Let me start by commenting that I have been an MMA fan since Royce Gracie began choking out Karate masters, wrestlers and even boxers who thought it to be an advantage to wear one glove into the cage.
I admire and respect the fighters I list here but as Rocky's trainer Mick once said, "Hey kid, horses retire, generals retire, Man o' War retired....I think that's what you should do....retire!"....
1. Antonio Nogueira:
"Minotauro" is a warrior but his armor is rusty and his submission skills have been matched and improved. The heavyweight division finally has some solid talent and the tired Pride Champion needs to bow out. Just close your eyes and picture how he absorbed that Fedor ground and pound years ago...ughhh
2. Wanderlei Silva:
"The Axe Murderer" is 2-5 in his last seven bouts and though he beat Bisping by decision last February, he has clearly dropped off since that head kick he took from Crocop in Pride Final Conflict. His wild buzz saw style propelled him into a fan favorite, but he has won by KO just once since 2006...one of my favorite gladiators...curtain call.
3. Brandon Vera:
"The Truth" is that he is just not that good. He sports an 11-6 record with three straight defeats and was handled by Thiago Silva last week. Ask yourself—If Vera is on the next card, who would you match him up against and would anyone feel compelled to watch?
4. Frank Mir:
Surprised? Take a moment and really think...Hats off to Mir for the amazing comeback following his accident but he takes way too much punishment. The division is stacked and he would be a prohibitive underdog against Velazquez, Dos Santos, Carwin, and Lesnar.
Take a look at the other heavys out there as well and add Fedor, Overeem, Werdum and Rogers. Granted he has a recent win over CroCop but take a look at my No. 5...I like Mir as a commentator...
5. Mirko "CroCop" Filopovic:
The 2006 Pride Open Weight Champ is .500 in the UFC. Can you name any of the fighters he has beaten since then? Me neither...
6. Tito Ortiz:
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is just plain shot! He has one draw and four losses in his last five following two ridiculous wins over Ken Shamrock in 2006. No use for this guy...toss.
7. Keith Jardine:
"The Dean of Mean" is 16-9-1 and 1-5 since 2009. He beat the Iceman in his best showing September '07 and then was KO'd against Wandy in his next bout effectively erasing Mr. Mean from contention...his recent decision win means nothing...bon voyage Jardine.
8. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou:
"The African Assassin," 10-8, has been active in 2010 but couldn’t sell out your local movie theater...
9. Phil Baroni:
13-13..."The New York Bad Ass" got his butt kicked on New Year’s Day and doesn’t have a win since 2008...No interest.
10. Randy Couture:
"Captain America" is one of my favorite fighters of all time and an inspiration to so many more! Tough to add this guy to this type of list as he is still in awesome shape and commands respect! I have to remind "The Natural" though because he has obviously forgotten… Sir, you will be 48 this year...I'd love to see you go out on top...
-J.Seijas / GuerrillaFight.com