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The MMA Depressed-us: Busted prospects - Minowaman vs. Sokoudjou

Zane Simon, Connor Ruebusch, and Phil Mackenzie are back and watching the worst MMA has to offer. This week, we’re focusing on a few of MMA’s notable prospect busts.

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MMA’s history as a major televised sporting contest may only be a few decades old, but that short span is already filled with stories of what might have been. Young fighters who appeared to have all the tools necessary to become future stars, only to find their careers suddenly flamed out. Or, perhaps, relegated to a journeyman status; once bright prospects forever hopping from promotion to promotion, picking up wins and losses as fans slowly forget that they were once heralded as the next big thing.

Sounds like prime fodder for some depressing MMA. And what a better time to glut ourselves on the world of notable mixed martial arts busts than a UFC off-week. With UFC 247 just around the corner, we’re watching Konstantin Erokhin vs. Viktor Pesta, Brandon Thatch vs. Siyar Bahadurzada, and MMA’s ‘could have been’ king Sokoudjou vs. Ikuhisa Minowa—for the Super Hulk Grand Prix Final no less (you can find that fight here).

If you’d like to watch along with us, then pull up the first two fights on Fight Pass and hit play when Zane counts down. For viewers that don’t have Fight Pass, but do have the fights, they can join in by starting round 1 along with Connor’s prompt. So strap in. And if we didn’t get to dive deep enough into the world of wasted potential, don’t worry, we’ll be revisiting this topic a lot.

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