Adebayo Akinfenwa takes on UFC champion Luke Rockhold in power punch challenge

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Adebayo Akinfenwa is a legend amongst football fans and FIFA gamers in particular. Why's that you ask? Well because he's strong. Like, really strong.

The mammoth striker was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as football's strongest player in FIFA recently after accruing the highest average strength rating of 97.6 across the last four editions of the game.

However, while he may be able to boss his way around the pitch, how would he get on when pitted against UFC Middleweight Champion, Luke Rockhold - plus a string of other heavy-hitting sport stars?

Akinfenwa and Rockhold were on hand to take on the #FinishTheFight punch power test, alongside boxer George Groves, rugby legend Nick Easter and UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ahead of the launch of EA Sports UFC 2, which hits the shelves here in the UK on Thursday March 17. You may find the results a little surprising....

Well actually, it was no surprise to see Rockhold top the power charts with Groves right behind him - but Akinfenwa mixed it with the big boys and actually out-punched 'Big Nog'!

You can check out the action in the video at the bottom of this article.

Akinfenwa's biggest blows were just short of the level expected of professional Heavyweight boxers. The 33-year-old hit a monster score of 66,630 to put him comfortably amongst the professionals who fight for a living. 

Using the latest technology from Strike Research, the athletes’ power and speed was compared as they went toe-to-toe and blow-for-blow. Rockhold’s devastating right hand topped the charts with a record-breaking power score of 99,637, while Groves’ vicious blow closely followed with a score.

Strike Research Chairman, Kevin Franklin was amazed by the performance of the athletes and, in particular, Rockhold’s record-breaking effort: "Luke’s score is the biggest straight punch we have ever recorded.

"We examined his punches and the staggering scores come as a result of fantastic technique and lightning speed twinned with near perfect accuracy and single pointed focus on impact. Heavyweight boxers tend to be punching at around 70,000 so a score of nearly 100,000 is nothing short of phenomenal.”

Rockhold was understandably delighted to have topped the charts given his position as reigning UFC Middleweight champion. The American will defend his title against the man he snatched it from, Chris Weidman, at UFC 199 later this year.

Speaking at the EA SPORTS UFC 2 'Finish the Fight’ launch event, Rockhold said: "Staying relaxed and focused is the key to power. I'm happy to say I broke every record at the punching power test! I shattered the record, so I think that speaks for itself!"

So while 'BeastMode' Akinfenwa couldn't quite match the punching power of a UFC fighter, it's fair to say he'd be more than able to handle himself inside the Octagon.

Luke Rockhold took on the Finish the Fight Challenge to mark the launch of EA SPORTS UFC 2 . EA SPORTS UFC 2 is out now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Find out more at easports.com/uk/ufc 

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