5. Keith Jardine
One of the competitors from season two of The Ultimate Fighter was this unique fighter named Keith Jardine. The Dean of Mean, as he was called, was the first pick of Rich Franklin’s, but would lose his first fight to future teammate, Rashad Evans. He would win four of his first five fights inside the Octagon including a career-building win against former UFC light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell. After the Liddell fight, it all went downhill for Jardine, as he would drop five of his next six fights. After he was let go from the UFC, he was 2-3-1 and is now retired at the age of 38.
4. Andrei Arlovski
The Pit Bull is a former UFC heavyweight champion that holds a career record of 22-10-1 NC. After beating Tim Sylvia to win the title, he would successfully defend the belt twice before losing to Sylvia. The thing about Arlovski is he has beaten some of the best fighters in the world at the time of the fight including Roy Nelson, Fabricio Werdum, and Ben Rothwell, but he has also lost a lot of fights he should have won because of his weak chin. Of all the fighters on this list, he has the best UFC record of 11-4, but was 0-3 in Strikeforce.
3. Jeremy Horn
The 38-year-old from Omaha, Neb. is 90-21-5 in his professional MMA career. In 1998, he made his UFC debut losing to Frank Shamrock in a fight for the UFC light heavyweight title. In his early career, he would often fight multiple times per night and was victorious in those fights more often than not. He has fought many of the top names in MMA during his career including Chuck Liddell, Matt Lindland, and Nate Marquardt, but during his time in the UFC, is just 6-7. He has fought just once since November 2011, but is still considered by many to be one of the top journeyman fighters in UFC history.
2. Ken Shamrock
Older fans of MMA know that Ken Shamrock was one of the elite fighters in the sport. As time has passed, he has gone from elite to journeyman. He had battles with some of the best in the sport including Royce Gracie and Bas Rutten in his early days, but those classic fights were replaced by terrible showings against Tito Ortiz and Kazushi Sakuraba. His biggest claim to the fame in the later years of his career was going to be his fight against Kimbo Slice (which was cancelled the night of the fight), which should tell the story of how far he has fallen. In the UFC, he finished his career with a 6-6-2.
1. Travis Fulton
With a 250-49-10-1 NC career record, Travis Fulton has done it all inside a MMA cage. He only fought twice inside the Octagon during his career, but his experience in the sport and the pure number of fights he has had make him a must-have. In 1999, he lost his UFC debut to Pete Williams and defeated David Dodd in his last UFC fight the same year. He hasn’t fought in MMA since 2013 and should his career be complete, will have gone out winning seven of his last eight fights.
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