TUF 13 Finale Results: Jeremy Stephens and the 7 Hardest Hitters in MMA

Vince Carey@@vcareymmaContributor IJune 5, 2011

TUF 13 Finale Results: Jeremy Stephens and the 7 Hardest Hitters in MMA

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    You can train your boxing, you can work on your wrestling, you can become a wizard at hitting submissions off your back, but the one thing that you can’t learn is the ability to land an explosive right hand and stop any fighter in the world in their tracks.

    There are ways to improve power, but the guys who can put anyone out by throwing one solid shot to the chin are a different breed of being. The raw power that these seven fighters have is something they’re just born with, and no matter how hard you try, it is impossible to replicate. 

Jeremy Stephens

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    The inspiration for the list starts it off.

    He showed his power once again at this weekend’s TUF 13 finale, battering Danny Downes en-route to a lopsided decision victory

    The Iowa-based fighter has won 14 of his 26 professional fights by knockout or TKO and has three Knockout of the Night bonuses on his resume.

    He will be remembered for his brutal uppercut knockout of Rafael Dos Anjos back at UFC 91 and his come from behind victory over Marcus Davis at UFC 125 long after he retires.

Rampage Jackson

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    Love him or hate him, the man has some of the heaviest hands in the business.

    He has finished almost half of his fights by knockout, and he has had some memorable ones in his career.

    Everyone remembers his revenge fight against Wanderlei Silva that earned him Knockout of the Year honors back in 2008, and also his destruction of Chuck Liddell in 2007 that won him the UFC light heavyweight title.

Junior Dos Santos

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    He might be the most technical boxer in the sport, and to go with it he has some serious KO power.

    Dos Santos entered the Octagon back at UFC 90 and hit Fabricio Werdum with one of the most devastating uppercuts in UFC history.

    He followed that up by knocking out three of his next four opponents. The fourth was Mirko Cro Cop, who verbally submitted due to strikes.

    Don’t blink when he fights Shane Carwin net weekend. The dude hits HARD.

Shane Carwin

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    Carwin is a flat-out finisher.

    In his first 12 bouts he finished all 12 of his opponents inside the first round, with most of them not lasting more than two minutes in the cage with him.

    One of the biggest heavyweight fighters in the world with some brutal punching power, Carwin has won seven of his 12 fights by knockout, and another by a submission due to strikes.

Melvin Guillard

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    The Young Assassin has 17 career wins by knockout and has laid out more than a few opponents during his time inside the Octagon.

    Guillard’s first four wins inside the Octagon came by knockout, but none were more impressive than his epic shot to the body that finished Gabe Ruediger.

    After a surprisingly dull fight against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 119, Guillard added another victim to his hit list when he took out Evan Dunham in the first round of their fight at Fight for the Troops 2 this January.

Paul Daley

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    Semtex is a plastic explosive that is used by everyone from demolition crews to the military.

    It’s also what they say is inside Paul Daley’s hands.

    The British striker has always been known for his uncommon ability to knockout pretty much everyone he fights, with 20 of his 27 career wins ending with his opponent on the ground.

    Daley’s victims include Duane Ludwig, Dustin Hazelett and Martin Kampmann.

Dan Henderson

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    They call Henderson’s right hand the "H-Bomb" and if you’ve ever seen him fight, you know why.

    Henderson has claimed many victims with his brutal power, most famously, Michael Bisping at UFC 100.

    He also took out Wanderlei Silva at Pride 33 with to win the Pride middleweight belt, and has recently won back-to-back Strikeforce title fights by beating Renato Sobral and Rafael Cavalcante senseless.