Biggest wastes of talent.
This topic was inspired by me seeing a once great UFC veteran being knocked out by a regional prospect in 25 seconds...and it to me to thinking, what fighters in the UFC have really just been colossal talents that went to waste.
Obviously the tried and true answer is David Terrell, who was one of the better no-gi grapplers in his weight class at the time and showed excellent athleticism, hand speed and power and could've been another Frank Shamrock before the injuries and confidence issues that derailed him.
IMO, however, an equally sad waste of talent was Drew Fickett, who just got KO'd by some random prospect a few days ago.
Just looking back and this dude was a pretty amazing fighter when he was on.
Came into the UFC at 24-2 with wins over Dennis Hallman and Ken-Flo but man were his wins in the UFC spectacular.
Choked OUT Josh Neer, Choked OUT Josh Koscheck, then choked Kurt Pellegrino is a top tier ground technician himself.
Then you consider he is one of the few dudes in the UFC to ever get released off of a win because he couldn't put down the bottle and had a tumultuous personal life with going to jail...having problems with his wife and kids.
After the UFC stint, he would just go through these stints of chaos and near homelessness' and go in and get cracked by random regional fighters and bow out.....then go on a stretch where he submits like 4 UFC fighters in a row all the while being half-fat and barely motivated.
42 wins, 31 submissions....and a hell of a lot of wasted potential.