Climbing to the top of the mountain and becoming a champion in mixed martial arts is an extremely challenging prospect.
Few fighters ascend to the throne in their respective weight classes and sit atop of their division as champion.
MMA requires a unique blend of strength, endurance, flexibility, power, innate skill and the heart of a warrior to become the best.
Many competitors have shined brightly labeled No. 1 contenders and have challenged for titles, only to be decimated in their attempt for the crown.
Most recently, "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort had his championship hopes crushed by a well-placed and devastating front kick by the greatest striker in this sport, Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
Even though Belfort was defeated, he is still a truly remarkable fighter with talent and skills unequaled by many within the UFC and no one outside of the sport.
Possessing amazing fighting skills keeps this list of competitors relevant within their divisions.
However, none of the following fighters will once again challenge for a title or furthermore, sit atop their respective weight classes as champions again.
Even though they may never again be labeled as the No. 1 contender or win an additional title, these fighters have all earned their due respect and can hold their heads high with pride for their accomplishments inside the Octagon.
Please follow along as I provide you with 10 fighters who have fallen from greatness.
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