Martial Arts: Amazing Fighters Who Never Fought In The UFC
The UFC is the world’s greatest MMA advancement, and it has been that path basically since the TUF blast kickstarted another dimension of prominence for the game in 2005. It is nothing unexpected then that throughout the years, the UFC’s Octagon has been home to most of the best contenders to ever pull on a couple of gloves.
In spite of this, even following 25 years of advancing, there are as yet a bunch of incredible warriors that have never battled inside the organization. Regardless of whether it has been down to legally binding issues, wounds or plain misfortune, the accompanying 10 greats have never set foot in the popular Octagon.
With the dominant part of them currently resigned – or drawing near as far as possible – it is far-fetched that this status will change, either. So, in this article Allsportspk presents the top 10 amazing fighters who never got to fight in the UFC.
#10 Sergei Kharitonov
Amid the early to mid 2000’s, PRIDE could profess to have most of the world’s best Heavyweights on its list. The trio of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko Cro Cop were broadly viewed as the ‘holy trinity’ of the enormous men, however directly behind them was Sergei Kharitonov. While the larger part of each one of those Heavyweights in the end advanced into the UFC, Kharitonov never did.
It is very simple to perceive any reason why a UFC run never came to fruition for the enormous Russian; he was a disclosure amid his initial PRIDE days, beating any semblance of Semmy Schilt and Fabricio Werdum, however he hit a slide in 2006, losing to Alistair Overeem and Aleksander Emelianenko, and when PRIDE was purchased out by the UFC a year later, it gave the idea that Kharitonov’s greatest days were behind him and he was never brought on by the UFC.
The possibility that he was done was not generally valid, however. Certainly, he never looked tantamount to he’d done in PRIDE around 2004/05 again, however despite everything he got some astounding wins, avenging his misfortune to Overeem in 2007 and beating Andrei Arlovski in StrikeForce in 2011, for example. As of now he is marked with Bellator, and after a terrible KO misfortune to start his keep running there, he is presently on a 5-battle win streak and as of late thumped out Roy Nelson.
At his pinnacle, Kharitonov was in fact a standout amongst other boxers in the Heavyweight division, and hit like a huge amount of blocks to boot. He has never held gold in a noteworthy advancement yet that unquestionably does not prevent him from having a place on this rundown – had he marked with the UFC in 2005, for example, he would have been a shoe-in to guarantee the Heavyweight title there.
#9 Douglas Lima
The UFC has constantly kept a stranglehold on the Welterweight division, to a great extent on the grounds that in the mid 2000’s, its biggest rival – PRIDE – did not have warriors at 170lbs. Throughout the years, a lot of Welterweight gifts have set up themselves outside the UFC, yet most have still advanced into the Octagon. One who has not is Bellator champion Douglas Lima.
Lima’s record remains at an amazing 30-7 – however given you need to return very nearly 10 years to locate his initial four misfortunes, reasonably the main men he’s lost to as of late were previous UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald, the unbeaten Ben Askren, and Andrey Koreshkov – who Lima has since crushed twice. He has 12 wins in Bellator, and the most knockouts in the historical backdrop of the advancement with eight.
A colossal striker who likewise holds a dark belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Lima has demonstrated that he has a place at the best dimension consistently – he holds prevails upon UFC veterans like Paul Daley, Lorenz Larkin and Ben Saunders, and in addition heroes of different advancements like Koreshkov and Steve Carl.
With the ongoing marking of the previously mentioned Askren to the UFC, there is an entirely clear contention to be made that Lima is the best Welterweight in the historical backdrop of the game not to make it into the Octagon – expecting he doesn’t move there from Bellator sooner rather than later – and that certainly makes him deserving of this rundown.
#8 Michael Chandler
Without a doubt, the greatest adversary advancement to the UFC right currently is Bellator MMA, and maybe no other warrior is as nearly connected with the Viacom-supported gathering as previous Lightweight victor Michael Chandler. He has been with Bellator since 2010 – the pinnacle of the Bjorn Rebney time, years before they moved to Spike TV – and has battled multiple times under their flag, winning 15 of them.
A previous NCAA Division 1 wrestler, Chandler is basically an incredible contender who, at 32, is likely pretty much in his prime years now. He started his Bellator vocation with nine straight wins, obviously, it was the sixth of those – his crazy 2011 win over Eddie Alvarez – that truly put him on the guide as a world class warrior and somebody to watch going ahead.
Chandler won the Bellator Lightweight title in that battle and in spite of the fact that he did inevitably drop it back to Alvarez in a rematch, and after that lost twice to Will Brooks in ensuing title battles, he’s since recouped hugely, grabbing prevails upon any semblance of Patricky Freire and previous UFC champion Benson Henderson, and in fourteen days he’ll be hoping to recover the title he lost in 2017 because of leg damage.
The UFC could have marked Chandler this year – he was a free specialist for some time however decided to re-up with Bellator, staying with them for a long time to come – and as they did not figure out how to ink him, he remains most likely the best 155lber to never set foot into the Octagon. How well he would do there is another issue, however it is a pity we are probably not going to discover.
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