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MMA’S most underrated fighters

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Earlier this week, we lambasted the most overrated fighters in mixed martial arts. It’s only fair, then, that we give credit to the sport’s most underrated fighters. After all, no one else does.

Tyson Griffin

You’d think an athletic, well-rounded, exciting fighter like Tyson Griffin would get bigger billing or at least a slight move in the lightweight rankings. Instead, the 14-2 Griffin (who I think is 15-1; he should’ve gotten the decision against Sean Sherk) sits helplessly as lesser fighters like Clay Guida pass him on the ladder. How does Guida get fights against Diego Sanchez, Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian when Griffin beat Guida?

Junior Dos Santos

Shane Carwin gets a lot of hype for a guy whose only notable victory came against Gabriel Gonzaga. Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos, however, has earned his 10-1 record by knocking out Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop and Gilbert Yvel in consecutive bouts to start his UFC career. He’s stuck behind the high-profile top five (Lesnar, Mir, Carwin, Nogueira, Velasquez) in the UFC’s heavyweight division but deserves better. How about a boxing expo between Dos Santos and the ever-improving Mir?

Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch

These two get joint mention because they’re both in the same boat. They’re elite practitioners in their disciplines – Alves a devastating Muay Thai striker and Jon Fitch a Wrestling ace – who each could’ve had lengthy runs as UFC welterweight champion if Georges St-Pierre didn’t exist. All they can do is fight each other again – which they will at UFC 111.

Gegard Mousasi

It’s weird to call Mousasi underrated when he’s the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion but the Dutch kickboxer is one of MMA’s best-kept secrets. He’s a sparkling 28-2-1 in his career and he’s finished 26 opponents via knockout or submission. This intelligent fighter deserves more respect.

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