10 Champions of the UFC, whose career plummeted after losing the title

Dedication and discipline is not a guarantee of great success in MMA. Someone who is less fortunate, someone become one of the best prevent injury. Only a few among the most talented and hard-working fighters reach the top.

To reach the Olympus of mixed martial arts means to win the UFC belt. Today we look at the fighters who managed to become champion in the UFC, but after losing his title in their career went on a downward path.

Renan Barao

Barao was one of the phenomena in MMA in early 2010-ies, consistently winning 32 games. The Brazilian will become the undisputed champion of UFC in the easiest weight after due to injuries from the race will come down Dominick Cruz. Impressively knocking out Uryu Faber in his first defense, Barao in may 2014 at UFC 173 was finishyou strikes T. J. Dillashaw.

And this put an end to Barao as an elite fighter. In his last 10 fights, he has lost 8 times. After in November last year, he lost for the fifth time in a row, the UFC fired him.

Anthony Pettis

During its heyday Pettis with its rich Arsenal of tricks was one of the main players in the UFC. He was loved by the fans since the days of the WEC, where he was champion in the lightweight division. In the UFC he was also subjected to the championship summit. “Showtime” in the title fights marked submitname Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melanese until March 2015 at UFC 185 was not lumpen Rafael DOS UNOSOM.

Since then Pettis went awry. He lost 8 out of 13 consecutive matches. Anthony even tried to revive his career, dropping to Featherweight, now Pettis – no more than an average Welterweight division.

Rhonda Rauzi

Rauzi – the first female champion in UFC history. After a championship in Strikeforce Bantamweight champion, she moved to UFC without a fight and got the belt, which he defended six times, including five finishes of the competitors in the first round. It seemed that the master of the armbar from California nobody will be able to stop in the easiest weight, but didn’t think Holly Holm, who in December 2015 at UFC 193 in the eyes of the 56-strong crowd sent Rauzi knocked out by Hanekom and the rebound in the stalls.

For undefeated before Rhonda, it was a real blow. She fell into a terrible depression, and defeat forever changed her attitude towards MMA. 13 months later she came back and it was a pale shadow of the former Rauzi, which Amanda Nunes finished in 48 seconds. This fiasco convinced Rhonda to leave forever fighting.

Holly Hill

The former world champion in Boxing, the Hill is famous in the world when he made a big upset, sending out hegemonic female MMA Rauzi, becoming the new champion of UFC in the easiest weight. But in March of the following year at UFC 196 Hill stumbled in his first defense. Leading on points, she in the end of the fifth round was strangled until he lost consciousness Misha Tate.

Hill has since suffered four defeats in seven bouts, however, three of them were titular and she had to fight with such “monsters” as Valentina Shevchenko, Chris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes.

Luke Rokhold

The rokhold predicted a great future in MMA, and it’s justified given advances becoming champion of Strikeforce and UFC Middleweight. Despite a disastrous debut in the UFC after a string of victories he destroyed Chris Weidman to win the belt.

But stayed on the throne Rokhold very little time, never being able to defend the belt. In June 2016 at UFC 199 he met with obvious underdog Michael Bisping, who went to the fight on short notice and ahead of time previously lost to Rokhold. The champion acted too cocky for that lost in the first round, going to the knockout.

Rokhold back with a victory over David Branch, but then was brutally knocked out by Yoel Romero and Jan Blachowicz in his debut in the light heavyweight division. After losing pole UFC President Dana white even called Luke to quit football to concentrate on work model.

Rafael DOS Anjos

DOS Anjos dominated the formidable Pettis won the UFC title in the lightweight division. Then, the Brazilian has defended his regalia, knocking out Donald serron, but in July 2016 at UFC 90 Fight Night champion, his path was interrupted by Eddie Alvarez, who knocked out the champion before the first signal for a break.

DOS Anjos lost the next fight Tony Ferguson and decided to go up to Welterweight. Since then, his record is 4-4 and the current RDA of no more than the gatekeeper of Welterweight.

Miesha Tate

Tate was one of the first recognizable in the world of female fighters. She made a name for himself in Strikeforce, where he became champion in the easiest weight. The same thing she managed in the UFC when she strangled the Hill in a dramatic battle. The UFC belt was in the hands of the “Cupcake” some 3 months, in the main event of UFC 200 she had nothing to oppose to Amanda Nunes, who quickly finished champion.

Tate came back 4 months later at UFC 205 where was not similar to itself, and lost to Raquel Pennington, after which he announced his retirement from sports.

Eddie Alvarez

Ex-Bellator Champ Alvarez brief rules in the lightweight division of the UFC. After 4 months after winning the belt he’s in his first defense was knocked out by Conor McGregor at the historic event in new York UFC 205.

Alvarez in 2018, left the UFC after losing by knockout Dustin Pare and went to the Asian organization ONE Championship, where he immediately was sensationally knocked out not enough stars in the sky Timothy Nasturtium. After the defeat McGregor Alvarez managed to win only twice in five matches and now he’s a star only a regional promotion.

Tyron Woodley

Woodley maybe the third greatest Welterweight in UFC history after Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes. After the epic victory over Robbie Lawler and four defenses of the title Woodley in March 2019 at UFC 235 faced with his kryptonite Camara Usman. Woodley looked indecisive in this game, having put in 25 minutes a total of 60 goals, which is 5 times less than the same indicator of Uthman.

In the end, Woodley ignominiously lost his title and returned to the octagon in may 2020 at the UFC on ESPN 9, being unilaterally broken “hungry” Gilbert burns in five rounds. 38-year-old Woodley didn’t win any of the last 10 rounds and are quite similar to his former self.

Nicco Montaño

The first ever UFC winner of the title in the minimum weight Montaño won his title in the final of the 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter, defeating Roxanne Modafferi. Problems for Nikko started before the fight with Valentina Shevchenko, scheduled for September 2018 at UFC 228. Misogony backfired for Montaño, and instead of weighing she went to the hospital, and the fight was cancelled.

This episode prompted the UFC to deny Montaño title. A year ago, she returned to the cage after a 19-month pause. Climbing in the Bantamweight division, Montaño lost to Julianna Peña and now it’s not even in the UFC rankings.

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