Top 10 Hardest Hitters in the UFC Today

10 Hardest Hitters in UFC Today

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In mixed martial arts the finish reigns supreme. Though the variety of attack MMA offers is what attracts so many onlookers and can capture our imaginations, there’s something about a fighter who can really throw hands that gets the people going. Plenty of fighters have scored a knockout, but there is no arguing that some just do so differently. These are the top ten active UFC fighters who apply the lumber with the most authority.

10. Chad Mendes

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10. Chad Mendes

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Chad Mendes has been crushing people. Since his first career setback against Jose Aldo in 2012, the former collegiate All-American rattled off four straight stoppage victories, matching what had previously been his career total. Of late the former No. 1 contender has channeled his explosive athletic ability into absolutely absurd power for the 145-pound weight class.

9. Hector Lombard

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9. Hector Lombard

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Hector Lombard can throw as hard as anyone in the sport, and the former Bellator middleweight champion’s 19 career stoppages are a testament to it. A blistering knockout over Nate Marquardt in his welterweight debut showed Lombard is going to be trouble at that weight class. “Lightning” throws thunder, and everyone at 170 pounds should take cover.

8. Michael McDonald

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8. Michael McDonald

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Bantamweights aren't typically known for their raw knockout ability, but Michael McDonald is the exception. Nine of his 16 career victories have come by way of stoppage, including a crushing knockout of former WEC champion Miguel Torres at UFC 145. At only 23 years of age, this former No. 1 contender is only getting started.

7. Mark Hunt

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7. Mark Hunt

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After the dissolution of Pride, Mark Hunt’s career hit a bit of a rough patch; but after a forgettable UFC debut the Former K1 World Grand Prix Champion turned it around with four straight wins -- three of which came by way of ruthless knockout. Perhaps no fight showcased his savage finishing ability more than his bout against Stefan Struve last March when he shattered the Dutchman’s jaw with a walk-off left hook.

6. Jake Ellenberger

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6. Jake Ellenberger

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The UFC’s welterweight division has been run amuck with wrestlers who have translated their strong grappling skills into brutal knockout power, and Jake Ellenberger is as good as any. Ellenberger is a complete fighter, but when opponents step in against him the main focus is avoiding the two sledges he calls fists. Throughout his career “The Juggernaut” has lived up to his moniker by laying waste to 18 of his 29 victims.

5. Roy Nelson

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5. Roy Nelson

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Roy Nelson can thump. For someone who made a reputation as a jiu-jitsu practitioner, Nelson has turned into one of the most feared knockout artists in the UFC heavyweight division. Since bursting on the UFC scene with his first round drubbing of Brendan Schaub, Nelson has picked up all of his promotional victories by way of KO or TKO. Most of them have involved his opponent folding up like a lawn chair after a monstrous overhand right.

4. Junior Dos Santos

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4. Junior Dos Santos

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Junior Dos Santos wasted no time staking his claim as one of the hardest hitters in the UFC. In his promotional debut, Dos Santos landed a heat-seeking uppercut on contender Frabricio Werdum that will live on in highlight reels for years to come. The former heavyweight kingpin has made a habit of crushing opponents with eight of his ten UFC victories coming by way of stoppage, and he remains the only man to defeat current champ Cain Velasquez.

3. Robbie Lawler

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3. Robbie Lawler

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It’s hard to think of a fighter who approaches the game more violently than Robbie Lawler, and since his return to the UFC he’s turned a corner. Lawler has always possessed unprecedented power as evidenced by only four of his 22 victories NOT coming by way of knockout. But now it is coupled with experience and sharper technique which is a frightening development for his fellow welterweights.

2. Johny Hendricks

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2. Johny Hendricks

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Few fighters in today’s game have power that commands respect like Johny Hendricks. There was a while where it was overlooked that now the UFC welterweight king was a 2x NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion, and he has his ungodly stopping power to thank for that. It’s not that he finishes fights that makes him such a force; it’s that he does so in way that makes his opponent fly back like they got hit in the chest with a shotgun from close range.

1. Dan Henderson

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1. Dan Henderson

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Typically fans can only guess as to how a fighter’s power would translate to other weight classes. This is not the case for Dan Henderson. This MMA legend has proven time and time again that the power of the H-Bomb is not restrained by our feeble divisions. His list of victims is littered with Hall-of-Fame opponents. Last month the 43-year-old Henderson showed the world he’s still got it with a vicious knockout of Mauricio Rua. All hail the King.

Graham Jones is an MMA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @graymatter91, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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