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5 Biggest Losers at UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen

I do not think I was the only one that thought Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was the favorite in this fight. The former champ fell to a fighter in Chael Sonnen that had not won a UFC fight at light-heavyweight and was seen by many as more of a middleweight. Still, the nasty guillotine that he got put in has sent him down the ladder as far as rankings. This is just a wild guess, but as a guy who never had an abundance of muscle tone, a drop in weight class could be a possibility. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Despite a very successful UFC debut on Fox Sports 1, not everyone at UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen was a winner.  When the dust cleared there were several fighters who hurt their career a lot more than they helped it.  After an awesome night of action, here they are, the fighters who were the biggest losers at UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Personally I would have Overeem at the top of the list here as he was on top of the mma world until he got busted, then all of a sudden ( after a 6 month suspension sudden) he cant win or even get through three rounds in a fight.
    Mike Pyle had a tough night sure but he was a late replacement so I would give him a bit of leway on this loss.

  • MCM says:

    I still can’t believe so many people had Shogun as the favorite. The hate is strong for Sonnen.
    I’d personally put J-Lau at the top of the list. He’s one of the quickest, most vicious grapplers in the division and he was put in with a guy know for getting tapped out, plus he had the home field advantage and he couldn’t do anything against Johnson. That fact that he was supposed to win, makes his loss a lot harder than Overeems.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Why is Lauzons harder as Overeem was also supposed to win, a former K-1 and Strikeforce and Dream HW champion, and he had more than twice the experience as his opponent? Johnson was a guy I thought should have been pretty even in odds as his wrestling is far better than Joes, and he is faster and stronger. And as we all know fighting in your hometown sometimes puts undue pressure on guys.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah, I picked Shogun and given how the fight played out it’s pretty easy to call it a foolish pick. I didn’t have much confidence in either guy but I leaned towards Shogun’s superior track record, while seeing that Chael had never won a LHW fight in the UFC and that you had to go back nearly two years to find his last convincing victory (against Stann, who after losing to Chael dropped 2 of his next 3 and then retired).

    But anyway, Chael certainly outclassed Shogun on Saturday. So was that fight more a testament to how far Shogun has fallen, or how much Chael still has left in the tank?

    I still have to think something was off with Lauzon on Saturday but we’ll probably never know for sure.

    I’ve already talked about Reem in other articles but the condensed version is I think people are overreacting to his latest loss, that he’s still among the top-10 heavies, and that the fact his fights have been both competitive and action-packed will not only keep him on the roster but keep him on a main card slot.

  • SBERG says:

    Lauzon should be #1, Lost in front of hometown crowd. That stings. Your supposed to be jacked for that. And all of Reem’s accomplishments outside of the USA mean jack diddly squat. He was juiced in Japan and everywhere else. As I stated in a separate thread…Reem in the USA and Reem outside the USA are two different people. Reem is a solid #2 though…


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