As the upcoming UFC 146 Heavyweight Championship approaches, and with the winner being known as the baddest man on the planet, we decided to evaluate the Top 10 Baddest Video Game Fighters Ever.
However, since almost every video game character fights at some point or another (even Cooking Mama), we needed to set up a few rules to prevent this from becoming a plain old "Top Ten Most Popular Video Game Characters" list.
First of all, there are no weapons allowed. Sorry Kratos, but we are looking for true brawlers and martial artists here. Second, the character has to be known for fighting. This is a list of fighters specifically, so these are characters likely to list "fighter" as their occupation of choice on a resume or, at the very least, list it at relevant job experience. Finally, we decided to pick only one character per franchise, or else you'd be seeing far too many Street Fighter characters on this list.
That being said, here are the ten fighters in gaming that we most want to see step into a UFC ring.
Asura has two super powers: getting angry and punching things. And Asura's Wrath is nothing if not an exercise in hyperbole. Asura punches people into the moon, shatters opponents the size of planets, and generally does things that even Goku from Dragon Ball Z would think were excessive. He might be disqualified due to having six arms, but I wouldn't mind seeing a UFC match that ends in the center of the planet after someone gets punched so hard it creates a crater deep enough to house such an event.
So this might be cheating considering Kenshiro came from the Fist of the North Star anime before the fighting game from Arc System Works. But who cares? Are you going to argue with a guy who can strike you once and make your head explode with his head-explode-fu? I'm not! Kenshiro may have been the original big-muscled, multi-punching, more-powerful-than-a-god martial arts badasss, and I sure would like to see how far the Fist of the North Star goes in a fight against Brazilian Ju-Jitsu.
Iron First, primarily from Marvel Comics but also from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, is known for being one of the best martial artists in the world. Of course, having the power of an ancient undying dragon helps too. Maybe that's why he is called the Immortal Iron Fist. Is immortality against UFC rules?