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Five Greatest Career Turnarounds in MMA

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Nothing gets boring faster than perfection, except for perhaps mediocrity. In the realm of fight sport, the sight of an athlete slipping from one into the other is often the fuel for the theater of the unexpected that MMA has become.

While seeing our favorites cast aside after one beating too many is all too common an occurrence, we do occasionally get to see the most moribund of fighters get in touch with their inner "Cinderella Man."

With both James Braddock and a certain "TUF" product in mind, we cast our sights on chronicling the five greatest career turnarounds this young sport has ever seen. So load up for a trip down memory lane and don't forget the Kleenex -- this place is gonna be Niagara Falls in a bit.

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Post #1   7/7/08 6:29:52AM   

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honorable mention goes to rampage. after his second fight with wanderlei, rampage looked like a man on teh verge of retirement against ninja, and shogun practically killed him in the ring... then he goes and changes his whole life around, & becomes twice as good as he ever was before.

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Posted by Pookie

honorable mention goes to rampage. after his second fight with wanderlei, rampage looked like a man on teh verge of retirement against ninja, and shogun practically killed him in the ring... then he goes and changes his whole life around, & becomes twice as good as he ever was before.



Excellent point.

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Post #3   7/7/08 6:39:19AM   

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Matt Serra hands down, who else can get 1 win in a row and then fight for the belt, career changing... I know

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cote has had a pretty good ufc career turnaround.

rampage for sure.

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Posted by Gipper

cote has had a pretty good ufc career turnaround.

rampage for sure.



I wouldn't consider Cote as a turnaround though...this is the most success he's had in the big leagues. He couldn't buy a win when he first entered the UFC.

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Posted by EON

Matt Serra hands down, who else can get 1 win in a row and then fight for the belt, career changing... I know



ARG!

Isn't this what I was saying and you stood up and fought me over it?

ARRRG!

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Denis Kang was like 7-7or something like that at one point in his career...he definately turned his game around.

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I would have to say Marcus Davis, and Mike Whitehead. Although when I seen Gonzaga Debut against Kevin Jordan I wasn't that Impressed and i remember Joe Rogan saying the same thing and know he's on a role fighting top contenders

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Posted by Figsak


Posted by EON

Matt Serra hands down, who else can get 1 win in a row and then fight for the belt, career changing... I know



ARG!

Isn't this what I was saying and you stood up and fought me over it?

ARRRG!



When you bash fighters yeah you'll get called out on it, even GSP himself says Serra did not get lucky, so let it go dude.

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Disagreeing with EON doesn't make a person a troll, and it doesn't make fighter bashing. It makes a differing opinion.

What needs to be let go is your attitude. You think that because someone disagrees with you that gives you the right to cry and bi*ch about it and call ppl trolls and flamers.

Know who else hated differing opinions? Hitler.

Post #11   7/7/08 10:31:43PM   

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No Hitler Bashing please!




I definately agree with Gonzaga... Vitor Belfort Maybe??

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Post #12   7/8/08 9:34:54PM