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Thought it's been a while since we had one of these type of threads, so thought i'd make one!
See which fighters people on here consider to have:

The best technical Striking: Anderson or BJ
Most powerful striking: Shane Carwin
The best body/High kicks: Still Cro-Cop for me (see Axe kick vs Barry!)
The best leg kicks: Pat Barry (3 of his 5 wins by way of leg kicks says it all!)
The best Clinch: Anderson
The best submissions from the top: George Sotiropoulos
The best submissions from the bottom: Damian Maia
The best sub defense: Chael Sonnen... i kid, i kid! I can't think of anyone atm!
The best takedowns: Josh Koscheck
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Shane Carwin (Would have said Wanderlei a couple of years back but he seems to have lost it a bit)

EDIT: I'll also chuck in:

The best TDD: Toss up between GSP and Machida for me. Okami's was pretty sick against Munoz too though.
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The best technical Striking: Anderson Silva
Most powerful striking: Cheick Kongo
The best body/High kicks: Lyoto Machida
The best leg kicks: Thiago Alves
The best Clinch: Anderson Silva
**The best Clinch, against the Cage: Randy Couture
The best submissions from the top: Demian Maia
The best submissions from the bottom: Demian Maia
The best sub defense: Rich Franklin
The best takedowns: Georges St.Pierre
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Recently? Shogun Rua, Chris Leben, Kenny Florian

**It was worth it to add this category for Randy.
 

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The best technical Striking: Anderson Silva
Most powerful striking: Shane Carwin
The best body/High kicks: Lyoto Machida
The best leg kicks: Shogun
The best Clinch: Anderson Silva
**The best Clinch, in the Cage: Georges St.Pierre
The best submissions from the top: Demian Maia
The best submissions from the bottom: Demian Maia
The best sub defense: Demian Maia.
The best takedowns: Georges St.Pierre
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Jon Jones- Bj Penn (outside the UFC, Fedor by a mile..)
 

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I'm not really a GSP "fan," but my main discrepancy from your list is I believe GSP has better TD's then Kos. Micro analyzing shot for shot power, maybe Kos. Macro analyzing what really makes a TD effective, you have to take into account a legitimately, dynamic striking game, cause good striking masks un-defensible TD's. GSP's dynamic striking (though lack luster in power) is what really makes his TD's as effective as they are (and his footwork, which also masks TD's).
 

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I'm not really a GSP "fan," but my main discrepancy from your list is I believe GSP has better TD's then Kos. Micro analyzing shot for shot power, maybe Kos. Macro analyzing what really makes a TD effective, you have to take into account a legitimately, dynamic striking game, cause good striking masks un-defensible TD's. GSP's dynamic striking (though lack luster in power) is what really makes his TD's as effective as they are (and his footwork, which also masks TD's).
hmmm yeah i wasn't sure about that one. I think in a pure wrestling contest Koscheck would have the beating of GSP most times, but GSP probably sets his shots up better than Kos. I think Kos has focused on striking and other elements of his game just a bit too much and neglected to keep improving his MMA wrestling. I think he'll focus really hard on his wrestling in prep for GSP though so I guess we'll see who's shots are more effective in December (where for the record i hope GSP kicks the crap into him cos the guy is an absolute ass clown!)
 

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The best technical Striking: Anderson Silva
Most powerful striking: Shane Carwin
The best body/High kicks: Cro-Cop
The best leg kicks: Pat Barry/Antoni Hardonk/Thiago Alves
The best Clinch: Anderson Silva
The best submissions from the top: Rousimar Palhares
The best submissions from the bottom: Demian Maia
The best sub defense: Dan Hardy ;)
The best takedowns: Georges St-Pierre
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Jonny 'Bones' Jones
The best TDD: Lyoto Machida/BJ Penn
 

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The best technical Striking: Anderson by far. BJ's striking is horribly overrated. Yes, he has a good jab, not much else.
Most powerful striking: Shane Carwin or Anderson Silva. Carwin puts dudes lights out with one punch, Anderson puts dudes out with a jab moving backwards!
The best body/High kicks: CC, Dennis Siver or Machida. Not so much head kicks with Machida, but the kid has some seriously sick body kicks.
The best leg kicks: Pat Barry, hands down. When you Destroy someone who's thought to have the best leg kicks in the UFC (Hardonk) with leg kicks, it makes a statement. Honorable mention goes to Jose Aldo, I know he isn't in the UFC but the kid is ridiculous.
The best Clinch: Anderson, Ben Saunders.
The best submissions from the top: Demian Maia
The best submissions from the bottom: Damian Maia. Mark my words, no one in the UFC will beat Demian on the floor. I don't care if they sign Marcelo Garcia and they have a catch weight fight of pure grappling, not gonna happen.
The best sub defense: Jon Fitch. Dude has been in chokes that would make mere mortals pass out for a solid 2 minutes and got out.
The best takedowns: Josh Koscheck, Chael, Fitch, GSP.
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Johnny Bones Jones. Dude smells blood and then eats you alive. Shogun gets a nod here, too.
The best TDD: After last week, Okami is definitely on the list. BJ is on there too.
 

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Great shout on Jones for best killer instinct. I'm editing my post!
 

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It's hard to deny it for him. He knew Hammil was hurt and tried to destroy him by any means possible. He felt Vera was uncomfortable and cut his cheek off with his elbow. He got Vladdy into a bad position and then fired off 10 elbows in probably 3 seconds. Kid knows how to finish a guy quickly and efficiently, thats for damn sure.
 

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Yep, just didn't cross my mind for some reason. Killer instinct like Jones's is an awesome trait to possess for a young fighter. Those elbows he throws on the ground are just vicious. Mayushenko must have been delighted with the ref stoppage, there are other refs out there that would have allowed Vlad to take way more than he took. The speed, accuracy and power Jones throws them with is just ridiculous. I can't imagine how good he's going to be in 5 or 6 years. If he stays disciplined and keeps training hard he's going to be ridiculously good.
 

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The best technical Striking: Clay Guida
Most powerful striking: Michael Bisping
The best body/High kicks: Matt Hughes
The best leg kicks: Rampage Jackson
The best Clinch: Frankie Edgar
The best submissions from the top: Cheick Kongo
The best submissions from the bottom: Brock Lesnar
The best sub defense: Mac Danzig
The best takedowns: Damien Maia
The best takedown defense: Matt Serra
The best chin : Chuck Liddell
The best post fight interview : Anderson Silva
The best sportsmanship: tie Paul Daley/Nate Diaz/Karo Parisyan
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Josh Koscheck
 

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The best technical Striking: Clay Guida
Most powerful striking: Michael Bisping
The best body/High kicks: Matt Hughes
The best leg kicks: Rampage Jackson
The best Clinch: Frankie Edgar
The best submissions from the top: Cheick Kongo
The best submissions from the bottom: Brock Lesnar
The best sub defense: Mac Danzig
The best takedowns: Damien Maia
The best takedown defense: Matt Serra
The best chin : Chuck Liddell
The best post fight interview : Anderson Silva
The best sportsmanship: tie Paul Daley/Nate Diaz/Karo Parisyan
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Josh Koscheck
I believe Sean Sherk and/or Jon Fitch have better killer instincts.
 

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The best technical Striking:Shogun rua
Most powerful striking: Shane Carwin
The best body/High kicks: pat barry
The best leg kicks:thiago alves
The best Clinch: Anderson
The best submissions from the top: bj penn
The best submissions from the bottom: Damian Maia
The best sub defense: Rampage
The best takedowns: GSP
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Jon Jones
 

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The best technical Striking: Anderson
Most powerful striking: Shane Carwin
The best body/High kicks: CroCop
The best leg kicks: Alves
The best Clinch: Anderson
The best submissions from the top: Not sure honestly
The best submissions from the bottom: Maia or Hazelett
The best sub defense: Rich Franklin, the arm bar escape from Lutter is perfect
The best takedowns: GSP
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Shogun

Additions:
Best top control: Penn
Best cardio: Rich Franklin
Best dirty boxing: Carwin
Best throws/trips/sweeps: Machida
Best chin: Penn
Best mental toughness: Rich Franklin
 

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The best technical Striking: Anderson Silva
Most powerful striking: Shane Carwin
The best body/High kicks: Lyoto Machida
The best leg kicks: Mauricio Rua
The best Clinch: Anderson Silva
The best submissions from the top: Damian Maia
The best submissions from the bottom: Damian Maia
The best sub defense: Damien Maia
The best takedowns: George St. Pierre
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): This one is the toughest. But I have to go with Chuck Liddell (didn't have to be current right :thumb02:)
 

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The best technical Striking: Anderson Silva
Most powerful striking: Shane Carwin
The best body/High kicks: Cro cop
The best leg kicks: Anderson Silva
The best Clinch: Hard to say, I'ma go with Anderson
The best submissions from the top: Not sure here
The best submissions from the bottom: Damian Maia
The best sub defense: Probably the best submission guy, Damian Maia
The best takedowns: GSP
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Shane Carwin
 

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The best technical Striking: Anderson Silva
Most powerful striking: Takanori Gomi
The best body/High kicks: Lyoto Machida
The best leg kicks: Mauricio Rua
The best Clinch: Anderson Silva
The best submissions from the top: Damian Maia
The best submissions from the bottom: Damian Maia
The best sub defense: Damien Maia
The best takedowns: George St. Pierre/ Chael Sonnen / Lyoto Machida
Best at finishing a fight (killer instinct): Jon Jones
 

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Oh snap, I totally forgot about Lyoto. It's because he usually doesn't utilize the TD as much as the other candidates, nor does he take advantage of a downed opponent as aggressively, but when he executes TD's, they're slick, usually very effective, and really unconventional (Sumo TD's), so they don't get the same acknowledgment.
 
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