Since the popularity of the UFC crawled up sharply in 2005, the roster of promotion fighters has expanded significantly. Currently, the UFC annually holds more than 50 tournaments, each of which includes 10-14 fights. Naturally, a lot of fighters signing a contract with the UFC then leave and do not remain in the fans’ memory.
On the other hand, some fighters are largely forgotten by the UFC fan base, despite numerous victories, as well as battles on the PPV card. The reasons for this can be different: from the boring manner of fighting to the lack of charisma. Despite their decent success in the promotion, fans forgot the next five fighters who had shone in the octagon not so long ago.
Now many do not remember, but Rosholt arrived at the UFC at the end of 2013 and his career here was accompanied by a bit of fanfare. “Big Show” had a solid wrestling background, at the time of its debut in the UFC, its record was 8-1 with the only defeat to future contender for the UFC title Derrick Lewis.
Rosholt – a guy 188 cm tall and weighing about 110 kg – won his first three matches in the UFC, consecutively defeating Walt Harris, Daniel Omelyanchuk and Soa Palelei. Only here is the problem. Rocholt’s fighting style is boring, it is a pushing heavyweight wrestler who aims to keep his rivals on the ground.
However, after the defeat from Alexei Oleinik, a new, more aggressive Rosholt appeared who beat Josh Copeland with TKO in the 3rd round. Unfortunately, this was the only time we saw such a version of Jared, his next two victories – over Tim Johnson and Stefan Struve – were again sleeping pills.
After the fight with Struve, Rocheolt’s record in the UFC was 6-1, so he was given the opportunity to prove himself against a more ranking opponent, and he got a fight with Roy Nelson in the UFC Fight Night 82 co-event. Roscolt lost the fight by decision, and subsequently with him broke the contract. Given his reputation as a heavy heavyweight, this was an extremely unexpected decision, but given his manner of fighting, it is not surprising that they forgot about him after that.
Given that Paulo Tiago spent 13 fights in the UFC and was once considered a strong contender from the top 10 welterweight, it is surprising that the Brazilians were almost forgotten after he left promotion No. 1 in 2014. Now few fans remember him.
Victories over two top contenders Josh Koschek and Mike Swick in 2009 and 2010 made Tiago a significant person at 170 pounds, but the defeats of Josh Fitch, Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez did not allow him to break through to the title fight. However, he was still a strong fighter.
Unfortunately, Tiago, in 2012 his career began to decline, he lost to Siyar Bahadurzade and Dong Hyun Kim before he slightly adjusted his affairs by defeating Michel Prazeres in 2013. However, this was followed by three defeats in a row with a steady decline in the level of opposition in each subsequent battle. Losing Brendon Thatch, Hasan Umalatov and Sean Spencer – this was enough to dismiss.
Why did they forget him? For several reasons. Firstly (and most likely) because he was not a noisy person in spite of the fact that he was popular in Brazil because of his other work as a special forces officer. Secondly, while his first 6 fights in the UFC were held in the main card, 3 of 4 of his last fights were in preliminaries.
Magomedov became one of the many natives of Dagestan signed by the UFC between 2013 and 2015. He made his debut in promotion in February 2014 at UFC 169 as a lightweight, defeating Anthony Rocco Martin by unanimous decision in an interesting match. The skilled drummer Magomedov subsequently won 3 more victories before Benel Dariusz interrupted his series.
The Highlander then won another victory over Bobby Green, after which his contract with the UFC expired, and they unexpectedly allowed him to join the PFL as a free agent, although the record of the fighter in the UFC was 5-1. So why did they break up with him, and then the fans forgot him?
Perhaps the reason is the schedule of performances of Magomedov. After defeating Elias Silverio in December 2014, he took “academic leave” for a year before winning against Gilbert Burns in November 2015. Then he took a break for another year before losing to Dariusz. Irregular performances are not the best way to express yourself and stay in the memory of fans.
Add to this the fact that despite the fact that Magomedov was a very savvy drummer, he fought in the style of a waiting counterpuncher, who tended to bring the matter to referee notes. His only fight in the UFC, which did not go the whole distance, ended with the victory of the Dagestani TKO 3 seconds before the end of the bout. So it is not surprising why, after 2 years after Rashid left the UFC, he is almost not remembered.
It’s hard to believe that the former middleweight contender Costas Philippou was almost erased from the memory of most fans, given that once he was in 7th place in the ranking and in 2014 fought in the UFC Fight Night 35 main event against Luke Rockhold. But the situation is such that after his resignation in 2015, they immediately forgot about him.
Costas Philippou began his career in the UFC quite strange – he flew out of the TUF 11 project with a defeat from Joseph Hanl in the qualifying round of the tournament, but then came out as a late replacement for Dan Miller and lost to Nick Catone, another long-forgotten fighter. But Philip managed to turn his career upside down, winning 5 fights in a row and breaking into the top 10.
In May 2013, he was scheduled for an extremely important fight against the “Jacquard” Souza, but Costas Philippou had to withdraw due to an injury, and then he successively lost to Francis Carmont and Rockhold, which knocked him out of the title race. After Kostas knocked out Lorenz Larkin, but during the year he was forced to heal injuries. Returning in May 2015, he lost to Geghard Musashi and decided to hang gloves on a nail.
With an incredibly exciting style based on his heavy arms, it is surprising that Costas Philippou completely disappeared from the fans’ memories. But his calm personality did not help him gain much popularity, and this probably explains the lack of mention of him now.
Of all the Strikeforce fighters who joined the UFC in early 2013 and remained there for a long time, Adriano Martins remains perhaps the most forgotten, and this is strange. The Brazilian lightweight left his mark during his stay at the UFC and even featured in the main card of the big show on the FOX, but few people paid attention to how he was fired from the UFC in 2017.
Martins came to the UFC with a solid record of 24-6 and defeated former UFC fighter Jorge Gurgel in his previous fight. A big victory over Daron Cruickson’s Armbar marked his UFC debut, and then he was given a fight against Donald Cerrone in the UFC on Fox 10 main card.
The Brazilian lost that fight by knockout, having missed a haikik, but he quickly managed to close the failure by scoring three victories in a row, including wins against strong Russians Rustam Khabilov and Islam Makhachev – against the latter with a hard knockout. By the end of 2015, Martins seemed like a guy who would go a long way.
But this did not happen, and perhaps this explains why they forgot about it. After defeating Makhachev, a whole year of downtime followed, and after a disappointing defeat to his compatriot Leonardo Santos, he had to sit idle for another year before being knocked out by Cayan Johnson and ending his career in the UFC. After moving to the Russian Fight Nights Global promotion, Martins disappeared from the memories of an ordinary fan, and not least because of his pause in performances.