Mike Pyle has quietly put together a very impressive winning streak and hasn’t made it look easy. More than once, in his four-fight streak, it looked like “Quicksand” was in big trouble before he knocked his opponent out. Three of his five career knockout wins have come during this current violent string of wins, and he may make a significant push toward the title picture if he can beat Matt Brown. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Brad Pickett is nicknamed “One Punch” for a reason – for a little guy, he can certainly pack a wallop. He can also take a punch almost as good as he can deliver one. But in going against one of the hardest hitters in the bantamweight division in Michael McDonald, he better be careful or he may find himself unconscious. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports A bonus machine, Joe Lauzon has won a UFC record of 12 performance-based bonuses. While he does not knock people out that often, you can almost always count on a bloody battle when he steps into the Octagon. His fight with Michael Johnson should be a good one, but with so many great fights on the card I think it may be tough for him to get another bonus. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports As a featherweight, it is amazing that he has knocked out his opponents in 12 of his 13 career wins. He is a little guy who can certainly pack a punch, and we saw that when made quick work of Marcus Brimage, who is no slouch. Let’s see if he can continue to back up all the hype when he faces a more than capable Max Holloway. Photo Credit: MMAWeekly While he did not live up to the hype he had going into the fight against Kelvin Gastelum, Uriah Hall was devastatingly brutal during his time on the Ultimate Fighter and produced two of the nastiest knockouts the show has ever seen. I predict a “W” for Hall against injury-replacement John Howard. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Similar to his opponent, Matt Brown has quietly put together a very impressive five-fight winning streak. With four of those coming by knockout, we have seen a lot of violence from him lately, especially in his highly entertaining most recent fight against Jordan Mein. As long as he can stay out of submissions (his Achilles heel), he has a good shot at beating Mike Pyle and getting himself into the title picture. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Michael “Mayday” McDonald might be the hardest puncher in the bantamweight division. With 9 of his 15 wins coming by way of knockout, he will look to bounce back from a loss to Renan Barão. His fight against Brad Pickett has Fight of the Night written all over it, and we should definitely see plenty of violence. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE Before his loss to Antonio Silva, Travis Browne was climbing the heavyweight ranks very fast and knocking out a lot of people in the process. His violent ways were especially showcased in the UFC when he knocked both Stefan Struve and Gabriel Gonzaga out cold. I predict his fight against Overeem will produce the Knockout of the Night – I am just not too sure who will throw the strike. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Mauricio Rua’s fights almost always include a ton of violence. All of “Shogun’s” past six wins have come by knockout, and his loss to Dan Henderson was one of the best, most violent fights in UFC history. He faces an always tough Chael Sonnen, but I think that if he can stay on his feet (that is a big if with Sonnen’s wrestling) he will pick up the win. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports Alistair Overeem is one of the most violent fighters MMA has ever seen. Of his 36 career wins, an astounding 34 have come by stoppage. Since becoming a heavyweight, we have seen him brutally knock out the likes of Todd Duffee and Brock Lesnar, among others. He will try and do the same to a very game Travis Browne. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
UFC Fight Night 26 is a card that I personally cannot wait to see. Top to bottom the card is absolutely stacked and I think will be full of amazing fights. There are plenty of guys on this card that are especially violent, and I hope they prove it on Saturday. The UFC could not have put together a better card to debut on the new Fox Sports Channel. Here are, in order, who I think are the most violent fighters at UFC Fight Night 26.