The evolution of fighting has come full circle.
No longer do combatants simply stomp their way into the cage and attack without hesitation. No longer do professional fighters tread through the workday without deliberate contemplation.
No. Nowadays, fighters take their time. They're swift, methodical and intellectual. They harness fear and doubt to create the perfect in-fight onslaught.
They are game planners. The type of fighters who notice the small things and calculate the necessary means of winning before they even sniff the Octagon.
Driven by technique, precision, timing, athletic supremacy and ultimate knowledge, they're able to dissect an opponent without them even knowing.
Here are the 10 best game planners in MMA today.