How DUMB Do You Have to Be?

Gone are the stereotypes that fighters fight because “that’s all they know,” or because they have reached their proverbial limits coping with structured society. These are intelligent men and women, who have not been sentenced to a life of struggle inside a cage or ring; they have chosen to dedicate their lives to the most grueling of all professional combat sports, mixed martial arts. Check out the educational backgrounds of some of the premiere athletes competing in MMA. You’ll have a new-found appreciation for just how smart that guy pounding his opponent in to the cage is.

Chuck Liddell

BA in Accounting from California Polytechnic State University

Pro Record: 20-5

MMA accomplishments: Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, IFC champion, TUF coach, holds wins over Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort, Murilo Bustamante, Kevin Randleman, Jeff Monson and Jose Landi-jons

 

Forrest Griffin

BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia

Pro Record: 15-4

MMA accomplishments: TUF 1 contract winner, holds wins over Jeff Monson, Chael Sonnen, Stephan Bonnar, Mauricio Rua

 

Josh Koscheck

BA in Criminal Justice from Edinboro University

Pro Record: 9-1

MMA accomplishments: TUF competitor, holds wins over Dave Menne and Diego

Sanchez

 

Jeff Monson

BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Masters in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth

Pro Record: 22-6

MMA accomplishments:

XFC champion, Cage Warriors champion, Fightsport champion, wins over Marcio Cruz, and Kazuyuki Fujita

 

Rashad Evans

BA in Psychology from Michigan State University

Pro Record: 14-0-1

MMA accomplishments:

TUF 2 contract winner, holds wins over Stephan Bonnar, Keith Jardine, Sean Salmon, and Michael Bisbing

 

Kenny Florian

BA in Arts & Sciences from Boston College

Pro Record: 6-3

MMA accomplishments:

Mass Destruction Superfight champion, TUF 2 contract runner-up, holds wins over Dokonjonsuke Mishima and Alvin Robinson

 

Jens Pulver

BA’s in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Boise State University

Pro Record: 21-8-1

MMA accomplishments:

Former UFC lightweight champion, holds wins over BJ Penn and Caol Uno

 

Stephan Bonnar

BA in Sports Medicine from Purdue University

Pro Record: 10-4

MMA accomplishments:

TUF 1 Runner Up

 

Rich Franklin

BA in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati, Masters Degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati

Pro Record: 23-3

MMA accomplishments:

Former UFC Middleweight Champion, IFC champion, TUF coach, holds wins over

Evan Tanner and David Loiseau

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