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Top 15 Overrated MMA Fighters

Coming into major promotions such as the UFC, many fighters have to earn their fame and popularity by doing what they are paid to do, fight. Some fighters put on some amazing performances, and make their way to the top faster than others, which is absolutely normal.

Some other athletes however, are so hyped up by MMA promotions that they barely have to perform in order to earn their spot on the MMA hype-train. Let's take the example of Conor McGregor. Dana White signed this prospect without even seeing him fight and right away the hype began. Ever since his win over Marcus Brimage, people have been calling McGregor the greatest of all time and the new featherweight champion, even though he did not score any big wins back then. In McGregor's case, he lived up to the hype, destroying every opponent put in front of him (except Max Holloway, but he tore his ACL during that fight). After knocking out Chad Mendes, it is clear that McGregor is absolutely worthy of the hype surrounding him and is a good challenger for Jose Aldo, the greatest fighter in the world.

However, not all hyped up fighters can perform quite as McGregor did. That is the problem with hype: it builds up enormous pressure to perform, and some fighters simply can't handle it. Some lose constantly, others are simply inconsistent. Either way, here is a list of the top 15 most overrated fighters in MMA, fighters who simply could not live up to their hype:

15 Alistair Overeem

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14 Erick Silva

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13 Nick Diaz

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12 Nate Marquardt

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11 Chael Sonnen

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10 Brock Lesnar

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9 Eddie Alvarez

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8 Gegard Mousasi

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7 Wanderlei Silva

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6 Mauricio Rua

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5 Michael Bisping

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4 Jake Shields

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3 Jorge Santiago

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2 Roy Nelson

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1 Kimbo Slice

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Honestly, I'm not even sure how Kimbo Slice ever even signed with a major MMA promotion. He was an internet sensation, knocking people out at BBQs and outdoor parties. Though entertaining, that does not make you a professional martial artist. Kimbo soon realized that despite the hype surrounding him, his nontechnical striking and his non-existent ground game would not allow him to compete at the highest level of MMA. At least he gets to beat up on a 51-year-old Ken Shamrock, right?

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