You know that overhyped feeling when you feel it.
A given person is overhyped when just reading their name causes a dull throb to rise up behind your eyeballs. But seeing as how the nine-headed hydra that is our national media (not to mention the audiences it serves) are always hungry, these days that overhyped feeling is a symptom as common as the sniffles.
MMA is no different, even though it might happen on a smaller scale than it does with, say, actors. Nevertheless, within MMA circles, fighters are overhyped all the time and for all sorts of reasons.
What follows is a list of the 20 biggest offenders.
I should note at this point that overhyped and overrated are not the same thing. But they're also not mutually exclusive.
Fighters are on this list because the attention and/or adulation has gotten too big. What qualifies it as "too big?" Well, Johnny, it could be a low degree of accomplishments in relation to the attention. But it could also be because the attention is too full of hyperbole ("HE'S THE GREATEST EVER!"). Or, it could just be a simple case of sheer volume.
Are you with me? OK then. So read on, and please enjoy.