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Fighters implement more efficient striking to reach new heights inside the cage

Stand-up fighters have been knocking 'em stiff for years inside the cage. So what is it about today's strikers that makes them a more dynamic breed?

Originally Published: December 23, 2008
By Myron Medcalf | Special to ESPN.com

Flash back to Sept. 6.

The sight of Rashad Evans' arm cocking back and then coming forward with explosive power, just as Chuck Liddell tried to land his own uppercut, was a masterpiece for mixed martial arts purists. It was also a lesson in the progression of strikers in the sport.

That punch. That right hand. That hammer that was placed with Muhammad Ali-like precision on Liddell's chin proved today's striking -- stand-up fighting, which includes punching elbows and knees -- goes ...

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