The list of successful mixed martial arts stars stepping into the squared circle to box professionally increased last week by the crossover of Michael “Venom” Page.
“MVP” made a successful debut with a vicious third round knockout over Jonathan Costano to plant his feet in the boxing world, however, Page is just the latest MMA star to have a career in boxing.
Here are our top five picks…
1 Holly Holm
Although many fight fans associate her name with the vicious knockout of Ronda Rousey in the octagon, former UFC champion Holly Holm was previously a professional boxer boasting a credible record.
Holm was regarded as one of the greatest welterweights of all-time and was also named fighter of the year two consecutively in 2005 and 2006. She ended her career with an impressive record of 38-2-3.
2 Kimbo Slice
Many people remember the extraordinary character of Kimbo Slice. Having initially gained attention and stardom through the power of the internet with his bloody backyard brawl videos going viral, he went on to entertain in mixed martial arts. However, there was also a successful boxing spell for the Dade County native.
Slice entered the squared circle and announced his boxing debut in 2011. He would go on to win his debut via KO in the first round, knocking out six of his seven professional opponents while defeating one via unanimous decision.
3 Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor took the world of mixed martial arts by storm. Using his skills in the octagon and wit behind the microphone, the "Notorious One" was propelled into becoming a household name inducing a loyal fan base along with a crowd of critics through controversy.
He achieved a lot in his short time in the UFC, securing the featherweight and lightweight titles. This wasn't enough for McGregor, who called the undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather out of retirement for his debut bout.
While many initially shrugged the idea off, eventually the deal materialised, and the fight was made. McGregor lasted 10 rounds with Mayweather before being worn down and knocked down in a fatigued state. He is estimated to have earned $100million dollars for this bout, netting him a larger payday on his debut than most boxers earn in a whole career.
4 Anderson Silva
Although he is a future hall of fame member and an all-time great in mixed martial arts, the Brazilian was also a professional boxer, albeit briefly and unsuccessfully. "The Spider" had only two bouts at cruiserweight, losing the first by decision and defeating a journeyman in his second. He certainly made the right decision with his chosen combat sport.
5 Michael "Venom" Page
Michael Page made his boxing debut last weekend with a stunning third round knockout of Jonathan Castano. After racking up 12 wins with zero defeats in the octagon, fans anticipated his entry into the ring and he did not disappoint.
Dominating every round with his outlandish style of boxing, he picked off his opponent and eventually finished the Spaniard in the third round. Due to his already successful career in combat sports, "MVP" will be a big draw at any weight, as we look forward to seeing his next move in boxing.
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