The Ultimate Fighting Championship is built upon more than just fighters alone, as it are home to some of the greatest athletes in the world.
And while these fighters could have chosen other career paths, they went the route of mixed martial arts because of their deep love for the sport. These athletes have helped transform the UFC into what it is today.
More times than not, UFC fans are drawn to the fighters who are energetic, explosive and a step ahead of their opponents.
The following slides display the five most athletic fighters in the UFC today. Let's take a look.
Jose Aldo is recognized as not only one of the most explosive fighters in the UFC but also one of the most athletic.
Aldo, who grew up around the sport of soccer, has displayed overwhelming talent inside the Octagon through his speed, vicious striking and kicks.
The current UFC Featherweight Champion is the definition of an "athlete" in the lower divisions of the UFC.
While Brendan Schaub may not be the most recognized fighter in the UFC, he is certainly one of the most athletic.
Few fans realize that before joining the UFC, Schaub spent time playing the fullback position at Colorado University before a short stint in the NFL.
Schaub also gives fans some vicious striking as well as explosive knockout power.
By simply watching current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones inside the Octagon, it's clear that he's a second-to-none athlete.
Jones demonstrates a quickness that is nearly immeasurable in the 205-pound weight class.
"Bones" also demonstrates an effective stand-up, clinch and even grappling game that has allowed him to stand alone atop of the Light Heavyweight division.
Jones may very well be the most athletic fighter in the UFC today.
While many fans may view Brock Lesnar as a one-dimensional fighter in the UFC Heavyweight division, he's certainly more than that.
Lesnar, a former Heavyweight champion, has come from a background in wrestling, football and even pro wrestling in the WWE. In fact, Lesnar spent some time in the NFL before making the permanent transition to the UFC in 2008.
George St-Pierre has proved time and time again why he is one of the greatest welterweight to have ever stepped foot inside the Octagon.
St-Pierre is one of the best wrestlers in the UFC today, as well as arguably the best-conditioned fighter.
Through his explosive take-downs and his ability to overpower his opponent with strength, St-Pierre has established himself as one of the most athletic fighters in UFC history.