UFC fighters with unreached potential?
I like the threads about overrated and underrated fighters, and so they got me thinking about another factor.
I'm curious about fighters that you believe could be great, or at least much better than they are, but just don't seem to work hard enough at it to do so.
I'll start off with my top pick, then add another one later on.
For me, it's Chris Leben. I know a lot of people think he's a mid level fighter, or a gatekeeper at his best. And I can't deny that at the moment, but he truly does have some crazy skills. His striking is actually one of his least refined skills and the majority of his wins are by (T)KO based on his natural knockout power. When he isn't fighting world class wrestlers, which is few and far between anymore, his ground control is very impressive and his GnP is very active and agressive. He has wins over Patrick Cote, Jorge Santiago, and Alessio Sakara and yet sports some losses that really should have been victories (Starnes/MacDonald/Roscholt). But to me it seems like the guy that beat the first three mentioned hardly exist anymore.
I honestly think Silva broke his will back in 06. I could see a spark being relit in Chris if Anderson were to retire, or make a permanent move to a heavier weight class. Because despite skills that I think could keep him on par with most of the MWs in the world, he's not beating the Spider, ever.