Fighters will inevitably fail to live up to expectations.
Seemingly invincible prospects will be beaten, legends will fall, and champions dethroned. In the fickle world of sports, one loss can totally derail a once promising career.
When put in context of MMA things become even more complicated. If you win in a boring fashion, drop a razor close split decision, or dismantle a talented yet questionable opponent, your entire career can be curtailed.
Without the right coverage, you can produce classic fights night after night but and become unappreciated.
As UFC 122 draws near it seems more and more people are already planning for a Nate Marquardt title shot.
Nate is a popular fighter and his opponent is an unknown by the general public: Yushin Okami. In the eyes of most fans Okami is just some Japanese guy. Upon looking deeper you see a talented fighter with the capabilities to defeat some one at the level of Nate Marquardt.
This list deals with the Okami's of the world. Fighters who are underestimated, but who have shown the ability necessary to bring the fight to whom ever they may face.
These are the 10 most underrated fighters in MMA today...