There is a difference between overrated and over publicized. There may be fighters in this slideshow who are also overrated, but most of the fighters here still really need to prove themselves, while for some reason people are going crazy over them.
Some examples of these fighters that have already been exposed are:
Diego Sanchez: People thought he would pose an extremely tough challenge for Penn, even I thought he would. He was the real inspiration for me to write this slideshow, fighters have to be analyzed before people dub them as a legitimate contender.
Forrest Griffin: Similar in the same way to BJ Penn against Sanchez, and it was especially surprising to me since Forrest was coming off a loss. I was pretty sure that Anderson was going to beat him badly, but not as badly as he did.
Thiago Silva: Although I still definitely see a lot of potential for him, he was just too inexperienced and one-sided to be the next big thing.
Chuck Liddell: For some reason some people still like him, but come on, when you lose four of your last five fights you cannot still be considered top competition. He is way past his prime, he should make way for new rising talents.
I guess "exposed" is too much of a word, most of these fighters still have a lot potential to still be good and bounce back. I know there are also a lot of exceptions, fighters who seem inexperienced but then shock the world by pulling off a huge upset.
But usually just when a fighter pulls off an ok win dominantly, that doesn't mean they are the next big thing.
These are the top five fighters people should not go crazy about.
Honestly, I actually like this fighter. I really do. What I don't understand is all the "Hype" surrounding him. After he beat Antoni Hardonk (who isn't really a good fighter, record of 8-5 before he fought Barry) some people were comparing his leg kicks to Cro Cop. Really?
He only has a record of 5-1, which, granted, is one win better than Brock, but Brock, of course, fought much stronger competition. Barrys highlight of his career is his loss to Tim Hague, which granted he did fight courageously but a loss should not be anybody's highlight of their career.
Barry seems good, but we shouldn't be comparing him to Cro Cop anytime soon until he gets a big win.
Hardy is officially one of my favorite fighters to write about. This is the third time I am writing about him, and he is a very interesting character. He is a great fighter, but recently I realized something.
He is in his prime. I am fairly confident this is the strongest he will ever be, and he cannot really improve past this point.
The UFC is desperately trying to throw people to challenge GSP, so when a fighter is coming off a good win, they pretty much automatically give him a chance to fight GSP.
This could possibly be damaging to some fighters, especially to a fighter with an ego such as Hardys. If only they would give time for Hardy to improve, to expand his fighting ability and give him high-caliber fighters without rushing things.
After that, then we would have a legitimate contender instead of just one with a puncher's chance. It's a win-win situation for both the fighter and the UFC. Now, imagine Hardy, coming into the fight on a 13 win streak (I don't his DQ against Yoshida) and as confident as ever he will become the new champ.
Unfortunately for Hardy, GSP beats the tar out of Hardy not unlike Penn vs Sanchez. It could be devastating for Hardy, some fighters who experience stuff like that may never be the same again.
Point is, people are overhyping Hardy and everything but if he loses to GSP, the ugly truth is that he could be finished.
It's a pity, really.
I had hoped people would finally see that Gomi was washed up and finished when he lost against two nobodies in a row. He also lost to Nick Diaz before that but the decision was overturned by the NSAC after they caught Diaz smoking marijuana.
Gomi has a classical case, he is clearly past his prime and should retire before he gets embarrassed and beaten again.
Back in the organizations where he was before, he was still actually good. He could compete with the people out there, but of course there aren't really that much strong fighters there. Here, in the UFC, there is a pool of talent. The people in the UFC are much stronger than some Japanese organization or something.
A fight between Gomi and Florian is being debated right now. It doesn't take a genius to figure out who would win.
In the UFC, Gomi should definitely fight as a gatekeeper at most.
Frank Mir is another person whom I have written many comments about. There is a strong case for both sides about him, but I firmly believe he is not as good as a fighter as people make him out to be.
In fact, I think he is a sore loser, sore winner, and not actually that great of a fighter. Just by winning a few fights against injured/inexperienced fighters he gained a whole ton of hype and publicity. Some people even consider him the best in the heavyweight division.
He lost to four fighters, namely Ian Freeman, Marcio Cruz, Brandon Vera, and of course, Brock Lesnar. Fedor is undefeated. Mir has fought 17 fights, Fedor 31. That alone eliminates Mir from top spot.
There is a difference between explosive submission attempts and lay-and-pray submission attempts. I believe Mir has the second choice. What about his wins? Well, he has beaten Tim Sylvia, Lesnar, Nogueira, and...that's it.
Kongo is a top 20 fighter, I don't that as a big win. Mirs muscle gain is half way impressive, yet I am skeptical of how fast he gained it. It's almost as fast as Overeem, and that is definitely suspicious.
When Sylvia fought Mir, granted Sylvia was undefeated but inexperienced. Of course we all know what happened vs Lesnar. Lay and pray submission waiting and miraculously his strategy worked against an again, inexperienced fighter. Brock proved it was a total fluke in the rematch.
Mir fought a zombie-staph infected Nog, Nog only fought that fight for the paycheck. The only weak argument I have heard anybody provide for Mir winning the fight was that staph infections don't matter. Huh. Last time I checked, they could be potentially life-threatening.
Mir can prove his critics wrong by beating people better than just noobs and ill fighters.
Sad thing is, I don't think he will.
Daley is a pure example of just how weak the welterweight division really is. Somebody wins two good wins and they are considered big challengers for GSP. To me, Daley is a perfect repetition of Anthony Johnson.
Big, strong striker wins couple impressive fights, fights against Josh Koscheck, loses. Daley isn't even a dynamic striker. The only difference between the two is that Daley fought better competition and crushed his so called kryptonite (grappler and submission specialist).
Thankfully, most people now know that Hazelett tried to strike with the striker and disaster occurred.
If Hazelett just kept with his game plan, who knows what could have happened. Daley has fought a grappler before, and promptly got submitted. Until Daley shows that he can fight on the ground without getting submitted in two seconds, or at least better TDD, he will never improve.
It's too late for him to improve so much for his next fight, I'm pretty sure his screwed against Koscheck. However, for future fights if he shows he can do more than strike he will be great.
I chose Machida as the picture because he really proved himself against Evans. He silenced his critics who said he didn't have good striking. It's too bad right afterwards he fought the controversial decision with Shogun.
Anyway, thanks for reading. Who else do you think is overhyped and do you agree with my choices?