The 5 best boxers in the UFC now
Boxing is one of the essential foundations of what makes a mixed martial arts playoff artist. As the world’s best fighters mix their art with punches, kicks, eliminations, and submissions, clean hands are at the forefront of the game for many elite fighters.
Here’s a look at the top five pure boxers the UFC has to offer in today’s landscape. And if you want to deposit money on one of these bad boys, use the bet365 bonus code for your bookmaker needs.
Honorable mentions: Jorge Masvidal, José Aldo, Leon Edwards, Nate Diaz
5. Alexander Volkanovski
The current featherweight champion uses a full set, with that roundness being one of the main reasons for his rise to the top of the 145 Division. Many believed that wrestling was the hallmark of Alexander Volkanovski, but the Australian steadily improved his hands during his run. Volkanovski used his stand-up to defeat Max Holloway by unanimous decision when they first met, which is the fight where Volk became champion. He deflected Holloway again in a controversial rematch, implementing more of his wrestling than the first time around.
Volkanovsky’s boxing has become an underrated part of his game, but after facing Holloway twice punch-to-punch, as well as knockout Chad Mendes and decision-making Jose aldo and Brian ortega, it is time for Volkanovsky to get his due.
4. Conor McGregor
Owner of one of the scariest left hands in all of sport, Conor McGregor became the first double UFC champion thanks to his strikes. While McGregor has a deadly kicking arsenal, it was his boxing that led to Jose Aldo’s knockouts, Dustin Poirier, Eddie Alvarez and Chad Mendès. McGregor relies more on precision and timing than raw power. His boxing brand proved to be effective, as it led him to hold featherweight and light gold.
McGregor’s boxing even got him a match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017. Mayweather, arguably the greatest boxer of all time, defeated McGregor via TKO in the 10th round.
3. Petr Yan
Petr yan can be described as a snowball that turns into an avalanche. Yan starts off slowly, gauging where he holds the advantage over his opponent. Before his enemy knows it, Yan drowns him in volume and power in the middle of the second round and so on. Yan has one of the best all-round games in the whole sport, from vicious hands to the ground and deadly pound.
Yan stood up and traded with Jose Aldo for several laps before TKO’ing the questionable featherweight GOAT with the ground and pounded her in the fifth round. “No Mercy” also took over the bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling at the stand-up before firing an illegal knee, which resulted in his disqualification.
Yan is about to meet Cory sandhagen at UFC 267 in an interim bantamweight title fight in what promises to be a striker’s fun.
2. Max Holloway
As pure of a boxer as he was in mixed martial arts, the former featherweight champion used his quick hands to brutalize many opponents. Max Holloway first grabbed the belt with a TKO from Jose Aldo. He followed up that performance with another TKO from Aldo. He also holds TKO wins over Brian Ortega and Calvin kattar, where he separated the two men over the course of several rounds.
Holloway has won many wars of attrition with his hands, drowning his opponents in rhythm and volume. There aren’t many men he hasn’t been able to beat. Volkanovski, McGregor earlier in his career and the next (and last) man on this list.
1. Dustin Poirier
Dustin “Le Diamant” Poirier has a pair of the cleanest hands in all mixed martial arts. He mixes up kicking, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu, making him a complete fighter, but his hands are his calling card. He’s proven to be a go-to fighter every time he steps into the Octagon. Poirier made a decision on Max Holloway to claim the provisional light strap in April 2019, using his higher power to better “Blessed” in a close combat.
“The Diamond” avenged a TKO loss to McGregor with a knockout in the duo’s rematch at UFC 257. He then took over McGregor in the trilogy before McGregor’s leg broke. Poirier also owns finishes Justin gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis, Diego Ferreira and Bobby Green as well as decisions concerning Dan Hooker and Jim miller.
Poirier will try to put his ‘soft science’ skills to the test once again when he takes on the lightweight champion and BJJ ace. Charles Oliveira for the title at UFC 269 on December 11.
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