In the picture shown here, you see lightweight standout Shinya Aoki in an exhibition grappling match with pound-for-pound contender, heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. While this match had no particular practical necessity, it was held regardless for the sake of the fans of MMA.
If you haven't seen it, google it; you wont be disappointed.
It is in the spirit of this match that this slide show was brought together. Those who truly compete with a style that is fan friendly, even if they forsake their own safety to entertain us, hold a special place in the eyes of the fan.
For many, the glory of MMA is found in the victory and the victory alone. For others, the glory is found in between the tone of the bell, in between the red and the blue corner, in the middle of the cage or ring. It is their fight that defines them, not just their records.
Winning is a byproduct of their style, winning will happen if they are to impose their unique fight on their opponent. It is that unique style that sets them apart in the eyes of the fans.
It is also the success of their unique styles that has allowed them to be as successful as they are in their respective positions. Between their one-of-a-kind traits in war, and their ability to succeed at some of the highest levels of the sport, they have become highly appreciated by the fans.
These fighters are listed in no particular order, and obviously all of the great warriors out there could not be listed, but the ones who were are definitely cut from a different sort of cloth, much to the delight of those looking on.