ROUNDTABLE: Who is the most overrated MMA fighter of all time?

BY MMATorch Staff

Nick Diaz (photo credit Jayne Kamin-Oncea © USA Today Sports)

Who is the most overrated MMA fighter of all time?

FRANK HYDEN, MMATorch Columnist

I would go with Cain Velasquez and Khabib Nurmagomedov because neither of those guys can stay healthy long enough to actually fight. There are plenty of other guys I could name but I’ll just go with those two guys because of their injuries. They’re both very talented but they’re both made of glass, it seems. If they can stay healthy, they can compete for titles. They haven’t proven they can though, not for an extended period.

ZACK HEYDORN, MMATorch Contributor

Brock Lesnar. I know he’s been the UFC Heavyweight Champion and had some dominant looking fights in his career. That said his overall body of work is over hyped. He’s only 5-3 and the win at UFC 200 is beyond tainted due to a failed drug test. Lesnar could always draw money. Nothing wrong with that but his talent never correlated with his paychecks.

JOHN HARRIS, MMATorch Contributor

I broke this down in top 3 in particular order:

Nick Diaz- With the way people talk about him and the way he promotes himself as the baddest man alive you would think Nick Diaz has been a dominant fighter on the biggest stage, the UFC. However, with a 7-6-1 record in the UFC he has been nothing but mediocre. I will give Diaz credit for always fighting top flight competition but the results speak for themselves. He won several fights outside the UFC in StrikeFroce and Elite XC, but I just think he is very overrated by his fan base.

Tito Ortiz- Dominated in the early stages of his career but once better competition showed up in the UFC he began to be exposed as a one trick pony.  Ortiz finished with six wins and sixteen losses in his last twenty-two fights in the UFC. Two of those six wins were against Ken Shamrock.

Mirko Cro Cop- His 35-11 career record and highlight reels of head kick knock outs are impressive but many of those wins came against inferior competition. Cro Cop finished with a 4-6 career record inside the UFC octagon and never was able to defeat a top 10 opponent. In Pride FC he fared a little better but was not able to defeat the promotions top heavyweights, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria and Fedor Emelianenko.

COLE HENRY, MMATorch Contributor
  1. Nick Diaz
  2. Chris Weidman
  3. Jason Black

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