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5 MMA fighters who follow the Bushido code in real life

Atilano Diaz
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#4. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (MMA: 16-5, UFC)

If there was ever an award for “The Nicest Guy in MMA,” Stephen Thompson would win it, without a doubt. In fact, 'Wonderboy' would have close to zero competition.

Thompson is a former undefeated kickboxer with a 58-0 record. He has a litany of world titles and accolades under his belt. This makes him, hands down, one of the most accomplished strikers in MMA history.

He transitioned to MMA in 2010 and has since enjoyed a fantastic career. To top it all off, he’s been a part of the upper echelon of UFC welterweights for a long time.

Thompson is one of the most dangerous fighters in the world. But how could someone so incredibly skilled as a fighter be so nice? It probably has something to do with his southern upbringing.

Thompson is genuinely one of the nicest athletes in all of combat sports, and if you aren’t convinced, he has a YouTube channel that gives fans an inside look into his life.


#3. Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson (MMA: 30-4, ONE Championship)

Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson is widely considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. In many circles, fans call him the greatest of all time. Of course, his otherworldly skills, smooth wrestling transitions, and excellent overall game have a lot to do with that.

But at the same time, Johnson also carries himself as an upstanding professional athlete with a lot of class. He’s a role model in every sense of the world.

In fact, Johnson is so nice, that he’s had difficulty creating interest in his fights. While other fighters, without conscience, talk trash about their opponents and stir up drama, Johnson just goes in there and treats the fight game like it’s all business.

Johnson signed with ONE Championship in 2019 because his personal and professional values aligned with that of the Asian martial arts organization. Johnson has always been about the respect, honor, and integrity of martial arts, which makes him a perfect fit at ONE.

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