The Atomic Bombers: MMA's Top 10 Heavyweight Strikers of All Time (with Video)

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The Atomic Bombers: MMA's Top 10 Heavyweight Strikers of All Time (with Video)
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When Mirko Filipovic enters the Octagon on Sept. 25 at the Conseco Fieldhouse, there will be much more at stake than simply the outcome of an Ultimate Fighting Championship main event.

Both "Cro Cop" and his adversary at UFC 119, Frank Mir, will be fighting for their legitimate-contender lives, as both have only been able to beat glorified tomato cans of late.

Cheick Kongo was obliterated by Frank while Tatsuya Mizuno, Choi Hong-man, Mostapha Al-turk, Anthony Perosh, and Pat Barry have all been overwhelmed by Mirko.

However, the story for each 265-pounder reads in reverse when the competition gets a little stiffer.

Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin both scattered Frank's blood and brain cells all over the cage.

Meanwhile, Junior dos Santos and Gabriel Gonzaga each sent the Croatian into La La Land—though it was a cumulative beating in the former case and a single, infamous head kick in the latter.

Perhaps most problematic was the lackluster, unanimous-decision loss at the hands of the aforementioned Kongo.

In other words, though the stakes are high for the American, Filipovic is probably staring into the abyss.

If he wins, he stays relevant amongst the UFC's biggest boppers for a little while longer. If he loses, then it's time for another legend to take his sunset ride.

Since that's the expected outcome, let's take a look at the top 10 greatest heavyweight strikers of all time in Filipovic's honor, should this be his swan song:

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