As the calendar year draws to a close, we take a look back at the most overrated mixed martial artists of 2012.
Each of the fighters in the following list was selected for one of two reasons—they were exposed as overrated in 2012, or have created public perceptions of themselves that are just not sustainable.
Fighters who were exposed in 2012 entered the year with a certain reputation within MMA circles, but will exit it with a decidedly less favorable public perception.
Fighters who have created unrealistic expectations are those that have had success in 2012, but have gained a disproportionate amount of recognition for their accomplishments. Many of these fighters are excellent competitors with tons of talent—some are legitimate stars—but even legitimate stars sometimes gain more renown than they probably deserve.
For either one of these two reasons, the following 15 mixed martial artists are 2012's most overrated.