The Most Overrated Fighters in Each UFC Division

Dan Hiergesell@DHiergesellFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2012

The Most Overrated Fighters in Each UFC Division

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    The eight divisions that make up the UFC are comprised of champions, contenders, young prospects and stepping stones.

    These fighters help the UFC create exciting events on a monthly basis. However, as it is in any sport, some guys aren't what they seem.

    Some fighters simply don't possess the talent and top-tier ability to which we've become accustomed.

    With that said, here are the most overrated fighters in the UFC today.


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    Ian McCall

    Ian McCall is good, sure. He's been one of the best flyweights in the world over the past few years and should continue to peck away at meaningful fights for the foreseeable future.

    However, McCall simply hasn't finished inside the Octagon since making his debut earlier this year. He certainly had Demetrious Johnson against the ropes in their first meeting, but was unable to finish "Mighty Mouse" via ground and pound.

    The second time around, he looked too slow and too impatient to handle a guy like Johnson, which consequently cost him a championship opportunity against Joseph Benavidez.

    At this point, as long as McCall can't finish under the Zuffa banner, he doesn't deserve the praise a whole lot of people have given him.


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    Alex Caceres

    Based on physical ability, Caceres may be the most overrated fighter on this list.

    For what it's worth, the kid can fight. The problem is that he's been unable to put it all together and prove to the MMA community that he deserves a nickname like "Bruce Leeroy."

    Caceres is simply 2-3 in the UFC and has been finished more times than he's finished. A recent move to the bantamweight division may do him some good, but his cockiness could turn out to be just that. 

    Ivan Menjivar

    Menjivar is one of the most experienced fighters in the UFC today, so it may come as a surprise to see his name on this list.

    The fact of the matter is that the 30-year-old can't win big fights. His recent collapse against Mike Easton, in which Menjivar was unable to land significant strikes, is the perfect example of not being able to contend against top competitors.

    It may be safe to call Menjivar one of the bantamweight division's most prolific stepping stones.


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    Diego Brandao

    With all of the hype surrounding Brandao's time on The Ultimate Fighter and his supposedly explosive striking game, his recent bout against a tough Darren Elkins can easily be labeled a dud.

    Brandao immediately gassed in that fight, proving that speed and power don't always give you an advantage over a focused wrestler.

    Not to mention he only landed 23 strikes in 15 minutes.

    The future is surely bright for Brandao, but the 25-year-old may not be the promising athlete he once seemed to be.

    George Roop

    Roop is the epitome of an inconsistent fighter.

    He either wins by laying someone out or loses in grand fashion. Actually, four out of Roop's last five fights have been decided by KO or TKO.

    The problem is that he's been on the wrong end of those decisions twice.

    Roop simply can't string wins together, and for that, his overall ability takes a major hit.


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    Tony Ferguson

    This may be premature, but Tony Ferguson could be a bust.

    He doesn't really possess elite striking, and with an uneducated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game, Ferguson is certainly going to struggle against more well-rounded lightweights heading into the future.

    As a wrestler, "El Cucuy" has only secured three takedowns through four UFC bouts. That doesn't really bode well in a division often dictated by ground and pound.

    Ferguson desperately needs to improve his submission and grappling techniques to escape an early career decline.

    Jeremy Stephens

    It's impressive that Stephens is only 26 years old, considering he's been fighting in the UFC since 2007.

    However, over his past few fights, Stephens has showcased an inability to handle superior strikers. He simply doesn't possess the speed and length to contend with top lightweights like Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis.

    Many people still remember Stephens for his efforts against Sam Stout and Marcus Davis, but those days of beating up one-dimensional strikers may be over.


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    Dan Hardy

    Even on the back of two consecutive victories over respectable opponents in Duane Ludwig and Amir Sadollah, Hardy should still be considered highly overrated.

    The guy is as one-dimensional as they come. His wrestling and jiu-jitsu are average at best.

    So if he can't land those heavy hands, which seem to be his bread and butter, odds are he's going to lose.

    Amir Sadollah

    It's funny that these two guys fought each other this past Saturday, but what's even more comical is how fast Sadollah's potential has withered.

    Sadollah was once considered a future Forrest Griffin at 170 pounds, but after producing average results in five of his last six fights, it may time to close the case on the 32-year-old TUF winner.

    Not for nothing, but he looked like a rookie in his recent struggles against "The Outlaw."


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    Jake Shields

    There's no doubt that Shields is one of the best submission practitioners in the world. His grappling skills are elite to say the least, and his transitions are pristine.

    However, there's a reason why Shields is so good at one thing. He can literally do nothing else.

    Over his past few fights, it's grown apparent that the 33-year-old only has one thing on his mind: Take the opponent to the ground, lay on him and wait for the round to end.

    It's frustrating for fans and even more frustrating for the UFC, who would love to promote Shields as a top contender but can't.

    Hector Lombard

    The sample size for Hector Lombard is relatively small.

    His lone fight in the UFC came against the very tough and well-disciplined Tim Boetsch, so calling Lombard an oversized hack would be way too harsh.

    Instead, the Cuban could be considered slightly overrated. When a striker comes into the UFC as hyped as Lombard did and only lands 26 strikes in three rounds against a wrestler, there's cause for concern.

Light Heavyweight

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    Forrest Griffin

    It may be safe to call Griffin's career over.

    It's hard to do so considering he's one of the most popular UFC fighters of all time, but when a guy looks uninterested in fighting while also gassing in the first minute of every fight, it may be time to hang it up.

    The problem with that is that Griffin's name holds too much meaning to just disappear forever. People want to see him fight, and they're willing to pay a good amount of money to do so.

    So when Griffin is showcased on highly touted pay-per-view cards only to produce a lackluster performance, he's going to come off as overrated. He's just not the same guy.

    Thiago Silva

    Silva has lost four of his last five UFC fights. He has faced top-level talents like Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Brandon Vera and Alexander Gustafsson, but a loss is a loss.

    It appears that the 29-year-old is currently experiencing a turning point in his career. 

    Either he rights the ship and starts overpowering people like he used to, or he'll continue to get picked apart by quicker and better-versed fighters.


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    Cheick Kongo

    As one of the most physically intimidating fighters in UFC history, Kongo has been an asset to the promotion for over six years.

    However, throughout his impressive career, the 37-year-old has never been able to win the big fight.

    He lost to Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Mark Hunt and Heath Herring and produced a draw against an undefeated Travis Browne at UFC 120.

    That's not to say he still can't compete at the highest level, but don't consider him anything else besides an aging heavyweight stepping stone.

    Antonio Silva

    In what can be regarded as the bloodiest fight in UFC history, Silva's promotional debut at UFC 146 was anything but successful.

    Velasquez made Silva's black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, karate and judo look like Cracker Jack prizes.

    It's hard to count out a 264-lb giant in any fight, but considering how bad he looked last time around, crowning Silva a relevant contender in the division seems silly.

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