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#25 – #15: The Most Underrated MMA Fighters of All-Time: Part 1

If you missed the first part, you can visit it w/ the link above.  It has all of the details about how this list came to be.

 

As I complete the list, I can’t help but think of how great this series could have been and how sad it is that reasonable lists like this are practically non-existent.  If you come across any, please let me know.

 

#14 – #10

#14 – Alexandre Franca Nogueira (Rep Avg: #62.3 | Fight Matrix: #37)

Pequeño had one of the most dominant divisional runs in history, essentially leading the Featherweight division from 2000 to 2005, before deciding to make the move to Lightweight.  At a division above, things didn’t go so well, but you can’t deny the dominance in the division that he belonged.  The two losses he had in this streak were in non-title matches, which he immediately avenged in matches where the title was on the line — both by stoppage.

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Posted on December 19, 2014 by jcs

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For those of you who do not know, in addition to our Current MMA Rankings, we also feature an All-Time MMA Rankings that is updated every month (usually on the 2nd).

In an effort to mix it up heading into the new year, I’ve decided to compare our All-Time Absolute list to an average of a few other lists that I’ve found on the Internet, in order to bring attention to fighters who I believe are the most underrated in the history of MMA.

I feel an analysis of underrated fighters is more objective than an analysis of overrated fighters, as many fighters are given lofty positions in subjective lists due to an over-friendliness bestowed upon pioneer fighters, especially those who were under-sized.  As you probably know, our lists are based on actual results and it goes without saying that being the #1 Welterweight in 2014 means much more than being the #1 Welterweight in 2004 (for example).

Not surprisingly, it was tough to find (seemingly) reputable lists:

Crowd-sourcing Representative: Tapology Top 100 (2014-12-18)

“Peak” Mathematical Representative: MMA-ELO Top 25 (2014-11-01)

“Cumulative” Mathematical Representative: Sports-Ratings Top 250 (2014-03-31)

 

I would have loved to have added an “Expert” representative, but I could not find one readily available.

Continue reading 'The Most Underrated MMA Fighters of All-Time: Part 1'

Posted on December 18, 2014 by jcs

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Middleweight (185)
[#2/#9DD] Lyoto Machida (21-5-0, -636) vs. [#12] C.B. Dollaway (15-5-0, +453)
Lyoto Machida is the All-Time #13 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Lyoto Machida (2-1-0)
2014-07-05: L vs. [#1MW/#1DD/#4P4P] Chris Weidman (12-0-0) via UD (49-45, 48-47, 49-46)
2014-02-15: W vs. [#8MW] Gegard Mousasi (35-5-2) via UD (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)
2013-10-26: W vs. [#15MW] Mark Munoz (13-5-0) via KO (Head Kick) in 3:10 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: C.B. Dollaway (2-1-0)
2014-05-31: W vs. [#21MW] Francis Carmont (22-10-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
2014-03-23: W vs. [#48MW] Cezar Ferreira (8-3-0) via KO (Punches) in 0:39 of round 1
2013-10-19: L vs. [#16MW] Tim Boetsch (18-7-0) via SD (30-26, 27-29, 30-26)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Lyoto Machida 168, C.B. Dollaway 203
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Lyoto Machida leads 1-0
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Bantamweight (135)
[#2] Renan Barao (32-2-0, -715) vs. [#18] Mitch Gagnon (12-2-0, +484)
Renan Barao is the All-Time #3 ranked Bantamweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Renan Barao (2-1-0)
2014-05-24: L vs. [#1BW] T.J. Dillashaw (11-2-0) via TKO (Head Kick and Punches) in 2:26 of round 5
2014-02-01: W vs. [#3BW] Urijah Faber (32-7-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:42 of round 1
2013-09-21: W vs. [#22BW] Eddie Wineland (21-10-1) via TKO (Spinning Back Kick and Punches) in 0:35 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Mitch Gagnon (3-0-0)
2014-10-04: W vs. [#210BW] Roman Salazar (9-3-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:06 of round 1
2014-04-16: W vs. [#159BW] Tim Gorman (8-4-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-09-21: W vs. [#105BW] Dustin Kimura (11-3-0) via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 4:05 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Renan Barao 210, Mitch Gagnon 77
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Light Heavyweight (205)
[#45HW+] Antonio Carlos Jr. (4-0-0, +133) vs. [#106] Patrick Cummins (6-1-0, -157)

Last 3 Fights: Antonio Carlos Jr. (3-0-0)
2014-05-31: W vs. [#138HW+] Vitor Miranda (9-4-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-10-26: W vs. [NA] Edinaldo Novaes (1-6-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 4:16 of round 1
2013-09-14: W vs. [NA] Geronimo Oliveira (0-2-0) via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 1:41 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Patrick Cummins (2-1-0)
2014-07-26: W vs. [#221LHW] Kyle Kingsbury (11-6-0) via UD (30-27, 30-25, 30-24)
2014-06-07: W vs. [#41MW] Roger Narvaez (7-1-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:28 of round 2
2014-02-22: L vs. [#2LHW/#10P4P] Daniel Cormier (15-0-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:19 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Antonio Carlos Jr. 203, Patrick Cummins 147
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Posted on December 16, 2014 by jcs

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Heavyweight (243)
[#3] Junior dos Santos (16-3-0, 242.0lb, -404) vs. [#9] Stipe Miocic (12-1-0, 243.0lb, +318)
Junior dos Santos is the All-Time #4 ranked Heavyweight and #20 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Junior dos Santos (1-2-0)
2013-10-19: L vs. [#1HW+/#2DD/#3P4P] Cain Velasquez (13-1-0) via TKO (Slam and Punch) in 3:09 of round 5
2013-05-25: W vs. [#6HW+] Mark Hunt (10-9-1) via KO (Spinning Hook Kick) in 4:18 of round 3
2012-12-29: L vs. [#1HW+/#2DD/#3P4P] Cain Velasquez (13-1-0) via UD (50-45, 50-44, 50-43)

Last 3 Fights: Stipe Miocic (3-0-0)
2014-05-31: W vs. [#29LHW] Fabio Maldonado (22-7-0) via TKO (Punches) in 0:35 of round 1
2014-01-25: W vs. [#18HW+] Gabriel Gonzaga (16-8-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-06-15: W vs. [#13HW+] Roy Nelson (20-10-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Junior dos Santos 420, Stipe Miocic 196
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Junior dos Santos leads 3-2
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Lightweight (160)
[#2] Rafael dos Anjos (22-7-0, 156.0lb, -279) vs. [#10] Nate Diaz (17-9-0, 160.6lb, +225)
Rafael dos Anjos is the All-Time #18 ranked Lightweight fighter.
Nate Diaz is the All-Time #25 ranked Lightweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Rafael dos Anjos (2-1-0)
2014-08-23: W vs. [#4LW] Ben Henderson (21-4-0) via KO (Punch) in 2:31 of round 1
2014-06-07: W vs. [#69LW] Jason High (18-5-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:36 of round 2
2014-04-19: L vs. [#5LW] Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Last 3 Fights: Nate Diaz (1-2-0)
2013-11-30: W vs. [#43LW] Gray Maynard (11-4-1) via TKO (Punches) in 2:38 of round 1
2013-04-20: L vs. [#12LW] Josh Thomson (20-7-0) via TKO (Head Kick and Punches) in 3:44 of round 2
2012-12-08: L vs. [#4LW] Ben Henderson (21-4-0) via UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-43)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Rafael dos Anjos 112, Nate Diaz 378
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Rafael dos Anjos leads 2-1
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Heavyweight (254)
[#10] Alistair Overeem (37-14-0, 253.0lb, -237) vs. [*] Stefan Struve (25-6-0, 254.0lb, +194)
Alistair Overeem is the All-Time #13 ranked Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Alistair Overeem (1-2-0)
2014-09-05: L vs. [#8HW+] Ben Rothwell (34-9-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:19 of round 1
2014-02-01: W vs. [#42HW+] Frank Mir (16-9-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-08-17: L vs. [#5HW+] Travis Browne (17-2-1) via KO (Front Kick and Punches) in 4:08 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Stefan Struve (2-1-0)
2013-03-03: L vs. [#6HW+] Mark Hunt (10-9-1) via TKO (Punches) in 1:44 of round 3
2012-09-29: W vs. [#9HW+] Stipe Miocic (12-1-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:50 of round 2
2012-05-26: W vs. [#51HW+] Lavar Johnson (18-10-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 1:05 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Alistair Overeem 99, Stefan Struve 650
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Alistair Overeem leads 2-1
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Posted on December 13, 2014 by jcs

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Women Strawweight Championship (115)
[#4/#9P4P] Carla Esparza (9-2-0, +137) vs. [#6] Rose Namajunas (2-1-0, -168)

Last 3 Fights: Carla Esparza (3-0-0)
2013-01-05: W vs. [#88SW] Bec Rawlings (5-3-0) via UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
2012-10-06: W vs. [#28SW] Lynn Alvarez (6-3-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:53 of round 1
2012-07-28: W vs. [#26SW] Sarah Schneider (7-6-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:28 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Rose Namajunas (2-1-0)
2013-07-13: L vs. [#16SW] Tecia Torres (4-0-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2013-04-05: W vs. [NA] Kathina Catron (4-5-0) via Submission (Flying Armbar) in 0:12 of round 1
2013-01-05: W vs. [#35SW] Emily Kagan (3-1-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 3:44 of round 3

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Carla Esparza 706, Rose Namajunas 517
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Featherweight (145)
[#14] Jeremy Stephens (23-10-0, -115) vs. [#20] Charles Oliveira (18-4-0, -110)

Last 3 Fights: Jeremy Stephens (2-1-0)
2014-06-28: L vs. [#6FW] Cub Swanson (21-6-0) via UD (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
2014-01-25: W vs. [#18FW] Darren Elkins (18-4-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-11-09: W vs. [#32FW] Rony Mariano Bezerra (14-5-0) via KO (Head Kick) in 0:40 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Charles Oliveira (2-1-0)
2014-06-28: W vs. [#50FW] Hatsu Hioki (27-8-2) via Submission (Anaconda Choke) in 4:32 of round 2
2014-02-15: W vs. [#182FW] Andy Ogle (9-5-0) via Submission (Triangle Choke) in 2:40 of round 3
2013-07-06: L vs. [#2FW/#7DD] Frankie Edgar (18-4-1) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Jeremy Stephens 167, Charles Oliveira 167
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Lightweight (155)
[#61WW] K.J. Noons (13-7-0, +150) vs. [#58] Daron Cruickshank (16-5-0, -181)

Last 3 Fights: K.J. Noons (2-1-0)
2014-04-16: W vs. [#111LW] Sam Stout (20-10-1) via KO (Punches) in 0:30 of round 1
2013-10-19: W vs. [#327LW] George Sotiropoulos (14-7-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
2013-05-25: L vs. [#3LW] Donald Cerrone (25-6-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Last 3 Fights: Daron Cruickshank (2-1-0)
2014-10-04: W vs. [#128LW] Anthony Njokuani (15-9-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2014-07-26: L vs. [#14LW] Jorge Masvidal (28-8-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
2014-05-10: W vs. [#115LW] Erik Koch (14-4-0) via TKO (Head Kick and Punches) in 3:21 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: K.J. Noons 240, Daron Cruickshank 69
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Posted on December 11, 2014 by jcs

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Posted on December 11, 2014 by jcs

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Welterweight Championship (170)
[#1/#7DD/#7P4P] Johny Hendricks (16-2-0, -223) vs. [#3] Robbie Lawler (24-10-0, +180)
Johny Hendricks is the All-Time #4 ranked Welterweight fighter.
Robbie Lawler is the All-Time #16 ranked Welterweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Johny Hendricks (2-1-0)
2014-03-15: W vs. [#3WW] Robbie Lawler (24-10-0) via UD (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
2013-11-16: L vs. [*] Georges St. Pierre (25-2-0) via SD (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
2013-03-16: W vs. [#6WW] Carlos Condit (29-8-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Robbie Lawler (2-1-0)
2014-07-26: W vs. [#10WW] Matt Brown (19-12-0) via UD (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
2014-05-24: W vs. [#19WW] Jake Ellenberger (29-9-0) via TKO (Knee and Punches) in 3:06 of round 3
2014-03-15: L vs. [#1WW/#7DD/#7P4P] Johny Hendricks (16-2-0) via UD (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Johny Hendricks 266, Robbie Lawler 133
Previous Match-up Record: Johny Hendricks leads 1-0-0
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Lightweight Championship (155)
[*] Anthony Pettis (17-2-0, -250) vs. [#4] Gilbert Melendez (22-3-0, +201)
Anthony Pettis is the All-Time #13 ranked Lightweight fighter.
Gilbert Melendez is the All-Time #5 ranked Lightweight and #15 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Anthony Pettis (3-0-0)
2013-08-31: W vs. [#3LW] Ben Henderson (21-4-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 4:31 of round 1
2013-01-26: W vs. [#2LW] Donald Cerrone (25-6-0) via KO (Kick to the Body) in 2:35 of round 1
2012-02-26: W vs. [#17LW] Joe Lauzon (24-9-0) via KO (Head Kick and Punches) in 1:21 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Gilbert Melendez (2-1-0)
2013-10-19: W vs. [#19LW] Diego Sanchez (25-7-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
2013-04-20: L vs. [#3LW] Ben Henderson (21-4-0) via SD (48-47, 48-47, 47-48)
2012-05-19: W vs. [#11LW] Josh Thomson (20-7-0) via SD (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Anthony Pettis 462, Gilbert Melendez 413
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Anthony Pettis leads 2-1
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Heavyweight (265)
[#6] Travis Browne (16-2-1, -325) vs. [#22] Brendan Schaub (10-4-0, +253)
Travis Browne is the All-Time #25 ranked Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Travis Browne (2-1-0)
2014-04-19: L vs. [#2HW+/#6P4P] Fabricio Werdum (19-5-1) via UD (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
2013-12-28: W vs. [#11HW+] Josh Barnett (33-7-0) via KO (Elbows) in 1:00 of round 1
2013-08-17: W vs. [#10HW+] Alistair Overeem (37-14-0) via KO (Front Kick and Punches) in 4:08 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Brendan Schaub (2-1-0)
2014-06-14: L vs. [#4HW+] Andrei Arlovski (23-10-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2013-09-21: W vs. [#23HW+] Matt Mitrione (8-3-0) via Technical Submission (Brabo Choke) in 4:06 of round 1
2013-02-23: W vs. [#51HW+] Lavar Johnson (18-10-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Travis Browne 231, Brendan Schaub 175
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Posted on December 1, 2014 by jcs

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