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this is an interesting article i found on mmabay:


The bizarre and confusing revelations about Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson?s private life acted as an unwelcome reminder that some people, no matter how much they have going for them, will find a way end up in hot water. Join us on a rundown of some of MMA?s notable career meltdowns?


Tito Ortiz:


At the turn of the century, Tito was the figurehead of Mixed Martial Arts. He headlined events through the UFC?s ?dark age? when the company was blacklisted from PPV and pulled in big crowds when they relied on live gates to turn a profit. Had it not been for Tito?s drawing power, things could have turned out very, very differently for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. But ever since his 2001 encounter with Ken Shamrock (the promotion?s most successful event to date at the time), something just hasn?t been right with ?The Huntington Beach Bad Boy??


In the last five years, Ortiz? career has consisted of not fighting much, starring in the steaming pile of supercrap that was The Crow 4, dating **** stars, beating up Ken Shamrock and writing a book called ?1001 Excuses for MMA Fighters: Why Losing is NEVER Your Fault?. One of those statements is factually incorrect; I?ll leave it up to you to decide which. Whether or not Ortiz is guilty of domestic abuse may at this point be irrelevant; advertisers and sponsors won?t want their name on the Octagon along side a fighter whose current Google results return stories about him allegedly beating up a former **** queen. For someone with so much upside, it?s unfortunate that this latest black eye might just have signalled the end of one of the UFC?s most memorable careers.


Phillip Miller:


If you take a look at Sherdog?s ?Fighter Stats?, there is a section for all-time best MMA records. Of the men on the list, two are tied for first place with matching perfect 16-0 records. One of them, Lyoto Machida, you?ve probably heard of. He?s a UFC champion with victories over Rich Franklin, Rashad Evans and ?Shogun? Rua?well, sort of. The man who shares the top spot with him is Phillip Miller. Who, I hear you cry, is Phillip Miller? Once upon a time, he was considered the hottest prospect in American MMA?


Miller was blitzing his contemporaries back in the day (amongst them a young Jake Shields), going 13-0 with only two decisions before getting called up to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2002. After dominating James Zikic at UFC 38 and coming back from adversity to choke out Mark Weir at UFC 40, Miller was all set to face Phil Baroni in a bout that would have served as a title eliminator. It never happened. Miller?s agent had supposedly agreed a deal for his client that would see him make at least half of whatever his opponent was being paid. When they only offered him $8,000 to fight Baroni (who was pulling in $40k to fight and $40k to win), Miller walked away from the fight, and the UFC. He would fight only once more, before taking a bow on the sport of mixed martial arts to become a police officer. Had he given it a couple more years, Miller could have been one of the UFC?s top fighters during the Ultimate Fighter-fuelled boom years. He walked away from superstardom for the sake of $12,000.


Kid Yamamoto:


Many western fans might not be familiar with Norifumi ?Kid? Yamamoto. Not too long ago, he was one of the highest paid fighters in the world, and the man who was destined to be the saviour of Japanese MMA. A legitimate megastar in his home nation who was so good that he regularly competed up to two weight divisions above his natural home at 138lbs, Yamamoto had the world at his feet. He even strapped on the boxing gloves and knocked out one of K-1?s top lightweight fighters before going to a decision with the greatest Japanese kickboxer of all time, Masato. Not bad for a wrestler with comparatively little formal striking experience. Kid even quit MMA briefly to compete in the Olympic trials, and was tipped to make the Japanese squad before an injury put paid to his gold medal aspirations. So what happened?


?Anyone fancy a smoke?? If you?re Kid Yamamoto, the answer to that question should have been a resounding ?No?. Unfortunately, the Japanese star was caught getting his Cheech and Chong on at a ?Marijuana Party? in Japan a couple of years back. So you?re at a party and your buddy pops over to share a toke of the ol? green?not the end of the world, right? Not so much in Japan, where it?s the equivalent of your buddy rocking up with a needle and spoon and asking ?Can I use your kitchen to cook up a batch of this yummy Heroin? You should try it sometime, it?s very more-ish?? Marijuana carries a huge social stigma in Japan; Kid was suspended by K-1/Dream, lost all his major sponsorships and found himself blacklisted from Japanese TV. He?ll next be seen on the unaired prelims of Strikeforce?s ?Heavy Artillery? card in May. The morale of the story? Just say no kids, just say no.


Ken Shamrock:


Ken Shamrock had it all. He was the first American MMA superstar with the look, the charisma and more importantly the skill to become the biggest attraction in the sport. His time spent training and fighting in Japan had put him light-years ahead of his contemporaries; he was a rare breed that possessed the wrestling and fitness of an all-American athlete, with the submission savvy to survive against the Brazilian and Japanese grapplers. So where did it all go wrong?


Shortly after being dubbed ?The World?s Most Dangerous Man? by ABC News, Shamrock returned to his pro wrestling roots in the midst of his fighting prime. When he returned to MMA in 2001, his body was wracked with injuries and steroid/painkiller abuse and the game had changed. Shamrock suffered embarrassing loss after embarrassing loss, being finished by Tito Ortiz (three times), Kazushi Sakuraba and semi-retired Englishman Robert Berry. After winning his most recent fight (against a morbidly obese fighter who sadly passed away shortly after the bout due to issues related to his massive weight), Shamrock was busted for steroids and suspended for a year. The suspension killed off plans for nostalgia-fuelled superfights against long-time rival Tank Abbot and adoptive brother Frank.


If you thought things couldn?t get any worse for ?The World?s Most Dangerous Man?; think again?just a few short weeks ago his long running legal battle against the UFC for breach of contract came to a close. Shamrock not only lost the case, but was hit by a $150,000 legal bill. A clause in UFC fighter?s contracts requires them to foot the bill for any unsuccessful litigious action against the promotion. Perhaps ?The Worlds Most Unfortunate Man? would be a more fitting moniker for the MMA legend these days?


Josh Barnett:


Barnett was a Ken Shamrock for the modern age of MMA; equally proficient in grappling, striking and wrestling, with the look of an American superhero and more charisma than a bus full of pro wrestlers. For longer than most people on this list, Barnett actually lived up to the hype too, cumulating in his UFC 36 heavyweight title victory over Randy Couture. Everything was going just swimmingly?until he tested positive for steroids immediately after the fight.


It wasn?t the first time Barnett had pee?d hot; however it was the first time that a state commission had the power to do something about it. ?The Baby Faced Assassin?, instead of fighting to clear his name, cleared off to Japan while protesting his innocence. Fast-forward seven years and Barnett had put together a 14-4 record since his bust, earning himself a shot at Fedor Emelianenko?s imaginary WAMMA heavyweight title( UFCGOD1's note : that was stupid ) . Just days before the event was set to go down, it was revealed that Barnett has tested positive for the third time in his professional MMA career, nixing the Fedor bout and causing him to (unfairly) take the flack for the fall of Affliction. Josh still maintains his innocence, but the truth is, no matter what he accomplishes from this point forward, his career and legitimacy will forever be stained with ?juice?.

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nice read, another one that could of been on there was lee murrray.


if you have'nt heard of him, he was a pretty beastly striker and he only had 1 fight in the ufc submitting jorge rivera, and his last fight going the distance against anderson silva in the old cage rage days.


the rivera fight was his only one in the ufc , because of a previous conviction against him leading to passport difficulties. also it is rumoured he knocked out tito ortiz in a brawl outside a night club in london, that also involved chuck liddel, matt hughes and tony fryklund. but with tito ortiz being champion at the time it was kept pretty quiet.


Then in 2005 he was stabbed outide a nightclub that severed an artery and damaged his lung, he was resuscitated 4 times in the operation that saved him.


then in 2006 he was arrested in morroco for his suspected involvement in the securitas depot robbey, which is the biggest cash robbery in british history in which 6 men kidnapped the family of the manager and threatened them. 14 members of staff were also tied up and they proceded to steal ?53,116,760 (about US$92.5 million at the time of the robbery in bank notes from a Securitas Cash Management Ltd depot in Vale Road, Tonbridge, Kent).


in 2007 british police said they were seeking his extradition from morroco in exchange for a terrorist wanted for questioning by morroco. this never happened due to drug complications in and out of jail.


On june 23 2009 he was released from jail and deemed a morrocan civilian. he was re-arrested 3 days later by british police and has been in jail since. and is due to go on trial for the robbery.


having once gone the whole distance in a fight against the number 1 p4p fighter in the world he could of had a bright mma future ahead of him.

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