They're what separate the good from the bad, the great from the good, the amazing from the great.
In the UFC, intangibles are what make UFC fighters better than their opponents. If two fighters both have great stand-up, but one has a better chin, they will be favored to win. A fighter with takedowns better than their opponent's takedown defense will look to win the fight on the mat.
But what if you took all the UFC fighters and made THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER? Taking the fighters with the best chin, takedowns, punches, kicks, etc. and make ONE fighter out of all of that?
What would that fighter look like?
Let's take a look:
Chris "Lights Out" Lytle proved time and time again during his UFC career that he had the best chin in mixed martial arts, especially the UFC.
In 54 professional fights, with 18 career losses, Lytle was never knocked out once. He lost 16 fights by decision, and two fights by TKO due to cuts suffered during the fight.
Some of his opponents included former Knockout of the Night winners Thiago Alves, Josh Koscheck, Marcus Davis and Matt Serra, as well as knockout artists Kyle Bradley and Dan Hardy, whom Lytle beat in his final MMA fight back on August 14.
When someone's right hand is nicknamed "The H-Bomb," there is generally a good reason for why that's so.
Henderson holds 28 professional victories in his MMA career, 13 of which have come by way of T/KO. Included in those 13 knockouts have been highlight-reel finishes of Fedor Emelianenko, Rafael Cavalcante, Renato Sobral and Michael Bisping, to name a few.
The MMA legend has used "The H-Bomb" to win championships in Pride and Strikeforce.
There is plenty of competition for this spot, including Anderson Silva, Chris Leben, Yushin Okami and Vitor Belfort, but when you're good enough to be offered true boxing matches, nothing tops that.
Diaz has 25 wins in his career, 13 by way of T/KO over fighters like Robbie Lawler, Frank Shamrock, Scott Smith and Paul Daley. Diaz has worked his way to a welterweight championship match at UFC 137, where the former Strikeforce welterweight champion will look to shock the world.
Before reading this slide, just watch the video attached and count the number of times either man blinks. I count zero for the two combined, but I may be wrong.
When your kicks are referred to as, "right leg: hospital, left leg: cemetary," it's not something one tends to challenge. And the people who have, like Yuji Nagata, Igor Vovchanchyn, Alberto Rodriguez, Ron Waterman, Alexander Emelianenko, Ibragim Magomedov, Hidehiko Yoshida and Wanderlei Silva, have all felt the brunt of Cro Cop's kicks, having all been knocked out by them.
He might put on one more bad performance before he finally decides to call it a career, or the UFC cuts him, but no man ever used his kicks like Mirko Cro Cop did.