9 UFC Fighters Who Are Too Tough for Their Own Good

Dan HiergesellFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2014

9 UFC Fighters Who Are Too Tough for Their Own Good

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    Possessing unimaginable strength and perseverance sometimes gets you in trouble.

    Especially in a sport like mixed martial arts, hanging around too long often leads to unwarranted brutality.

    However, that's the name of the game, and whoever has the cajones to stay in the pocket and take a beating deserves some sort of recognition—good or bad.

    So, with battered skulls, bloody faces and bruised bodies in mind, here are nine UFC fighters who are too tough for their own good. 

9. Hyun Gyu Lim

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    Hyun Gyu Lim may only have three UFC fights under his belt, but his recent performance opposite former Strikeforce standout Tarec Saffiedine lands him on this list.

    Amidst numerous hacksaw kicks to the leg, Lim responded with one of the gutsiest outputs of 2013. Even after limping to the canvas more than once, the South Korean stumbled to his feet and swung for the fences.

    It was a glorious display of overcoming adversity and fending off pain during a fight that heavily favorited Saffiedine in the later rounds. 

8. Clay Guida

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    Clay Guida is one tough cookie—'70s mustache aside.

    While the majority of his recent performances have been lackluster at best, the former lightweight contender still offers world-class heart.

    On more than one occasion, Guida has planted his feet, bitten his mouthpiece and battled his foe nose-to-nose. It isn't the best of strategies, but the veteran often thrives by countering through pain.

    In any case, as long as he can stay on his feet, Guida is good enough to battle almost any featherweight in the world. He's just had the unlucky pleasure of receiving countless strikes to the chin along the way. 

7. Mac Danzig

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    For what he brings to the cage every time out, lightweight veteran Mac Danzig doesn't get the credit he deserves.

    With scar tissue similar to actual tissue, the 34-year-old often lends a hand in bloodying the Octagon before main card participants take their place.

    In losing efforts, which have been more frequent than ever, Danzig takes ungodly punishment. Whether it's being nearly suffocated by a submission or losing daylight by strikes, he never leaves a stone unturned.

6. Jared Hamman

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    Jared Hamman's chin resembles that of a war-torn football from the '80s.

    Basically, it's really rough leather.

    Point in hand, Hamman can take sledgehammers to the dome piece until he fades to black. It's a natural talent, if you want to call it that, that keeps the 31-year-old afloat in the middleweight division. However, it often leaves him wobbling on his feet like a tired penguin.

    Over the past few years, Hamman has been on the wrong end of some of the more brutal knockouts in the UFC. If anyone is too tough and durable for their own good, it's "The Messenger." 

5. Fabio Maldonado

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    Blessed with an iron cranium, Fabio Maldonado practically eats punches for breakfast.

    Even when it looks like he's taking damage, the Brazilian is more or less savoring some hardy early-morning chow.

    That said, his face often tells a different story. Battered and bruised, Maldonado has absorbed some of the worst beatings of the past few years.

    While he's actually a very skilled striker, MMA's terrestrial Terminator has looked more emotionless cyborg than human fighter during his time inside the Octagon. 

4. Bobby Voelker

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    Beatings are part of Bobby Voelker's makeup.

    He's one of the toughest welterweights in the world and one that often uses his head—literally—to bypass an innate lapse of skill.

    That's not to say Voelker doesn't possess serious ability inside the cage, but he often finds himself bleeding and reeling in pain more so than his competitors.

    Over his last three UFC fights (all losses), the 34-year-old has absorbed a grand total of 233 strikes, including a second-round knockout at the barbaric efforts of Robbie Lawler. 

3. Mark Hunt

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    It seems like almost every Samoan fighter on the planet possesses unparalleled bravado.  They rarely get finished and always seem to push forward.

    Heavyweight Mark Hunt is no exception to that rule.

    Glorified by infamous comebacks and historic knockouts, Hunt is known for being crushingly dangerous from bell to bell. His recent showdown opposite a jacked-up Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is proof of that.

    The fact that he's 39 years old and has never looked more potent is a testament to his toughness, and why he's one of the most popular names in the sport today. 

2. Junior Dos Santos

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    In his two losses opposite UFC heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos displayed the toughness and resolve of an entire NFL offensive line.

    Regardless of the 234 strikes he ate in those two defeats, JDS made Velasquez work for every single punch, takedown, underhook and point. 

    I guess dos Santos comes from the same chin lineage as fellow Brazilian Fabio Maldonado. If they ever happen to fight, an uncontrollable black hole would most likely consume us all. 

1. Diego Sanchez

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    While he looks human, with all of his blood and skin and such, Diego Sanchez often fights like he's a starving Tyrannosaurus Rex with a couple of screws loose.

    Bottom line, the guy is sadistically ruthless—but that's a good thing when it comes to this brutal outlet we call MMA, right?

    For 15 straight minutes, which is usually how long Sanchez likes to battle Lucifer, our greatest needs and wants as blood-hungry, carnage-crazed, warrior-wishing fans are fulfilled.

    Thanks, Diego. Keep doing you.

     

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