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Five MMA Warriors

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Introduction

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In a sport in which gladiators are meant to be closer to literal than symbolic, it's good to have an "anywhere, anytime" attitude. But that's not always the case. The brawler mentality is a thing of yesteryear in MMA. The game has gotten more nuanced, more technical, more strategic. The closer this thing gets to becoming a mainstream sport, the harder it is to find guys willing to step up on short notice. Here are some fighters that a matchmaker loves to have on speed dial. Guys who answer with, "Just tell me the time and place." -- Chuck Mindenhall