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“Top of the Food Chain Series” Volume 2: Best Pure Striking Power

Derek Bowe

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When speaking about striking power, there are many fighters which possess the ability and have displayed such skill. However, when discussing the fighters with the propensity to completely separate other fighters from consciousness, there is a select few that have the danger in their strikes to end a fight at any time, and from any angle. Below we rank the top five of the most powerful strikers in mixed martial arts.

#5 Roy Nelson, Heavyweight, UFC

Much has always been made of Roy Nelson’s physique, or lack thereof, as Nelson has carried a large midsection reminiscent to that of “the average guy”. One thing which cannot be ignored is Roy Nelson’s power, specifically in his right hand which he has ended multiple fights via the overhand punch. From his inaugural fight under the promotional banner to now, Nelson has shown immense power in that right hand, and even though competitors know it is coming, some have not been able to avoid it, and in turn wake up asking the referee what happened. The man they refer to as Big Country was an easy selection for this coveted list of slobber knockers.

#4 Anthony Johnson, Light Heavyweight, UFC

Rumble, as he is more commonly known is a fighter who has knocked opponents out at every weight class he has competed, impressive for a man who was a contender at welterweight, now challenging for the light heavyweight title at UFC 187. Looking at Johnson, it is hard to imagine the man competed at anything lower than 205 pounds as he has seemed to find his natural fit. Johnson is a versatile striker who has knocked out opponents with vicious head kicks and punches alike, his high pressure style is a trait fighters opposite of Johnson have both respected and feared, throughout his career. Power in both hands and feet, Johnson is one frightening adversary.

#3 Sam Alvey, Middleweight, UFC

For the fighter is the least decorated on the list, that title would go to Sam Alvey. Alvey’s nickname is Smile’n, in description of the toothy grin he wears frequently. Whether his opponents take the good natured Alvey’s demeanor serious, is debatable. One thing which has must be taken seriously is Alvey’s unbelievable one-punch power. Smile’n Sam has landed shots on opponents that leave those scratching their heads, “did he really knock that guy out with that?” Short shots which seem like they simply land for other fighters, yet for Alvey, they end opponent’s nights. Alvey has not knocked out the elite of the middleweight division, yet it would be hard to argue that if one of those punches finds home, the lights will be turned off.

#2 Vitor Belfort, Middleweight, UFC

The ever-evolving Belfort, a fighter known from his early days to have the fastest hands in the game, Belfort has evolved into a patient, yet ferocious striker, like a coiled snake, snapping into action to deliver a fight ending blow. Vitor has now added a array of head kicks to his arsenal seen over his fights the past two years. As if he was not already dangerous enough on the feet. Apparent in an uppercut which lifted Dan Henderson off his feet, and a spinning heel kick that put down Luke Rockhold, or a roundhouse Michael Bisping fell victim to, the power and accuracy The Phenom owns is as dangerous as they come. Belfort will look to rattle the Champion Chris Weidman’s cage at UFC 187.

#1 Mark Hunt, Heavyweight, UFC

King of the walk-off knockout. The Super Samoan, former K-1 Grand Prix champion, has enjoyed a long career of knocking opponents senseless, both in his kickboxing, and mixed martial arts appearances. Hunt has amazing power, the sound created when this man makes contact is the shattering of bones, just ask Stephen Struve. All 265 pounds are behind the earth shattering strikes which have sent fighters to the canvas numerous instances over his twenty fight mixed martial arts career. Possibly the most dangerous aspect of Hunt’s power is it does not seem to fade, despite his look of exhaustion later in fights. Hunt was a overwhelming pick amongst those who submitted, making him and easy choice for the top spot. When the Super Samoan lands what he wants, he knows he can just walk away, as a follow up shot is not needed.

Honorable Mentions: Junior Dos Santos, Conor McGregor, Dan Henderson, Quinton Jackson, Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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