HomeUFCBiggest Flukes In UFC History: The Ones We Expected To ‘Make It’
Biggest Flukes In UFC History: The Ones We Expected To ‘Make It’
April 14, 2021
There have been quite a lot of fighters through the years that blended martial arts has been round that we actually thought had been going to make it massive, however didn’t. As a substitute, their careers plummeted earlier than ever actually taking off, after an unbelievable begin.
These mentioned names confirmed us that ‘it’ think about spades, and issues couldn’t have seemed higher for them early on of their careers. Nonetheless, someplace alongside the road, for some purpose, their careers didn’t pan out something like we assumed they’d.
Proceed studying to see these 5 names on our Largest Flukes in UFC Historical past record, and tell us within the feedback in the event you agree with them:
5. Uriah Corridor
Many people believed Uriah Corridor was able to problem then UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva proper off the set of The Final Fighter 17.
The performances Corridor had in the home had been nothing in need of astounding, one in every of which confirmed him KO Adam Cella with a thunderous spinning wheel kick, conserving Cella unconscious for a complete of eight minutes. One among his different TUF bouts solely lasted eight seconds.
That season confirmed him go 4-0 general with three knockouts, earlier than he fought Kelvin Gastelum for The Final Fighter trophy on the finale. He’d lose this bout through break up choice, earlier than dropping his subsequent to John Howard, additionally through break up choice.
Corridor would go 5-1 in his subsequent six, solely dropping a break up choice to Rafael Natal, whereas defeating the likes of Chris Leben (TKO), Thiago Santos (UD), and Gegard Mousasi (TKO).
He’d go 1-4 in his subsequent 5 nevertheless, being completed through (T)KO by Derek Brunson, Gegard Mousasi of their rematch, Paulo Costa, in addition to a unanimous choice defeat to Robert Whittaker.
Corridor has since gone 3-0 over the likes of Bevon Lewis (KO), Antonio Carlos Junior (SD), and Anderson Silva (TKO).
We lastly obtained to see the Silva struggle, and contemplating the timeline wherein it occurred, it went nicely for him.
Nonetheless, for all of the athleticism Corridor has, alongside along with his energy and big selection of placing abilities, each single one in every of us assumed he’d be within the high of the middleweight division for a while to return. He seemed completely unbeatable within the first 4 fights we noticed him in.
Going from 7-2, the place he was on the present, to 16-9, the place he’s now, all of us anticipated a really totally different kind of resume out of him.
Sadly, he was by no means capable of stay as much as that potential resulting from psychological inconsistencies, and at 36 years outdated, it’s uncertain he ever will.
4. Diego Brandao
That is one other title we got here to know due to The Final Fighter. Diego Brandao was season 14’s winner after going 3-0 on the present with three KO victories.
Brandao, like Corridor, is maybe one of the best in-house Final Fighter we’ve ever seen, however he couldn’t fairly lower it amongst one of the best. After submitting (armbar) Dennis Bermudez to win his season, he’d then lose a unanimous choice to Darren Elkins, earlier than successful his subsequent three bouts.
Nonetheless, following his preliminary 4-1 streak with the UFC, he then went 2-3 earlier than being lower. This confirmed him decide up two knockout victories, whereas being knocked out by Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, and submitted (triangle choke) by Brian Ortega.
From one of many extra harmful abilities we’ve ever seen, that has depraved placing and a 2nd-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it was shocking to see him exit the best way he did. He was 14-7 whereas on The Final Fighter, however his report didn’t replicate the fighter he was.
Most of us had assumed he was coming into his personal proper as he was getting publicity. That wasn’t the case although.
It seems, if Brandao can’t end his opponents within the first couple rounds, he’ll almost definitely lose.
Since being lower by the UFC, Brandao has gone 5-6, defeating some fairly excessive degree abilities, however conserving his inconsistency going additional. His report now sits at 25-17, and he’s on a three-fight dropping skid. At simply 33 years outdated nonetheless, many people predicted he’d be at his finest till not less than round this time.
3. Josh Grispi
This man might take a bit older of a fanbase to recollect, however he actually deserves a point out on this record. Really, he might fairly handily be No. 1 on this record, however we’ve saved that spot for somebody who not less than had a bit success within the UFC.
He could possibly be our first point out not just for the best way his profession went, however for his nickname, Josh ‘The Fluke’ Grispi.
Grispi was signed to the WEC to compete within the 145 lb division again in 2008 at simply 19 years outdated, making his debut in opposition to future title challenger Mark Hominick. He’d win this struggle through technical submission (rear bare choke) at 2:55 of spherical one.
Subsequent he completed off Micah Miller, doing so through TKO in 50 seconds, earlier than submitting (guillotine choke) former UFC light-weight champion Jens Pulver in simply 33 seconds.
Grispi then submitted (guillotine choke) LC Davis, who was 16-2 as an expert and was additionally undefeated contained in the WEC, at 2:33 of spherical one.
At this level, Grispi was now 14-1 as an expert, and had completed 13 of these victories in spherical one.
The WEC then merged into the UFC, and the primary protection of champion Jose Aldo’s crown was going to Grispi.
Nonetheless, Aldo was pressured out of the bout with an harm, and changing him was none aside from an unproven Dustin Poirier. Grispi was battered for 3 straight rounds in what can be a fairly large upset to ‘The Diamond’.
Grispi then had an opportunity to rebound in opposition to George Roop, who was 11-7-1 as an expert. He was additionally closely favored to win this struggle, however was completed off through TKO in spherical three with a physique shot.
This was adopted up by two extra defeats to Rani Yahya (north-south choke) and Andy Ogle (UD), and his report has sat at 14-5 since that final one, which was in February of 2013. This remained Ogle’s solely victory contained in the octagon, as he went 1-5 in his run with the UFC.
Grispi had since been imprisoned for some not so good deeds, thus the rationale he hasn’t been capable of rebound his profession, or not less than try and.
Chances are high although, he wouldn’t have. He had all of it for a brief time period, he was as harmful as anybody, and he was very nicely rounded. To not point out he’s 5’11”, which was completely large for featherweight on the time.
Josh Grispi was one of many largest and most extremely touted prospects in the whole sport for 2 years there, however his prime left him as early as simply 21 years outdated.
The not so good deeds he was imprisoned for embrace abusing his former spouse bodily himself, in addition to coaching his pit bull named ‘Buddy’ to assault her.
When he was launched on $2,000 bail, three days later, he attacked his vital different once more as soon as he obtained out.
His spouse was capable of escape the home, the place she went to the neighbors to name the police. Grispi was moreover caught with 20 marijuana crops and 15 grams, over a half-ounce, of cocaine.
Most of us got here to know Joseph Duffy not due to seeing him struggle, however as a result of we knew he was one of many solely two males to defeat Conor McGregor for over half-a-decade.
About two years after McGregor made his UFC debut, fellow Irishman Joe Duffy would comply with.
Duffy shortly dispatched of Jake Lindsey through TKO with a lovely head kick, shovel hook combo that dropped and completed the Kansas native. This was adopted up by him submitting (triangle choke) a 25-3 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in Ivan Jorge, additionally in spherical one, and the haters had been pressured to shut their mouths on Joe Duffy.
Dustin Poirier then beat him up for 3 rounds, earlier than he returned to submit (rear bare choke) one other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in Mitch Clarke, doing so after touchdown a thunderous head kick that dropped him early in spherical one.
Duffy then defeated Reza Madadi through unanimous choice practically a 12 months later in March of 2017, and that is the final time we’d see him win a struggle. He’s since gone 0-3 in opposition to the likes of James Vick (TKO), Marc Diakiese (UD), and Joel Alvarez (guillotine choke), bringing his report from 16-2 to 16-5.
He’s since retired, and maybe that’s transfer for him.
After Duffy began out his blended martial arts profession with an ideal 10-0 report, he was then given a shot on the Cage Warriors light-weight championship. He’d get completed in spherical 4 of this struggle through submission (guillotine choke), and he’d take a 3 12 months break from MMA.
Nonetheless, he didn’t cease competing, as he turned an expert boxer in that point.
Duffy went 7-0 boxing as an expert, earlier than deciding to return to blended martial arts.
It seems his motivation might depart him at occasions; it seems to be prefer it occurred then, and it’s occurred now. Joe Duffy at his half-best would’ve by no means misplaced to James Vick.
1. Justin Lawrence
Anybody that remembers The Final Fighter 15 remembers how extremely touted, and the way gifted Justin Lawrence was.
For starters, Lawrence was simply 21 whereas he was on the present. His coach, Dominick Cruz, sooner or later in the course of the present, pulled him apart and advised him they wanted to do one thing totally different and extra concerned with him, as a result of he was up to now forward of his seven friends.
Lawrence had over 150 newbie kickboxing victories coming into the present, however was simply 3-0 as an expert blended martial artist.
This included him turning into a six-time IKF Nationwide Champion, in addition to a two-time Pan American kickboxing champion. He’d additionally gained two Diamond Gloves & two Golden Glove awards in boxing.
It doesn’t cease there, there’s extra. He had a kempo karate black belt, and he’s additionally 5-0 in newbie MMA.
Lawrence additionally began wrestling in third grade, and positioned in state tournaments a number of occasions all through his college years. This child had all of it. And he KO’d James Krause to get onto the present, which was an enormous shock to most.
Krause was 15-4 as an expert, and many people knew who he was due to his WEC run. Although he went 0-2 within the WEC, we noticed that he’s a talented fighter, and most believed he needs to be within the UFC.
Lawrence ran proper by way of him. His subsequent check was group Urijah Faber castmate Cristiano Marcello, a 4th-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu below Rickson & Royler Gracie.
This was an enormous check as a result of we would have liked to see him in opposition to an elite grappler, and he handed with flying colours, securing the knockout victory at 3:16 of spherical two.
Subsequent got here a bout in opposition to season 15 winner Michael Chiesa, who he seemed nice in opposition to early on.
Lawrence practically completed Chiesa with a physique shot in spherical two, and actually, Chiesa did flip away when he fell, the struggle might’ve been stopped proper then and there. Nonetheless, it wasn’t, and Lawrence was taken down, mounted, and completed through TKO at 1:02 of spherical three.
His first UFC struggle confirmed him victories through head kick KO over fellow castmate John Cofer, earlier than dropping his subsequent two to Max Holloway (TKO) and Daniel Pineda (kimura), bringing his report from 4-0 to 4-2, earlier than being lower.
Lawrence was nonetheless solely about to show 23 years outdated when the UFC lower him, he nonetheless had an unlimited period of time.
Following his departure, Lawrence signed with the LFA, successful his first struggle for the promotion six months after his most up-to-date defeat. This was adopted up by him successful the RFA featherweight championship through 5 spherical unanimous choice, earlier than defending it through TKO at 4:55 of spherical one.
Lawrence then made his Bellator debut, selecting up one other first spherical knockout, this one at 4:56 of the spherical. He would then go 1-2 in his subsequent three, dropping to Emmanuel Sanchez (SD) and John Teixeira (UD), and KO’ing Isao Kobayashi.
‘The Fireball Child’ has since gone 2-1, with the one defeat coming to AJ McKee through unanimous choice in a struggle he was injured very early on in. The factor is, he hasn’t fought since then, which was in April of 2018, and his report has sat at 11-5 since.
All of his teaching employees on The Final Fighter predicted him to rule the game at his peak, or not less than his division. It’s too dangerous, however it occurs on this extremely unforgiving sport we’ve all come to like.
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I turned a fan of fight sports activities once I was 12 years outdated. I used to be scrolling by way of the channels and landed upon versus, the place WEC was televised. Urijah Faber fought Jens Pulver for the second time that evening. That’s the primary struggle I noticed, and the struggle that obtained me hooked on the game. Since then, the game has grown so quickly, and my purpose is to enlighten everybody on what’s occurring within the sport at the moment.