A lot of people put too much emphasis on the value of being diverse in MMA, but there have been many fighters that are successful just based on their ability to be great at one aspect of the game. Look at Chuck Liddell who was such a volatile striker that he reigned supreme for many years. We will be looking at the top five best pure strikers in MMA whether they are boxers, kick boxers, or Muay Thai fighters.
#5 Cung Le
He may not have very many fights left in him, but there is not denying the abilities of Le even at his older age. A master of many forms of martial arts, he has some of the most innovative striking in the sport. Whether it be kicks or elbows, he has knocked out many opponents in many different ways. Le put a stamp on his striking when he knocked out former Middleweight champion Rich Franklin faster than even Vitor Belfort could.
#4 Junior Dos Santos
The former Heavyweight champion has to be one of the best boxers in MMA. His ability to throw heavy punches but mix up the strikes as well is something to marvel at. Yes, he may not be able to beat Cain Velasquez, but that does not mean that he is not just as dangerous as the champion. It says a lot when a striker as feared as Alistair Overeem is afraid to fight you.
#3 Anthony Pettis
The Lightweight champion may have secured his title with a submission but he set it up with kicks to the body. While he only has eight knockouts in 17 career victories, that does not tell the whole story. In fact, only two of those knockouts come from punches while the other come from head kicks or kicks to the body. Joe Lauzon, Donald Cerrone, and Benson Henderson found out just how dangerous his feet and legs are.
#2 Holly Holm
While not the most well known fighter in the world, Holly Holm may just be the best striker to ever enter a MMA cage. She holds a 33-2 record in professional boxing, but she did not rest on her laurels when coming into MMA. Her game has stepped up which is evident with four of her six wins coming by way of kicks to the legs, head, and body. Back that up with a superb striking game, and you have one dangerous lady on her feet.
#1 Anderson Silva
Who else could it be? Silva may have recently been dethroned by Chris Weidman, but at the end of the day he is still the most dangerous striker to have entered the cage. He could most likely knockout any person with any part of his body. While his return is up in the air, he still is the most dangerous and pure striker in MMA until he retires, because it is doubtful anyone will be able to live up to what he has done in the cage ever.