Tank Abbott
A mixed martial arts trailblazer, Tank Abbott competed in the early days of the UFC. The fighter claims to have been involved in over 100 street fights, before making his way to the MMA promotion.
#1: Kimbo Slice
Kimbo Slice actually managed to gain his fame before making it to the sport of mixed martial arts. An internet sensation, Slice quickly grew in reputation for his lengthy experience as a street fighter.
The fighter would one day compete on The Ultimate Fighter, before eventually making his way to the Bellator MMA promotion.
This list of the top five street fighters turned MMA stars was provided by mixedmartialarts.com.