Some of the most dangerous combatants on Earth are included in the UFC’s roster of 500 fighters. Now imagine separating the greatest mixed martial artists from the pack and combining their specific world-class skills. That’s what we’ve attempted to do to form the perfect fighter, a creation more threatening than a small army and more terrifying than a prehistoric monster.
We decided on 17 categories, ranging from body parts to disciplines, for our Frankenfighter. Only active fighters were considered, and no one was eligible to fill more than one role.
From the moment Pettis leapt off of the fence in the WEC to “Showtime Kick” Benson Henderson in the face, it was obvious the current UFC lightweight champion saw possibilities in the Octagon that no one else could.
Chin (ability to take a punch)
The Las Vegas-based heavyweight set a record for significant strikes absorbed without being finished in the UFC last year.
The UFC welterweight champion likes to say, “God blessed me with power in my left hand,” and he’s used it to knock out five opponents en route to a title shot.
The 43-year-old legend has lost four of his last five fights, but remains the only fighter with right-hand punching power devastating enough to merit its own nickname—the H-bomb.
The UFC light heavyweight champion routinely catches opponents off-guard with his strategy, which often entails attacking in exactly the opposite way expected.
This might be a stretch, but the UFC middleweight champion succeeds in every aspect and deserved a spot somewhere. He knocked out Mark Muñoz with standing elbows before nearly stopping Anderson Silva by making use of the ground-and-pound version two fights later.
The UFC featherweight champion’s leg kicks are straight out of a nightmare—he’s left numerous opponents’ lead legs purple and swollen from swift and persistent attacks.
The veteran who debuted at UFC 12 is currently ensnarled in controversy stemming from the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s ban on testosterone replacement therapy, but he had knocked out three straight opponents with a left kick to the head before his unintended hiatus.
Keeping an eye on the fast-moving UFC flyweight champion during a fight is difficult enough. Now imagine trying to hit the lightning-quick “Mighty Mouse.”
Junior dos Santos
With apologies to Alexander Gustafsson and several other valid candidates, dos Santos has shown his knack for the sweet science over the largest sample size. Dos Santos is so obsessed with boxing, coaches have to beg him to train in other areas.
In another category boasting multiple legitimate options, the heavyweight division’s top contender stands out with nine career submissions over a number of elite competitors.
Despite spending nearly an hour and a half in the Octagon during a 12-fight UFC career, Velasquez has hardly ever taken as much as a deep breath. He’s the UFC heavyweight champion with the conditioning of a flyweight.
Nothing—including gender, size or strength—matters if the UFC women’s bantamweight champion gets ahold of an arm. She’s going to inflict horrific harm.
“The Dragon” revitalized one of the most classic martial arts when he captured the UFC light heavyweight championship five years ago with his elusive style.
The man widely referred to as the greatest of all-time in the UFC won 16 straight fights by punishing all-comers with his Muay Thai arsenal.
Edgar locked up his spot in UFC lore with a series of stunning comebacks after falling into early trouble, most famously in a pair of fights against Gray Maynard in 2011.
The undefeated former Olympian’s takedown might be the most unstoppable move in all of MMA. Not bad.