Nothing is more visceral than the knockout.
In the NFL, we do not see the impact on the head and we do not see the pain in motion. It is more like we know something is wrong. In MMA, we get to clearly see what is happening in real time. It is almost as if we feel the pain with them.
Sure, the ground game is formidable and has made many a champion. But people fear the great strikers. Just like men feared Jack Johnson in the early 20th century, Muhammad Ali in the 1960s and Mike Tyson in the late 1980s in boxing, mixed martial arts also has its feared men.
These are people that guys avoid at all costs. These are the guys you hope that their manager does not match you up with.
On this list are champions, kickboxing masters, Muay Thai specialists and every other type of ass-kicker who laces up the four-ounce gloves. These are the greatest strikers in MMA. They are feared, they are awesome to watch and they bring it every time they enter a cage or a ring.