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Eight Winning Losers of 2008

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Eight Winning Losers of 2008

By Danny Acosta
Sherdog.com

Borrowing from a favorite Karate High School song, fighters can either believe "no one remembers second place" or "winning isn't everything" when they fall short of victory. In a sport where defeat afflicts everyone not named Fedor Emelianenko, it seems wise to believe the latter.

Leonard Garcia made his name smiling under a barrage of punches from Roger Huerta at UFC 69, some 19 months before he became known for waylaying Jens Pulver. Every year, a select group of mixed martial artists experiences victory in defeat. Here's the graduating class of 2008.

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Interesting piece. Well written and a great idea.

Interestingly enough, I went through the first five fighters on that list saying, "Oh, I picked him to win, I picked him. Yup, him too." The only ones that I didn't pick were Miura, Fitch, and Hazelett, I believe. But those performances make me much more likely to pick those guys in the future.

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I don't know about fitch, he proved he is tough as nails but he didn't prove he could hang with the best.

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i enjoyed the topic. well written. as far as fitch goes he did hang with the best so imo that proves he can

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Paul Taylor is my number one winning loser for 2008. he truly won me over as a fan with his exciting fights that never leave me touching the back of my seat. ever since the Marcus Davis fight i really started to pay attention tot Taylor, and despite his losses in 2008 he has made a great name for himself. hell, i think his FOTN bonuses alone tripled his salary.

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Posted by nickcuc547

I don't know about fitch, he proved he is tough as nails but he didn't prove he could hang with the best.



Uh...he did hang with the best. Battling with GSP for 5 rounds to a decision loss qualifies as such.

Post #6   1/9/09 6:23:02PM