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Black History Month originally began as Negro History Week in 1926 before eventually expanding to a full-month February tribute to the accomplishments of prominent African-Americans 50 years later. In honor of this yearly tradition, a panel of Sherdog.com staff has selected its Top 10 Black Mixed Martial Artists.

The list comes with its own twist: considering the diversity of the mixed martial arts population, this Top 10 has been adapted to include black fighters of all nationalities, not just African Americans. Several of the fighters who appear below have stories that are not yet complete, while others are close to -- or have already -- ridden off into the sunset. All have had significant roles in making the sport what it is today.

1. Anderson Silva

The Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder grew up in Curitiba, Brazil, where the majority of the populace is of fair-skinned, European descent. Since he came from a poor family, Silva first learned jiu-jitsu by rolling with neighbors who could afford the training.

2. Jon  Jones

3. Quinton Jackson

4. Rashad Evans

5. Maurice Smith

With his striking prowess firmly established, the Seattle native entered the MMA realm in 1993. He experienced limited success during his early years in the sport, compiling a 4-7 record while competing for Japanese organizations Pancrase and Rings. Smith made his UFC debut against heavyweight champion Mark Coleman as a huge underdog.

6. Benson Henderson

7. Demetrious Johnson

8. Kevin Randleman

9. Jose Landi-Jons

10. Josh Koscheck

' Kos' grew up as a mulatto -- half-black, half-white -- in the primarily white town of Waynesburg, Pa. According to a 2010 piece published by Fight! Magazine, the fighter, who was raised by his grandparents, used the racial slurs hurled his way during childhood as motivation in future endeavors.

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Anderson is not black, he is Brazilian
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liquidrob - Anderson is not black, he is Brazilian

he's black, his ancestery would come from Africa not from Brazil, slaves were brought to South America too
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what was carlos newtons background?

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that's why Kos is a curly q
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Benderson should be ranked higher. No pat Barry, yet Koscheck makes it? Blah. Blah, I say. Phone Post
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No Cormier?

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ah, it's from Sherdog, makes more sense now...

 

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SnapLocally - No Cormier?

Shit thread.

if you haven't fought in the UFC you don't exist, silly.


now, I'm also looking forward to the 'top 10 white fighters' list that will be forthcoming... right?

(actually it would be an 'interesting' debate, lol)
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Pretty stupid article. I guarantee most people wouldn't put Benson on a top 10 ASIAN fighter list, even though he is also half. I guess the one drop rule applies here, one drop and Benson now classified as a BLACK FIGHTER. I feel like punching whoever wrote this, seriously. Phone Post
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If Kos is half black and half white does that mean he gets to be on both top 10 lists or what?
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liquidrob - Anderson is not black, he is Brazilian

Brazillian would be his nationality, his race would be black.  Based on your argument, Rashad, Rampage etc are not black, they are American.

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liquidrob - Anderson is not black, he is Brazilian

Brazillian would be his nationality, his race would be black.  Based on your argument, Rashad, Rampage etc are not black, they are American.


Its a UG saying
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liquidrob - Anderson is not black, he is Brazilian

Brazillian would be his nationality, his race would be black.  Based on your argument, Rashad, Rampage etc are not black, they are American.


Its a UG saying

I apologize for being Captian Obvious, my bad.


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