Most Overrated Fighters in Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts has exploded in the last decade. Now everyone and their dog think they can fight, grapple, wrestle and strike like a UFC champ. There are so many arm chair MMA fans now it is not even funny. What’s even worse is the way marketing has creeped into MMA.

Below are the top 5 mixed martial arts fighters that are overrated.

5) Chris Leben

One fighter that has benefited from the Ultimate Fighter reality series has been Chris Leben. He is a heavy puncher but has little skills to back up his MMA game. He was marketing and overhyped so much that when he fought Anderson Silva he was the online betting favourite in most of the sports books.

4) Jorge Gurgel

Ever since Jorge Gurgel starred in the second season of The Ultimate Fighter television series he has been overly hyped as a MMA fighter. He was eliminated from the show in the fifth episode with a loss to Jason Von Flue by unanimous decision.

Gurgel got a 7 fight UFC contact strictly on the basis he was Rich Franklin’s friend. Gurgel was criticized throughout his seven-fight run in the UFC for not displaying Jiu-Jitsu in his fights. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who trains with Rich Franklin.

3) Rich Franklin

He is one of the nicest guys in mixed martial arts. He is the perfect ambassador for the sport. However, because he was so popular he was also hyped up and profiled as the face of the UFC.

As UFC middleweight champion, Franklin had problems with Loiseau and Tanner and Quarry who were C+ plus level fighters at best. Franklin never faced real top level competition in his career and once he did he was exposed.

Franklin’s lack of skill has been revealed and the UFC can no longer protect him as more and more people are realizing that he is overrated as a fighter.

2) TUF Cast members

It’s apparent the UFC has invested a lot of TV time in these fighters, but there has to at least be some semblance of competition. Many of the fighters that come out of the TUF series are below average fighters but have good marketing value. Also the UFC gets these fighters into the show for a cheap price and since the fighters have some sort of marketability they are put into the UFC events. TUF alumni are given higher-profile spots than more deserving competitors.

Just because people see them on the TUF show they automatically think they are good fighters. Many of the cast members have no business being in the UFC yet they continue to be.

1) Kimbo Slice

No fighter is more overhyped than Kimbo Slice. He was protected in EliteXC and while on the TUF show he was marketing in every commercial and clip they could squeeze him in.

One moment he’s beating up no body’s on YouTube, the next he’s in the main event of Elite XC’s first broadcast on CBS. Some people even began arguing that he was a top 10 heavyweight fighter, simply because of the media attention he was receiving in many forums and blogs.

The Internet made Kimbo to what he is today and they is no way we can out the genie back in the bottle unless the UFC gives him actual fights.

How To Become A Pro MMA Fighter

Have you ever watched the UFC and wondered if you’ve got what it takes to become a pro fighter? Do you have determination and drive to complete in front of a live audience? If your answer is yes then you should get training. Many people don’t think they have the time to become an MMA fighter. The truth is, there really is no excuse not to give it a shot. Many MMA training regimes are fast and explosive, taking little time out of the day. Although this won’t be enough to get you to the pros, it will certainly give you a platform to start with.

Starting Your Training Regime

When you’re a beginner you will probably find yourself so bombarded with information that you won’t have a clue where to begin. The best thing to do is to start with the basic stand up moves. The first punches you should learn are the; jab, cross and hook; and the first kicks you should learn are the; round kick, front kick and side kick. Once you’ve mastered these basic moves then you’ll be able to complete bag work and shadow boxing exercises to increase your overall set of skills.

Once you know the basic moves then you should design your own specific training routine. Try to work it around your own schedule, and don’t just train the moves themselves as you will need to incorporate strength and conditioning exercise as well. When you’re beginning try to train at least four times per week. Dedicate two days to practising your fighting with bag work or with a training partner, one day to strength training with weights, and one day to cardiovascular training such as running. Train for 30 minutes to an hour on each day and remember to warm up and cool down properly.

Upping The Pace

When you feel comfortable then you need to start upping the pace. This is about the time you should join an MMA gym and take some regular classes to learn new moves and techniques. MMA gyms are a great place to find training partners and the spar against other fighters. This is a good way to get an idea of what to expect in the ring.

Once you have been training at the gym for a while then you should tell your instructor that you want to fight. Many gyms will arrange amateur mixed martial arts competitions for all of the local gyms. This is the best way to get your foot in the door, and if you have a fight coming up then your instructor will certainly put in that extra effort to ensure you’re in good shape. After all, you are representing them as much as they are representing you.

Going Professional

Once you have a few amateur fights under you, and hopefully a few wins! Then you can start approaching professional promotions. At this point you should also start hunting for some form of representation such as a manager. This way you can leave the business aspect up to them so you can concentrate on training for your next bout.

There is so much to think about if you want to become a pro MMA fighter. However if you are new to the sport then just try to learn a few things and have a bit of fun. Take things step by step and don’t try to force yourself into fights before you’re ready.

Success Formula–Why You Want To Think Like A Fighter Pilot!

Fighter pilots have an awesome responsibility. It takes a unique person to become one. The personality style usually includes large doses of self-confidence, a can-do attitude, high self-esteem and a willingness to face and overcome challenges. Defeat is not an option, for they know it could mean their death.

Successful small business owners have similar characteristics. They are entrepreneurial, self-confident, motivated, and willing to risk failure. Defeat is not an option for them either, because it means the death of their business.

What does a successful small business owner have in common with a “fighter pilot”? Both of them have discovered the winning success formula.

Success Formula

  1. Plan before doing anything. Develop a plan or process for how you will succeed, including contingencies for unanticipated events or situations.
  2. Test before implementation. Check out your resources and put your project or new product through a test-run (pilot program).
  3. Understand the extent of your resources. Fighter pilots know what they need, how much they need and when they will need to replace things. Take time to thoroughly evaluate the quantity and quality of the resources you will need.
  4. Build in some “wiggle” room. Expect that your plans will change in route. Be prepared to respond quickly and make course corrections as necessary.
  5. Train…train…train. Fighter pilots train before a fight. They know they are capable of winning. Small business owners must engage in lifelong learning and skill enhancement. It’s not enough to be skilled at what you do, you must develop a competitive edge to your skills, and constantly look for ways to increase them.
  6. Assess the competition. Perform a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). Determine your areas of vulnerability and develop plans to overcome them.
  7. Know your own capabilities. Like the fighter pilot, the successful small business owner must be capable of winning. Consider your potential, competence and aptitude for success. Ask yourself if you want to win; then prepare to do so.