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The 10 Most Violent Fighters in the UFC Today

Dan HiergesellFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2014

The 10 Most Violent Fighters in the UFC Today

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    Violence is the act of intently damaging, destroying or abusing.  It is a word that is associated only with the most barbaric wrongdoers in our cruel and unkind world.

    But in the world of mixed martial arts, violence reigns supreme.  It is often a measurement of how ferocious and prolific a fighter can be.

    This is never more true than in the UFC.

    As the world's most competitive and exciting MMA outlet, the international dynamo consistently employs vicious in-cage killers: Naturally cruel wonders who would rather bash brains than pick their shots.

    So, in celebration of professionally sanctioned brutality, here are the 10 most violent fighters in the UFC today.

10. Abel Trujillo

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    As one of the hardest hitting lightweights in the UFC today, Abel "Killa" Trujillo knows how to utilize his strengths.

    Blessed with incredible athleticism and an even more impressive chin, Trujillo can exchange with almost any divisional foe without consequence.

    With time to mature, the Blackzilian will find out exactly when to tap in to his inner beast and when to back off.  His recent decapitation of Jamie Varner at UFC 169 was a step in the right direction. 

    Nobody, and I mean nobody, should want to fight Trujillo right now.

9. Anthony Johnson

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    Welcome home, Anthony Johnson.

    Since his departure from the UFC back in 2012, "Rumble" has been wreaking havoc from New Jersey to Florida, finishing three of his last four victories by way of knockout. 

    Now knockouts aren't the only criteria for being violent, but it's a good start.  The fact that Johnson used to fight as a welterweight and is now bullying guys at light heavyweight, speaks wonders as to how vicious and overpowering he truly is.

    The rest of his game may not be world-class, but his ability to swing for the fences and leave with a grand slam should allow him to shine in his return to the promotion.

8. Matt Brown

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    When Matt Brown steps inside the Octagon, it looks like he's literally fighting for his life.

    Now we don't know what exactly is running through his mind during a fight, but I'd like to think "The Immortal" is visualizing getting chased by a pack of wild rottweilers.

    In any case, Brown competes with a menacing appetite for immediate destruction, and that makes him one of the most dangerous welterweights in the game today.

    He just doesn't seem to care what the outcome of a fight is, as long as he gets to lay his leather fists on an opponent's cringing chin.

     

7. Melvin Guillard

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    People tend to forget about the talented Melvin Guillard because he doesn't really string together prolonged win streaks.  But that really isn't fair, is it?

    When we're talking about raw, uninterrupted violence, winning shouldn't dictate who gets on this list.  Well, Guillard is the exception we're looking for.

    As arguably the biggest and strongest lightweight in the sport today, "The Young Assassin" is able to fall back on his empowering strength and athleticism in order to manifest dangerous situations for his opponents.

    With 20-career knockouts draped around his waist, Guillard is proof that putting 110 percent into every punch truly does work, sometimes.

     

6. Jimi Manuwa

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    Unknown to most UFC fans, many people would scoff at the idea of Jimi Manuwa landing on this list, let alone No. 6.

    But what those ill-informed individuals need to realize is that Manuwa isn't just winning inside the Octagon, he is practically picking opponents apart.

    In just three appearances in the promotion, "Poster Boy" has injured two light heavyweights and forced an early doctor's stoppage on another.  His body shots have been absolutely savage, and the way he tucks his head and plows full steam is truly throwback.

    People are going to be pleasantly surprised to see how well Manuwa performs opposite Alexander Gustafsson next month at UFC Fight Night 37.

     

5. Robbie Lawler

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    Robbie Lawler is simply a different animal.  He's ruthless, get it?

    The bottom line with Lawler is you know what you're going to get.  As an opposing fighter looking into his eyes from across the cage, you know the guy is coming full blast.  You know he's not going to stop until you're either unconscious or the world comes to an end.

    But even though fighters know that Lawler is going to throw unlawful leather for as long as it takes, there's no stopping him.

    His violence is simply too consistent.  Like the sun rising in the east, Lawler is going to try to roll heads with every punch, kick, knee and takedown he has.

     

4. Mark Hunt

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    If my body was trapped underneath a burning semi, Mark Hunt is the one guy in the world I would want lifting it off me.

    Well, maybe Superman, but he's usually too busy to come hang out.

    The fact of the matter is that Hunt is one of the strongest fighters of all time, and a guy who is blessed with a hellacious left hook.  Heck, "Super Samoan" detached Stefan Struve's jaw with one explosive punch.

    He has gone toe-to-toe with the very best heavyweights in the game and often lets the fire consume him even in the eye of defeat.  He's a guy nobody should ever want to see, and a world-class fighter that is nearly impossible to put out.

3. Wanderlei Silva

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    There's no arguing, Wanderlei Silva is one violent character.

    You don't carry the nickname "The Axe Murderer" unless you mean business.  In fact, Silva looks like the kind of guy to choke slam a milk carton if the top doesn't open properly.

    Even as an aging veteran whose prime is way back in the rear view, the Brazilian's "old man" strength continues to fuel a barbaric and tumultuous in-cage persona.

    The 37-year-old is often at his best when he gets inside, wings his short T-Rex arms and aims to send his fists through skull.  That's violence at its best.

    Chael Sonnen might have once again bitten off more than he can chew.

2. Diego Sanchez

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    With an eyebrow turned sideways and blood covering his gritted face, Diego Sanchez still pushes forward.

    His true warrior sense and ability to overcome adversity inside the cage is an instant throwback to the days of Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar.

    As one of the most vicious Octagon patrolmen today, Sanchez is simply too wild and unpredictable to deal with.  His ferocious offense and caution-to-the-wind defense spells trouble for any lightweight not ready to bang.

    The fact that Sanchez's violent ways usually produce Fight of the Night worthy action is a fan's best nightmare.

1. Vitor Belfort

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    Fear is not a factor for Vitor Belfort.

    Even at the ripe age of 36, "The Phenom" is still swarming some of the best fighters in the world with blinding speed and smoldering power.

    His knack for finishing guys who usually don't get finished is not only a testament to his evolution as a fighter in today's new era of MMA, but also to his unsullied grasp for violence.

    Like an incendiary bomb let lose in a phone booth, the Brazilian is able to jump all over an opponent from the first bell to the last. 

    Not to mention the fact that he has seemingly polished his craft on the heels of memorable head kick knockouts in 2013.

     

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