Perhaps Rocky Balboa—or Sylvester Stallone, for you sticklers—said it best:
“To beat me, he's going to have to kill me. And to kill me, he's gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me. And to do that, he's got to be willing to die himself.”
Though those words were scripted for Balboa as he prepared to take on indestructible Soviet behemoth Ivan Drago in 1985’s Rocky IV, their variations still ring true for fight fans 28 years later when pondering the sport’s current hell-bent-for-leather crowd.
You know the type—not concerned with style points, shoulder rolls or evasive maneuvers.
Instead, they enter the ring with a simple mantra: come persistently forward, relentlessly stalk their competitive quarry, and, in best-case scenarios, render it defenseless.
Click through to see the 10 fighters that we feel best exemplify the aforementioned Balboa creed.