Pederneiras: Brazil has the best fighters


Andre Pederneiras coaches two UFC champions, bantamweight champion Renan Barao and featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. Those are the only two currently Brazilian champions, but he believes Brazil overall has the best fighters in mixed martial arts:

The Brazilian athletes are the best in the world, I have no doubt about that. With few condition of work that we have, we get these champions, this is something that you don't see in any other place in the world.

You watch a person fed poorly in his younger life, some who never took supplements, travel to the US and kick everybody's ass. The guy prosper without incentive and also while having another job, I only see this in Brazil.

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Pedernerias makes a good argument, but what is the deciding factor? It would take some time to research the total win loss ratio for fighters by nationality. Brazil has two world champions. The United States can claim Demetrious Johnson, Ronda Rousey, Hendricks/Lawler, and Jon Jones as their champions. Anthony Pettis is of course American, but of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent and UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is Mexican, but also an American citizen.

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Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

2/27/14 11:12 AM by Zed Wayne Zed

Isn't MMA a one-on-one sort of thing?Meaning, sure big countries like the US and Brazil will have a lot of fighters as they both have a good infrastructure and talent pool to draw on, but if one guy came in from Fiji and became the GOAT, wouldn't that prove that more than most, this sport lays on the shoulders of the individual?I saw a Brazilian guy pretend to be dead at a UFC last summer in Brazil, like putting on a full pattycakes. No one nation is the best.

Dominique Robinson site profile image  

2/27/14 11:06 AM by Dominique Robinson

I agree w/this order

Gfropr site profile image  

2/27/14 11:02 AM by Gfropr

The article forgot CHRIS WEIDMAN

hogh20 site profile image  

2/27/14 10:57 AM by hogh20

I heard/read a story a few years ago about some kind of disease/infection that is down in Brazil. It makes the men and women both more aggressive. It was said that it come over on ships, I the blood of fleas on rats. I have no idea if it is true or not.

Affliction Blackbelt site profile image  

2/27/14 9:20 AM by Affliction Blackbelt

I can't wait for the Russian era, when their high level wrestlers transition to mma, and there are dozens like Khabib. I hope this occurs at the same time more american wrestlers are coming in and brazilians are at their most favella. And when there are more polynesian mma fighters. And all these guys have been training since they were 5. omgz

MMAtador site profile image  

2/27/14 9:02 AM by MMAtador

What a dumbass, serious you can't believe the shit you speak troll.

Aaron Becker site profile image  

2/27/14 8:44 AM by Aaron Becker

you POOR fool

Braziliant site profile image  

2/27/14 7:58 AM by Braziliant

We are the best. There aren't even as many Brazilians as there are Americans in the UFC and Brazilians still find a way to get themselves to the top. I would sayBrazil > Canada > USA. I put Canada ahead of you guys because again, small population, but nearly every Canadian you've heard of in the UFC has made an impact of some kind. Quality over quantity. At the very least, Canadians are neck and neck with Americans.

rkm456 site profile image  

2/27/14 3:02 AM by rkm456

The whole idea behind this comment is hilarious. Firstly, it's wrong. As HeHitsMe said USA>Brazil>Canada is pretty bang on. What I find particularly funny is that in Brazil, MMA is a second tier sport. When I say that I mean if a kid in Brazil is identified as being particularly skilled, he's shuffled into soccer. If he's not good enough to be a soccer star, then it's MMA.In the U.S. MMA might, MIGHT, be 6th in the hierarchy. If you're a kid in the U.S. and you're identified by coaches, gym teachers, whoever, as being an athletic freak. You're going first and foremost to football. Followed by baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, soccer, and then maybe even some more sports before your put into anything that's going to lead you into a career in MMA. So in reality, not only does America have better MMA fighters, but the quality and depth of its athletes absolutely vomits in Brazil's face.***Because I know that someone will take my previous comment as saying MMA fighters aren't great athletes, they are. They're phenomenal, but it's because they train their fucking asses off. It may change down the road if MMA becomes less of a fringe sport in North America. For the foreseeable future though, the natural specimens that can be great at anything they feel like doing (like Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan) just aren't stepping into the octagon. If the time comes that they do though, look the fuck out. Then there will be 0 Brazilian champions.

graciesrule site profile image  

2/27/14 2:33 AM by graciesrule

In all fairness Brazil had a 70 year head start in this type of fighting(MMA/Vale Tudo/NHB) . The US, Russia, Japan and Europe is catching up fast. We have come about 50 yrs in about 10 yrs, another 10 we will be on top.