By Marcus Pordoy @MMAnalysisRoom on March 30, 2014
Judo, the foundation of grappling, is very rare to see in it's purest form in mixed martial arts. Created by Jigoro Kano of Japan, the fundamentals of judo are fairly simple, wherein a Judoka has to either throw, submit or strike his opponent using certain techniques. The following slideshow showcases the five best judo practitioners in the UFC.
The young prospect, Jimy Hettes, was most recently finished by the excellent Dennis Bermudez, but at such a young age, only a lesson will be learnt from such a beating. Hettes dominated his opponents with incredible judo technique, and most notably toyed with Nam Phan.
Dong Hyun Kim has seemed to turn a corner with his fighting style, opting for all-out brawls in his last two fights, but his career has been solely built on trips and grinding his opponents out. He's probably best to get back to his roots as he climbs the ranks of dangerous welterweights.
Hector Lombard has looked like a monster in his last two outings at welterweight, restoring the faith in many fans about his abilities. Lombard threw around top grappler Jake Shields in a one-sided affair that may lead to title contention for the Cuban.
The 135-pound women's bantamweight champion is the best practitioner of judo around in MMA, using it to dominate and finish her opponents. Ronda threw her last opponent, Meisha Tate, around like a rag-doll, and it goes to show how proficient an Olympic medalist can be.
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