Calling an athlete, especially a fan favorite, “overrated” is usually a risky move, so I expect some death threats in the comments section, in addition to your own suggestions for this list. I want to make it clear, as early as possible, that we have great respect for each of these fighters, but that they are overrated and have been given undue credit throughout their careers. Since the advent of the UFC, they have hyped up their fighters in order to build excitement for events. This is basically rule number one for a sporting event: promise something life-changing and amazing to the fans, and they will drool and throw money.
Dana White and his analysts can’t go on camera and say “this fight looks alright, but these two guys are both scared because a loss may put them out of the running for the belt, and neither wants that. So this might be a slow paced fight and don’t expect too many awesome punching exchanges and expect most of the fight to take place on the floor in half guard.” This would lead to low ticket sales and no PPV revenue, so they hype up fighters and hire Joe Rogan to scream into the camera as if he has a gun to his head during every event. Inevitably, if every fighter is praised as “possibly the next big thing and every fight is hyped up, there will be disappointments and chronically overrated fighters. In addition to being overrated due to the actions of the promotion, many fighters are overrated due to their own self-important attitudes. Finally, some fighters just garner a lot of attention from fans and that leads to their being overrated. So, for our purposes, there are a couple of ways that fighters can be overrated: through the ravings of the promotion and through fans.
Again, this should not be read as "ten fighters we simply don't like and who are bad people." These are simply ten mixed martial artists who have been given more credit for their skills than they deserve.
10 Josh Koshcheck
This one will require some major justification right off the bat. There was a time when Josh Koscheck was among the best Welterweights in the UFC, but that was years ago. Anyone who thinks he still belongs in the promotion is mistaken. He continues to run his mouth as if he's even a contender, and that's why now, in 2014, he is overrated. His mouth continues to run these days as if he is still relevant in the sport, but his inability to win big fights and come back from his Championship loss to GSP is why he starts off this list. People still think he can make a run at the title again, but he is visibly a shell of his former self.
9 Randy Couture
8 Alistair Overeem
There are a couple of reasons for which Alistair Overeem is overrated. Look at how he has been treated by the promotion. They love him and have tried to call him one of the greatest strikers of all time, but ultimately, he has been unable to achieve much real success in the UFC. He beat Brock Lesnar, after which the Viking wannabe retired, so he has that going for him. His other win was against Frank Mir, who is so far off his game these days it's almost sad.
With regard to his two losses, it is not surprising that he lost. Against Travis Browne, fans saw that he actually isn't that smart of a fighter. How many front kicks does a guy need to get hit with before he tries to avoid them? Along with that, look at Overeem's conditioning, even in fights that he has been winning, he looks like Homer Simpson fighting Drederick Tatum, despite not being hit even once.
7 Dan Hardy
6 Jake Shields
His years in the UFC brought him far more credit than is deserved. The definition of one-dimensional, Shields relied on his wrestling to the point where it is difficult to actually gauge his stand-up. Unfortunately for Shields, who is a proven athlete, and has some solid wins in the UFC, the fact that he is incapable of trading shots with good strikers takes away from how much anyone can really say he lived up to his hype.
5 Nick Diaz
4 Frank Mir
3 Tito Ortiz
2 Brock Lesnar
It's hard not to admire Brock Lesnar as an athlete. He was on the Minnessota Vikings' practice squad, achieved success in the WWE, was an NCAA wrestling champion and the UFC Heavyweight champion. His overall resume is impressive, but as a mixed martial artist, he is one of the most overrated of all time.
1 Kimbo Slice
This choice is pretty obvious, and Kimbo Slice’s brief mixed martial arts career proved quite a few people wrong, mostly the internet. He was found online, beating other young street scrappers to a pulp in a backyard. He was fast, hit hard and generally put on a good show, so fans went insane and eventually he was given a chance in the UFC. Unfortunately, we all learned that Kimbo Slice is a one-trick pony. That one trick was of course, brutalizing people in back yards. Unfortunately, this skill did not translate into success in the UFC.
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