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World's 20 Baddest UFC Fighters

The world's baddest men walk the UFC octagon but there are some that are just so bad they make the others look like middle-schoolers wearing tights. It's not about how big you are or how mean you look - being bad ass is a lot like "swagger." You either have it or you don't. Here are the top 20 guys that most certainly have it.

 

20. Antonio Noguiera:
If you have never seen younger Antonio Noguiera take on a juiced out and monstrous looking Bob Sapp, you have not seen the basis for the actual David-Goliath story. He's also won championships in both UFC and PrideFC as well as numerous jiu-jitsu titles.

 

19. Urijah Faber:
He has had some run-ins with pretty tough dudes lately but let's not forget this is the same guy who fought Mike Brown for 20 minutes with two broken hands and lasted the entire fight against Jose Aldo when his knee was so messed up he couldn't walk on his own strength. Balls.

 

18. Frankie Edgar:
At 5'6" and 155 lbs., Edgar is not going to strike fear in your heart like a Brock Lesnar but just ask top fighters like BJ Penn, Gray Maynard, and Sean Sherk just how much bad ass fits into little Frankie Edgar.

 

17. Shogun Rua:
At just 29, Shogun has already beaten most of the guys there are to beat. His victim list includes Chuck Liddell, Alistair Overeem, Lyoto Machida, and Rampage Jackson.

 

16. Jake Shields:
Speaking of beating everyone there is to beat, Shields has done just that (save for recent encounters with GSP and Jake Ellenberger). His victories include Martin Kampmann, Dan Henderson, and Yushin Okami. Most importantly, this guy beat Jon Fitch in a grappling match at Gracie Open Superfight 2007 - crazy!

 

15. Alistair Overeem:
After dominating Strikeforce as the Heavyweight Champ, with wins over Fabricio Werdum, Brett Rogers, and Vitor Belfort, Overeem will face his toughest challenge when he meets Brock Lesnar for an all-out-Man-out on New Year's Eve.

 

14. Miguel Torres:
At 5'9" and just 135 lb., Torres is a weird looking dude - but don't tell him that. At 38-4, Torres is by far one of the best Bantamweights to ever step in the UFC - just ask the 17 straight guys he defeated in the WEC between 2004 and 2009.

 

13. Clay Guida:
Guida's frenzied style is loved by all UFC fans but it is his finishing ability that makes him one of the baddest dudes in the Octagon. Coming off of wins against Rafael dos Anjos, Takanori Gomi, and a shocker against Anthony Pettis, Guida will face Ben Henderson for a title shot.

 

12. Chris Leben:
Despite recent run-ins with Mark Munoz and Brian Stann, Chris Leben is ready to brawl at all times. He defeated Aaron Simpson and Yoshihiro Akiyama within just two weeks of one another and has put down guys like Wanderlei Silva and Jorge Rivera in complete wars.

 

11. Shane Carwin:
Tough as nails, the most impressive thing about Carwin isn't his 12-2 record, it was the massive amount of damage that Carwin was able to deliver on Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar. With fists the size of trucks, don't stand in Carwin's way when he returns from his prolonged back injury.

 

10. Wanderlei Silva:
No one has been involved in more vicious wars in Pride and the UFC than Wanderlei. Though he has been on a tough run in the UFC, Silva has downed opponents like Michael Bisping, Rampage Jackson, and Dan Henderson over his 15-year career.

 

9. Leonard Garcia:
Garcia's war with Jung Chan-Sung last year was the fight of the year and his subsequent contests have been complete battles. If you want to see a guy who is going to throw down and keep smiling while getting punched in the face, Garcia is your man.

 

8. Dominick Cruz:
At 19-1, Cruz is by far the best-undisputed bantamweight fighter in the world and has held the championship for nearly two years. With big wins over Urijah Faber, Joe Benavidez, Scott Jorgensen, and Demetrious Johnson - it doesn't look like anyone will take his belt away anytime soon.

 

7. Jon Jones:
Bones Jones is a prodigy, pure and simple. At just 24, Jones has already won the Light Heavyweight belt and beat guys like Rampage Jackson, Shogun Rua, Ryan Bader, Brandon Vera, and Stephan Bonnar in the process. He has never been beaten with his one loss coming on a disqualification for throwing downward elbows.

 

6. Junior Dos Santos:
It's hard not to get excited about Dos Santos' abilities. At 27, JDS has already beaten Shane Carwin, Roy Nelson, Mirko Cro Cop, Fabricio Werdum, Gilbert Yvel, and Gabriel Gonzaga. The only thing stopping him from being the best-ranked fighter in the world is one Cain Velasquez.

 

5. Anderson Silva:
If you have seen Anderson Silva break Forrest Griffin's jaw, dominate James Irvin, or front kick Vitor Belfort then you already know what he can do. No one has beaten Silva since January of 2006, that just about says it all.

 

4. Georges St. Pierre:
While Silva hasn't lost in five years, GSP appears virtually unbeatable at this point in his career. With his two losses against Matt Hughes and Matt Serra long behind him, GSP has beaten guys like Jake Shields, BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Matt Hughes, and Thiago Alves.

 

3. Jose Aldo:
Pound-for-pound, no one is as good as Jose Aldo who trains with Anderson Silva. At just 25, Aldo has held the Featherweight belt for over two years and has lost just once in his career while defeating guys like Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, Cub Swanson, and Kenny Florian.

 

2. Brock Lesnar:
Though Lesnar is a great wrestler, it is not Lesnar's talent or record that makes him stand out - it's his ability to destroy you using his size. Though he lost to Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir (once out of two fights), Lesnar has shown he's got it with big wins over Shane Carwin, Heath Herring, and Randy Couture.

 

1. Cain Velazquez:
The baddest man on the planet is none other than the guy who won the Heavyweight title away from Lesnar. At 9-0, the former All-American has had no problem beating Cheick Kongo, Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera, and Lesnar but may be facing his toughest test in Junior Dos Santos at UFC on FOX.