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This list could easily include several obscure, unheralded fighters who operating in promotions that receive little-to-no attention. It could also be comprised of fighters from larger promotions whom you may or may not have heard of and did all right for themselves last year but really demand much notice.
In reality, this list could take many forms, and each form could include many entries. For the sake of consistency, I've decided to shave my approach down to a specific angle: fighters who were overlooked despite demonstrating a high level of ability.
When I say "high level of ability," I don't mean it in a relative sense—this list is full of stars and talented individuals whom you may think receive plenty of credit. While I won't deny that every fighter here is hard done by when it comes to earning his or her due, I will argue that my picks flew under the radar last year, in one sense or another.
For example, sometimes accomplished fighters do exactly what people expect them to do, and because the results only meet and not exceed expectations, they are assumed to have only held serve. But in reality, their performances may have exceeded expectations greatly, achieving results in a particularly spectacular way.
The point is that you may be surprised to see some of these names associated with the underrated label.
With that in mind, if you disagree with any inclusions or omissions, feel free to explain your position in the comments section. Or just textually scream that I'm wrong. Either way.
Note that all UFC rankings are listed are from UFC.com.