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The Barely-Worth-Mentioning Washouts

They came. They lost. Who cared?

46. Townsend Saunders (0-2)
First appearance: UFC 16, 3/13/98
Final appearance: UFC 18, 1/8/99

Townsend Saunders is part of a very exclusive group of UFC competitors who were also Olympic medalists in wrestling. (See also: Matt Lindland, Kevin Jackson, Mark Schultz). But unlike those other athletes, Townsend’s wrestling chops weren’t enough to earn him a single win in the Octagon.

Saunders took silver at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, competing in freestyle wrestling at 68 kg. Two years later, he made his MMA debut at UFC 16, in the promotion’s first-ever 170-pound tournament. His opponent in the opening round was Pat Miletich, who was already a seasoned veteran of the sport, even though he was also making his UFC debut that night. Though Saunders managed to put the Croatian Sensation on his back for the majority of the fight, his general lack of activity from the top position led to a split-decision loss. (I guess you could call him MMA’s “Godfather of Lay-and-Pray.”)

The next year at UFC 18, Saunders returned for a match against Mikey Burnett, who was also featured in the tournament bracket at UFC 16. This time, Saunders’s wrestling was completely ineffective; Burnett stuffed all his takedown attempts and beat him up standing for 15 minutes, taking the unanimous decision victory. Saunders never competed in MMA again, and is now a mostly-forgotten name in UFC history. Meanwhile, Pat Miletich went on to become a legendary UFC champion, trainer, and commentator, and Mikey Burnett became legendary for different reasons altogether.

47. Steve Judson (0-2)
First appearance: UFC 22, 9/24/99
Final appearance: UFC 24, 3/10/00

Like Saunders, Steve Judson‘s MMA career was also limited to two appearances in the UFC, but even if you don’t recognize his name, you’ve probably seen his Octagon debut against Brad Kohler, which lasted exactly 30 seconds and ended in what might be the UFC’s first-ever falling tree knockout. Over a decade later, it’s still considered one of the nastiest knockouts in the promotion’s history. With his jiu-jitsu background, Judson probably had no business standing-and-wanging with a gorilla like Kohler in the first place. Surely he’d play it smarter the next time, right?

Well, not so much. Judson returned to the cage against Tedd Williams six months later, and went into brawl-mode as soon as the bell rang. Williams ate some heavy shots, but kept his head, and when it was his turn to land on Judson, he made it count. Check out the 3:28 mark of this video to see the flurry that finishes Judson for the second and final time of his UFC career. It may not have been as iconic as his loss to Kohler, but the way that Judson stumbles backwards for a few seconds, clearly out on his feet before collapsing against the fence, has a subtle grace all its own.

48. Koji Oishi (0-2)
First appearance: UFC 25, 4/14/00
Final appearance: UFC 53, 6/4/05

Though he would later enjoy a successful career in Pancrase — and actually held the Lightweight King of Pancrase title from May 2011 through April 2012 — Koji Oishi‘s professional MMA career kicked off at UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3, where he lost a majority decision to underrated UFC veteran Laverne Clark. Oishi wouldn’t return to the Octagon for another five years, but when he did…well, it was interesting.

Oishi’s game-plan was based on just standing in front of Nick Diaz, flat-footed and nearly motionless, his hands nowhere near his chin, trying to block punches with his own punches. I have to imagine that Oishi eventually planned to SPRING INTO ACTION!, and that his anti-footwork was designed to bait Diaz into dropping his guard. Instead, Diaz savaged him with punches, earning a TKO in less than a minute-and-a-half. It was easily one of the most bizarre matches in the UFC’s modern era. Oishi went back to fighting like a normal person after that loss, and won a decision against Nick’s brother Nate two months later in Japan.

49. Sean Salmon (0-2)
First appearance: UFC Fight Night 8, 1/25/07
Final appearance: UFC 71, 5/26/07

On the MMA food-chain, there are some fighters who only exist as highlight-reel victims for higher-profile fighters. Sean Salmon is one of those guys. Mention his name to any UFC fan, and they’ll immediately picture Salmon getting head-kicked into the next time zone by Rashad Evans. (There was also this unfortunate moment during the fight.) Sean’s follow-up Octagon appearance — a preliminary card bout against Alan Belcher at UFC 71 — wasn’t quite as memorable, but it still ended in utter failure, as Belcher won by guillotine choke in just 51 seconds. Salmon competed steadily in regional promotions after being released by the UFC, but never really found his groove; his willingness to quit during fights in order to avoid injury certainly didn’t help his prospects. He has lost his last nine fights by first-round stoppage.

50. Joe Vedepo (0-2)
First appearance: UFC Fight Night 15, 9/17/08
Final appearance: UFC Fight Night 18, 4/1/09

By all accountsJoe Vedepo was an incredibly talented athlete whose unstable behavior consistently got in the way of his success. From 2001 to 2011, the Iowan wrestler was arrested ten times for public intoxication, and deemed a “habitual offender of the state intoxication law.” Basically, he’s the Caucasian Krazy Horse.

Vedepo was signed by the UFC in 2008, but it soon became clear that he wasn’t ready for the big stage. As the honorable mention list on this page further proves, there were dozens of fighters who went 0-2 in their UFC careers, but only a small handful lost both fights by first-round stoppage, and only Joe Vedepo lost both fights by first-round stoppage within the first two minutes. First, there was his gnarly head-kick knockout loss to Alessio Sakara (time of stoppage: 1:27), followed by a guillotine choke loss to Rob Kimmons (time of stoppage: 1:54). Vedepo has gone 5-1 since being released by the UFC, most recently choking out professional record-padder Kenneth Allen. And wherever he is, he’s probably partying his ass off right now.


- Houston Alexander (UFC record: 2-4; come on, he lost to Kimbo for God’s sake)
- Royce Alger (0-2)
- Steve Berger (0-2 with 1 no-contest)
- Luke Caudillo (0-2)
- Alberto Crane (0-2)
- Alexandre Dantas (0-2)
- Marvin Eastman (1-4; all losses by KO/TKO)
- Dan Evensen (0-2; both losses by first-round TKO)
- Brodie Farber (0-2)
- Jesse Forbes (0-3)
- Xavier Foupa-Pokam (0-2)
- Zane Frazier (0-2)
- Leonard Garcia (2-5 officially; should really be 1-6)
- Brian Gassaway (0-1)
- Chase Gormley (0-2; both losses by first-round stoppage)
- Neil Grove (0-1)
- Andre Gusmao (0-2)
- John Halverson (0-2)
- Razak Al-Hassan (0-2)
- Bobby Hoffman (0-2 with 1 no-contest)
- Brad Imes (0-3)
- Kevin Jordan (0-2)
- Scott Junk (0-1)
- David Lee (0-2)
- Justin Levens (0-2; both losses by first-round stoppage)
- Antonio Mendes (0-2; both losses by first-round stoppage)
- Kristof Midoux (0-1)
- Sammy Morgan (0-2; was once destroyed by Josh Burkman in 21 seconds)
- Brad Morris (0-2)
- Harry Moskowitz (0-2)
- Kazuhiro Nakamura (0-2)
- Mario Neto (0-1; sole UFC appearance was a KO loss to Eddie Sanchez)
- Phillipe Nover (0-3)
- Soa Palelei (0-1; sole UFC appearance was a TKO loss to Eddie Sanchez)
- Johnny Rees (0-2)
- Ryan Roberts (0-1)
- Colin Robinson (0-2; first UFC appearance was a TKO loss to Eddie Sanchez. Damn, the Manic Hispanic should have gotten his own page.)
Fabiano Scherner (0-2)
- Jay Silva (0-2)
- Steve Steinbeiss (0-2)
- Alex Stiebling (0-1; lost a decision to Mark Hughes. Not Matt HughesMark Hughes)
- Denis Stojnic (0-2)
- Tra Telligman (1-4; all losses by stoppage)
Teila Tuli (0-1)
- Victor Valimaki (0-2)
- Ron Van Clief (0-1)
- Joe Veres (0-2; was actually knocked out by Gray Maynard)
- Cory Walmsley (0-1)
- Keith Wisniewski (0-3)
- Rob Yundt (0-2; both losses by first-round guillotine choke)

Jump to…
Page 1: The Pre-Zuffa Punchlines
Page 2: The One-and-Done Wonders
Page 3: The Repeat Offenders
Page 4: The Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time TUF Guys
Page 5: The Barely-Worth-Mentioning Washouts

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MediocreThreat- February 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm
Amadolark- August 31, 2012 at 9:12 am
You forgot to mention that Escovedo's "hiatus" was because he was paralyzed from the waist down and needed to learn how to walk again. PS your observations on fighters appear to be by records only, not on the challenge presented by the other fighter.
MGrizP4P- July 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Did I miss Thomas Ramirez?
hroobarb- July 14, 2012 at 7:31 am
Ricardo Funch is 0-4 in the octagon.
hawaiianlion15- July 14, 2012 at 12:40 am
Still waiting to hear why BG omitted Jason Thacker from this list...
Grimbold- July 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm
Kalib Starnes?
hawaiianlion15- July 14, 2012 at 12:41 am
Kalib Starnes was 6 to 8 thousand times better than Jason Thacker.
R777- July 13, 2012 at 12:24 am
Also remember that Bobby Hoffman appeared to have won his fight with South African power-lifting champion Mark Robinson with a crisp standing elbow at UFC-30...then failed the drug test.Result was changed to No-Contest.
kutfo- July 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm
How about UFC 47's Wade Shipp & Jonathon Wiezorek? One of them one the fight, but it was so horrible, they were BOTH cut. Also, Kevin Jordan... 0-2, fought Gabe Gonzaga in one of the worst fights ever, only to have his nose turned into a faucet with about 15 seconds left in the 3rd. I think all three should've made the list.
Kimbo Lesnar- July 11, 2012 at 10:53 am
"Kyle complained that Sims actually bit his chest during the match."

Ummmm.... I am pretty sure that it was Wes Sims complaining about Mike Kyle biting his chest in that fight, not the other way around. I recall Wes pointing to the bite mark and saying Mike bit his tit.
Qlay- July 11, 2012 at 8:24 am
Excellent work...I would've had Cal Worsham on there for his "waiting to tap" when he was about to be struck by Tank Abbot.
koushikahmed14- July 11, 2012 at 6:21 am
don't be a Potato.... just listen that you can earn $9767 in one month on the internet. have you seen this website
2Dogs- July 11, 2012 at 5:43 am
Wow, what a read, very funny, cheers
Chromium- July 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm
Jorge Santiago is kind of a bullshit listing here. He lost to two dudes ranked in the Top 20 in his first stint, and more recently two dudes who were each ranked in the Top 10, getting a FOTN award against Brian Stann. He's one of the best free agents out there and has won two more fights since his release, each in under two minutes, and probably deserves another chance.
XENOPHON- July 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm
Good thing I did not read the name Luke Cummo. He got robbed years ago by Joe Daddy. Remember that?
FilmDrunk- July 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm
Oh come on! No love (so to speak...) for Allen "Monstah Lobstah" Beruby? That guy might have been worse than Stand and Wang. For shame, CP.
hawaiianlion15- July 11, 2012 at 2:50 am
Monstah Lobstah got kicked off the show and never actually fought in the UFC, so he didn't qualify for the list. My guy, Jason Thacker, fought at the TUF 1 Finale. He shoulda been one of the first fighters listed... smh.
hawaiianlion15- July 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm
When I first saw the title of this article, I immediately knew that Jason Thacker was gonna be listed somewhere. Much to my surprise, there was no Thacker. Good list, but that is an absolutely glaring omission. Jason Thacker was the worst fighter of the Zuffa era, TUF or otherwise.
dedflesh- July 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm
razak al hassan .. he lost to cantwell .. brutally.
uzitotinbaby- July 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm
Fucking awesome list! And since January? DAYUM! That's longer than it took me to compile my list of underutilized MMA techniques, which I though would make me famous but no one ever wanted to publish.
sevvi- July 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm
That was just awesome. Took me quite some time to read through the list since i just had to klick on most of the links. Good job BG
FightZen- July 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm
Goldstein's opus. I loved it.
Dizzylittlelord- July 10, 2012 at 11:54 am
love these articles. give me more
XENOPHON- July 10, 2012 at 11:22 am
@BG - good, but way too long. Better if read as installments - easier to comment on.
Boo- July 10, 2012 at 11:14 am
Awesome list. I can't imagine how long it took to put this thing together.
Viva Hate- July 10, 2012 at 10:51 am
Damn great list! I laughed, I cried, I googled 50 people who see who is selling used cars. Also, I want a fight to the death between Joe Son and Jeremy Jackson, the winner gets lethal injection, make it happen!
bgoldstein- July 10, 2012 at 10:32 am
@Spitting: LOL! True...
@gargolito: How dare you disrespect the Polar Bear! Dude managed to walk away with a 4-4 record in the UFC.
@smelly: I've been working on this feature off-and-on since January. No joke.
@bpd: Another good call.
hawaiianlion15- July 11, 2012 at 2:53 am
Jason. Thacker. W. T. F.