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Top 15 Smartest MMA Fighters Outside the Octagon

''No wonder he is so stupid, with the amount of times he's been punched/kicked/choked''. We all love to make jokes about MMA fighters being dumb as a rock after some comments made to the media or after some post-fight interviews. Some of the most common fighters that get made fun of are the Diaz brothers, for example, due to their inability to properly express themselves during interviews.

Furthermore, MMA is a fairly new sport, and is still largely criticized by politicians and media. Terms like ''human cockfighting'' are commonly used, making MMA seem like a savage spectacle rather than a professional sport. Thus is created the stereotype of the ''meathead fighter'' commonly referred to by MMA protesters.

By selling PPVs and marketing their fights, organizations such as the UFC are giving their fans a reason to order the event and to follow their favorite fighters, but are also helping in reinforce the meathead fighter stereotype. Take, for example, the UFC 194 promo: for the fans, this is a much anticipated event with lots of tension and a belt at stake. For opponents of MMA, this is merely two savages screaming death threats at each other.

However, not all fighters fit into this stereotype, with some being quite the opposite. With many fighters coming from a wrestling background that they picked up in university, it is no surprise that many MMA competitors are in fact quite educated and do have career plans after retirement. Here is a list of the top 15 smartest fighters in MMA outside of the cage:

15 Rich Franklin

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14 Jeff Monson

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13 Mirko Filipovic

via mmacentral.com

12 Nick Denis

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11 Shane Carwin

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10 Peggy Morgan

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9 Tor Troeng

via mmanytt.se

8 Chael Sonnen

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Okay when I talk about Chael, I don't ONLY mean his smart comebacks and trash-talk, though he does have that too. But did you ever wonder how Sonnen sells his fights so well? A sales background perhaps? Yeah, Sonnen used to be a real estate broker. And if that was not enough, he also tried a career in politics, becoming a former Oregon State Senate Candidate. Too bad politics and trash-talking are two different things.

7 Terry Martin

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6 Carlos Newton

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5 Sam Hoger

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4 Takeya Mizugaki

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3 John Cholish

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2 Jake Butler

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1 Rosi Sexton

via independent.co.uk

First of all Rosi Sexton has TWO black belts: one in Jiu-Jitsu, and another in Taekwondo. She also went to Cambridge University and earned a degree in in mathematics, and then continued her education by receiving a PhD in theoretical computer science from Manchester University. Degrees aside, Sexton has solidified her career as an MMA fighter, but also has a successful practice in osteopathy.

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