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View Poll Results: Which fighter's athleticism separates him from his division the MOST

Melvin Guillard 6 7.32%
Gray Maynard 0 0%
GSP 42 51.22%
Josh Koscheck 0 0%
Vitor Belfort 0 0%
Anderson Silva 4 4.88%
Phil Davis 2 2.44%
Rashad Evans 1 1.22%
Jon Jones 12 14.63%
Lyoto Machida 0 0%
Brock Lesnar 13 15.85%
Cain Valasquez 1 1.22%
Other (specify) 1 1.22%
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who's the greatest athlete?

Each division seems to have one athlete that separates himself from the rest of his weight class. My question is, who separates himself the MOST from his division?

Now, athleticism can be interpreted differently (I guess). So let me clarify what I mean (and I'll provide examples):
-Skill does NOT matter
-How quick you can learn skills does (GSP is often considered a "sponge")
-Speed/quickness (Guillard footwork and hand speed)
-Strength (Kos' drive for takedowns AND KO power)
-Range (Machida darts in and out without getting hit)
-Precision strikes (Anderson Silva with 68% of his strikes successful)
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The most athletic guy in the UFC has to be GSP.
If you're looking per weight class I would go.

LW: Melvin Guillard
WW: GSP
MW: I would have said Gerard Harris, not sure now
LHW: Jon Jones
HW: Lesnar

EDIT: My bad, I responded while you were making the poll
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can't really say the ability to learn is a skill, it comes from a humble attitude and a positive outlook. Kos' determination has been built through constant training.
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Have to go with Anderson on this one. He is so much better than the rest of his division in terms of speed accuracy and quickness. He is also crazy powerful. His reactions are way better than anyone else's in his division as well.
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I can't really say the ability to learn is a skill, it comes from a humble attitude and a positive outlook. Kos' determination has been built through constant training.
I don't train for MMA, but I do train for football. Running routes is a skill one has to learn. I'm not very athletic and it took me a while to learn how to run precise routes. Some people pick it up quicker and it's not because they work harder. It just comes more naturally to them. I consider that athleticism... but that's my opinion.
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I don't train for MMA, but I do train for football. Running routes is a skill one has to learn. I'm not very athletic and it took me a while to learn how to run precise routes. Some people pick it up quicker and it's not because they work harder. It just comes more naturally to them. I consider that athleticism... but that's my opinion.
I do train in MMA and I'm not naturally skilled to any extreme lengths but, it all comes down to listening. Obviously, some people take more than one way to learn a move but, in the end it's down to listening.
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I do train in MMA and I'm not naturally skilled to any extreme lengths but, it all comes down to listening. Obviously, some people take more than one way to learn a move but, in the end it's down to listening.
Fair enough. Then let me use a different scenario...

My friend and I are training for head kicks. Neither of us have trained for it before and neither of us have done yoga or any other kind of stretching. I can't kick above my waste but my friend can. No amount of listening will allow me to master this skill faster than my friend
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Where's Jose Aldo? He deserves to be on there.
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Where's Jose Aldo? He deserves to be on there.
Oh, I forgot to mention... I didn't watch the WEC. So unless that person has fought in the UFC, I've never seen him fight.

Aldo would be "other".
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GSP's athleticism separates him the most from his division, however I believe that Guillard is more athletic.

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Oh, I forgot to mention... I didn't watch the WEC. So unless that person has fought in the UFC, I've never seen him fight.

Aldo would be "other".
Wow dude, you gotta get on that ...
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