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5 UFC Fighters Whose Trains Derailed

3 months ago By Jhon Woug

The fate of a UFC fighter is frequently a sudden stop or end with little or no hesitation or warning, like a swift and unexpected knockout blow. Heterogeneous clutches and outstanding performances can result in hyped trains made up of fans who want to worship the sports celebrities, but over time, such dreams can become unreachable, and at last, athletes start experiencing problems surviving in that environment. Fronting our list is the trail traced by five distinguished UFC competitors whose initial success eventually cost them their careers as professional players.

Erick Silva: A Brazilian Sensation’s Rollercoaster Ride

In the summer of 2011, that was like one brick bat. Erick Silva entered the UFC Octagon as if a hurricane had come. He unleashed 13 victories against just one loss, demonstrating his moves by finishing Felix Peppström in a mere 40 seconds of one round. Silva’s wild-looking hairstyle, in line with those of Justin Bieber’s, coupled with the intriguing tattoos that lay on his body, personifies a young, talented fighter.

The not-so-happy ending of his first UFC fight did not stop him in his second bout, where in just a few minutes he completely overpowered Charlie Brenneman and ruled supremacy over that, still emerging himself as a contender among welterweight fighters. Ultimately, though, triumph was out of reach against the iron-jawed Jon Fitch, a former contender for the title, marking the sudden end of “Spider’s” steady ride to the top.

While still Silva’s default aggressive behavior, during  those punishing rounds, Ninja seemed to admit Fitch’s superior skill set right in the face. Andersson’s defeat evidenced the end of Silva’s once-universally-revered invincibility, boosted by a chain of losses that led to his cut-off from the UFC organisation in 2017.

Todd Duffee: The Phenom’s Sudden Descent

Todd Duffee stepped onto the UFC stage for the first time in 2009, revealing the unvarnished intensity of a bloody lion’s ferocity. An impressive mix of shredded body and his seven-second KO to Tim Hague catapulted him into the stardom of his career, leaving all of the heavyweight division in anticipation of a sudden incline in the future.

In spite of this, when Duffee faced Mike Russow in his second UFC fight, his progression stopped. For a brief time, he seemed unbeatable, but fatigue got the best of him and resulted, much to everyone’s surprise, in a comeback knockout. The idea that a gentle hammer fist strike can be the lethal blow might leave an image that’memory is not painful but sweet, for in it, we meet an everlasting joy’.

In no time, Duffee was gone from the UFC in the wake of his defeat, thereby igniting a whirlpool of doubts regarding his contender caliber. Though he managed a comeback, Duffee had the problem of failing to channel his first glow into new victories, and this left his fans to contemplate why he failed.

Evan Dunham: A Rising Star’s Tumultuous Journey

In 2009, Evan Dunham did not have high hopes when he neared the pulsating octagon in his UFC debut. He, however, did not wait long to make a splash when he emerged as a contender for the lightweight division. Finally, racking up a high number of the more significant battles between Efrain Escudero and Tyson Gryphon by mid-2010 led Dunham to take a step towards the elite class of contenders.

For the first time, the world beheld an entirely different side of Dunham in his title-challenging bout, only to lose the fight to former champion Sean Sherk, which sparked high expectations for him. Surprisingly, the scores from the judges were less kind, indicating that he displayed his indelible talent.

In 2011, Dunham’s hopes were still alive; his victory against Melvin Guillard was only a dream this time around. However, there were many who predicted that as a submission fighter, Dunham would take advantage of Guillard’s advance on the floor, and he ended up knocking him out in the first round, and his fight career was cast in doubt based on his championship credentials. Suddenly, the momentum, which was unshakeable earlier and was also symbolised by the “hype train” (one of the very cumbersome metaphors), has come to a screaming halt.

From TUF Triumph to UFC Tribulations: Warlley Alves’ Journey

Coming out from under the umbrella of Fórma 3 of The Ultimate Fighter—Brazil, Alves seemed to have a very promising career. The Youngest Tough Guy in Town, whom Chael Sonnen tutored, made his skill threefold on the reality programme, and he once was a possible contender for the UFC championship.

Alves kept his winning streak going as he managed to prevail through submission over both of his opponents, Nordine Taleb and Colby Covington, which increased his follower size because he is now seen as a prospect of a star. Having halted Alves’s assault, Bryan Barberena took a pause in the match.

Brazilian Alves had great expectations but found out how Chauvania was strong enough to win on his turf. Usman beats Kamaru, and it only makes the fire more aggressive, especially after Alves takes more losses in a row. But the fans remain, constantly thinking about what may be his fate.

Edmen Shahbazyan: The Golden Boy’s Tarnished Promise

Similar to any other athlete who has dreamed and hoped to compete in the UFC, Shahbazyan was 20 and full of ambitions, but at the same time, doubts were around the corner. Within the boundaries of the Hayastan MMA Institute, led by coach Edmond Tarverdyan, the beginning performances of Shahbazyan served as a sign of future greatness. At the end of the hole, he had a strong KO against Brad Tavares.

Inviting “The Golden Boy” fame and being believed to have a future as a middleweight champion, the career pathway of Mr. Shahbazyan went through an unforeseen turn following his fight with Derek Brunson. All hope of glory dimmed when despair overcame the city’s nadir, as instead of Brunson’s experienced approach, he was followed by subsequent losses, which raised problems about what was in the future for him.

Shahbazyan’s story is a senior warning about the dangers of being overhyped prematurely and how vicious the top league is as he struggles to attain the reputation of earlier victories.

The Unpredictable Nature of UFC Hype

The combined stories of Erick Silva, Todd Duffee, Evan Dunham, Warlley Alves, and Edmen Shahbazyan illustrate how easily and promptly success in the Octagon becomes a fleeting thing possessing illusory qualities. While the come-up stories of contenders or the crashes of astros are churned by the hype train, the fighters confronting adversity can at any time lead to a denouement.

A UFC fighter inherently goes through a lot of obstacles and uncertainties, which are akin to facing considerable downfalls and having a hard time reaching his true worth. As observers observe the progression and decline of these contenders, they acknowledge one constant factor: change is always present; the UFC is a living organism and not stagnant.

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