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MMA: The 25 Greatest (Or Not-So-Great) Journeymen in History

Jason SchielkeCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2011

MMA: The 25 Greatest (Or Not-So-Great) Journeymen In MMA History

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    According to Urbandictionary.com, the term journeyman is defined as follows:

    1.  A person who spends their days, or a presumably large amount of time during days, traveling on the road in a motor vehicle.

    2.   A road tripper and/or warrior.

    Journeymen are a necessity to MMA.  Without them, who would young up-and-coming fighters fight?  Why would I be writing this article for your amusement?  Who would be headlining that card coming up at some bar in Knob Lick, Mo.?

    At one point of time, most of these fighters were either on or headlining major pay-per-view events, getting big fat paychecks, and flying first class.

    Sadly, now most of them are fighting in front of a few hundred people, getting paid an amount of money that would make a Strikeforce curtain jerker laugh, and are either flying coach or putting even more miles on that old Honda Accord.

    Or maybe they just drive around the country and live in a motor home, Clay Guida-style.

    But moving along, these are the fighters who fit the above description.

25. Jason MacDonald

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    Career record: 24-14

    Career highlight: Earning submission of the night honors in back-to-back fights against Ed Herman and Chris Leben.

    What he has been up to lately: Nursing an injury.

    MacDonald has been one of those fighters who can claw his way near the top, only to fall short once he faces top level competition.

    At his best, Jason has bounced around the top promotions in the U.S. and Canada. At his worst, he has fought in smaller promotions such as EEC, TKO, KOTC, and others.

    After getting cut by the UFC in 2009 following a TKO loss to Nate Quarry, he went 4-1 and earned himself another shot in the big show. In his first fight back, he lost to John Salter after he broke his leg midway through the first round.

    MacDonald was scheduled to make his return to the octagon at UFC 124, but an injury forced him off the card. He is now expected to make his return at UFC 129 against Ryan Jensen.

    Should he lose that fight, don't be surprised if he received his walking papers for the final time and spends the rest of his career on the regional circuit.

24. Frank Trigg

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    Career record: 20-8

    Career highlight: Almost snagging the UFC middleweight title away from Matt Hughes via TKO after landing a shot to the "John Smalls" that the referee didn't see.

    What he has been up to lately: Wearing a pink wig and bright red lipstick.

    "Twinkle Toes", the man with the greatest tan in the sport, is another one of those fighters who looked amazing against mid-tier competition, but choked (or got choked) when he faced elite-level fighters.

    Twice Trigg had his chance to win the UFC middleweight title, but he lost by way of rear naked choke to Matt Hughes each time.

    Then after a victory over Renato Verissimo, he got a chance to make his way back to the top of the division against Georges St. Pierre. Once again, he lost via rear naked choke and was cut by the promotion.

    After having some success in Pride, Strikeforce, and Sengoku, he got another chance in the UFC. After suffering back-to-back TKO losses to Josh Koscheck and Matt Serra, he was once again released from the promotion.

    Most recently, Trigg has been doing color commentary alongside Michael Schiavello on HDNet. He did score a recent victory in an event in Israel, but maybe he should stick to commentating with "The Voice."

    But he better watch out; I've heard that Schiavello has a mean rear naked choke.

23. Wes Sims

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    Career record:  22-13-1-2

    Career highlight:  Stomping Frank Mir in the face.  Deep down inside, you know you enjoyed it.

    What he has been up to lately:  Who knows?

    Where do we begin with the prodigal son of Mark Coleman.  He started his career 5-1-0-1 before getting signed by the UFC.  After signing with the company, Sims dropped three straight fights—two to former heavyweight champion Frank Mir and one to Mike Kyle—before getting the axe.

    From there, he went on to fight in a bunch of promotions you have never heard of, racked up some wins, some really bad losses, and had a failed stint on The Ultimate Fighter.  Yet somehow he managed to strike a deal with Strikeforce to fight Bobby Lashley.

    Remember, this is Strikeforce we're talking about and some people *coughRobertGardnercough* thought Lashley was going to be the next Brock Lesnar.

    Lashley easily disposed of Sims in a little over two minutes. After that fight, Sims was signed to take on Tim Sylvia on some card in Ohio, but the Ohio Athletic Commission did the right thing and didn't allow the fight to happen. 

    Why didn't the fight go down?  The commission stated that the bout would not be competitive.  Sims hasn't fought since.

    Bravo, Ohio.

22. Ricco Rodriguez

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    Career record:  45-11

    Career highlight:  Defeating Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight championship.  Or maybe his appearance in The Smashing Machine where he was partying with a bunch of naked women.  It's a toss up.

    What he has been up to lately:  Beating up on a bunch of people you have never heard of.

    After starting his career 13-1 fighting in Pride, UFC, and a few different regional promotions, Ricco earned his shot against reigning UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture at UFC 39.  That night he was able to stop Couture via TKO with less than two minutes left in the fight to become the UFC heavyweight champion.

    In the first defense of his title, Rodriguez faced Tim Sylvia.  Coming in to the fight, Sylvia was a huge underdog and was not expected to be a threat to the wrecking machine that was Rodriguez. 

    Sylvia proved all the naysayers wrong when he was able to put Rodriguez on his backside with a right hand and finished him off with a barrage of punches.

    After that fight, Ricco lost his next two fights—one in Pride and one in the UFC—and ended up right back where he started his career. 

    Since then, he has made a habit of beating up people you have never heard of and losing to people who's names you might know.

    Ricco continues to fight on and has won his last 10 fights.  It goes without saying that he will never again be able to compete with anyone in the top 20—or maybe even top 30—but he continues to fight on, feasting on cans, and collecting those checks. 

21. Tim Sylvia

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    Career record:  28-7

    Career highlight:  Forget about his two runs as the UFC heavyweight champion.  Being on the receiving end of the most embarrassing knockout in MMA history is his shining moment.

    What he has been up to lately:  Getting knocked out by a former TUF cast member.

    Tim Sylvia being near the top of the heavyweight rankings between 2003-2007 must be the proof one needs to know just how weak the division was during that time.  He was able to win his first UFC title in 2003 when he overwhelmed Ricco Rodriguez with strikes in the first round.  

    He was able to successfully defend his title once before he lost it to Frank Mir in the match that I dubbed "The arm snap heard around the world.' 

    Mir had Sylvia in a deep armbar, Tim refused to tap, and subsequently had his forearm snapped.  For those who saw it, you know it sent shivers down your spine.

    Sylvia would come back to regain the belt from Andrei Arlovski at UFC 59.  We would successfully defend the title twice before getting schooled for five rounds by Randy Couture. 

    He then went on to lose against the bigger of the Nogueira brothers before he got the chance to take on the baddest man in the sport—Fedor.

    The fight was hyped up like crazy by Affliction, who decided to turn their popular clothing line in a failed attempt to start a MMA promotion. 

    When the two finally met, the fight lasted all of 36 seconds before Fedor submitted Sylvia with a rear naked choke.

    Now here is where everything goes completely down hill.  Ray Mercer (yes, the former boxing champion) took on the Maine-iac in a MMA match.  Just nine seconds later, Sylvia was laid out cold is what has to rank among the most embarrassing losses any MMA fighter has ever suffered.

    After that abortion of a loss, Tim went on a four-fight winning streak before getting KO'ed by Abe Wagner at TFC 16 a few weeks ago.

    Unfortunately, we'll see Sylvia in a cage on television sooner than later.  My guess is Strikeforce, where he will get fast-tracked to a title shot.

    Remember, it is Strikeforce we're talking about here.

20. Ikuhisa Minowa A.K.A. Minowaman

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    Career record:  47-32-8

    Career highlight:  Knocking out Sokoudjou to win the DREAM "Super Hulk" tournament.

    What he has been up to lately:  Being the same old Minowaman—dishing out and receiving butt kickings.

    What is there really left to say about the second most popular MMA fighter in Japan?  The guy will fight whoever you put in front of him, no matter how great they are, and puts on (for the better part) a good show for the fans.

    Look, when your resume includes such greats as Frye, Funaki, Cro Cop, Sakuraba, Wanderlei Silva, Filho, Lytle, Schilt, the late Evan Tanner, Kondo, and more great fighters, that should be proof enough that Minowaman has testicular fortitude like none other. 

    While some have been pondering the idea if it is time for "The Punk" to call it a career and make that big pro wrestling chedda, don't be surprised if he is still around for at least a couple of more years. 

    With the state that Japanese MMA is in, they can't afford to lose any of their big stars. 

19. Phil Baroni

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    Career record: 13-13

    Career highlight:  Yelling out "I'm the best eva!" after knocking out Dave Menne.

    What he has been up to lately:  Getting his butt handed to him on a silver platter.

    How in the world does a fighter like Baroni, with his lack of skill and cardio, keep getting big fights?

    The answer is easy—he has charisma. 

    Let's be perfectly honest here.  The self proclaimed "New York Bad Ass" has looked nothing like a bad ass throughout his career.

    He has to be given his due for when he went over to Pride and got a couple of quality wins, but a year and a half of okay-ness can't take away from the fact that he has been nothing but a stepping stone throughout his career. 

    After getting cut by the UFC, he went 8-5 in Pride and a couple of other promotions before he got another shot in the UFC.  His second run was even shorter than his first as he went 0-3, with his last defeat coming in the first round, thanks to the knees of Brad Tavares.

    Next month, Baroni will be making his debut in the up-and-coming Midwest-based Titan Fighting Championships.  Does Baroni have anything left or will he be a showcase bout for Nick Nolte?  We will all find out on March 25.

18. Carlos Newton

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    Career record: 15-14

    Career highlight:  Submitting Pat Miletich to win the UFC welterweight title.

    What he has been up to lately:  Winning in Canada; losing in Australia.

    The founder of Dragon Ball Jiu-Jitsu has shown over the years that he has the talent and skills to become one of the greats in the sport.  The only problem is he has never been able to put it all together for any significant amount of time. 

    Over his 29-fight career, Newton has only been able to put five wins together without losing.  Granted, he was a college student during the earlier part of his career, but it is still sad to see such a good talent never live up to its full potential. 

    His shining moment was when he was able to win the UFC welterweight champion via bulldog choke against Pat Miletich.  His reign as champion wasn't very long, as Miletich's top student Matt Hughes was able to defeat Newton in his first defense of his title.

    It should also be noted that Hughes didn't even know he won the fight until he regained his consciousness.  Newton had Hughes in a triangle choke and Matt lifted him up and put him against the cage in an attempt to do, um...something.  

    As Hughes passed out from the choke, he fell to the mat, taking Newton with him and knocking him out in the process.  When he came to, Hughes thought he lost, but his frown turned upside down when his corner told him he won.

    Since that fight, Newton has gone 6-8 including a loss in a rematch against Hughes.  His next match will be in May in Canada for the new MMA Live promotion.  He is scheduled to fight the always dangerous T.B.A.

    Hopefully T.B.A. isn't as good as Brian Ebersole, or he'll be in deep trouble.

17. Heath Herring

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    Career record: 28-14-0-1

    Career highlight: Handing Tom Erikson his first defeat.

    What he has been up to lately:  Nothing.

    Herring exploded on to the MMA scene in 2000 when he made his debut in Pride FC, he went on a four-fight winning streak before he was defeated by Vitor Belfort. 

    After the loss to Belfort, Herring has mixed results in Pride.  He was able to score victories over the likes of Mark Kerr and Igor Vovchanchyn, but was defeated by top-level fighters like Mirko Cro Cop, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fedor Emelinanenko. 

    He ended up having 17 fights in Pride, going a respectable 12-5.  However, he was unable to ever reach the top tier and compete with the big boys. 

    After Pride folded, he had three fights in K-1's MMA promotion, going an unimpressive 1-1-0-1.  This was not a deterrent to the UFC, who at the time was snatching up fighters like Verizon customers are currently trying to buy the iPhone 4. 

    In his five fights with the UFC, Heath went an even less impressive 2-3 with his biggest loss coming from the fists of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. 

    One has to wonder if the beating he took that night back in 2008 made the Texas Crazy Horse reevaluate his career path, as he has not competed in MMA since. 

16. Kevin Randleman

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    Career record: 17-15

    Career highlight:  Defeating Pete Williams for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship.

    What he has been up to lately:  Nothing good.

    The former two time Division 1 wrestling champion from Ohio State has suffered from what I like to call "Hammer House" syndrome throughout his career.  Randleman is explosive, his wrestling is top-notch, and he has heavy hands.

    The only problem is he has a gas tank the size of a Nissan Leaf.

    Randleman has spent time in the UFC, Pride, Sengoku, and most recently Strikeforce.  It goes without saying that he had mixed results in all the aforementioned promotions. 

    In his last fight he took on Roger Gracie, who many are calling the best grappler ever to have the surname Gracie.  Randleman never posed any real threat to Roger, and ended up being submitted towards the end of the second round.

    Whatever prime Kevin had is well behind him.  He has only fought 10 times since he knocked out Mirko Cro Cop nearly seven years ago and has only had his hand raised in victory twice.  

    Maybe it is a good time for The Monster to look at taking on a full-time position as a wrestling coach.

15. Valentijn Overeem

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    Career record:  28-25

    Career highlight:  Defeating Randy Couture in the 2000 RINGS Kings of Kings tournament.

    What he has been up to lately:  Knocking out and being knocked out by fighters you have never heard of.

    If Valentijn had half the talent of his younger brother Alistair, they would possibly be the most dangerous siblings the sport has ever seen. 

    Unfortunately for Valentijn, he has nowhere near the amount of talent of his little brother.  

    Over his career that has spanned nearly 15 years, Valentijn has lived by the proverbial "live by the sword, die by the sword" code. 

    In his 53 fights, only two have ever gone the distance.  Fortunately for him, he has won more than he has lost, but the win over Randy Couture mentioned earlier is the only quality fighter he has ever defeated.

    To make matters even worse, one would be hard pressed to recognize the name of more than five of the fighters that defeated him. 

    To make matters much worse, he somehow has a fight coming up this Saturday that would line him up to be an alternate in the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix.

    Remember, it is Strikeforce we're talking about here.

    As unlikely as it may be, how crazy would it be if he won his match against Ray Sefo to become an alternate? 

    Then to make things even more crazy, what if they needed an alternate to fight Alistair and Valentijn was the only healthy fighter to feed to him?

    Just the thought of that happening should make everyone a little more excited about the Strikeforce GP.

14. Kazuyuki Fujita

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    Career record: 15-9

    Career highlight:  Being the first person to ever rock Fedor (that I've seen anyway).

    What he has been up to lately:  Probably still out cold somewhere after eating that knee from The Reem at Dynamite!! 2009.

    Back in the heyday of Pride, Fujita was one of the promotion's biggest stars.  Win or lose, the Japanese fans loved this guy. 

    I have personally seen every Pride event and there are very few moments that come to mind when I try to think of a time where the crowd got as loud as they did when he put Fedor on rubber legs.

    Besides that, the high point of his career must be when, in his fourth career fight, he defeated Mark Kerr in the Pride 2000 open weight Grand Prix.

    The crowd got louder and louder with each unanswered blow he dished out to Kerr's dome as he eliminated one of the favorites from the tournament. 

    After that, Fujita went on a downhill slide.  While there is no shame is losing to Cro Cop, Fedor, and Wanderlei Silva, he also lost to the likes of Blagoi Ivanov.

    Eating that knee from Alistair Overeem a little over a year ago might have sent Fujita into retirement.  At the age of 40 and after all the beatings he took over the years, don't be surprised if it did. 

13. Renato "Babalu" Sobral

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    Career record:  36-9

    Career Highlight:  Defeating Jeremy Horn for the IFC light heavyweight title.

    What he has been up to lately:  Waking up after getting nailed by a "H" bomb.

    To put it simply, Babalu is old school.  He began his career back in 1997 fighting in the rough and rugged Brazilian no-holds-barred promotions.

    He had mixed results once he started competing in the States.  He was able to beat the Trevor Prangley's and Travis Wiuff's, but fell short when he was put against fighters like Chuck Liddell and Jason Lambert.

    Sobral was able to win two titles: the IFC light heavyweight title by defeating Jeremy Horn and the Strikeforce title by taking out TUF alum Bobby Southworth.  

    His run as the Strikeforce title was short-lived.  In his very first title defense, he was knocked out in one minute by Gegard Mousasi.  After losing the title, he rebounded by getting a decision victory over Robbie Lawler.

    Then in a fight that could have potentially vaulted Sobral back to the top of the Strikeforce light heavyweight division, he was knocked out cold by Dan Henderson in less than two minutes.

    He may still have something left in him, but it for sure isn't going to be enough to take on any of the true contenders out there.

12. Travis Wiuff

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    Career record:  63-14-0-1

    Career highlight:  Winning 19 straight fights in less than two years

    What he has been up to lately:  Working the regional circuit.

    While he's not quite up there with some of the other fighters on the list, Travis has definitely been around the block once or twice. 

    While at first glance his record might look nice, it doesn't take much to see that it's a little overinflated.  Beating up on inexperienced fighters at events called "Bar Room Brawl" tends to make that happen.

    Wiuff had three chances to prove himself in the larger promotions and fell short both times.  He lost to Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 40, Babalu Sobral at UFC 52, and James Lee at Pride 33.  All three losses came via some sort of decision.

    From the looks of it, Wiuff will continue beating up on more people you've never heard of.  Look for him to be fighting at a night club near you.

11. Joe Doerksen

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    Career record:  46-14

    Career highlight:  Can I get a little help here?

    What he has been up to lately:  Making what seems like his sixth run in the UFC, that is if he hasn't been cut yet.

    I believe that the Canadian born Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner would be better classified as a "gatekeeper journeyman."  By that I mean he has been used as a measuring stick for up and coming fighters all over the world.  

    The likes of C.B. Dollaway, Dan Miller, Ed Herman, and even Matt Hughes have defeated the rough and rugged veteran in the early stages of their career. 

    The fighters Joe has been able to defeat have mostly been sub- or right around-.500 fighters, with a few exceptions thrown in here or there.

    But fighters like Doerksen are a necessity to the sport.  Without them, prospects would be forced to cut their teeth on tough opposition quicker than they would like. 

10. Ryo Chonan

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    Career record: 18-12

    Career highlight:  Catching Anderson Silva in that weird flying heel hook thing.

    What he has been up to lately:  Getting KTFO'ed,

    Chonan has spent a majority of his career in Japan, fighting for Deep, Pride, Dream, and now SRC.  When he finally came Stateside and signed with the UFC, things went far worse for him than they did in his homeland.

    In his four fights inside the octagon, he dropped three decisions losses to Karo Parisyan, Brad Blackburn and T.J. Grant.  His lone win came via split decision against Roan Careiro.  He was released from the company and went back to Japan to fight on.

    Upon his arrival, he was able to string together two decent (and that term is used loosely) wins.  But after that, everything started going downhill for the Piranha.

    In his most recent bout, he was knocked out cold in just 19 seconds at SRC's Soul of Fight by Taisuke Okuno.  Two fights before that, he was knocked out in the second round by a fighter with a 6-5-1 record. 

    Lucky for Ryo, he has the fan support in Japan that he couldn't gather here in the States and will continue to put on a show.

9. Jeff Monson

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    Career record:  40-11

    Career highlight:  Um...not sure with this one.

    What he has been up to lately:  Beating up cans.

    If you put a past their prime or newbie fighter in front of the Snowman he will beat the crap out of them.

    If you put anyone with talent in front of the Snowman, he will melt.

    At first glance, you would think that Monson would be one of the best heavyweights out there, but then you look at his record.  Wins over Jimmy Ambriz, Jason Guida, and Lee Mein aren't exactly going to move you up the rankings.

    Jeff is a classic case of a B- or C+ fighter with in inflated record.  As long as the athletic commissions allow him to feast on fighters who don't belong in the cage with him, his record is just going to keep ballooning. 

    But small-town promoters keep booking him, commissions keep allowing the fights to happen, and Monson keeps collecting some easy paychecks.

8. Marvin Eastman

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    Career record:  17-13-1

    Career highlight:  Getting the nastiest cut in MMA history thanks to a knee from Vitor Belfort.

    What he has been up to lately:  Snapping a four-fight losing streak.

    The intensity brought in to a fight by the Beastman is unparalleled by anyone in the sport.  The problem with this is Eastman doesn't seem like he knows how to control it.  Combine that with a suspect chin and you're just asking for problems.

    Seriously, being the only KO victory on Travis Lutter's record isn't something to be proud of.

    But with all that aside, Marvin's explosiveness can be dangerous for anyone, plus he has the endurance to go a solid three rounds.  In fact, more than half his wins have come by decision.

    On a not so good note, nearly half of his losses have been by knockout.

    Eastman poses a threat to anyone they put him in a cage or ring with.  Those that can figure out that the path of least resistance is a straight punch to his jaw will have a quick night of work.  Those that can't better be ready for a war. 

7. Keith Jardine

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    Career record:  16-9-1

    Career highlight:  Defeating Chuck Liddell.

    What he has been up to lately:  Trying to find a home outside of the UFC

    Before his stint on the first season of the Ultimate Fighter, Jardine fought all over the globe, beating up random fighters, and only tasting defeat once thanks to Travis Wiuff. 

    After the show began the roller coaster that was his UFC career.  First he loses to Stephan Bonnar, then he defeats former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, loses to newcomer Houston Alexander, beats former champ Chuck Liddell, gets mauled by Wanderlei Silva, and then beats Brandon Vera.

    After that, things started to get really ugly for the Dean of Mean.

    He lost his next four fights and was dismissed from the UFC roster.  He then went on to headline Shark Fights' first ever pay-per-view and lost a lackluster decision to Trevor Prangley.

    Jardine recently headlined a card in the Dominican Republic and earned a decision victory against Strikeforce vet Francisco France.

    While it's not a fight that will get you back in the public eye, it's a great way to snap out of a horrible losing streak.

    Hopefully, Yoda can get Jardine back on track, or he'll ended up right back where he started.

6. Andrei Arlovski

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    Career record:  15-8

    Career highlight:  Getting his 15 minutes of fame with the UFC heavyweight championship belt.

    What he has been up to lately:  Getting knocked silly all over the place, yet still participating in "The greatest heavyweight tournament ever."  Remember, we are talking about Strikeforce here.

    When the Pitbull is on the top of his game, there are few fighters in the world that can take his punch and keep their consciousnesses in tact. 

    However, it has been scientifically proven that if you can punch as hard as your neighbor's nine year old daughter who take tae-kwon-do classes, you can put Arlovski to sleep with relative ease.

    Even after being knocked out in three of his first seven fights, Arlovski was able to rise to the top of the weakest heavyweight division in UFC history and claim the gold from Tim Sylvia. 

    He lost the belt back to Sylvia in his third defense and lost in a rematch for the title before going on a five-fight winning streak.

    Then Arlovski fought some guy you may have heard of named Fedor Emelianenko.  Andrei started off well, but then made the mistake of jumping in with some crazy Superman punch thing, getting tagged on the chin in the process, and getting knocked out cold. 

    After that, he went on to get knocked out by Brett Rodgers and losing to Antonio Silva by decision. 

    Next up for Arlovski is Sergei Kharitonov in a battle of glass jaws.  Let's get it on!

5. Jeremy Horn

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    Career record:  87-20-5

    Career highlight:  Fighting Chuck Liddell at UFC 54 for the light heavyweight title

    What he has been up to lately:  He be out there grindin'.

    It seems that Horn has been fighting since the Stone Age.  The wizard on the mat started his career back in 1996 and has fought all over the world, taking on some of the best, yet managed to fall short every time. 

    Just by looking at his record, there's do doubting that he will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.  Maybe in retrospect, this wasn't the best career decision. 

    Fighting such top level fighters such as Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell, Jorge Santiago, Nate Marquardt, and Ricardo Arona without ample time for a solid training camp spells a recipe for disaster.

    Just a few months ago, we saw Horn drop a one-sided decision to Bryan Baker at Bellator 30.  Since then, he got a win on a regional card.  

    Jeremy hasn't fought since that last victory back in December.  Look for him to get back on the horse soon and get in his 17 fights this year.   

4. Gary Goodridge

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    Career record:  23-22-1

    Career highlight:  During his fight in the finals of the first IVC tournament in Brazil, Gary reached down the tights and cup of Pedro Otavio, grabbed what was there, and squeezed. 

    What he has been up to lately:  Losing, and a lot of it.

    Taking a look at who Goodridge has fought is like taking a trip down memory lane,  Just looking at all the names brings back fond memories about the time when there were no gloves; you could pull another fighter's hair; you could head butt them; you could punch them in the sack.  Ahhh, those were the days.

    Now back to the present, Gary continues to fight on after 15 years in the game.  You will have to use the DeLorean that has been rusting away in your garage to go back in time four years to see a fight he actually won, but he fights on nonetheless.

    You can't help but to feel sorry for the guy in a way.  You know that his popularity in Japan demanded some fat paycheck when he fought for Pride and K-1, so why is he still on the beat and getting his arse handed to him on a silver platter?

    Who knows, but for whatever reason "Big Daddy" either needs or wants to fight on.  His name alone will get him on some larger cards, but you can only take so may beatings before the body says "no mas!"

3. Ken Shamrock

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    Career record:  28-15-2

    Career highlight:  "I'm gonna beat you in to living death!"

    What he has been up to lately:  Getting knocked out by Mike Bourke.  Yes, the same Mike Bourke that got submitted with a double armbar by Alexander Otsuka.

    Ken Shamrock is a living, breathing, talking version of herpes.  You do everything you can to suppress him, but no matter what you do he keeps coming back.

    "The World's Most Dangerous Man" was actually dangerous at one point of time believe it or not.  From 1993-2000, Ken went a very respectable 23-5-2. 

    During that run, he was actually able to defeat the likes of Dan Severn, Masakatsu Funaki, and Bas Rutten not once, but twice.

    Then he decided to leave MMA for professional wrestling.  You really can't blame the guy for it—he made more in one year with the WWF than he made in seven years of fighting.

    For whatever reason, he decided he was going to come back to the world of MMA in 2000.  In the 11 years since he came back, he has gone 4-10.  Yet, he insists on continuing his fighting career.

    Please Ken, just go away.  I'm sure you can make a boatload of money talking to schoolkids about the dangers of taking steroids. 

2. Dan Severn

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    Career record:  97-16-7

    Career highlight:  Which UFC tournament you want to pick?

    What he has been up to lately:  Kickin' ass and taking names.

    At the age of 52, the great Dan Severn is still out there grinding away.  He doesn't need the money as he owns a successful gym and regional professional wrestling promotion. 

    He fights because he loves the competition.

    When you look at his record, he hasn't fought anyone relevant since Pedro Rizzo back in 2000, but you still have to applaud the fact that he is still able to school kids 120 fights into his career.

    What is even more impressive is that a 52-year-old man is currently riding an eight fight winning streak and is 19-2 in his last 21 fights.

    What is even more impressive than that is the fact that out of those 120 fights spanning nearly 17 years, he has only been knocked out once, and that was when he was only 48 years old.

    Keep on truckin', Dan, and support the stache!

1. Travis Fulton

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    Career record:  We'll get in to that in a minute

    Career highlight:  His record

    What he has been up to lately:  Taking a little break from fighting.

    The 12 fighters who are UFC and Strikeforce champions have fought a combined 265 fights.

    To Travis Fulton, that's a slow Wednesday.

    To date, Fulton has had a whopping 303 fights and holds a record of 245-47-10-1.  Wow, just wow.

    Now if you can actually stay awake long enough to look at who he has fought, you won't see many big names, and you will see some of the same names coming up again and again and again. 

    The fact that he has been in the game since 1996, has fought everywhere you can think of and some places you didn't know existed, and has fought some quality opposition makes Travis Fulton the ultimate MMA journeyman.

    Play on Playa.

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