10 of the Strangest Fighting Styles Ever Seen in the UFC

Matt Saccaro@@mattsaccaroContributor IIIOctober 19, 2011

10 of the Strangest Fighting Styles Ever Seen in the UFC

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    There have been a plethora of fighters in the UFC, but some fighters have had fighting styles so unique that they will be remembered forever.

    Many of these bizarre styles came from the early days of the UFC in which the competitors represented only one discipline. Such strange styles as Pencak Silat, Trap fighting and hand-to-hand in all their oddity were covered in a previous article on the subject.

    However, what about after MMA fighters started to become well rounded, and singular, one-dimensional martial arts techniques began to disappear? Which fighters had the strangest styles, then?

Clay Guida

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    Clay Guida's wrestling-oriented style isn't always strange, but there are other times where he looks more like a Capoeira (An Afro-Brazilian martial art that blends fighting and dancing) fighter with his strange movements.

    In addition, Guida's tempo is practically inhuman, just like the next fighter on the list.

Dominick Cruz

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    Dominick Cruz fights quite unlike any other fighter. He has an unbelievable amount of cardiovascular conditioning and has a bizarre stance that allows him to strike from unusual angles and frustrates his opponents.

    He also throws an incredible volume of strikes, but not as many as the next fighter.

Nick Diaz

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    Nick Diaz's "Stockton slap" is one of the most unique striking techniques seen in all of mixed martial arts.

    Diaz is one of the few punchers in MMA who effortlessly strings combinations together (that alone is worthy of praise), and he's also unique because of his approach to striking.

    With Diaz, it's not the one punch that knocks you out, it's the one punch after the dozens upon dozens of punches that have already landed on you.

Cung Le

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    Cung Le's style isn't "strange" per se, but it's definitely unique. Of all the strikers in MMA, Cung Le has the most fluid kicks and kicking combinations, thanks to his background in San Shou.

    In addition to making him different among fighters, his style makes him one of the most electrifying and exciting fighters to watch.

Keith Jardine

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    Keith Jardine's style isn't as effective as the other fighters on the list, but it's certainly in a league of its own in terms of being different.

    His method of fighting is definitely strange, and it resembles the motions of a monkey. (I suppose that would make it similar to monkey style Kung Fu?)

    No other fighter has duplicated Jardine's style, but can you blame them?

Genki Sudo

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    Japanese star Genki Sudo has done the strangest taunts, entrances and stances in MMA history. If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a video must be worth a lot more.

    Watch the best of Sudo and see for yourself how crazy the man's style is.

Anthony Pettis

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    Even if Pettis' fame was only for one kick, it was one kick that will be remembered as long as MMA is still followed on Earth.

    No other kick like it has ever been seen again and, if it is, it'll likely be Pettis who pulls it off for a second time.

Jon Jones

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    Spinning back elbows, kicks to the knee, crawling around on the floor, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones does it all.

    Jones' range gives him the ability to perform an array of unorthodox strikes, and his wrestling gives him the confidence to do them without fear of being taken down.

    How strange is his style? That's the best part; at only 24 years of age, his already unique style is only going to get stranger as time goes on.

Lyoto Machida

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    Lyoto Machida's Karate-based attack stymied opponents for quite some time until it was eventually figured out by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

    Even though the invincibility of his style isn't what it used to be, it's still a very unique way of fighting that hasn't been duplicated yet in the UFC. Who else has landed such an amazing knockout kick? Well, there is one guy...

Anderson Silva

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    Anyone that's figured out UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's striking enough to take him down, couldn't handle his submissions.

    Silva's blend of taunts, odd stances and unorthodox strikes have created a fighting style that hasn't been seen in many other fighters.

    From front kicks to the face to leaving his hands down and practically toying with opponents, Silva's style is a kind of its own.

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