It seems as though every up-and-coming middleweight wants a shot at Cung Le or Wanderlei Silva. The reason is that they are two name fighters that are at end of their careers with their talent deteriorating. While there are plenty of other notable fighters that are easy to beat, there is also a contrast.
The MMA world is filled with talented fighters that nobody wants to fight. The reason that nobody wants to fight these guys is not due to their talent, but because they don’t have that big of name and a loss to them would hurt the momentum of their opponent in the eyes of a casual fan. Here are seven... I mean eight MMA fighters that nobody wants to face.
Cole Konrad (8-0)
Few men would want to take on the former 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division 1 Champion. His wrestling game is arguably the best in the heavyweight division, and that wrestling game can put away a lot of fighter. The problem is that Konrad is a relatively boring fighter that plays it safe once he takes the fight to the ground. He also isn’t going to win any beauty contests. Few people know who Cole Konrad is, and he’s the worst fear for a top heavyweight as he can deter their momentum with his wrestling game.
Tim Boetsch (15-4)
Moving down to middleweight has worked well for Tim Boetsch who has gone 3-0, highlighted by a TKO win over Yushin Okami. Boetsch poses a lot of problems to top middleweights with his size, wrestling, and power. He just hasn’t really translated to the UFC audience and isn’t appealing as a fighter to fight from a marketability stand-point. Most MMA fighters have more to lose than win in a fight against Boetsch.
Pat Healy (27-16)
Healy has to be one of the most underrated fighters in MMA today. His career can be defined as being the under-dog. He’s pulled of upsets on all levels of the MMA game with wins over Carlos Condit, Ryan Ford, and Lyle Beerbohm. Healy is a grappler that fights a close fight with just about anybody. Due to the lack of TV exposure, few people are aware of Healy’s talents, and a loss to him could be devastating to up-and-coming or established lightweights.
Jon Fitch (23-4)
Few people want to fight Jon Fitch and even fewer people want to see Jon Fitch fight. Despite being one of the best welterweights on the planet, Fitch has developed the image of being a boring fighter that rides his opponents from the top position for fifteen minutes. Grappling aficionados may disagree, but the general consensus among the casual fan base is that Fitch is a boring fighter. He is a death trap for welterweights on the rise vying for a potential shot at the champion.
Ryan Jimmo (16-1)
The 30-year old Canadian striking prospect has finally signed a contract with the UFC, and he should spoil the momentum of many fighters. Jimmo is a relative no-name to the casual audience, but he has the ability to put away a lot of the UFC’s light heavyweights. He also doesn’t have the most exciting striking game, but it works as shown by his sixteen fight win streak.
Antonio McKee (27-4-2)
McKee loves to win, but he doesn’t really care how he does it. That’s a problem if he wants to get booked on the big shows. Time is running out for the 42 year-old, and the negative reputation of being a boring fighter is not helping him at all. McKee burned bridges with MFC after missing weight, and he’s not an ideal fighter to fight as he has plenty of talent to put away prospects looking to make it to the UFC.
Tony Lopez (29-8)
Prospect killer should be the new nickname for Tony Lopez as he has halted the upward trajectory of top prospects like Tyler East and Shamil Abdurahimov. Lopez is a talented fighter that has flaws that have prevented him from making it to a major MMA promotion aside from a one fight stint in Elite XC. Upon further thought, Kryptonite might be apropos for Lopez as he has been kryptonite to top prospects which makes him an undesirable opponent for an up-and-comer looking to pile together an impressive win streak.
Rousimar Palhares (14-3)
This article was previously title "7 Fighters That Nobody Wants to Fight", but I completely had a mental lapse and left out Rousimar Palhares. Anybody that enjoys walking would not want to fight the heel hook guru. He is a top 15 middleweight that has a bad habit of holding onto heel hooks for an extended period of time. Palhares is a dangerous fighter to fight, and to make matters worse a win over him wouldn't elevate you to main event status because most casual fans vaguely know who Palhares is.
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