10 MMA Fighters Who Wasted Their Careers

These 10 fighters had the MMA world in the palm of their hands but wasted it away.

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What if the last day you have on earth, the person you became met the person you could have become?

It’s a heavy question, but if you are honest with yourself, it’s an excellent barometer to gauge how fulfilling and productive your life was, or could’ve been. One of the saddest things in life is seeing wasted talent, or worse yet, watching someone self-destruct right before your eyes.

This scenario seems to play itself out time and time again in sports and is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives. Take John Daly, Darryl Strawberry, and Ryan Leaf for instance. All three of these athletes wasted their careers away to varying degrees and never came close to reaching their perceived ceiling. Unfortunately, mixed martial arts (MMA) is no different when it comes to athletes wasting their careers away.

This year, the sport celebrated its silver anniversary. In that time the growing number of fighters who have squandered otherwise promising careers is staggering. We here at LowkickMMA compiled a list of the 10 fighters who wasted their careers away.

The list starts here, enjoy:

 

Jon Jones

We start the list off with none other than decorated-yet-troubled former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones.

Jones is still in the process of writing his story, but if history has shown us anything, it’s that athletes that continually mess up usually continue to self-destruct unless a comprehensive lifestyle intervention takes place.

“Bones” makes this list because he is perhaps the best and most recent example of an MMA fighter wasting their potential away. Once considered the unquestioned greatest of all time, Jones is, unfortunately, more likely the butt of a joke than in the running for the GOAT conversation nowadays.

Jones won the UFC light heavyweight championship on two occasions; he would also become the first fighter in company history to be stripped of the same title both times.

Couple that with “Bones” well-documented controversies that include a hit-and-run involving a pregnant woman, multiple failed drug tests, and a seemingly never-ending stream of generally head-scratching outside-the-cage trouble, and it’s no wonder Jones makes the list of fighters that wasted their careers.

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Wanderlei Silva Says He’ll Make Rampage Jackson’s Spirit Run Away

Wanderlei Silva wants to break the will of Quinton Jackson in their fourth meeting. Silva and “Rampage” are set to clash once again on Sept. 29. On that same Bellator card, middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and welterweight title holder …

Wanderlei Silva wants to break the will of Quinton Jackson in their fourth meeting. Silva and “Rampage” are set to clash once again on Sept. 29. On that same Bellator card, middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and welterweight title holder Rory MacDonald will collide for the 185-pound gold. This will be Bellator’s first card airing on […]

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Quinton Jackson: I’m Not a Huge MMA Fan Anymore

Quinton Jackson admits he doesn’t enjoy mixed martial arts as much as he once did. “Rampage” is set to go one-on-one against Wanderlei Silva for the fourth time. The bout will take place on Sept. 29. Jackson and Silva have fought each…

Quinton Jackson admits he doesn’t enjoy mixed martial arts as much as he once did. “Rampage” is set to go one-on-one against Wanderlei Silva for the fourth time. The bout will take place on Sept. 29. Jackson and Silva have fought each other under the Pride FC and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banners, but now […]

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‘Rampage’ Jackson Confirms He’s Signed To Fight Wanderlei Silva

Two legends will meet for a fourth time:

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It’s recently been rumored that mixed martial arts legends Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Wanderlei Silva would be meeting for a fourth time at a Bellator event on Sept. 29 in San Jose, California.

And today  (June 25, 2018), Jackson confirmed on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show that he has indeed signed on the dotted line to run things back with his old rival.

The two first met at Pride Final Conflict in 2003 in Tokyo, Japan where Silva stopped ‘Rampage’ and scored a TKO victory. They then met again at Pride 28 in 2004 in Saitama, Japan where Silva once again scored a stoppage victory. Then, ‘Rampage’ finally exacted revenge when the two met for a third time at UFC 92 in 2008, as he knocked out Silva in the first round.

More recently, ‘Rampage’ has dropped back-to-back defeats, suffering a decision loss to Muhammaed Lawal in March 2017 at Bellator 175 and then suffering a decision defeat to Chael Sonnen in the first round of the heavyweight Grand Prix tournament this past January at Bellator 192.

Silva, meanwhile, is also coming off of a decision defeat to Sonnen at Bellator 180 last June in New York City.

This upcoming event will be headlined by a super fight between middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and welterweight titleholder Rory MacDonald.

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Coach: Wanderlei Silva Will Surprise Rampage Jackson

Wanderlei Silva has some tricks up his sleeve if his coach is to be believed. It’s no secret that there is bad blood between Silva and Quinton Jackson. The two first crossed paths back in Nov. 2003. “The Axe Murderer” won the bout via…

Wanderlei Silva has some tricks up his sleeve if his coach is to be believed. It’s no secret that there is bad blood between Silva and Quinton Jackson. The two first crossed paths back in Nov. 2003. “The Axe Murderer” won the bout via first-round TKO. “Rampage” was knocked out in their rematch nearly a […]

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