Five Unforgettably Disappointing UFC Debuts
Jason Miller: "Mayhem" finds himself in an interesting position here, because you can almost say that this man had two separate octagon debuts, and completely fumbled in each. Way back at UFC 52 Miller debuted as a welterweight, meeting future champion Georges St. Pierre in what now truly resonates as baptism by fire. Not surprisingly, GSP ran roughshod over Miller, battering him on the feet, battering him on the ground... everywhere the fight went, Miller was drastically outclassed. It was a disappointing debut, but given the talent level of GSP, it wasn't downright awful. Fast forward six years and - after picking up a load of quality wins for other major promotions - Miller once more returned to the UFC. This time, his opponent would be opposing TUF Season 14 coach, Michael Bisping. Most anticipated a thrilling affair, as Miller's got a heart the size of Texas, and had proven himself an extremely dangerous foe in recent outings. This time, Miller's performance was indeed awful. He gassed after a single round, and seemed to have completely forgotten the fundamentals of striking. "The Count" ran over "Mayhem" inside of three rounds and left UFC brass Dana White questioning his decision to bring Miller back into the fold. Jason has since retired from the sport.
Art Jimmerson: The truth is, there are probably very few following the sport today that actually remember this travesty unfolding (ah the good old days). Jimmerson looked the clown when he entered the octagon to battle Royce Gracie at UFC 1... wearing just a single boxing glove. These days, it's not shocking to know that Art was handily whooped by Gracie, a wizard in the submission department, but in 1993 there was still some hype behind Jimmerson. The man was a National Golden Gloves Middleweight champion, and when he stepped into the cage on that fateful day in November of 1993, he sported a professional boxing record of 29-5. By all accounts, Art was a fine boxer who, had he been matched up with someone less hazardous on the mat, could have picked up a W or two inside the cage. Instead, he was treated like a child by the legendary Royce Gracie, who - believe it or not - put the combat veteran away by simply smothering him. Talk about tainting a future legacy. Royce even seemed to ruin Jimmerson's boxing career: Art earned just four victories in his next 17 bouts.
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