The Most Explosive Fighters in the UFC

Dan HiergesellFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2012

The Most Explosive Fighters in the UFC

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    A fighter's ability to produce explosive results inside the cage can be measured throughout a variety of skills.

    Quickness, power, elusiveness, technique and the ability to finish are all relevant facets.

    It's up to a fighter to put them all together in order to maintain superiority inside the Octagon.  Luckily for us fans, these talented practitioners exist. 

    Here are the most explosive fighters in the UFC today.  If someone is left off, feel free to comment.

Michael McDonald

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    Currently the most dangerous knockout specialist gracing the higher ranks of the UFC bantamweight division, Michael McDonald inhibits a newly discovered explosiveness.

    Never before has a 135-pound fighter possessed an innate ability to end fights with one swift swing.

    Sure it has happened on occasion in the eyes of rarity, but not to the extent of McDonald's true ability.

    As long as the 21-year-old can maintain his manly approach to finishing fights, he'll have no trouble capturing gold by the end of next year.

Chan-Sung Jung

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    Chan-Sung Jung has become the epitome of a finisher.

    He can leap on his opponent standing up or suffocate him on the ground.  It's a deadly combination considering he also possesses a granite chin.

    The bottom line is that "The Korean Zombie" can end a fight any way he wants.  He has one-punch knockout power, ridiculous submissions and the ability to finish on top every time he fights.

Cain Velasquez

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    As a heavyweight, Cain Velasquez is as explosive as they come.

    His reluctant approach to suffocating opponents and imposing his will has made him more dangerous than ever.

    Not to mention the serious power in his hands and excellent takedowns.

    Just look at his efforts against Antonio "Big Foot" Silva at UFC 146.

Diego Nunes

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    There are only a few featherweights in the UFC who are more explosive than Diego "The Gun" Nunes.

    Nunes has showcased the ability to pound his opponents by unorthodox, but disciplined, strikes and vicious ground-and-pound.

    He has become an automatic candidate for Fight of the Night honors every time he steps inside the Octagon and seems ready to make a 2013 title run.

Donald Cerrone

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    Kickboxing specialist Donald Cerrone possesses some of the best striking techniques in the entire UFC lightweight division.

    His range is uncanny, his punches are crisp and he never shies away from contact.

    Cerrone's ability to demolish opponents by kicks and then inflict continuous damage truly separates him from some of the best fighters at 155 pounds.

Clay Guida

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    When someone mentions explosiveness, Clay Guida should be one of the first names that come to mind.

    His tenacious style of wildly battering opponents while bloodying himself has solidified his legacy within the sport.

    It has made Guida one of the most entertaining fighters in UFC history and has provided the veteran with the ability to finish fights on the edge of defeat.

    If this list was ranked, "The Carpenter" would easily be top-five.

Anderson Silva

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    Anderson Silva could be the most explosive fighter in the UFC if he wants to.

    With unmatched size, quickness, precision, technique, discipline and timing, the greatest fighter of all time could literally end every one of his fights within the first few minutes.

    However, Silva likes to take his time.  He likes to map out his opponent's moves, intentions and overall game plan.

    Once that happens, he'll end a fight via flying knee, super up-kick or rangy jab.

Johny Hendricks

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    Johny Hendricks' nickname is "Bigg Rigg" for a reason. 

    With unbelievable power waiting to be released, Hendricks' hands are better suited as dynamite sticks with fingers.

    The fact of the matter is that the welterweight title contender can knock out anybody at any time.

    If that doesn't scream explosiveness, what does?

Hector Lombard

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    Hector Lombard has yet to display his explosiveness inside the Octagon, but for all intents and purposes, it's there.

    He's practically a time bomb waiting to go off.

    Once Lombard comes into a fight healthy and finds his range, he's going to start leaving opponents looking like Ned Stark from Game of Thrones.

Anthony Pettis

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    Despite his age and relative inexperience within the UFC, Anthony Pettis is still one of the division's top five best fighters.

    His skills are borderline limitless.

    With unimaginable creativity on his feet paired with flashy speed and precise strikes, Pettis is always one second away from dismantling his foe.

    "Showtime" isn't just a fancy nickname.

Jon Jones

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    Similar to Anderson Silva, Jon Jones likes to take his time ending fights.

    As a youthful champion, Jones doesn't want to make a mistake before it's too late, which is something that almost happened at the hands of Vitor Belfort.

    Regardless, either way you look at it, Jones is extremely explosive. 

    His size and natural strength make him nearly impossible to hold down, as well as possessing the ability to throw side kicks, standing elbow strikes and unorthodox shoulder bumps.

Erick Silva

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    Despite his efforts opposite a hungry and tenured Jon Fitch at UFC 153, Erick Silva is still one of the flashiest strikers in the welterweight division.

    His skills reach far beyond that of any youthful up-and-comer.  With solid power, elusive head movement and unorthodox strikes, Silva employs a variety of elite skills.

    It's only a matter of time before he finds out how to defeat wily veterans en route to a title run.

Junior dos Santos

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    As often as MMA fanatics tend to battle boxing's existence, it is boxing that has provided UFC fans with Junior dos Santos and his calculated heavyweight reign.

    Dos Santos has been unstoppable since making his UFC debut back 2008, winning all nine of his bouts including two title-fight TKO's.

    By looking at the numbers and the Brazilian's sheer dominance over the past four years, it seems as if he's making a similar run at history as Anderson Silva has done at middleweight.

    In this writer's opinion, Alistair Overeem should watch his mouth.

Demetrious Johnson

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    As the undisputed pound-for-pound fastest fighter in the world, Demetrious Johnson possesses skills that other athletes only dream of.

    But the one skill that supersedes the rest of his abilities is his unprecedented quickness.

    It makes his takedowns and takedown-defense faster and more efficient, it allows him to lunge in and out of strikes before his opponent has a chance to counter, and it gives him the upper hand in scrambling back to his feet.

    So while Johnson doesn't possess out of this world power, his speed is all he needs when it comes to being explosive.

Carlos Condit

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    Quite possibly the most underrated fighter in the world when mentioning the pound-for-pound best, Carlos Condit serves as the UFC welterweight division's most explosive fighter.

    With disciplines stretching from kickboxing to Muay Thai, Condit can literally do it all on his feet.  He has proven so by winning three of his last four fights by knockout or TKO.

    The interim champ will surely give Georges St-Pierre a run for his money and could very well pull off a victory by implementing powerful punches and devastating head kicks.

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