T.P. Grant's Gods of War

An ever growing list of the greatest martial artists of recent history, the Gods of War series highlights masters of any martial art. The title "Gods of War" is inspired by the ancient belief that mortals who accomplished feats in combat would be deified and brought to live among the gods. This series will profile fighters that have transcended their martial art, be it grappling or striking, to become modern day Gods of War.

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Gods of War: Peter Aerts

Known as "The Dutch Lumberjack" Peter Aerts was one of K-1's orginal fighters and with his combination of heart, toughness, and high kick knockouts, he would help raise the promotion to heights previously unseen in the kickboxing world.

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Gods of War: Marcelo Garcia

With the 2013 ADCC's right around the corner, Gods of War wishes to celebrate by highlighting one of the true stars the grappling event has produced, who developed into one of the best grapplers in history.

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Gods of War: Kazushi Sakuraba

An iconic fighter, Sakuraba was aggressive, charismatic, amazingly skilled, and too tough for his own good. Sakuraba's ability and flair for the dramatic would make him one of the most beloved MMA fighters in history.

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Gods of War: Mike Tyson

No list of great knockout artists is complete without "Iron" Mike Tyson. Known for his intimidating presence in the ring and deplorable acts outside of it, Tyson contended with external opponents and also wrestled with inner-demons, making him one of the most divisive and troubled additions to the Gods of War.

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Gods of War: Igor Kurinnoy

One of the best Sambists of all time, Igor Kurinnoy is a scholar-warrior; winning renown as an athlete, a coach, and an academic.

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Gods of War: John Smith

The NCAA Wrestling Championships are this week and to celebrate Gods of War will look at Oklahoma State's head coach John Smith. The most successful American wrestler in international competition, Smith personifies toughness in wrestling.

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Gods of War: Ezzard Charles

It is high time Gods of War added its first pugilist, and to start with we will look at one of boxing's most skilled and yet under-appreciated champions, the Cincinnati Cobra.

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Gods of War: Terere

Hailed as the first superstar of competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Fernando "Terere" Augusto brought a punishing top game and charisma that would win over a whole generation of grapplers.

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Gods of War: Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, a champion in two sports, is no stranger to adversity. Born into poverty, Souza's combination of work ethic, technical brilliance, and physical talent have made him one of the most formidable grapplers on the planet. T.P. Grant looks at Souza's career and his contribution to combat sports in this feature.

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Gods of War: Bruce Lee

One of the most influential martial artists in history, Bruce Lee is known world wide. In the United States he defined what martial arts were for an entire generation and helped bring together Eastern and Western culture through movies and martial arts.

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Gods of War: Ramon Dekkers

Ramon Dekkers' place in Muay Thai history is somewhat up to debate. Some hail him as an All-Time Great, others dismiss him as a fan favorite whose achievements are overrated, but all can agree he changed the face of competitive Muay Thai.

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Gods of War: Dan Hodge

With the NCAA Wrestling season getting underway it is high time the Gods of War series features its first wrestler. The man whom collegiate wrestling's highest honor is named for, Danny Hodge was the most dominant wrestler the NCAA mats has ever seen. Known for a peerless work ethic and near superhuman strength, Hodge would go on to find success in Olympic competition, boxing, and professional wrestling.

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Gods of War: Andy Hug

A Kyokushin Karate fighter who complied one of the most impressive professional kickboxing highlight reels of all time. Known for his knockout power and toughness, Andy Hug's warrior spirit would earn him the nickname "The Blue Eyed Samurai".

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Gods of War: Masahiko Kimura

Almost every MMA fan has heard of the Kimura arm lock, and many fans know the famous grappling match between Helio Gracie and Masahiko Kumura that was the genesis of the naming of the submission. But so few MMA fans know the man behind the shoulder crank, and understand he was so much more than the man who broke Helio's arm.

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Gods Of War: Roger Gracie

Roger Gracie is a name familiar to most MMA fans. Many will recognize his last name as he is part of the fabled first family of MMA, and they will likely be able to tell you that he is the very best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappler in the world. But what does this mean exactly? What level of accomplishment is required to become known as the best in his martial art?

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Gods of War: Anderson Silva

With UFC 148 coming up and Anderson Silva preparing for his rematch with Chael Sonnen it seemed the right time to add the first Mixed Martial Artist to our small but growing Pantheon of martial excellence. Joining Braulio Estima and Masutatsu Oyama will be the long time UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva.

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Gods of War: Masutatsu Oyama

Joining our Pantheon of modern day martial arts legends next to grappling ace Braulio Estima is the father of Kyokushin Karate, Masutatsu Oyama. A man who sought to instill toughness, focus, and power in himself as well as students, Oyama is a legend in the karate community.

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Gods of War: Braulio Estima

Braulio Estima is becoming a familiar name to MMA fans for his grappling prowess and his consistent attempts to make an MMA debut. With his grappling super match with UFC star and Cesar Gracie black belt Nick Diaz coming this weekend, it seemed fitting to kick off this series of martial legend with Braulio "Carcara" Estima.

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