Does the perfect fighter exist? That has been a question that's been debated for years. In MMA, there are masters of every aspect of the fight game. From submission artists to knockout monsters, it’s hard to pinpoint what is the most effective form of fighting, if there even is one in its own right. Even the pound-for-pound rankings are continuously debated and subjective.
However, Dana White has built what he believes to be the perfect fighter. Like the Dr. Frankenstein of the UFC, the promotion’s president has amalgamated the best parts of various fighters to form the perfect fighting machine.
Brain - Joanna Jedrzejczyk
The dominant strawweight champion has one of the best fighting brains in the game. Her ability to outclass opponents strategically has been a continuous advantage in her reign as champion. Joanna champ’s last three fights have seen her manage her fight plan perfectly, winning by unanimous decision each time.
Chin - Tony Ferguson
Tony Ferguson has a iron chin, forged in fire by the gods of Valhalla. The lightweight contender has never been knocked out or TKOd and is currently riding a nine-fight win streak, most recently overcoming Rafael dos Anjos in a five-round war. “El Cucuy” also took a vicious head kick from Lando Vannata and came back to win.
Heart - Diego Sanchez
Diego Sanchez has no quit, period. As fights progress into the later rounds, sometimes a fighter needs to draw on more than skill alone to overcome his opponent. Grinding out ten decision wins over his long fought career, and taking nineteen fights the distance, Diego Sanchez embodies what it means to have heart.
Left hand - Robbie Lawler
Robbie Lawler is a monster inside the Octagon, and the power in his left fist is formidable. What makes Robbie Lawler’s left hand even more impressive, is the fact the fighter chose to learn how to fight southpaw although being right handed. Lawler has a crushing left straight cross punch, possibly best displayed in his war with Rory MacDonald. The punch landed over and over again until eventually, it put MacDonald down.
Right hand - Chuck Liddell
UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell’s overhand right is the stuff of nightmares. Boasting thirteen KO's/TKO's to his career, Liddell is usually found in every UFC knockout reel. The vicious punch has been used to send Vernon White, Randy Couture, Alistair Overeem, Renato Sobral and Tito Ortiz to the mat.
Wrestling - Matt Hughes
Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was a beast when it came to all things wrestling and fighting on the ground. A former Class A state wrestling champion and a two-time NCAA Division All American, Matt Hughes held an incredible 131 wins against only 2 losses in his final three years of high school.
Kicks - Edson Barboza
Edson Barboza can boast the claim of landing the first head wheel kick knockout in the UFC. The Brazilian is aware of how crushing his kicks can be, citing them as a reason fighters aren’t keen to fight him. To be fair, there’s probably some truth in the statement. From imprinting his feet all over the body of Anthony Pettis at UFC 197, to raining leg upon leg kick down upon Gilbert Melendez, the Brazilian has shown of some of the most devastating kicks inside the Octagon we’ve ever seen.
Knees - Anderson Silva
Arguably the greatest of all time, Anderson Silva is known for his devastating knees. The vicious attack was most recently seen against Michael Bisping, earlier this year, when the Brazilian dropped the current middleweight champion in controversial fashion via flying knee. Bisping crumpled to the mat with blood flooding from his face.
Speed - Demeterious Johnson
Mighty Mouse has been one of the most dominant champions the UFC has ever seen. Although perhaps not packing the same punch as the heavier guys, DJ is the pound-for-pound king and his speed is unrivaled. Continuously out maneuvering his opponents, even in his trademark celebration, Johnson is undoubtedly the most agile athlete the promotion can boast.
Arm Bar - Ronda Rousey
Hardly a surprise, Dana White picks arm bar executioner, Ronda Rousey. The arm bar was a staple in Ronda Rousey’s dominant reign as UFC champion and was the main weapon in her arsenal in her ascent to the pinnacle of the MMA world. Used in devastating fashion on numerous occasions, once the former bantamweight locks it in, it’s game over.
Killer instinct - Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Another pick for the dominant Polish champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk has a killer instinct that has been praised before by the UFC president. Previously calling her the pound-for-pound best female fighter on Earth, Joanna Jedrzejczyk knows exactly when to put the pressure on her opponents, and has left many looking visibly different after a fight with her.
Who would be your picks for the perfect fighter?