Top 10 Freak Show Fighters In MMA History

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9. Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch

Age: 48

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 425 pounds (193 KG)

MMA record: 17-10

Now before we get in to it with Eric Esch, it should be noted that he has a crazy 77-10 pro boxing record, albeit against mostly cans, and is above a 1500 average in his mixed martial arts career. Arguably the most successful MMA fighter on the list, Esch has also been party to some seriously silly fights. Two bouts against 0-8 Tom Howard, a submission to punches loss against roid monster-turned fighter Mariusz Pudzianowski, and losses to men a fifth of his size in the form of Genki Sudo and Ikuhisa Minuwa.

What makes this savage striker, with legitimate and scary knockout power, a staple at number nine on the list is his bout with ‘Zuluzinho’. ‘Butterbean’ squared off with Wagner Martins (real name) at Pride 34, remembering that Pride was still the premier MMA organization on the planet at the time, in a fight that required a reinforced canvas due to their over-800 pound combined weight. The fact that it turned to a grappling match, that Esch won in the first round, made it all the more freakishly fun.


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