Top 10 most under-appreciated Fighters in MMA
In any major sport there will always be the big stars, the breakout performers, and the face of promotions.
On the flip side there are the work horses, the guys that do the grunt work and don't get the fame, the fortune, and the respect.
With that in mind, here is a run down of the Top 10 MMA fighters who are underappreciated and don't get the respect they deserve.
Will Chris Leben make the list?
I'm not sure some of the guys on there deserved it. Hieron should be higher IMO. Tyron Woodley hasn't been around long enough to be 'under-appreciated'. Jim Miller at least gets respect from the hardcores. Bisping, even with all the criticism, is a pretty big star. And as for Evan Dunham, I think people are finally recognizing him after his win over Tyson.
What do you guys think?
Tavares Now Off UFC On Versus 2
Thiago Tavares officially is now off next month's UFC on Versus 2 fight card. He was originally scheduled to face newcomer Willamy Friere (Chequerim) but Friere had to pull off due to injury, and UFC can't find a replacement so Tavares is now off as well. He'll be moved to a future card. This leaves 10 fights for the 8/1 event.
MM-Nay: Vancouver Bids MMA Sanctioning "Adieu"
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Councillors in the city of North Vancouver voted to disband the North Vancouver Athletic Commission on Monday after former chairman Mirko Mladenovic was impeached and replaced by city bureaucrat Dave Rudberg. UFC recently opened a corporate office in Canada with the intention of spreading the gospel to unregulated areas like Toronto. And while fan support is at an all-time high, especially with Canadian stars like Georges St. Pierre going mainstream, politicians are not impressed.
Jorge Rivera Off UFC 118
A broken arm has forced Jorge Rivera out of his UFC 118 bout with fellow middleweight Alessio Sakara. Rivera first announced the news via his Facebook page, though UFC officials have not removed the bout from the official fight card. With ample time, UFC officials likely will search for a replacement, though without Rivera (a cast member on "The Ultimate Fighter 4"), the bout potentially could lose its spot on Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" broadcast. Rivera hopes to return in September or October.
UPDATE: The replacement is Gerald Harris.
Fedor Emelianenko: 'Jiu-jitsu is nothing special -- my loss was caused by my personal mistake'
"Sambo is great. Jiu-jitsu is nothing special. We went over several jiu-jitsu guys like that before. I lost because of what happened. My loss was caused by my personal mistake in the cage… I lost my head. Wanted to finish it all as soon as possible. As far as the rumors about my last fight being set up... I was asked about it many times already. I will never go against my conscience and never betray my country like that. Money doesn't matter that much to me that I could lie to people. Since I lost to Werdum, it was meant to be. And I'm thankful to God it happened that way."
Massachusetts Eliminates Double Weigh-In Policy For MMA
A recent change in mixed martial arts regulation in the state of Massachusetts has eliminated the need for double weigh-ins. The change is the latest adjustment to regulation of MMA in Massachusetts, which also recently implemented the regulation of amateur MMA in the state. Massachusetts' previous double weigh-in policy, which will remain in place for boxing contests held within the state, called for fighters to weigh no more than 1.0625 times their maximum contract weight at the time of a fight. For instance, a 155-pound fighter could weigh no more than 164.7 pounds prior to fighting, while a light heavyweight's limit would top out at 217.8 pounds. The policy had been in place since the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission's inception in March. The policy would've affected UFC 118 had it still been in place.
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Dan Hornbuckle Not Happening At Bellator 25
Despite recent reports, former UFC fighter Yoshiyuki Yoshida and Bellator season 2 welterweight-tournament runner-up Dan Hornbuckle are not fighting next month at Bellator 25. Yoshida reportedly is off due to visa issues, but could make his Bellator debut in September if the issues are resolved. Bellator is looking for a new opponent for Hornbuckle.
Chas Skelly Off Bellator 28 With Injury
Easy come, easy go. Chas Skelly's planned run with Bellator lasted only a few hours-earlier today he was announced for Bellator 28, where he was to face Georgi Karakhanyan for a likely spot in season 4's Featherweight tournament, and now word has come out that Skelly is now off due to a foot injury. A replacement search is underway.
Strikeforce Confirms Tournament To Determine #2 Women's 135 Contender
The first-ever female tournament in Strikeforce history is now complete. Strikeforce officials today announced that Hitomi Akano, Carina Damm, Maiju Kujala and Miesha Tate will compete in a single-night tournament at Strikeforce Challengers 10 on Aug. 13. Due to the one-night format, the tournament fights will be 3 3-minute rounds instead of 5-minute rounds. A reserve fight will be made later. The plan was originally to have it determine a #1 contender for the women's 135 title, but the winner now becomes the #2 contender-the winner will get a title shot, but they'll have to wait for Marloes Coenen, who is dropping to 135 from 145, to get a shot first. Coenen will face the winner of tomorrow's title fight between champion Sarah Kaufman & Roxanne Modafferi.
DREAM 16 Set For 9/25 In Japan
As expected the Japanese-based DREAM organization returns Sept. 25 for DREAM.16. The event takes place at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan, and airs in North America on HDNet. No fighters have been announced for the card, but Shinya Aoki & Caol Uno are expected to be on the card. Additionally, mini-grand-prix finalists Tatsuya Mizuno and Gegard Mousasi are expected to fight for the first-ever DREAM light-heavyweight belt. Additionally, a DREAM.16 poster shows potential fighters including Ikuhisa Minowa, Hideo Tokoro, Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Kazushi Sakuraba. Aoki is expected to headline the show and could face Tatsuya Kawajiri.
Sliva will be waiting on Gsp if he can make the weight
It could be the biggest fight in UFC history.
It could break all the records.
And according to UFC president Dana White, everyone keeps asking for it, so he might just have to give it to them.
The longstanding fight fans have been asking for is to see widely regarded pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva match up with the fighter closely nipping at his heels for the top spot in UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. The fight has been brought up to White for years, and both camps have expressed interest.
and that means bringing in whoever is going to present the biggest challenge.
There's no pro boxer in Couture's camp to mimic Toney
"I have no intention and no illusion that I'm a world class boxer," said Couture. "I'm a mixed martial artist. I've won the majority of my fights by taking guys down, putting them on their back and punching the until they don't want to be punched anymore. That's not going to change."
Couture has made interesting choice of training partners to try and replicate what Toney brings to the table. Couture didn't bring in any high level boxers and is working with his usual cast of characters.
Matyushenko: My Job Is To Stop Jon Jones From Getting To The Top
The world's most dangerous "Janitor," Vladimir Matyushenko, plans on mopping up the mess Jon Jones has made in the light heavyweight division when they clash at UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1 in San Diego. "Bones" has looked nearly invincible in his meteoric rise to the top of his weight class and a recent UFC poll found an anemic 8-percent of fans who think that Vladdy's got the chops to defeat the dynamic young up-and-comer.
Michael Bisping Already Spending His FOTN Bonus For UFC 120
In his head, that is. The TUF 3 winner seems convinced his fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama in October will be the Fight Of The Night in front of the hometown crowd. “The British fans have always given me unbelievable support and I’ve never lost at home, so I am looking to help make this another special night for British MMA. Akiyama is a very dangerous guy. He strikes very well, he has power, and he will keep coming at you. He is very strong with his judo takedowns, and I will have to train seriously hard to come up for an answer for those. But I think that if I set a fast, hard pace in the first round, that by the third I will have taken over and will be in a position to finish him. Akiyama will obviously be looking to do the same thing – that is the way he always fights – and I am already spending my ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus in my head.“
Ross Pearson Is "A Far Better Striker Than BJ Penn"
At least the TUF 9 winner thinks he is. “We’re all very good at doing what we like to do. BJ’s ground game and wrestling is unbelievable, but I feel I’m a far better striker than he is. I might never be as good as he is at one thing, but he might never be as good as me at another. I’m not near a BJJ black belt, but a fight is a fight and anything can happen, that’s what makes the sport so exciting.” Should be noted, however, that Pearson TKOs opponents at a lower rate than Penn in his career to date-less than 30% (3 of 14) to Penn's 40%.
Herman, Bellator Locked in Legal Battle
Bellator attorney Patrick English confirmed to Sherdog.com on Tuesday that Herman will not be taking the eighth and final slot in the field, as the fighter and promotion are embroiled in ongoing litigation.