5 MMA fighters who follow the Bushido code in real life

Atilano Diaz

#2. Georges St-Pierre (MMA: 26-2, UFC)

Another fighter on this list that embodies the true martial arts values and the Bushido spirit is legendary MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre. Like Johnson, the former UFC welterweight champion is one of the most honorable fighters in the history of MMA.

St-Pierre conducted himself with dignity and class inside the MMA cage, and rarely engaged in disrespectful banter with opponents, even if they prodded and pushed him to try and elicit a reaction. St-Pierre always kept it cool, calm, and collected.

There was never any real bad blood with any of his opponents throughout his MMA career, and he is without a doubt one of the best to ever don the 4-ounce gloves.

That’s not surprising for a guy who picked up martial arts in the first place to protect himself against childhood bullies. St-Pierre learned self-defense as a child, and also learned how to hone his strengths the proper way.

#1. ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt (MMA: 11-3, ONE Championship)

If Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson takes the prize for “Nicest Guy in MMA,” then ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt wins “Nicest Guy in All of Combat Sports.” In fact, he probably rivals Tim Tebow as the nicest athlete of all time.

Of course, his values emanate from his traditional shuri-ryū karate training, which was instilled in him by his father.

Northcutt addresses people as mister or miss, always has a smile on his face, and is always soft-spoken. He’s never brash and too overly confident. He’s honest but a little reserved.

Northcutt is so nice, it's almost cringe-worthy whenever he speaks. This is most likely why the UFC had a tough time finding the right formula to promote him.

Northcutt is with ONE Championship now, which makes a perfect fit for his personality. Northcutt can be himself and not compromise on his values, but still be that MMA golden boy that he’s destined to be.

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Edited by Harvey Leonard
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