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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-06-2011, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hyped fighters that ended up not being all that?

Here's an old article i read about Vera on fighting Couture.
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Vera (11-3) competed on the same card, defeating Krystof Soszynski via unanimous decision. The former heavyweight has won his last two fights in a row. He recently told FanHouse that he still hopes to hold the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles at the same time.

"It will be my goal until it's realized," Vera said. "It's the almost impossible goal. If you can do that you'll go down in history as one of the greatest fighters who ever lived. That's the ultimate goal. That's one of my dreams."

On Nov. 14, Vera will get his best chance to take one step closer to realizing that dream.
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Sokoudjou, after destroying lil nog and Arona everyone thought he was the next big thing in MMA, and was ranked top 5 by lots of people at the time, he was actually the favourite to beat Machida in there fight lol. Look at him now, he is barely recognized as a legitimate fighter anymore.

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Pretty much every fighter who came over from Japan outside of Shogun, Rampage and Wand. Wand didn't come over and be the world beater he was thought to be but I think that's a mix of timing in his career (his peak was a long time ago) and his age. He's still entertaining as hell and a challenge for anyone in the UFC though. That said, Gomi looked like ass in his UFC debut, came back and killed Griffin and then got handled by Guida with his crazy tribal dancing. Akiyama has done jack shit and is 0-3 in the UFC IMO. CroCop has done nothing. Lil' Nog really hasn't and got beat by Brilz IMO. Sure there's more from there that I just can't think of.
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Sean Salmon perhaps?
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John Hathaway maybe?

Although he looked good against Sanchez he looked pretty poor in his last outing.



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John Hathaway maybe?

Although he looked good against Sanchez he looked pretty poor in his last outing.
He was also only really hyped in the UK (because he was English) I Don't think he created that much buzz in the mma world in general
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Belfort was one of the biggest examples of not living up to the early hype.

If your old enough to remember his days of beating tank abbot and Wanderlei, he was supposed to be the biggest thing in mma ever....but ultimately despite briefly becoming UFC champ he never fulfilled his early promise.
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CroCop, Houston Alexander, Dennis Kang,
Cro Cop in terms of the hype he received on signing his UFC contract (all the marketing the put into him) only to pretty much flop every time he entered the cage.

To be fair to him though, he isn't a flop per say over all (you can argue he was past his prime by the time he got to the UFC)

He had already had a great career in the K1 (beating Remy Bonjaski and half killing bob sapp, only Hoost had the best of him really) and PRIDE, so his career as a whole is still of a high standard.

But I agree, if you look at it in the context of the hype the UFC created about him joining them and the way his UFC career unfolded it was a major flop from there on in.
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Brandon Vera, Houston Alexander, and Sokoudjou are all obvious.

Machida after he got the title, we were supposed to be living in the Machida Era, probably the most hype anyone has ever recieved considering how tough 205 really is.

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