First off, I'd like to clarify that we're well aware of the myriad of variables which play a vital role in determining whether or not a given fighter can succeed at the highest levels in the sport of MMA. Now, granted that simply being well-built or "ripped" isn't really enough to make it as a big-time Mixed Martial Arts competitor, but an aesthetically-pleasing body isn't really undesirable, is it?
Be it a professional fighter or a common man/woman, the vast majority of us do have the desire to attain and maintain a well-toned physique, and simultaneously ensure that we don't carry too much muscle, lest we compromise our cardio.
On that note, today, we take a look at some of the most ripped UFC fighters.
#5 Tyron Woodley
"The Chosen One" is beyond the shadow of a doubt, one of the most polarizing personalities in all of combat sports. Tyron Woodley started off as an amateur wrestler with a respectable collegiate background and eventually made the transition to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
Much like many other wrestlers-turned-MMA fighters; Woodley largely relied on his grappling skills and looked to take the fight to the mat at the earliest. However, what T-Wood gradually discovered, is the fact that he'd been gifted with an extremely powerful right hand -- in other words, he developed the ability to throw heavy leather with his right hand.
Given that Woodley enjoys a reputation for being one of the hardest working people in the sport, it may not come as a surprise to many that he subsequently developed excellent striking fundamentals, which in turn served to further amplify the one-punch KO power he has in his right hand.
Nevertheless, when you examine Woodley's physique, it's apparent that he carries a considerable amount of muscle mass which undoubtedly helps him cut a large amount of weight while getting down to the Welterweight limit of 170 pounds for the weigh-ins, and then re-hydrate efficiently.
It's important to note that while Woodley is indeed one of the most ripped fighters in the UFC today, he'd previously been plagued with stamina issues, particularly during the early stages of his run in the UFC.