The 25 Most Overrated Fighters in MMA Today

Jason Schielke@jasonschielkeCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2011

The 25 Most Overrated Fighters in MMA Today

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    MMA fighters are reminiscent of tech stocks in the late 90's. It does not matter how good they really are; if they show glimpses of greatness, odds are they will be overpriced. Or in the case of fighters, they will be overrated.

    We are all guilty of this. The media will have their flavor of the week. Fanboys will be fanboys, regardless how their favorite fighters performs. Or a fighter will show a flash of greatness, and all of a sudden, they are the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel.

    Despite how they ended up at their state of undeserved godliness, here are 25 of the most overrated fighters in MMA today.

Eddie Alvarez

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    The only fighter to hold Bellator's lightweight title came to the States with a mystique about him.

    The unknown Philadelphia based fighter shocked the MMA community when the made it to the finals of the DREAM lightweight tournament. However, he was unable to take on Shinya Aoki in the finals due to the damage Alvarez sustained to his eye in his semifinal bout against Kawajiri.

    Since then, Alvarez has gone on to beat up on a bunch of overmatched opponents in Bellator, yet he is still considered one of the best lightweights in the world. A fight against Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez had been rumored for a long time, but that will never happen thanks to Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce.

Hector Lombard

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    The current Bellator middleweight champion has looked like a beast in nearly all of his fights in the promotion. It is too bad for Lombard that he has looked his best against weak competition.

    His recent resumé looks impressive, but when your highlight wins are against Jay Silva and Herbert Goodman, you still have much to prove.

    Fans have been wanting to see Lombard in the big show for quite awhile. But after feasting on not-so-good competition for years, it would be difficult to see him being able to take out any top 10 ranked fighter.

Shane Carwin

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    When Carwin is on top of his game, he is as dangerous of a heavyweight that you will find.

    Unfortunately for Carwin, those moments of being in peak form have come against forgettable opposition. Any time he has stepped up to face an elite heavyweight, he tumbles like a house of cards.

    Even after being submitted (yes, submitted) by Brock Lesnar and wrecked by Junior dos Santos for three rounds, he is still considered an elite heavyweight for some odd reason.

    Speaking of Brock Lesnar...

Brock Lesnar

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    Brock has, and will always be, a top heavyweight for his entire career for one reason: his name.

    If Lesnar is headlining a pay-per-view, the UFC is guaranteed to draw in at least one million buys, along with commanding a much higher live ticket price.

    Even after a horrid lopsided loss to Cain Velasquez, Brock was set to headline against Junior dos Santos before he was forced to withdraw due having to have surgery to fix his stomach.

    Whenever he does return to action, bet the house that his name will still be top billing.

Nate Diaz

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    Nate Diaz is nothing more than a poor man's Nick Diaz.

    Is that a good thing?

Gegard Mousasi

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    After winning the DREAM middleweight tournament, Mousasi came to America with a Fedor-esque mystique surrounding him. In retrospect, maybe that was not a good thing.

    While Mousasi has shown flashes of brilliance, he is remembered by most fans for his pathetic performance against Mo Lawal and draw against journeyman Keith Jardine.

    Even though he did not win those fights, which most believe he should have done so with ease, some still consider Mousasi a top light heavyweight.

Wanderlei Silva

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    Having to come back to reality and admit that Wanderlei is overrated is like taking a spork, digging out my heart, throwing it on the barbecue and eating it for dinner.

    How I could eat my own heart when I would be dead is a topic better suited for a medical journal somewhere.

    Since coming to the UFC, Wanderlei's biggest, and only, wins have come against Keith Jardine and Michael Bisping. Yet, he still insist to fight on and continue his quest at towards the middleweight title.

    Blind fanboys, myself included, need to come back down to earth and realize that Wanderlei will never again be a relevant force.

B.J. Penn

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    Not too long ago, Penn was considered to be the best lightweight in the world. And before that, he was considered to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

    But those days are long gone for Penn. His days as a lightweight are over, and he just does not have what it takes to be a true contender at welterweight.

    There is no doubt that Penn us one of the most talented fighters in MMA history, but he us stuck between a rock and a hard place. Get use to it.

Nick Diaz

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    The former Strikeforce welterweight champion is getting his wish. Nick Diaz is set to face Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137 for the welterweight title.

    But what did Diaz do to deserve a shot at St-Pierre? Beat up a bunch of mediocre fighters?

    When was the last time Diaz beat a meaningful fighter? You will have to go back to February 2007 when he defeated Takanori Gomi at Pride 33 in a 160 lb catchweight bout.

    Beating up overmatched opponents does have its advantages, I guess.

Vitor Belfort

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    How many times have you heard this phrase: "Vitor Belfort is back!"

    Do not feel bad if you can not remember; you are not alone.

    No matter how badly he looks in any given fight, Belfort is always one knockout away from the hype train being refueled again.

    Belfort was given a shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva before he ever competed at middleweight in the UFC. Belfort ended up being on the receiving end of one of the most memorable knockouts ever.

    Then after defeating Akiyama at UFC 133 via knockout, there are already talks that Belfort could be one win away from another chance at the title. Ugh.

Jake Shields

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    Dana White brought in Jake Shields from Strikeforce after Shields had his way with Dan Henderson for four rounds. Needing somebody to challenge Georges St-Pierre, White seemed to believe that Shields could be that man.

    Shields looked horrible in his debut against Martin Kampmann, yet he was still given a shot against GSP at UFC 129. Against St-Pierre, Shields did not look much better, as he looked listless and seemed content to let the fight ride out for the entire 25 minutes.

    Despite his poor performances thus far in his welterweight career, many still believe that Shields could one day defeat GSP.


Jon Jones

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    Yes, I am quite aware that Jones has crushed everyone the UFC has put in front of him. Even in his lone defeat, he gave the now retired Matt Hamill a beating for the ages.

    There have already been internet chatter about a mega-fight between Jones and Anderson Silva. Yes, people are so high on Jones that many believe that he could take out Silva.

    But here is a news flash for everyone: Jones has not defended his belt yet. Before people start wanting to throw him inside the Octagon with the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, shouldn't Jones beat the best in his own division first?

    Not according to the millions on Jon Bones Jones Drones out there.

Joe Warren

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    Perhaps this is a case of someone hyping themselves up too much. You know, kind of like how Chael Sonnen rolls. 

    The self proclaimed "Baddest Man on the Planet" never shies away from an chance to talk himself up as if he were nine feet tall and bulletproof.

    Once Warren surpasses Anderson Silva as the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, then maybe we will listen to his claims. Or I would even settle for beating a top 10 featherweight or bantamweight.

    Yes, Kid Yamamoto was ranked in the top 10 when Warren beat him, but that happened over two years ago, which in MMA years is nearly a century.

Chris Leben

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    The blood-and-guts warrior of the UFC recently reached an all-time high in his career when he knocked out Wanderlei Silva in less than 30 seconds. But is that accomplishment really something to brag about?

    Also, let's look at the big picture here. Leben is a solid fighter, but will he ever reach the top of the middleweight division?

    Leben is an incredibly fun fighter to watch. That is about it.

Ryan Bader

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    Not too long ago, Bader was thought to be one of the next superstars in the light heavyweight division. A very respected peer of mine actually believed he could be the next Dan Henderson.

    Sorry, Brian; it does not look like that prophecy is going to come to fruition anytime soon.

    After getting toyed with by Jon Jones, Bader was supposed to send Tito Ortiz in to retirement. I guess Bader never got that memo, as he nearly got knocked out, and ultimately submitted by Ortiz.

    With two losses in a row, Bader will be possibly fighting for his UFC career in his next fight.

Chael Sonnen

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    Chael, you will never be the UFC middleweight champion as long as Anderson Silva reigns supreme in the division.

    You couldn't beat Anderson on his worse night. What makes you think you could beat him period?

    You can keep talking all you want to hide your insecurities. Seriously, you amuse us all with your rants and raves.

    So go polish that imaginary belt of yours, and keep talking. That's what you do best.



    P.S. Go learn how to defend against a triangle choke.

Alistair Overeem

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    Overeem has plenty of reasons to toot his own horn. He is the only fighter in combat sports history to hold three major titles at the same time.

    His run in K-1 was amazing, as he beat the best the promotion had to offer en route of becoming the Grand Prix champion. MMA, on the other hand, is a different story.

    The Reem defeated Paul Buentello to win the Strikeforce title back in 2007. He defended the title once, nearly three years later, against a very undeserving Brett Rogers before being striped of the title and released by the promotion.

    He also defeated Todd Duffee on DREAM's New Year's Eve show to become the promotion's first heavyweight champion.

    There are no doubts Overeem's K-1 accomplishments have overinflated his MMA ranking.

Michael Bisping

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    Bisping was gifted one of the most bogus decisions in MMA history over Matt Hamill. Even Stevie Wonder could tell Hamill won that fight.

    Bisping couldn't knockout Jorge Rivera when he blasted him, with all his might, in the face with an illegal knee.

    Floyd Mayweather laughs at Bisping's lack of striking power.

    Bisping is Dana White's golden ticket in the UK; nothing more, nothing less.

Tito Ortiz

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    Ortiz has been overrated for a very long time. Even when he was the UFC light heavyweight champion, he had Chuck Liddell in his back pocket to protect him from any legit challengers.

    Even after going over five years between victories, there were many people out there who believed that Ortiz' victory over Ryan Bader was the turning point in his career.

    All the victory over Bader got him was another huge paycheck a few weeks later, and possibly a couple more in the future. But to even give the fans the perception that Ortiz is anywhere near being a legit contender is nothing but an insult on our intelligence.

Nate Marquardt

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    Back in the day, Marquartdt was a beast over in Japan. But, according to Nick Caron, all Japanese fighters are overrated, so none of that matters all too much.

    Marquardt has made two runs at the UFC middleweight title. He was defeated by Anderson Silva in his first attempt, then he lost a decision to Yushin Okami in one of the worst MMA fights in recent memory for a chance to take on Silva at UFC 134.

    Then Marquardt was primed and ready to make his welterweight debut. Too bad he had too much testosterone in his system to get cleared to fight. Now Marquardt is fighting for BAMMA.

    Good luck with that.

Roy Nelson

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    The only man on the planet who loves Whoppers more than our very own Robert Gardner proved many people wrong, including Dana White, when he won season 10 of the Ultimate Fighter.

    But since that shining moment, Nelson has been a punchbag for the rest of the heavyweight division. In his most recent bouts, he had the crap beat out of him by Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir.

    The whole "fat guy" thing is growing old. It's time for Nelson to drop to middleweight, where he might stand a chance.

Steven Seagal

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    Yes, I am well aware that Seagal is not an MMA fighter. But this guy has been getting as much attention as any fighter in the sport.

    But in all seriousness, I will punch myself in the face the next time I hear a Blackhouse fighter give Seagal any sort of credit for their win.

    Who's with me?

Jorge Santiago

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    After being released by the UFC in 2006, Santiago went on to have some great success. However, most of his success was in Japan, and we already talked about what that means.

    Santiago was given another chance in the UFC when the promotion resigned him earlier this year. Many people, myself included, believed that Santiago could reek havoc in the middleweight division.

    But at UFC 130, it took Brian Stann less than 10 minutes to crush the hopes and dreams of all the believers out there.

    Just further proof that success in Japan equals failure in America.

Frank Mir

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    Frank Mir once reigned atop the UFC heavyweight division. But in the land of the blind, isn't the one-eyed man king?

    Mir's career has some similarities to that of B.J. Penn's. Mir is very talented, but can never put everything together for any length of time.

    Mir is currently riding a two fight winning streak. If Mir is going to make magic happen one last time, it's now or never.

Fedor Emelianenko

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    What is left to say about Fedor that Dana White hasn't already said?