The Most Unemotional Fighters in MMA History
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For some people, it takes feelings to fight. It helps give those people the necessary motivation to, you know, fight someone.
Others have no such requirement, and in certain cases, those are the scariest ones. Think back to Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins' evil genius character from The Silence of the Lambs, who ate everybody's liver with fava beans without his pulse ever rising above 85 beats per minute.
Then, of course, there are unemotional fighters who are just plan, old boring people.
These are the least-emotional fighters ever. Each guy is either scary or boring. I'll let you guess which one in each case.
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Gegard Mousasi's nickname is "The Dreamcatcher." Anyone with any warm blood in their vessels would never have agreed to such a thing.
He also just doesn't seem to be excited by anything. Fighting included. Don't get me wrong, he's an excellent fighter. But only just now training seriously after scores of professional contests? That kind of hints at his comparative lack of fire.
I'm still holding out hope that the UFC or another major promotion will find a way to sign KSW's Mamed Khalidov. It's unfortunate that no one has yet.
But, regardless, here he is unemotionally clubbing Rodney Wallace unconscious. The expression he uses is the same one I use when I'm filling my water cup at the office refrigerator.
Khalidov is also helping to carry the unemotional fighter standard on this list for all those Eastern European/Russian fighters out there. Probably the pound-for-pound least-emotional demographic in the MMA world.
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Even as Fabricio Werdum is laying on stiff beatings or strong submissions, his expression never changes. Nor does that professional demeanor. In Werdum's case, it gives him something of a James Bond quality, at least when he's winning.
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What. A. Wonderful. Cele. Bration. By. Lyoto. Machidzzzzzzzz.
His style in fights and interviews is the same. Doing just enough to accomplish his objective, then moving on. It's a deadly efficient way to fight, but isn't the world's most enervating thing.
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He's boring in and out of the cage, even in interviews. Have you ever seen one? He snaps his lips shut after each answer like he's getting paid to stay below a certain word count.
The only emotion he seems capable of is irritation. Oh, and annoyance. And being agitated.
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Hail the king of the cold-blooded champions. His expression was chilling in its immutability. He could pound through you like he was breaking rocks for a retaining wall.
For some, being unemotional is boring. For Fedor Emelianenko, it was terrifying.