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The 8 Greatest Can-Crushers in MMA

Can-crusher (n.): MMA fighter who makes his reputation by destroying the weak and inexperienced, but falls apart when faced with an opponent who’s half-decent. In no particular order, here are the eight fighters who have defined “can-crushing” more than anybody else in the sport, beginning with one who should still be very fresh in your minds…


Notable cans crushed in the last three years: Reese Andy, Mike Patt
Biggest win in the last three years: Krzysztof Soszynski
Recent losses: Thiago Silva, Jon Jones, Randy Couture
A cautionary tale about believing your own hype, Brandon Vera’s career has unfolded in two distinct phases: The “sky’s the limit” phase, in which Vera hacked through every opponent in his path, culminating in his beat-down of former champ Frank Mir at UFC 65 — and the “when is this dude getting fired?” phase, marked by contract disputes, unchecked ego, underwhelming performances, and a half-dozen losses. Following the Thiago Silva fight at UFC 125, we expect the Truth to be sent back down to the minors where he can prey on scrubs for a while.


Notable cans crushed in the last three years: Miodrag Petkovic, Eddy Bengtsson, Ibragim Magomedov, Sang Soo Lee
Biggest win in the last three years: Honestly, he hasn’t beaten anybody worth mentioning.
Recent loss: Peter Graham
Fedor’s younger brother built a fearsome reputation in PRIDE for his ice-cold demeanor and lightning-fast knockouts of equally scary-looking mofos like James Thompson and Ricardo Morais. But ever since he left the Japanese scene in 2006 to compete almost exclusively in Europe, his career has drifted steadily out of relevance. A 2008 deal with Affliction signaled a return to meaningful competition, but it didn’t work out — reportedly because of health issues that he has denied ever since. His painful loss to Peter Graham last month suggested that even his can-crushing days might be coming to an end.

TRAVIS FULTON (221-46-8)

Notable cans crushed in the last three years: Preston Shane, Matt Brenner, Antone Tomash, Jessie Nunez, Tony Crawford
Biggest win in the last three years: Brad Kohler
Recent losses: Jeff Monson, Ricco Rodriguez
Over the past 15 years, Travis Fulton has competed in 275 professional MMA matches. The only way to build up that kind of experience is to fight constantly, every weekend if you have to, for any regional promotion that’s looking for names to put on the poster and will pay cash at the end of the night. Travis Fulton has been smashing inexperienced palookas since before Jeremy Bullock lost the use of his legs. Of his last nine opponents, five had never competed professionally before. Hey, it’s a living.
Honorable mentions in the “Ironman Can Crusher” category: Jeremy Horn, Travis Wiuff


Notable cans crushed in the last three years: Emi Fujino, Sarah Schneider, Tomomi Sunaba, Won Bun Chu
Biggest win in the last three years: Lisa Ward
Recent loss: Zoila Frausto
Look, this hurts me just as much as it hurts you. Fujii was long regarded as the greatest female fighter on Earth, but her undefeated record was built on the twisted limbs of journeywomen and newbies. Her run through Bellator’s 115-pound tournament last year was supposed to silence the critics…and then she couldn’t finish Zoila Frausto in five rounds, and managed to lose a controversial decision. We’re not saying it’s time to write Fujii off as a top competitor, but we have to start dealing with the reality that Fujii doesn’t hold victories over anybody with a meaningful reputation.


Notable cans crushed in the last three years: Josh Hendricks, Justin McCully
Biggest win in the last three years: Chris Tuchscherer
Recent losses: Brendan Schaub, Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin
Napao’s similarities with Brandon Vera don’t end at their identical MMA records. Both came into the UFC as highly-regarded wrecking machines, vaulted to title contention by destroying a big name — for Gonzaga it was his infamous head-kick KO of Mirko Cro Cop — and they never looked the same once they made it to the top. Starting with his unsuccessful heavyweight title fight against Randy Couture at UFC 74, Gonzaga began to exhibit all the signs of a front-runner, crumbling at the first sign of pressure. With every knockout loss against one of the top dogs in the UFC, his win over Cro Cop looked more and more like a fluke, until finally he was out-gunned by Brendan Schaub and fired. Breathe easy, cans, because Gabe may never be coming back. And speaking of Cro Cop…

MIRKO “CRO COP” FILIPOVIC (27-8-2, 1 no-contest)

Notable cans crushed in the last three years:
Anthony Perosh, Mostapha Al-Turk, Hong Man Choi, Tatsuya Mizuno
Biggest win in the last three years: Pat Barry
Recent losses: Frank Mir, Junior Dos Santos
The sad fact is, Gabriel Gonzaga stole Cro Cop’s soul. Ever since Filipovic fell victim to his own trademark technique three-and-a-half years ago, he’s fought like a man who’d rather be doing something else. Fishing, for example. Suddenly, he went from one of the greatest fighters in the world to a sad, weary shell, uninspiring in victory (over competition that was, frankly, below him) and completely outmatched in defeat. Following his non-fight against Frank Mir at UFC 119, Cro Cop will try to salvage his career against Brendan Schaub at UFC 128, while Schaub will try to retire two can-crushers in a row.


Notable cans crushed in the last three years: Chris Larkin
Biggest win in the last three years: N/A
Last loss: Joe Lauzon (November 2007)
A true legend among can-crushers, Jason Reinhardt kicked off his career with 19 straight victories. It should be mentioned that just five of his opponents had winning records, and about half were making their MMA debuts. Still, the numbers alone were enough to earn Jason a shot in the UFC, where he was choked out by Joe Lauzon in just over a minute at UFC 78. Reinhardt hasn’t competed since a first-round armbar win over Chris Larkin (0-0 at the time) two years ago, though he was briefly slated to compete against Zhang Tie Quan at WEC 51.

ALISTAIR OVEREEM (34-11, 1 no-contest)

Notable cans crushed in the last three years:
Lee Tae-Hyun, Tony Sylvester, Kazuyuki Fujita
Biggest win in the last three years: Brett Rogers
Last loss: Sergei Kharitonov (September 2007)
Sure, he could beat the tar out of virtually any heavyweight in the world — it’s just that he chooses not to. As much as we love watching Ubereem wreck people, it is kind of troubling that he owns two MMA title belts now, and yet only one victory in his last ten fights came against an opponent who was even close to top-ten. Fabricio Werdum will be an enormous step up in competition from what he’s been getting lately. If he wins, he’s the real deal. If he loses, he’s the terrifyingly-jacked-male version of Megumi Fujii.


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mma-ch- August 8, 2011 at 8:34 am
I think the list might use more names huh?
vengful1- January 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm
I don't remember hearing about Cain, Fedor, Dos Santos, Werdum, Nog, Brock, Mir, Silva (at least he's maybe, possibly fighting him down the road) etc losing to any K1 guys lately. If they have I am completely ignorant to the fact.
KDHR3TBC- January 5, 2011 at 11:53 am
@vengful1.. right cause k1 fighters have'nt showed dominance over top mma competition lately....
KDHR3TBC- January 5, 2011 at 11:53 am
@vengful1.. right cause k1 fighters haven't showed dominance over top mma competition lately....
vengful1- January 5, 2011 at 11:35 am
No one is impressed with your K-1 victories anymore Overeem. If you want to be a top dog you need to man up and fight the best MMA fighters in the world. Or at least Strikeforce (he is the champ, right? I forget).
ghostboner- January 5, 2011 at 5:24 am
If by ignorant you mean true, then yes. I'm afraid you'll need to list them. Let's see, Nick Diaz (scared, homie), and Fedor (management is scared, homie). Anyone else? Dan Henderson? Don't think he would mind headin back to the UFC.
Dagnut- January 5, 2011 at 4:05 am
@Ghostboner that's a stupid thing to say..what about up and coming fighters? What about established fighters who won't fight for the UFC? Do I need to list them..pretty ignorant thing to say
Takeshi M.- January 5, 2011 at 12:12 am
El guapo, just WHO was that defeat against & it also means that she'd lose to WHOM? Not to mention, a cause for leaving/hiatus = the biggest external venture of anyone shy of fellow HollyWood active, Rampage Jackson or if Warren can win gold.

true definitions not bereft of big omissions like that.

Takeshi M.- January 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm
Clyde, All true! Id add that the arm Megu took in the Bellator Semis belong to SOMEONE w/ a meaningful rep - Lisa Ward.
Takeshi M.- January 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm
Lol @ obvious non-feMMA watchers saying Carano!

-Tell Greg Jackson that Julie Kedzie was a can.

-Before some Olympians (Miller, Mcmann) decided to enter the sport, Tonya Evinger was probably the best most decorated wrestler & somehow also a can?!

-Tell Greg Nelson that somehow Kaitlyn Young & Kelly Kobold are cans! I guess that one-nite tourney that Young tore thru was a can KTFOing cans (one of whom was Miesha Tate) Also, tell Tara LaRosa that BoDog war she had w/ Kobold was embarrassing. & tell Ariel Heiwani that Kelly Kobold vs AJ Jenkins was a battle of two cans.

-Tell Cung Le that all his students (Elaina Maxwell) martial arts titles aint nothing.

Fact is, a comparison of anyone's 1set of opponets has Carano > even Cyborg (as Kobold beat Baszler) Now Google this stuff to confirm or keep on ya ignorant hatin.
& Checkout Nunes vs Budd for the winner will def be on their way to claim having the best set of starting opposition wins.

Waldizzle- January 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm
Reinhardt has the psychopathic jailbird look nailed - looks kinda like Statham from Crank actually...
KDHR3TBC- January 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm
Gonzaga really is the worst of these too, his fight againt "Tisher" was the equivalent of that episode from King of the Hill when Bobby kicks people in the nuts.
ghostboner- January 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm
Skeletor I am glad you've come back to us. The WNBA really is hilarious to watch.
ghostboner- January 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm
If you're not fighting in the UFC you're pretty much just crushing cans. There is a reason all the fighters who win a belt in another promotion end up in the UFC. It is because that is where they want to fight, to try to shake off can crusher status. Also, is that a Natty Light in the pic?
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm
halfbreed23 agreed
halfbreed23- January 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm
Only someone trained in MMA through watching episodes of TUF would put Fujii on a list like this. Saying Uber chooses not to fight the top guys is equally ignorant. Top guys like who? Brock Lesnar? 9-0 Cain Velasquez?

MMAINMYBLOOD- January 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm
skeletor lol good one just trying to cover my self people talk alot and asume too much I hope you werent offended... I just looked at the list and thought wtf really this is the best they could do? Me and you could have a beer and come up with a better list than this..
skeletor- January 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm
I have been watching Cro Cop fight for a long long time and I have never seen him koed anyone or win by koes. Is that like a way you used to be able to win fights? Is it outlawed now or something? Jesus you must have been watching MMA forever, where did it start? Because when I started watching a long time ago it was just called Ultimate Fighting Challenge then later they changed it to MMA. You rule CP should get you to edit all there articles before they put them up. With the exception of Elias Cepeda that guy rules and is always entertaining.
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Lysol just like Im sure your dad only read half the instructions on how to properly apply that condom right?? damn shoulda read further. woulda saved tax payers alot of money.
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm
Mariusz Pudzianowski.....Ben Rothwell
Lysol- January 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm
^ I read the last few sentences of that, which are usually the only ones worth reading in long ass comments like yours. It's been confirmed: You're an idiot.
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm
This list is horrible... the comments make far more sense than the actual list... and Crocop come on ... imo a can crusher never beat anyone good not just turned into one... crocop was on a tear in the early two thousands... so was fedor .. hell why dont we throw big nog using cp logic... he hasnt beat anyone really good since pride..Gonzaga is in a different catagory that guy is what you would call a one hit wonder...he had his fifteen minutes and now its over... he never crushed cans... he got lucky against an aged legend in Crocop.(and yes before anyone talks shit remember crocop hasnt just started fighting he started way back before alot of you guys even heard of mma, he actually beat great fighters and koed them with highlight reel koes). here is who is off this list and needs to be on it... Tiki Ghosn.... David Terrell....Jeff Monson....Gary Goodridge.... Paul Buentello ....Tank Abbott....Cabbage ..... and how the fuck can you leave off Kimbo slice on this list cp??? Seriously It didtnt take me too long to come up with this list... try harder next time..
skeletor- January 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm
first of all, FUCK YOU CLYDE!

Not because I disagree with what you say but because it's exactly what I was going to say only allot less sexist. The main point here is why didn't you post earlier? I had to read through all these comments before I got to yours building up my hope that I had an original idea.

So yeah woman's MMA sucks and the sad thing is it always will. It's like saying that in twenty more years the WNBA will be competitive with the real NBA it's just not gonna happen. Why do woman always try to do everything that a man does? Next thing you know some broad with a 30 year growth braid is going to want to try her hand at reffing and breaking up a fight between grown men......oh wait.
Steve W- January 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm
In my defense, it was EliteXC. I'm still trying to forget. It's like soldiers with PTSD.
twoleftfeet- January 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm
I thought that was a pic of Steve carrel after a trt and crack binge. then I read the caption and it said Jason Reinhardt