The unpredictable nature of sports is part of what makes them so entertaining. Of all the many different sports that are out there, MMA is among the most unpredictable, as a single punch can change the entire direction of a bout.
Many fighters who entered 2012 as contenders, or very bright prospects, now find themselves struggling to remain on the UFC roster or have already been released from the organization. Conversely, many competitors who started the year as unknown commodities are now considered elite athletes.
We will focus on the fighters who faltered over the past 12 months. These are the competitors who weren't as talented as many considered them to be heading into 2012.