The UFC has been home to some of the hardest hitting athletes in all of Combat sports during its brief 24 years. We take a look at the top four hardest hitters who have competed in the octagon.
“Precision beats power, and timing beats speed.” These were the words of Irish sensation Conor McGregor after obliterating former Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, in just 13 seconds. Though it seems there is also no lack of power for the Notorious one. His powerful left has already helped him to become the first two weight world champion in UFC history – mirroring the achievements of his time with Cage Warriors. Other notable knockouts for McGregor include Chad Mendes, and Dustin Poirier. The combination of McGregor’s quick witted trash talking and infamous left hand, has seen him become the biggest star in the history of MMA
Mark ‘The Super Samoan’ Hunt is the King of the walk away knockout, and is without doubt one of the hardest hitting fighters the UFC has ever known. Boasting an impressive record that includes 10 KO wins, the former K1 champion has a destructive power that has seen him land knockout victories over legends such as Frank Mir, Ben Rothwell, and Roy Nelson. Hunt is a soft spoken individual who likes to talk with his fists.
Dan ‘Hendo’ Henderson is a living legend in the sport of MMA, and is unquestionably a future hall of famer. The former Olympic wrestler was a two weight world champion at Pride FC, as well as competing for titles under both the Strikeforce and UFC banners – and there’s one very good reason why. With a punch that fans dubbed, the H-bomb, Henderson was able to compete well into his forties, gaining Knockout victories over fellow legends, such as Fedor Emelianenko, and Shogun Rua. The Californian slugger will always be remembered for his brutal KO finish over British Middleweight, Michael Bisping.
Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson may be the scariest athlete to ever enter the octagon. With a background in wrestling and the unrelenting power of his shots, he was able to knock you out with almost any strike. With notable knockouts over Glover Texiera and Alexander Gustafson, the former light heavy weight contender commanded a terrifying presence in the cage, that kept the roster on its toes for years.
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