UFC 137 Results: Mirko Cro Cop and the 5 Biggest Pride Flame Outs
Since entering the UFC, Cro Cop has not been the same fighter he once was in Pride FC.
Cro Cop is not the only former Pride great who has not done so well since the company closed its doors.
Here's a look at the top five fighters that made the jump from Pride only to flame out in the UFC.
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
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Despite winning the UFC light heavyweight championship, Shogun still makes the list.
Sporting a 4-3 UFC record, Rua was supposed run through the light heavyweight division.
Injuries have kept the former champ down though.
Although he could possibly have two wins over Lyoto Machida, Rua’s other victories have come to aging fighters Mark Colman, Chuck Liddell and an unmotivated Forrest Griffin.
Heath Herring was one of Pride’s s top heavyweight contenders.
With most of his fights ending in submission or knock out, he was also one of its most feared.
Once Pride closed its doors, though, and Herring became another fighter from the company who went on the decline.
Herring traded wins and losses including dropping a decision to Brock Lesnar.
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When Gomi was in Pride, he was the company’s lightweight champion and one of the best fighters in the world.
Since Pride’s fall Gomi has been 5-5 (1-3 in the UFC)
All of Gomi’s UFC losses have come by submission.
Gomi has fought in 41 fights and despite only being 33, he is past his prime.
Mirko Cro Cop
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Mirko Cro Cop will go down as one of the most fear strikers in MMA history.
While fighting in Pride, Cro Cop was a top heavyweight contender who became famous for his leg kicks.
In 2006, Cro Cop won the Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix winning four fights that year.
Cro Cop was not able to have the same success after the fall of Pride though.
His UFC record stands at 3-6, losing his last three fights by knockout.
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Wanderlei Silva has had perhaps the biggest fall from grace since leaving Pride.
Silva was, and still is, one of the most popular fighters in MMA.
But the once-feared former Pride middleweight champion is not the same fighter he once was.
Silva’s 4-6 in his last 10 fights with five of the losses coming by knockout.
It may be time for Silva to hang up the gloves.