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#4 – Chris Leben

(Bob Dylan once wrote, ‘The times, they are a-changin’…Chris Leben had never heard that song.) 
Current record: 22-8
Record in last five fights: 3-2

The phrase, “Fool us once, shame on you; fool us six or seven times, shame on us,” comes to mind. We know that, despite his many troubles both in and out of the ring, “The Crippler” could actually be a great fighter. He’s got a solid chin, decent submissions, and a fist like a ten ton hammer; if only he could keep his mind together for long enough to make a big impact in the middleweight division. After dropping a unanimous decision to Michael Bisping at UFC 89, testing positive for Stanozolol, and getting nearly choked to death by Jake Rosholt ten moths later, many thought Leben had reached the end of his Zuffa career. But Leben would prove us wrong once again, putting together an impressive 4-1 streak that included his awe inspiring back to back victories over Aaron Simpson and Yoshihiro Akiyama in just over two weeks time. Unfortunately, Leben would fall back on his old ways at UFC 138, when, after suffering a second round TKO to Mark Munoz, would test positive for Oxies and earn another year suspension. Thankfully, Leben has tweeted that he is clean and sober once again, and we wish him the best of luck in turning his life around.

#3 – Luiz Cane 

Current record: 12-4
Record in last five fights: 2-3

What the hell happened to Luiz Cane? After dropping a DQ loss in his UFC debut and adding to the legend of Irvin’s Curse, Cane went on a three fight win streak in which he utterly destroyed Jason Lambert, bitch slapped Sokoudjou, and paved the way for Steve Cantwell‘s current five fight losing streak. Many of us thought he would be the next challenger to the 205 lb crown, but then he faced off against Antonio Rogerio Nogueria. All of a sudden, the iron chin that absorbed Sokoudjou’s best punches disappeared before his very eyes. After getting beat down by Lil’ Nog, Cane would suffer a nearly identical fate at the hands of Cyrille Diabate. “Banha” managed breaking the losing streak with a first round TKO of his own over Elliot Marshall at UFC 128, but would again find himself on the wrong end of a viscous KO when he was blistered by Stanislav Nedkov in front of his home crowd at UFC 134 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He would be the only Brazilian to lose at the event, and was forced to commit Seppuku with a Jackfruit hours later. May he rest in peace.

#2 – Scott Smith

Current record: 17-10
Record in last five: 1-4

I pains me to write this, pains me, but Scott Smith has not looked like himself lately. Well, perhaps he has, but simply minus the part where he scores a brilliant victory late in the third round. The thing that upsets us the most about Scott is that, in his earlier comeback victories, he looked like someone out of a frickin’ superhero movie. He fought with his family at his side, against competition supposedly out of his league, and on more than one occasion, managed to pull out a victory. Maybe the reason Smith’s recent downward spiral is so depressing is due to the fact that it’s basically like watching the first half of Rocky 3 over and over again without ever seeing the end.

#1 – Jason Miller

Current Record: 23-8
Record in last five fights: 2-2 with 1 NC

Jason Miller has had a TON of opportunities to prove us wrong on this account, but sadly, has failed at every turn. In the past three years, and across 3 different promotions, “Mayhem” has had a chance to silence the legion of haters he garnered through Bully Beatdown. First he had the chance for redemption against Ronaldo Souza for the Dream middleweight championship, then a chance to end the reign of Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields. Both times he was unsuccessful, but it was the shit storm of words that he and Michael Bisping shared leading up to their TUF 14 clash that really backfired on him. We placed the hopes of mankind in his hands, and for the second time in as many UFC fights, he looked like absolute shit. Goofball antics may win you fans, but a great fighter they do not make. Miller will be given one last chance against C.B Dolloway at UFC 146 this May. We’d get our hopes up, but we’ve learned better by this point.

Let us know who we left out in the comments section. 

-J. Jones

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2Dogs- March 11, 2012 at 6:21 am
Personally I think Chris Leben walked into the ring and really preformed...how could you have him in this list after hes slugged (and I do mean "slugged" it out with some of the best) the only way this guy would get better is if he beat up Galactus.
fatbellyfrank- March 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm
@ Mr-Misanthrophy, Is that really you dude??? happy days Mr Mis is back on CP!!!! WELCOME HOME MY BROTHER
fatbellyfrank- March 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm
^ Yeah G-Sot
RearNakedSpoon- March 10, 2012 at 7:01 am
George Sotiropoulos, Frank Mir and present day Shogun.
AlanBelcher619- March 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm
I think Yoshihiro Akiyama, Alessio Sakara, Tim Boetsch,Roy Nelson and arguably Stefan Struve should be on this list.
BaghdadBob- March 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm
And add fucking Court McGee or whatever his damn name is.
ChuckB- March 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm
I thought for sure Vitor Belfort was going to make the list, although he's been on a good streak lately he was in deep water not too long ago. Fighting with broken hands and all he has excuses but he is up again so I guess he doesn't deserve to be up there.
RwilsonR- March 9, 2012 at 10:59 am
Chris Lytle - don't get me wrong... he's great. But I just wish he could've taken that next step towards a title.
WuTangClan- March 9, 2012 at 10:30 am
Fix your melting face.
skeletor- March 9, 2012 at 7:54 am
Karma
J. Jones- March 9, 2012 at 5:24 am
Don't worry Jason, WuTang is just picking up where skeletor and Xeno failed. Let's not even mention the fact that I gave the proper credit in the opening caption, or that I have no fucking clue what Reddit is (a kind of cake?)
Crazy Croat- March 9, 2012 at 5:12 am
I made a new video -UFC style - check it out if you're mma fan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuVFicwlCSk
Jason Moles- March 9, 2012 at 4:49 am
@ WuTangClan: SO it's okay for Chael to steal entire speeches, but it's not okay for JJ to get inspired by a list suited for the E channel and make it his own --- for an entirely different topic? Son I am disappoint.
samurai7- March 9, 2012 at 1:44 am
For the love of god please include BJ Fucking Penn on that list.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm
Dannnn Quinnnn. He's a regular fucking Adonis.
WuTangClan- March 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm
Danga steals ideas for posts from shit he sees on Reddit.

"Ten Actors We Wish Were More Talented Than They Are"
MrBlondeSL- March 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm
With that mustache and beard I swear Cody Mackenzie looks like the love guru.
Kimbo Lesnar- March 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm
Ha ha! LOVE that Cody gif. Never gets old. Hey, Anonymous could use that for an ad, with that Guy Fawkes face of his...
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- March 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm
guillard
sexyama
tibau
aaron simpson
krystof
houston alexander
roy nelson
Get Off Me- March 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm
Kenny Florian
cokeburglar- March 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm
How they did not include Brock Lesnar in this list is beyond me.

Roy Nelson is another guy who is actually great, but his record lately is meh and I'd think he'd qualify for this list.

Take Gonzaga off and the list was pretty well done.
Jason Moles- March 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm
Thank you for not including Clay Guida.
FilmDrunk- March 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Pretty spot-on on all these. I'd also like to submit Tamdan McRory and Dustin Hazelett, even though they're not in the UFC anymore. I love a tough nerd. See also Luke Cummo. Joe Stevenson also seemed pretty likable, though not super good.
smellypiratehooker- March 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm
Was this supposed to be for UFC fighters only cause I find it difficult going by your criteria that Fedor is not on this list. Ball, dropped.
Coneblazer- March 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm
Cody Mckenzie gif is gold... such an impressionable dork
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