There are guys like UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre who pride themselves in being the best in the world.
Then there are guys like Wanderlei Silva and Nick Diaz who pride themselves in going out and having the fight of their lives.
No matter if they win every fight or get knocked out, there are some fighters who almost always put on an exciting show.
Here's a list of guys who are never short in having action filled fights.
Dan Henderson may be 41 years old, but he still knows how to bring it.
Henderson has won 4 of his last 6 fights by knockout and won 7 of his last 8 overall.
Despite being a good wrestler, Henderson prefers to try to knock his opponents out.
When Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is hot, he's one of the most exciting and dangerous fighters in MMA history.
The former Pride and UFC champion has won 20 fights in his MMA career.
Seventeen of those wins have come by way of knockout.
Unless Rua is having an off night, he is almost never in a boring fight.
His most recent fight with Dan Henderson was arguably one of the greatest in MMA history.
Wanderlei Silva may not be the same fighter he was in Pride, but he can still bring excitement inside the Octagon.
Whether he is able to get a knock out, or get's taken out himself, Silva always pushes forward and always looks for a knockout.
Silva may not have the chin he once had, but he proved in his last fight against Cung Le, that he still has very dangerous knees and punches.
Frankie Edgar may not be the biggest lightweight in the world, but he's the best.
Edgar proved just how tough he was when he overcame not one, but two near knockouts from Gray Maynard last year.
Edgar doesn't back down from a challenge and will stand with anybody in the Octagon. Edgar will also push the pace of a fight and score a takedown just when you think he can't get one.
Thanks to being smaller than many of the other lightweights, Edgar may appear to be a underdog in many of his fights.
But Edgar is the real deal and one of the UFC's most exciting fighters.
Nate Diaz has grown into his own over the years.
The little brother of welterweight title contender Nick, Nate's style is heavily influenced by his brother.
Diaz's signature slap boxing and great submissions skills have earned him eight UFC Fight Night bonuses including "Fight of the Night" five times.
If Diaz is ever in a boring fight it's because of his opponent.
Cain Velasquez may have been on the receiving end of a knockout loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC on FOX 1 last year, but he is still one of the most exciting and dangerous fighters in the heavyweight division.
Velasquez is never in a boring fight.
Seven of his eight wins have ended by knockout.
Although Velasquez is a good wrestler, the former UFC heavyweight champion usually stands and trades with all of his opponents.
This usually means fireworks.
Current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has looked nearly unstoppable since coming to the UFC.
Nearly all of dos Santos' fights have ended in knockout.
When dos Santos doesn't finish fights, he makes his opponents pay by leaving them a bloody mess.
Dos Santos is like many of the guys on this list who prefer to have a stand up war as opposed to taking the fight to the ground.
Carlos Condit has 27 wins in his MMA career.
Only one of those wins have come by decision.
When Condit fights you can usually expect that someone will either go down, get submitted, or it will be a close hard fought battle.
It could be the latter when Condit faces Nick Diaz at UFC 143 next month.
Diego Sanchez may not be the strongest or flashiest fighter in the world, but he, without a doubt, has more heart than just about anybody he goes in the Octagon with.
That heart usually makes Sanchez one of the most fan friendly fighters in the world.
Sanchez has been in some absolute wars over the years.
His fights with Clay Guida and Karo Parisyan were considered the year's best in 2009 and 2006, respectively.
His most recent fight with Martin Kampmann left him bloodied and bruised but Sanchez fought his way towards a victory.
Despite losing his last fight of the year, Donald Cerrone still had a great 2011.
Cerrone fought five times and earned UFC Fight Bonuses in four of those fights.
This includes "Fight of the Night" Awards in his UFC debut against Paul Kelly and against Nate Diaz.
Before he was in the UFC, Cerrone won five WEC "Fight of the Night" bonuses.
Cerrone is a guy that's willing to go toe to toe with anybody and should continue to rise in 2012.
Nick Diaz is a guy that you either love to see fight or you wish you would see knocked out.
For all of his antics outside of the Octagon though, Diaz brings it inside of it.
Diaz has crazy stamina and can dictate the fight standing up just as much as he can on the ground.
Diaz is currently on an 11 fight winning streak.
Only his fights with KJ Noons and and BJ Penn have gone the distance. The latter earned him a "Fight of the Night" bonus.
If Diaz did not leave the UFC earlier in his career, he perhaps could have been the leader of the fight night bonuses.
Jon Jones and action packed fights just seem to go hand and hand.
Known for his size, wrestling, submission skills, and unorthodox striking, Jones has finished all but three of his opponents in his career.
At just 23 years old Jones captured the UFC light heavyweight championship.
By the time 2011 ended, the 24 year old defended the title twice and had two memorable submission victories to Lyoto Machida and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
We could be seeing much of same from Jones in 2012.
Anderson Silva has had a few questionable performances in his career. But with the exception of those fights, he has had quite the action packed career.
From his crazy front kick against Vitor Belfort to Muay Thai clinics against Chris Leben and Rich Franklin, to his come from behind submission over Chael Sonnen, you never know know to expect from Silva except a good fight.
We're at the point now where a Silva victory by KO or submission is not even surprising anymore.
It's almost unfair for Silva to be as good as he is.