I’m not the kind of fight fan who believes losing a single bout, even if in shocking fashion, means a fighter is done and his potential lost. In a sport as erratic as mixed martial arts, favorites are going to lose, underdogs will sometimes prevail and those guys you’ve never even heard of will leap to the forefront of things with an unbelievable victory.
That’s just the way this game works.
However, I may be in the minority. Oddly enough, it seems a large portion of “MMA fans” are eager to leap and declare an individual’s hype deceased upon first defeat. I suppose that’s the nature of the beast; you’re only as good as your last fight.
Note: While there are 12 fighters on this list, the overall slideshow consists of only 10 frames. The reason being is that a few of these fighters fall into what I would call a “TIE” category in that their respective derailments mirrored the significance of another’s to a T.