Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Spor
Before getting to the point, let's take a moment to define "overrated" for the purpose of this list. The word does not mean a poor performer being mistaken for a great one.
What it denotes is a performer who is commonly credited with abilities greater than those he or she truly possesses.
With that in mind, please note that those included on this list are not being judged wanting as mixed martial artists.
The reason for fighters appearing on this list is because they have been credited with more than they deserve. This can mean one of three things:
- They rank artificially high at the end of 2013
- They achieved results in 2013 that are unsustainable
- They were exposed as overrated in 2013
These criteria take into account UFC rankings when applicable, 2013 performance, body of recent work and the dreaded opinion of the author.
Also note that because this exercise is subjective, I didn't rank these fighters in order of most overrated to least overrated. The list is alphabetical.
Lastly, I have attempted to separate clearly declining fighters from those I've labeled overrated. For example, Wanderlei Silva may no longer match the reputation he built for himself in Pride, but because this is generally recognized, pinning him with the overrated label would be a misnomer. Instead, I've tried to focus on fighters who have failed to match their current renown.
Please feel free to logically deconstruct my inclusions in the comments section, explicating why they are so utterly foolish. Or just call them foolish—it's your call.