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Most underated fighter per division

Postby Fyodor » Sat May 14, 2022 6:13 am

This is a personal list,about fighters who were once considered top 5 or even top in the world in their respective divisions but have found themselves lost inside the history books.

If you don't agree feel free to state your opinion.

The fighter that inspired me to make this thread was Guy Mezger(and then Arona). So ill start with the LHWs..

Light Heavyweight Division

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Guy Mezger.

UFC tournament champion
Pancrase champion(pretty sure)
Beat Tito(1-1)
Gave Bas a ran for his money.
Got robbed in Pride in his fights against Prime Sakuraba,Arona and maybe Rampage.
Top fighter,lost in the history books.

HW division

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Pedro Rizzo.

Robbed in his first fight with Couture for the belt. Close fight with Randleman.
Knocked out Arlovski,Barnett and in total quite a few champs.
Coleman,Arlovski,Barnett,Ricco Rodriguez,Severn and a seriously aging Ken Shamrock.

Welterweight Division

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Carlos Newton

Former UFC HW champ. Got robbed in first fight with Hughes.
Splited wins with Renzo Gracie.
Very close fight with Dan Henderson.
Defeated Pat Militech.
Very good performance vs Sakuraba
5 times Canadian jj openweight champion

True beast and an elite grappler with heavy hands.

MW division

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When you hear about MWs one would think of Anderson Silva,Vitor Belfort-maybe,Weidman?,Adesanya,Romero,Franklin,etc... But there is some dirty dude that never shied? away from a challenge..be that in MW,LHW or HW.
A former MW champion of the world,under the UFC banner,
Matt the law Linland.
He fought prime Rampage,in a fight that got robbed,gave Fedor a hard fight and was always there to implement his gameplan and dominaye hia opponents.A true greco roman expert and rightfully one of the great "big men" of all times.
Suffered horrific losses to Robbie,Vitor and Tarrell. Holds the "distinction" along with Mark Kerr of knocking himself out after a slam.

Lightweight Division

Takanori Gomi

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A true beast while in Pride,former champ there,etc etc






Honourary mentions for each division:
HW:Gary Goodridge,Mark Kerr
LHW: Jeremy Horn,Frank Shamrock
MW:Evan Tanner,Frank Shamrock
WW:Shonie Carter,Royce Gracie
LW:Jens Pulver
FW: Mike Brown
BW:Bibiano
Flyweight:dgaf
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Re: Most underated fighter per division

Postby Alexbkk75 » Sat May 14, 2022 7:26 am

Pretty solid list of underrated talents indeed.

I'd like to add Igor Vovchanchyn for HW and LHW divisions. I mean, the man left with a 56-10 record and 41 KOs... I don't know if he is considered underrated but I feel people forgot about him while he was one of the most exciting and violent fighter of his generation.
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Re: Most underated fighter per division

Postby Fyodor » Sat May 14, 2022 7:46 am

Alexbkk75 wrote:Pretty solid list of underrated talents indeed.

I'd like to add Igor Vovchanchyn for HW and LHW divisions. I mean, the man left with a 56-10 record and 41 KOs... I don't know if he is considered underrated but I feel people forgot about him while he was one of the most exciting and violent fighter of his generation.


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Re: Most underated fighter per division

Postby Ineblah » Sat May 14, 2022 11:13 am

Mach Sakurai?

Damn his love of Korean bbq or he could have wrote the book on being a lw legend.
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Re: Most underated fighter per division

Postby Mr Meow » Sat May 14, 2022 11:25 am

Ineblah wrote:Mach Sakurai?

Damn his love of Korean bbq or he could have wrote the book on being a lw legend.


Good call mr sir. Sakurai had big wins over great names at WW and finishes like against Trigg. If he had a legit diet back then he would have been a fucking terror at LW.
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Re: Most underated fighter per division

Postby Mr Meow » Sat May 14, 2022 11:33 am

Great list and topic Frag. I gotta throw in Tamura as I am sure you saw coming. Always fought way way bigger dudes and people laugh at his loss to Bob asap

He beat Menne and Millitech when both were UFC champs though and also has wins over Jeremy Horn, Renzo, Ilyuhkin, Volk Han and Patrick and Maurice Smith.

For a dude whose natural weight class was WW
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Re: Most underated fighter per division

Postby Fyodor » Sat May 14, 2022 3:49 pm

Ineblah wrote:Mach Sakurai?

Damn his love of Korean bbq or he could have wrote the book on being a lw legend.



^^ I thought of Sakurai for a sec and then forgot to mention him.. True warrior,gave Hughes a very tough fight as well.

Mr Meow wrote:Great list and topic Frag. I gotta throw in Tamura as I am sure you saw coming. Always fought way way bigger dudes and people laugh at his loss to Bob asap

He beat Menne and Millitech when both were UFC champs though and also has wins over Jeremy Horn, Renzo, Ilyuhkin, Volk Han and Patrick and Maurice Smith.

For a dude whose natural weight class was WW



Tamura is a great nomination as well.. He literaly destroyed Militexh with thai attacks if I remember correctly.




The most underated by far though,now that i think about it,has to be Funaki..?!?!
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Re: Most underated fighter per division

Postby warriorxv » Mon May 16, 2022 3:48 am

Andy wang
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Re: Most underated fighter per division

Postby Mr Meow » Mon May 16, 2022 9:22 am

Fyodor wrote:
Ineblah wrote:Mach Sakurai?

Damn his love of Korean bbq or he could have wrote the book on being a lw legend.



^^ I thought of Sakurai for a sec and then forgot to mention him.. True warrior,gave Hughes a very tough fight as well.

Mr Meow wrote:Great list and topic Frag. I gotta throw in Tamura as I am sure you saw coming. Always fought way way bigger dudes and people laugh at his loss to Bob asap

He beat Menne and Millitech when both were UFC champs though and also has wins over Jeremy Horn, Renzo, Ilyuhkin, Volk Han and Patrick and Maurice Smith.

For a dude whose natural weight class was WW



Tamura is a great nomination as well.. He literaly destroyed Militexh with thai attacks if I remember correctly.




The most underated by far though,now that i think about it,has to be Funaki..?!?!


Funaki is up there as well.

Rutten, The Shamrocks, Funaki, all were incredibly important to the success of Pancrase
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Re: Most underated fighter per division

Postby Fyodor » Tue May 17, 2022 4:49 am

warriorxv wrote:Andy wang



That dude is a warrior,man. A real UFC fighter.

Andy wang vs CM Punk,for all the marbles.
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