In 35 tilts against some of the best opposition out there Faber has only been finished twice. He comes to fight on a consistent basis and is always ready to grind out a win whether with strikes or grappling. St-Pierre didn’t skip a beat after surgery to repair his knee, working his tail off in the training room to get back to form. He’s also ready to fight until his body forces him to quit, dealing with damage or even injuries inside the Octagon only to ultimately come away victorious. “Minotauro” still isn’t ready to call it a career despite a plethora of injuries, giving an indication of his work ethic. He’s also known for some notable comebacks showing he never gives up no matter how stacked the odds are against him. Henderson is still one of the toughest draws out there despite being 43 years old in large part due to him approaching training like a man 15 years younger. He’s also a natural 185er but fights at 205 pounds, making wins harder to come by even though you’ll never hear “Hendo” complain. Lauzon’s name in a match-up is an immediate indicator of the bout having Fight of the Night potential. He presses forward and keeps competing even when his face is dripping blood and his eyes are swollen shut. Edgar is a bottomless pit of energy and enthusiasm to compete. Thanks to the time he puts in perfecting technique and some intangibles like a huge heart, Edgar ruled the lightweight division for a time and could very well do the same at 145 where his body is more naturally suited for. Condit doesn’t have to fight – he LOVES to fight. “The Natural Born Killer” is a staple at Greg Jackson’s gym in New Mexico where he’s constantly perfecting his craft. He’s also the kind of opponent who doesn’t go away even when behind as indicated in a recent finish of Martin Kampmann.
It’s Labor Day, the United States’ annual honoring of its workforce for the efforts put in. While MMA fans everywhere are enjoying the afternoon off, chances are there are a number of fighters shedding sweat and blood inside the gym at this very moment as they either prepare for an upcoming clash or simply hone their skills. Here’s a look at some of the hardest working fighters in the
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