Terry Bogard might be one of the most popular characters from the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series. Why? Well, in part it's because of his hilarious Engrish dialogue. But it's also because he is one of the most badass members of the Fatal Fury team. His brother Andy might be the martial arts expert of the family, but Terry fights with nothing more than his vest, his pony tail, and his trucker cap. If that doesn't make him an awesome fighter, I don't know what does.
The again, Mike Haggar fits the fighter description even better than Terry Bogard. Why? Well, his day job might be mayor of Metro City, but his night job is singlehandedly cleaning up the streets with his bare hands. Screw the police force, the mayor himself is going to powerbomb you into submission. Before Mike was the mayor of earth, he was a pro wrestler, taking out punks who would challenge him on the Slam Masters circuit. He's known to powerbomb sharks in his spare time. Sharks! How do you even perform a powerbomb in the water?
Boxing is a manly sport for manly men, and no one knows boxing better in the video game world than Little Mac. I mean, Little Mac beat up guys who were five times his size. He fought in boxing leagues that had no regard for weight class against psycho clowns and martial artists who used weapons. And, According to Abobo's Big Adventure, Little Mac even grew up to be his own video game villain. I'd say he's a natural fit for the UFC ring.
We couldn't have given the top spot on this list to anyone else. Canonically, Akuma is a man who became so good at martial arts that he became a demon. His ability to kick ass has actually allowed him to transcend humanity in dark and forbidden ways. His Raging Demon signature technique is so powerful you can't even fathom its true nature, as the screen goes black and all you are able to see is a barrage of hits pummeling the opponent to death. He very often holds back his true power, just to give the opponent a fighting chance. Can the UFC's greatest stand up to the Satsui no Hadou? Probably not.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: May 18, 2012
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