The best strikers in MMA history

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April 16th, 2020

You don’t want to be on the wrong end of these punches. Fighters who can bring the heat aren’t just crowd pleasers. They have often reigned at the top of the mountain, thanks to a mix of power and skill.

Let's take a look at the brutal, savage, and violent blows doled out by the best strikers in MMA history.

Wanderlei Silva

While Silva wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing striker, often criticized for windmilling his punches and telegraphing his offense, he was fierce when he landed his heavy shots.

One doesn’t live up to the moniker of “The Axe Murderer” with pillow fists, but it was often lights out if opponents were not prepared or cautious enough when entering his wheelhouse.

Jon Jones 

Jones’ long run as light heavyweight champion can be attributed to his crushing power and impeccable technique.

Jones has long been regarded as one of the smartest, most volatile strikers in the sport’s history, and many have fallen to his feet a crumpled mess.

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

"Cro Cop" was a Croatian commando who had a license to kill, something that translated well to his in-ring prowess, and the accomplished striker went on to have a legendary career.

Immortalized by his signature head kick, Cro Cop’s career was defined by his ability to knock opponent’s blocks off, and his body of work includes several jaw-breaking finishes.

Dan Henderson

You do not want to take a clean punch from Henderson.

Often cited as the heaviest puncher in MMA history, Henderson was never outmatched. His formidable strength allowed him to fight at a high level well into his 40s, and he always had a puncher's chance.

Chuck Liddell

"The Iceman" is rightfully remembered as one of the best and most imposing strikers in MMA.

Liddell’s career was highlighted by his trademark toughness and vicious blows, which carried him to the  peak of the sport.

Whether it was a one-shot stopper or a flurry of blows, Liddell’s strikes were always thrown with bad intentions.