Written By; Kevin Early
I am going to play Frankenstein and piece together the perfect fighter. A fighter who goes 40-0, retires and then comes out of retirement and reclaims his belt going 7-0 before laying down his gloves for good. I will take a piece of all the best fighters' games and make the ultimate fighter.
Anderson Silva's stand up:
There is a reason Anderson Silva is undefeated in the UFC and the best fighter ever, and that is his striking. Silva is at such a high level, he toyed with his opponents at one point, dancing around the cage.
George St. Pierre's wrestling:
St. Pierre takes his opponents down at will. His pure athleticism and strong lower body give him a great base. Jon Fitch, who had not spent anytime on his back previous to his fight with St. Pierre, even was subject to "Rush's" takedowns.
Chael Sonnen's mouth:
Chael Sonnen's pre- and post-fight interviews are better than most comedians stand up routines. He called out Anderson Silva, which lead to a large amount of hype around his match with Silva. He is the champion of the world in his pre- and post-fight interviews and is not afraid to insult anyone he does not like (mainly Silva).
Jon Jones' reach:
Jon Jones' reach is a record breaking 84 1/2 inches. It allows him to be unpredictable in his striking while being out of reach of his opponents.
Lyoto Machida's elusiveness:
Machida's karate background has taught him to take as little damage as possible. He keeps his head far back with his stance and jumps in and out of striking distance.
Randy Couture's clinch:
Randy Couture made a career out of putting his opponents against the cage, throwing short powerful strikes and wearing them down. It allowed him to beat up on much larger opponents in the heavyweight division.
Steven Seagal's training presence:
For those who do not know, Steven Seagal actually trained with Anderson Silva prior to his fight at UFC 126. Anderson Silva even said that Seagal had helped him perfect the kick he used to knockout Vitor Belfort. Seagal did the same thing for Machida with almost the same results. Seagal is known as an action and reality T.V. star but his MMA techniques are no joke (only his films are)
Brock Lesnar's strength:
Just look at the guy, his muscles have muscles. Heath Herring knows first hand with a Lesnar right hand that broke his orbital bone.
Mirko Filipovic's kicks:
If you have not seen "Cro Cop's" highlight video on youtube, you need to. He is famously quoted "right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetery."
Chris Leben's chin:
Chris Leben has only been KO'ed once and TKO'ed twice (once by corner stoppage due to a cut). "The Crippler's" fighting style is to bang and it only works because he can take a beating and still come forward.
Demian Maia's ground game (BJJ):
Maia has eight submission victories in his career. He also has many awards including; three time world cup champion; two time world champion; brazilian champion; seven time state champion; four time brazilian team champion.
This fighter decides how to finish you, he does not need a corner and makes grown men piss their pants after seeing his mean mug.
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