4 UFC fighter who revived his career from the ashes

Everyone likes a good comeback story, but in a sport like mixed martial arts with their crazy competition to revitalize his career is a complex task. But nothing is impossible.

Sport.ua foursome is well-known UFC fighters that successfully changed the course of his career once, it seemed that they do not expect anything other than a further decline.

Matt Serra

After losing to Karo Parisian at UFC 53 in 2005 the career of Serra, whose record was 8-4, at an impasse. However, the “Terror” were given the chance of a lifetime after he was selected as one of the participants of the 4th season of “The Ultimate Fighter”. Unlike past seasons of TUF winners this season were given the right to challenge the title.

Becoming a participant of the tournament in the Welterweight division, Serra defeated Pete Spratt and Shonie Carter to secure a place in the final against Chris Little. In a very competitive match in November 2006, Serra separate judicial decision wins of his teammate from Team Mojo.

This success paved the way for one of the biggest apletov in the history of MMA when Serra in April 2007 was knocked out in the first round of the champion of UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Thus, Matt was the first winner of TUF that have won the trophy UFC.

Mark Hunt

When in 2007 the UFC purchased Pride FC, the number of fighters Japanese promotion came to a roaster based in Las Vegas organizations, including the heavyweight hunt.

At that time it seemed that new Zealand kickboxer has passed its peak. He was 33 years old, and he was on a series of five defeats, so the UFC offered hunt a buyout in the amount of $450,000, but the “Super Samoan” has rejected the offer and decided to fight in the octagon.

The winner of the Grand Prix K1 in 2001, he started his career in the UFC since losing by submission to Sean Mccorkle, bringing its losing streak to six games. Few would have thought that this veteran will be able to get to a title fight. But he did it. He consistently defeated Chris Tuscherer, Ben Rothwell, Chaka Congo and Stefan Struve (three by knockout), and then to be knocked out ex-UFC champion Junior DOS Santos and return pyatirazovoe a war against “Bigfoot” Silva ended in a draw. Further creekbridge a spectacular knockout of Roy Nelson in November 2014 brought the 40-year hunt for a bout against Fabricio Werdum for the interim title UFC in heavy weight. At the beginning of the fight, the hunt sent Werdum shot right down, however, a powerful blow with his knee the Brazilian in the 2nd round, stopped the veteran.

Despite his age in later years, hunt continued to strike fear into opponents, nokautera guys like “Bigfoot” Silva (the rematch), Frank Mir and derrick Lewis.

Robbie Lawler

For the first time Lawler came into the UFC in 2002, he was regarded as the top prospect in the Welterweight division. He demonstrated his championship potential, accumulating a record of 7-0, including three wins inside the octagon. However, in the subsequent four fights Robbie suffers three defeats and after less than three years of performances in the UFC returned to the fighting on the regional arena.

“Ruthless” was lit in promotions such as Pride FC, IFL, and Elite XC before it was noticed in Strikeforce. But in the top at the time of the organization he has failed to assert itself, more often losing than winning.

In 2011 when the UFC bought Strikeforce, from the return of Lawler to the promotion No. 1 no one expected. But the fighter took a decisive step and returned to Welterweight, where he played for 9 years.

Change category has gone in his favor, after three consecutive victories, he went to battle for the vacant UFC title at Welterweight, but lost on points in a close battle Johny Hendricks. After two wins, Lawler gets a rematch and takes it, becoming the new UFC champion in Welterweight. Yesterday’s underdog is not immediately part with the belt and holds two memorable title defense against Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit.

Michael Bisping

Bisping has gained popularity after winning “The Ultimate Fighter 3,” where he competed as a light heavyweight. Despite a good record in the UFC, he lost all of his key fights in the octagon at the time (Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson and the Forehead Sonnen) that did not allow him to fight for the championship.

In 2012-2014, Bisping has lost 4 of 7 fights and got a terrible eye injury. It was unclear how much more the British will continue to play. Nor about a title of more speech did not go. However, Bisping was able to prove that his early to write off from the accounts. He won a spectacular victory over consecutive si Bi Galloween, a Thales Leites and a former king of the average weight Anderson Silva.

When in 2016 Chris Weidman was forced to withdraw from his rematch with the champion in the Middleweight division Luke Rokhold on UFC 199, it was replaced by “the Count” on short notice, wanting to take revenge on the Rokhold for the defeat two years ago. In the first round, Bisping made a loud splash, knocking Rokhold in the first round. And then as the champion Michael took another rematch, defeating legendary Dan Henderson.

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