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TUF 16 Finale Results: Pat Barry and the 5 Best Strikers in the HW Division

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

TUF 16 Finale Results: Pat Barry and the 5 Best Strikers in the HW Division

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    Saturday night, The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale saw an abundance of knockouts. Two of these came in the heavyweight division.

    Pat Barry earned one of the knockouts in his heavyweight bout. Facing a dangerous striker in Shane del Rosario, Barry proved why he is a top striker in the UFC.

    Here are the five best strikers in the UFC heavyweight division.

Mark Hunt

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    Mark Hunt is a reputed striker from his time in Pride, but his fights in the UFC have seen him carve a path of destruction with his fists.

    Five of Hunt's eight career wins have come by knockout. This includes jaw-rattling KOs of Chris Tuchscherer and Cheick Kongo in the UFC, which have earned him a reputation as a dangerous striker.

    Hunt's kickboxing record also speaks for itself, owning knockout wins over Stefan Leko, Jerome LeBanner and Peter Graham. 

    Striking is Hunt's bread and butter, and he displays it when he enters the cage.

Pat Barry

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    The man who was the inspiration for this list, Pat Barry, is easily one of the top strikers in the UFC's heavyweight division.

    Barry is a veteran of K-1 kickboxing, which has seen him finish Gary Goodridge and Scott Lighty via TKO.

    In the Octagon, Barry has been nothing short of brutal with his striking. His leg kicks are brutal, as he has even finished Dan Evensen with low kicks in his UFC debut.

    He also has knocked out Antoni Hardonk, Christian Morecraft and Shane del Rosario with his vicious onslaught, which is very impressive because Hardonk and del Rosario are reputed strikers themselves.

Cain Velasquez

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    Cain Velasquez may be known for his wrestling background and his ground-and-pound, but Velasquez is also quite technical and powerful on the feet.

    His boxing is quite good, as he is able to stand on the feet with most people. He has made mincemeat of Brock Lesnar and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with his striking, knocking both former champions senseless.

    He does use leg kicks effectively as well. If he touches your chin, it's usually lights out.

Alistair Overeem

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    A full-time mixed martial artist, Alistair Overeem decided to devote some time to making a run in the K-1 Grand Prix not long ago. With that, Overeem became a world champion kickboxer by winning the tournament. 

    Overeem is one of the most powerful, diverse strikers at heavyweight. His kicks are lethal, his knees are deadly and his punches are decapitating. 

    Simply put, his striking is something to be feared. There are more than a dozen men who can attest to how brutal Overeem is with his striking, as he owns 14 career knockouts. 

    A list of his victims includes Brock Lesnar, Todd Duffee and Brett Rogers. Not too shabby, considering those are just his last three victims.

Junior Dos Santos

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    The UFC Heavyweight Champion is easily a top-five striker in the 265-pound weight class, if not the best. 

    Junior's boxing is second-to-none in MMA. His technique and power are a combination that no man in the UFC has been able to handle at this point in time.

    Here is some food for thought; dos Santos owns UFC knockouts of Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, Gilbert Yvel, Gabriel Gonzaga, Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir.

    That is a resume of a future Hall of Famer.

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