In every sport there are athletes that get huge attention from fans, but ultimately did not meet their expectations. MMA is no exception – not every promising fighter makes its way to the top.
We remembered the five men who early in his career in the UFC publicly stated about myself, but very soon the results went down and hype their names began to subside.
Roger Huerta – lightweight
Huerta due to his impressive record and exciting style and good looks had all the possibilities to become a superstar of the UFC. Matador signed a contract with the promotion in September 2006 and immediately attracted attention.
Until the end of 2007, he won each of his six fights in the UFC (four ahead of schedule), becoming members of the three “submission of the night”. In 2007, Huerta became the first MMA fighter appearing on the cover of the magazine “Sports Illustrated”. It seemed that his title shot is not far off.
However, at UFC 87 its 16-game winning streak snapped on Kenny Florian. Following this, Huerta lost to gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 19, and his contract with the promotion expired. He moved to Bellator, where his career started not as successfully as in the UFC – two defeats in three fights. Then Roger went to Asia to perform in ONE Championship.
In 2018 he returned to Bellator to lose three fights in a row. Thus, since 2008 to date, the record Huerta is 4-11.
Houston Alexander light heavyweight
Alexander will always be remembered for his sensational victory over Keith Gardina when he knocked out favorite 48 seconds in his debut fight in the octagon at UFC 71 in 2007. In the next battle “Assassin” proved that it wasn’t a Fluke by knocking in 61 second to Alessio Sakara at UFC 75.
The popularity of Alexander has increased dramatically, and his third fight that year he spent in the co-main event of UFC 78 against Thiago Silva. And this was the beginning of the end of the career of Alexander in the UFC. Silva knocked out fighter from Omaha in the first round. This was followed by the defeat of the knockouts from James Irvin in 8 seconds and Eric Schafer in the first round.
Alexander left the UFC to go up in Haviva, to win the regional arena, to return to the UFC in 2009, losing to Kimbo Slice by unanimous decision and have to leave the promotion No. 1.
Alexander with variable success continue to perform in a variety of organizations, including Bellator, until ending his career in 2017 at the age of 45 years.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou – light heavyweight
Unlike the other fighters in this list, the success Sokoudjou came before its appearance in the UFC. His 23-second knockout of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at Pride 33 is still considered one of the biggest apletov in MMA history. Victory fell only in the fourth professional fight of the Cameroonian, while “Lil Nog” was much more experienced.
Sokoudjou carried this momentum into his next fight, knocking out in the first round of Ricardo Arona at Pride 34. Shortly thereafter, the UFC bought Pride, and the fans began to drool in anticipation of their appearance in the octagon “African assassin”.
But Sokoudjou was not able to continue the successful run. The winner of the U.S. open of judo in 2001, debuted in the promotion against the future champion Liota Machida at UFC 79. The lack of experience in BJJ Sokoudjou occurred just as the fight moved to the ground, where “Dragon” sasamail him in the second round.
Prospect light heavyweight bounced back in the next battle, defeating Kazuhiro Nakamura, and then to be knocked out by Luis cane and leave the UFC less than a year after signing the contract. Sokoudjou subsequently served under the banner of a variety of promotions, including Strikeforce, DREAM and Bellator, but as a formidable force about it never spoke. The last fight he had in October 2017, beating Jamie Abdullah and improving his record to 19-18.
Travis Browne – heavyweight
New MMA fans know brown as the husband of the former stars of WWE and UFC Rhonda Rauzi. However, at the peak of the brown almost came to blows at the UFC title.
Hawaiian first appeared in the octagon in 2010 when The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale he’s in a first round knockout of James Macswiney. Then followed a draw against already made a name for himself Cheika of the Congo and a series of three victories, including a knockout of Stefan Struve. In 2012 UFC on FX 5, “Bigfoot” Silva finished with strikes of Avenue, thereby inflicting the first defeat of his career.
But brown didn’t give in and gave a terrific series of three victories by knockout in the first round. Finishing Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett, he will get a world championship fight against Fabricio Werdum and miserably lost his unanimous judges ‘ decision. This began the decline of “Happy” he only won two fights out of seven, and in 2017 after four consecutive defeats has finished career of the fighter.
Erick Silva – Welterweight
Silva took just 40 seconds to make an impression in his promotion debut in 2011, sending out Luis Ramos at UFC 134. But to become a top Welterweight, it seemed, all the makings for this had not happened.
Throughout his 8-year career in the UFC he alternated victories with defeats. Even after several failures, it continued to be considered promising. “Tiger” has managed to take over such fighters like Jason high, Mike Rhodes and the ex-applicant for the title UFC Josh koscheck. But key defeats Josh Fitch, Dong Hyun Kim and Matt brown did not allow Silva to join the candidates in the race.
The worst part of Silva’s career came immediately after his victory over Koscheka – four defeats in five fights and leaving the UFC to Bellator, where he lost both his battle.