The hearts and minds of the UFC fan can be a tricky thing. The ebb and flow of following a group of fighters can be both painstakingly depressing and unbelievably thrilling.
Along the way we rate, evaluate and compare and somewhere along that path we put fighters into categories – sometimes where they don’t belong. Sometimes far greater than their accomplishments warrant.
We ranked the Top 10 Most Overrated Fighters in MMA history and here is where they stood.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQdC8oxhDWY Mirko Filipovic is one fighter who’s on the list because he simply stayed in the game too long. Cro Cop had already attained legend status in kickboxing and MMA before entering the UFC. He was only the second athlete in history to win Pride and the K-1 World Grand Prix in the same year, 2006. He also had possibly the most devastating kicks in MMA, but he remained just too one dimensional to be great at the highest level when tested. Sure, he had some iconic wins. Anyone who beat the likes of Kazushi Sakuraba, Wanderlei Silva, Kevin Randleman, Josh Barnett, and Mark Coleman is a serious threat to any fighter. But he also beat some tomato cans like Bobb Sapp and bigger losses later completely undermined his legendary beginnings and kick-boxing dominance. After his big wins, Cro Cop was beaten by Fedor, Mark Hunt, Gabriel Gonzaga, Cheick Kongo, and Junior Dos Santos. But it’s the last 4 losses that have guaranteed his place as one of the most overrated legends of MMA. Losing 4 of his last 6 fights including losses to Frank Mir, Brendan Shaub and Roy Nelson, have forever halted his forward march to fulfilliing his destiny as a UFC champ. He was ushered to the doorway but couldn’t cross the threshold.
The UFC was so sold on his championship fast-track that he got a UFC title shot after only one UFC win against Eddie Sanchez. But he was KO’d - ironically by a head kick - from then-gatekeeper Gabriel Gonzaga - never again beating a top fighter. Once in the UFC he lost to every relevant fighter he faced. If he had been smart and retired after the Pat Berry win at UFC 115 in 2010, he would always have been seen as a top tier legend, and would not have made our all time overrated list. Overestimating your skill set like overstaying your welcome, leaves a bad last impression, diminishing the overall impression and assessment of his greatness as a fighter .. and he has been found wanting, so he slides in at #10 on the all-time overrated countdown as a result.