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MMA is a person sport. For quite a lot of fighters, nonetheless, it is a household affair.
Over the course of MMA historical past, many households have produced a number of skilled fighters. In rarer circumstances, a single household has given us a number of world-class execs—even a number of world champions.
With out additional ado, right here is B/R’s definitive checklist of the 5 finest preventing households in MMA historical past.
Honorable mentions: The Emelianenko household, the Pettis household, the Couture household, the Overeem household, the Rua household, the Miller household, the Lauzon household, the Assuncao household.
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The Lee family has produced not one, not two however three skilled fighters—all three of whom have spent their total careers competing for ONE Championship.
The primary to go professional was the eldest Lee sibling, Angela. Not lengthy after her skilled debut, she captured the ONE atomweight title. She’s since defended the belt in opposition to Jenny Huang, Istela Nunes, Mei Yamaguchi and Xiong Jingnan, and whereas she’s presently on maternity depart, she nonetheless owns it.
Not lengthy after Angela went professional with ONE, her brother, Christian, adopted in her footsteps. Similar to his massive sister, he captured ONE gold, defeating Shinya Aoki to seize the promotion’s light-weight title.
Since profitable the light-weight title, Christian has defended it as soon as, defeating Iuri Lapicus by way of first-round TKO. He’ll try his second protection at ONE on TNT II on April 14, when he takes on fearsome Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin.
As if a single household producing two ONE Championship titleholders weren’t spectacular sufficient, a 3rd member of the Lee clan not too long ago made her professional debut with the promotion and appears to be destined for giant issues. In February, the 16-year-old Victoria made a splash in her first combined martial arts bout, defeating the amply extra skilled Sunisa Srisen by second-round submission.
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The Diaz household has solely given us two skilled fighters, however they’re two of probably the most profitable—and hottest—in MMA historical past.
Nick, the eldest of the 2 Diaz brothers, is the previous Strikeforce welterweight champion. Whereas he by no means gained gold within the UFC, he challenged Carlos Condit for the promotion’s interim welterweight title and, later, Georges St-Pierre for the undisputed welterweight strap. Exterior of these accomplishments, he is overwhelmed the likes of Chris Lytle, Robbie Lawler, Frank Shamrock, Hayato Sakurai, Paul Daley and BJ Penn.
Nick’s youthful brother, Nate, isn’t any much less profitable.
Whereas Nate got here up quick in his lone bid for the UFC light-weight title, dropping a choice to Benson Henderson, he is overwhelmed a protracted checklist of elite foes, together with Melvin Guillard, Takanori Gomi, Jim Miller, Grey Maynard, Michael Johnson, Conor McGregor and Anthony Pettis.
Regardless of their current stretches of inactivity, the brothers stay two of the highest-profile fighters within the sport.
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Just like the Diaz household, the Nogueira household has given us two world-class fighters: Antonio Rodrigo and Antonio Rogerio—higher generally known as Huge Nog and Lil Nog.
Huge Nog has a protracted checklist of wonderful accomplishments. Most notably, he was the primary Satisfaction heavyweight champion. For a short interval, he was the UFC interim heavyweight champion. Different highlights of his legendary profession embrace wins over Gary Goodridge, Mark Coleman, Heath Herring, Enson Inoue, Dan Henderson, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Sergei Kharitonov, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, Tim Sylvia and Randy Couture.
Lil Nog, in the meantime, by no means captured titles in Satisfaction or the UFC, however has bested a protracted checklist of noteworthy foes, akin to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, Man Mezger, Kazushi Sakuraba, Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson, Vladimir Matyushenko, Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans.
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At this stage, each combat fan is acquainted with former UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov—the unbeaten pleasure of Russia’s Republic of Dagestan. Whereas Khabib not too long ago retired, nonetheless, we have not heard the final of his surname in MMA.
The Nurmagomedov household, helmed by late patriarch Abdulmanap, has produced quite a lot of high-level fighters, a number of of whom are simply getting into the MMA limelight.
Khabib’s cousin Usman (11-0), for instance, not too long ago signed with Bellator and is slated to make his promotional debut in opposition to Mike Hamel at Bellator 255. Khabib’s different cousin Umar (13-0), in the meantime, not too long ago made a profitable UFC debut with a submission win over Sergey Morozov. Abubakar Nurmagomedov (15-3-1), one other cousin of the previous UFC light-weight champ, is ready to return to the Octagon at UFC 260 on Saturday to tackle Jared Gooden.
Suffice it to say that whereas Khabib has already put the Nurmagomedov household on the map, their work within the sport is much from over.
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You needed to know this household would prime our checklist.
The Gracies, who helped discovered Brazilian jiu jitsu, are successfully MMA’s royal household.
Scan any of the Gracie household timber obtainable on-line, and you will note dozens of names you acknowledge. Rorion Gracie, for instance, was one of many founders of the UFC. His youthful brother Royce, in the meantime, was among the many promotion’s earliest and most profitable opponents. Their brothers Rickson, Relson and Royler are additionally tremendously achieved throughout BJJ and MMA.
Skip forward a era or two, and you’ll spot extra acquainted names akin to Renzo, a former UFC and Satisfaction star; Rolles Jr. who has competed within the UFC and One; and Kron, a present UFC featherweight who has fought within the Rizin Combating Federation.
Amazingly, that is solely scratching the floor. The Gracie household is jam-packed with world-class opponents in each MMA and BJJ, and with out them, neither sport could be the place it’s at present.