MIXED MARTIAL ARTS WRITERS' TOP TEN FIGHTERS POLL

SEPTEMBER, 1999

HEAVYWEIGHT
200 lbs and over
(21 fighters received votes)


1. Mark Kerr (139)
– (11-0) - USA

2. Perdo Rizzo (97)
– (9-0) - Brazil

3. Igor Vovchanchin (84)
– (29-1) - Ukraine

4. Kevin Randleman (75)
(9-0) - USA

5. Carlão Barreto (56)
(9-2) - Brazil

6. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (50)
(3-1) - Japan

7. Tom Erikson* (47)
(7-0-1) - USA

8. Pete Williams (45)
(6-1) - USA

9. Enson Inoue (44)
(10-3) - Japan/USA

10. Maurice Smith (29)
(5-2) - USA

 

MIDDLEWEIGHT
169 lbs to 199 lbs
(24 fighters received votes)


1. Kazushi Sakuraba (121)
– (5-1-1) - Japan

2. Frank Shamrock (119)
– (5-1) - USA

3. Tito Ortiz (89)
– (4-1) - USA

4. Bas Rutten (84)
– (2-0) - Holland

5. Vanderlei Silva (69)
– (7-2) - Brazil

6. Allan Goes (45)
– (4-1-1) - Brazil

7. Ebenezer Fontes Braga (38)
– (21-4-1) - Brazil

8. Vitor Belfort (34)
– ( - ) - Brazil

9. Akira Shoji (24)
– (4-2-3) - Japan

10. Rickson Gracie* (21)
– (11-0) - Brazil

 

LIGHTWEIGHT
169 lbs and under
(32 fighters received votes)


1. Mikey Burnett (106)
– (2-2) - USA

2. Pat Miletich (98)
– (25-2-2) - USA

3. Hayato Sakurai (75)
– (10-0-2) - Japan

4. Jose 'Pele' Landi Johns (72)
– (20-3) - Brazil

5. Rumina Sato (46)
– (12-3) - Japan

6. Frank Triggs (37)
– (2-0) - USA

7. Royler Gracie (36)
– (3-0) - Brazil

8. Carlos Newton (30)
– (5-3) - Canada

9. Kaoru Uno (27)
– (8-1-1) - Japan

10. Andre Pederneiras (18)
– (1-1) - Brazil
10. Jean Jacques Machado (18)
– ( - ) - Brazil

 

Both Tom Erikson and Rickson Gracie were not ranked by every writer, probably due to inaction.
When ranked, they tended to place high, but averaged out in the poll.


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