As fans, we love to see aggression inside the cage. It is the singular guarantor of what we pay to see: action.
But for fighters, aggression also goes hand-in-hand with risk.
It runs contrary to the basic combat sports principle of “hit and don’t get hit.” Few mixed martial artists have found a way to reliably mitigate the damage they take while attacking with reckless abandon.
With that said, compiling a list of fighters whose aggression is detrimental to their success was surprisingly difficult, since the majority of aggressive fighters are able to make the style work for them.
Additionally, the professionalisation of MMA means that the athletes have become much more circumspect in recent years.
Even in some of the names I have included, one might be able to highlight certain ambiguities and poke holes in my reasoning.
So feel free to offer your own suggestions in the comment section.
Without further delay, here is my rundown of the five fighters who suffer most due to their own aggression.