Top 15 Most Overrated Fighters in the UFC Today

Being a mixed martial arts fighter is quite likely the most difficult occupation in existence. Their daily routine consists of multiple training sessions, each of which involves honing a particular martial arts skill to its highest level, requiring training alongside trained killers. To better learn the finer aspects of kicking a person in the head or the proper way to break a person's arm, one must learn to defend against such things.

Defeat is ordinary and occurs on a daily basis. There is no shame in it, especially in a sport that requires the utmost human courage a person can muster. To be locked in a cage with a lethal martial artist and exchange blows and submission attempts until one party submits, is beaten unconscious, or the referee stops the contest, is an inherently brave act. Most of the "bad blood" between fighters is an act put on to promote pay-per-view sales. These fighters study and analyse their opponents weaknesses to better break them and the mental warfare aspect is almost as important as the physical demands of the sport.

Sometimes, the sport of mixed martial arts celebrates its heroes long beyond their prime. This is dangerous. Evaluating bodies like the UFC's Rankings have an inherent bias based on their ability to promote fights, but routinely shirk their responsibility to protect fighters in decline. They are right to, just as these fighters are right to continue and protect their careers. However, there comes a time in each fighter's career when they are forced to recognize the holes in their game and that improvement is necessary or that it is time to hang it up altogether. These fighters may want to make a similar evaluation.

15 Bethe Correia 

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

14 Roy Nelson 

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

13 Michael Bisping 

Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

12 Anderson Silva 

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

11 Gegard Mousasi 

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

10 Sarah Kaufman 

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

9 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

8 Quenton "Rampage" Jackson 

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

7 Cub Swanson 

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

6 Benson Henderson 

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

5 Paige VanZant 

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

4 CB Dollaway 

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

3 Ronda Rousey 

Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

2 Vitor Belfort 

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

1 Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva 

Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Few fighters are as instantly recognizable as Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Silva made a name for himself with notable victories over Andrei Arlovski, Fedor Emelianenko, and Alistair Overeem, but in recent years has struggled to find success. He was soundly beaten by Cain Velasquez during their Heavyweight Title bout, had a draw and a loss against Mark Hunt, and was defeated by Frank Mir and Arlovski all within the last three years. At the age of 36, Bigfoot is closing in on retirement and for his own safety may want to consider hanging it up.

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