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We believe honoring those who have made a significant impact in the world of COMBAT sports is of the upmost importance.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson is an American actor, filmmaker and Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. He is best known for his action hero roles, namely his roles in Mad Max and Lethal Weapon. Gibson produced, directed, and starred in the epic historical drama film Braveheart (1995), for which he won the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Director, along with the Academy Award for Best Picture. After a 10-year hiatus from directing, Gibson returned with the critically praised Hacksaw Ridge (2016), which won two Academy Awards and was nominated for another four, including Best Picture and Best Director for Gibson, his second nomination in the category.

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Chuck Liddell

Chuck Liddell is an American retired mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He has an extensive striking background in Kempo, Karate, and Kickboxing, as well as a grappling background in collegiate wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Liddell had 23 fights in the UFC; he is widely credited for bringing MMA into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment. On July 10, 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

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Shane Mosley

Often known by his nickname "Sugar" Shane Mosley, is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2016. He is an 8x world champion in three weight classes, having held the IBF lightweight title; the WBA (Super) and WBC welterweight titles; and the WBA (Super), WBC, and Ring magazine light middleweight titles. He is also a former lineal champion at welterweight (twice) and light middleweight. In 2000 and 2001 he was named the world's best active boxer, pound for pound, by The Ring. In 2018 Shane Mosley received the ultimate honor and was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Dolph Lundgren

is a Swedish actor, director, screenwriter, film producer and martial artist holding a black belt in Kyokushin Karate. Lundgren's breakthrough came in 1985, when he starred in Rocky IV as the imposing Soviet boxer Ivan Drago. Since then, he has starred in more than 40 films, almost all of them in the action genre. Lundgren is also highly intelligent and extremely well educated -- earning an M.A. at Stockholm's Royal Institute of Technology and a Fulbright Fellowship at M.I.T.

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Mickey Rourke

American actor Mickey Rourke has earned acclaim for such movies as '9 1/2 Weeks' and 'The Wrestler.' His film career bookended by a stint as a professional boxer. After pausing his acting career in the 1990s to pursue professional boxing, Rourke returned to the big screen with a number of roles, eventually reestablishing his star credentials with his performance in the 2008 film 'The Wrestler.'

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Lou Ferrigno

Lou Ferrigno's name is synonymous with the superhero character, Hulk. As a baby, he was diagnosed with permanent hearing loss. The disability made him the butt of jokes at school. However, he found strength to battle the disadvantage by taking up weight lifting and bodybuilding. He was able to prove himself by winning the ‘Teenage Mr. America’, and two consecutive ‘Mr. Universe’ and ‘Mr. America’ titles. He clashed with Arnold Schwarzenegger for Mr. Olympia title. Their rivalry was made into a book and a film called ‘Pumping Iron’. The film rocketed the two strongmen to fame. Capitalizing on that fame, he won a breakthrough role in the TV serial, ‘The Incredible Hulk’. In the late eighties, he would reprise the character of Hulk in three of its sequels.

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Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, director, martial artist, and musician. A 7th-dan black belt in aikido, Seagal began his adult life as a martial arts instructor in Japan; becoming the first foreigner to operate an aikido dojo in the country In addition, Seagal is known as an environmentalist, an animal rights activist, and as a supporter of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.

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Earnie Shavers

Earnie Shavers is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1995, and challenged twice for the world heavyweight title in 1977 and 1979. He is considered by many boxing experts to be the hardest puncher of all time, holding a 91.8% knockout-to-win ratio, and having stopped 50 opponents in three rounds or less; 23 in the first round. Shavers is best known for his fight with Muhammad Ali: despite losing this contest he hurt Ali badly in the second round as well as during the final rounds of their fight.

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Rigan Machado

Rigan Machado is an 8th degree red and black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, earning his rank under Carlos Gracie Jr. He is a former Pan American Champion (1996, 1997 weight and absolute) and a veteran medalist of the ADCC. Rigan Machado currently teaches out of his Beverly Hills California Academy and is the instructor to notable students Ashton Kutcher, Vin Diesel, Charlie Hunnam, Mel Gibson and many more. He is widely regarded as one of the top competitors in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history.

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Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz is an American retired mixed martial artist who is widely consider the first superstar of the sport. In the MMA world, he is known for his stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Bellator MMA, where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the title from April 14, 2000 to September 26, 2003. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock. On July 7, 2012, Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame.

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Freddie Roach

Freddie Roach is an American boxing trainer and former professional boxer. Roach is widely regarded as one of the best boxing trainers of all time. He is the enduring boxing coach of the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division World Champion Miguel Cotto, former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr., defensive master and three-time world champion James Toney, former UFC Middleweight and three-time Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, and MMA phenom Aaron Pico.

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