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.