Fantasy fighter

Jeff Monson in a fight UFC star. (Sun Photo)

Jeff Monson in a fight UFC star. (Sun Photo)

JOSE RODRIGUEZ -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

The beauty of mixed-martial arts is that it isn't only about a fighter's fists or chin. Unlike other bloodsports, MMA is a whole-body experience.

So, with that in mind, I'd like to take this opportunity to build the perfect Ultimate Fighting Championship warrior.

Again, this Frankenstein experiment is far from scientific and it's sure to spark some debate over whether this writer hit the mark or missed by a mile.

Anyways, here goes...

FISTS: Chuck Liddell's. Doesn't matter where the Iceman punches from, it tends to land on the button. There are plenty of groggy noggins out there that can attest to that.

CHIN: World heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia has yet to be knocked out in 24 fights as a pro. It could be that many fighters need a ladder to land one on the kisser of the 6 ft.-8-ins., 260- lbs. giant. He has, though, taken some doozies. But after shaking off the cobwebs, has usually comes back to win the fight.

ELBOWS: Canadian David Loiseau takes this one. The Crow, who lost his middleweight title fight with Rich Franklin in March, throws some of the nastiest elbows in the business. Though, after watching Tito Ortiz feed Ken Shamrock in UFC61, Loiseau may be in danger of losing the honour.

LEGS: This is a tough one. There are plenty of guys in the UFC with quick and powerful kicks but not one that stands out in my mind as an obvious winner. So I'll give this one to Rick Franklin.

MOUTH: Though most UFC fighters tend to shy away from trash talking, Tito Ortiz is someone who seems to thrive on it. Remember, this is the guy who gets special T-shirts made taunting the opponent he's just beaten. When it comes to mega-mouths, Tito is in a league of his own, with welterweight Nick Diaz trailing a distant second.

BRAIN: It's not just about the muscles and the limbs. An even keel and a solid strategy make good fighters into champs. This one's a tie. UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture is one of the nicest men on the planet with a solid but not overwhelming glow of peace and positive energy. Even in losing, there isn't a fighter who's more gracious. The other guy who fits this mould is Canadian Georges St. Pierre. A king of the please and thank-yous until he gets in the ring.

Then, there's technique...

GROUNDANDPOUND: Matt Hughes. The former collegiate wrestler has mastered his own form of ground and pound that no one in the business has yet to match.

SUBMISSION: I gotta go old school when talking about submissions. I'll take legendary limb-twister Royce Gracie circa the mid 1990s. As far as some of the new guys go, Renato 'Babalu' Sobral has won his last five fights by submission.

INTIMIDATION: Yes, the sheer fear factor. Hands down, Jeff 'The Snowman' Monson. He kinda looks like a mix between the Michelin Man and Mr. Clean after a drunken sailor's shore leave at a tattoo parlour.

ENDURANCE: Jeremy Horn. At age 30, this guy's already got 96 pro fights under his belt. Enough said.

FIGHTNOTES:

- Some more fights have been added to the UFC 62 Liddell vs. Sobral undercard set for Aug. 26. They are: Thiago Alves vs. Josh Neer; Wes Combs vs. Wilson Gouveia; Cory Walmsley vs. David Heath. Canadian Kabil Starnes was forced to pull out of the event due to injury.

- Also, due to a sinus infection and bronchitis, middleweight contender David Terrell has been forced to withdraw from his bout against Yushin Okami at UFC 62. A replacement is expected to be announced soon.


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