As you know I have been sharing the results of a survey I did throughout December asking MMA fans things I wanted to know. Another question I posed was:
Who was the most overrated fighter of 2009?
1. Brock Lesnar
2. Forrest Griffin
3. Rampage Jackson
4. Tito Ortiz and Kimbo Slice (A Tie)
5. Dana White (Let me explain)
My interpretation of how these men ended up on this list is simple. Their current talent does not warrant the media coverage they receive. Also, these men definitely stand out- no mistakes about it. But they stand out for the wrong reasons. Personally I would say 'AMEN' I agree with all these picks.
Lesnar is number one for, 'Don't Believe the Hype.' I know that the WWE has called Lesnar Champion for so long, but come on- it was fake fighting that required a high level of athleticism. MMA is suppose to be about a skill set that evolves the sport, not hinders its progress and stunts its image.
Okay, I give Griffin second place for 2009 because 'Actions Speak Louder Than Words.' Griffin was suppose to give Anderson Silva the first real run for his money, but was knocked down or out or whatever, three times. Did I mention it was in the first round! Then to follow - he behaved like a fool and stormed off like a sore loser.
Jackson earns his place because he is, 'All Talk, No Action.' He's a big mouth. While starring as a coach on TUF (on Spike), he talked more crap about Rashad Evans and then didn't show up for finale fight with Evans.
Fourth Place: TIE
What Ortiz is 'Selling NoBody's Buying.' He has been too busy making appeareances at every fight selling himself to the highest bidder. But now he's a year older and in a division filled with amazing talent. Tito is now back as Dana White's boy. 2009 only confirmed that White screwed up when he sent Chuck Liddell to Dances with Stars, instead Tito Ortiz.
Fourth Place: TIE
Slice proved in 2009 that, 'A Lemon Painted Orange, is Not an Orange.' Did we really need Kimbo Slice to go all the way to the UFC to prove he had no ground game?
White's new t-shirt for UFC is, 'I Have Seen the Monster and the Monster is Me.' I swear in 2009 that more of Dana White's off color remarks and back handed comments have been reported on , more than any other fighter in MMA - yes by us media. So we officially made him the Paris Hilton of MMA.