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Disgraced: The 10 Worst Champions In UFC History

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Vitor Belfort:

‘The Phenom’ is regarded as an MMA legend for his action-centered, knockout-filled resume of fighting the best, and indeed he boasts a heavyweight tournament title and the UFC light heavyweight championship amongst his accolades. But his light heavyweight title win over fellow legend Randy Couture at UFC 46 was a bit of a joke, as a piece of Belfort’s glove grazed Couture and opened up a cut that forced the cageside doctor to call off the bout.

He lost the title back to Couture in his very next fight, and while Belfort did revive his career in a big way with three insane head kick knockouts over Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and Dan Henderson to earn a shot at the UFC middleweight title, it was all clouded by his very public use of the testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT), something that only became more obvious when he returned a shell of his once-dominant self after TRT was banned.

He’s still fighting, but Belfort has lost three of his last four fights (although his TKO loss to Kelvin Gastelum was changed to a no contest after Gastelum foolishly failed a drug test for THC). “The Phenom” will be remembered for producing some of the best highlight reels finishes in the UFC, but as a champion, he never maintained any consistency.

  • HeteroFriendly

    “it’s hard for new UFC owners WME-IMG to build any momentum,”

    It would only be the wrong kind of momentum if they did.
    These are just the wrong kind of people who have habitually run around buying up other peoples creations and sucking the blood out of it until its ruined.

    Hollywood brand corporate parasites gonna hollywood brand corporate parasite.

    The best thing for MMA is for ufc to just die its embarrassing molested by hollywood death at this point.

    • Bill Wolf

      “Hollywood brand corporate parasites gonna hollywood brand corporate parasite.”

      Unfortunately that’s true.

  • Bill Wolf

    This list is reasonable, and I strongly agree that Germaine de Randamie is the least impressive UFC champion ever.

    But “disgraced” is too strong a word, especially for the fighters at the bottom of the list. Holly Holm was good enough to win a title, but not good enough to defend it. That’s not a disgrace, just a disappointment.

    • Draven

      I’m surprised Jon Jones didn’t make the list.