Overrated is a term I honestly don’t like using when it comes to professional MMA fighters, particularly those who have made it into the UFC, as if you make it to the world’s biggest promotion then by default you’ve got to be pretty damn good.
With that said, the term could well fit the following ten fighters, whether they were overrated by the fans or online experts, or by the UFC itself in terms of the promotional push they received. It doesn’t make them bad fighters of course, but they probably didn’t quite deserve the hype they got at the time of their UFC careers. Here are the ten most overrated fighters in UFC history.
#10 Paige VanZant
I actually toyed with leaving Paige VanZant off this list simply because she does have a couple of really impressive wins, including one over a current top ten contender in Felice Herrig. But realistically, ’12 Gauge’ has been treated by the UFC as a legitimate title contender in two separate divisions when in reality she hasn’t proven all that much.
Her wins over Herrig, Kailin Curran and Alex Chambers were all impressive, but the UFC simply pushed her too fast into a fight with former title challenger – and future champion – Rose Namajunas, back in December 2015. VanZant was destroyed by Thug Rose and has never truly recovered.
The insane pace and grappling skill she showed in the Herrig and Curran victories now seems gone, replaced by a somewhat ineffective long-range striking style, and she’s been thoroughly beaten by both Michelle Waterson and Jessica-Rose Clark – the latter in a fight at 125lbs where the UFC were hoping to push her as a title contender.
VanZant could still develop into something special – she has the raw talent and at just 23 she could still improve massively – but the seeming decline in her skills since debuting is worrying and it feels like the UFC just push her because of her looks at this stage.