Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Dan Henderson Antonio Nogueria and Mirko Cro Cop; some big names that came with even bigger reputations after crossing from Pride to the UFC. The question is though, have they lived up to the hype?
Firstly let’s take a look at a huge fan favourite. Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. When he crossed from Pride to the UFC the word was he was a striker who should be feared and also holds a black belt in BJJ. He also brought with him a very impressive record (16-2). His first assignment was Forrest Griffin. A future champ however considered by most to be a fairly easy matchup for Rua who would finish him pretty easily and make a run to the title. It was not to be as Griffin became only the second man to submit Rua. Nearly 6 years on and despite briefly holding the LHW belt Shogun now holds a record of 21-7, making him a 5-5 fighter in the UFC.
Wanderlei Silva too has had mixed fortunes in the UFC. He came across with a reputation as being one of the most feared strikers MMA has ever seen. His overall record is 35 wins and 12 losses. His UFC record is currently 5-7 making him a less than 50% fighter in the biggest MMA organisation.
Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira is also considered to be a legend of the sport. Before joining the UFC he had a very impressive record of 29-4 and after his 9 fights at 5-4 now stands at 34-8. He was for so long regarded as the best BJJ practitioner in the heavyweight division but after Frank Mir broke his arm with a Kimura his reputation took a hit.
Despite capturing the Light Heavyweight title Rampage Jackson also found life in the UFC tougher than Pride. He came to the UFC with an impressive record of 25-6. His 12 UFC fights saw him leave with a record of 7-5. This also included him leaving on a 3 fight losing streak.
Mirko Cro Cop also found the going tough after making the switch and was well below his best when he was signed to the UFC.
Despite the mixed fortunes of other Pride fighters Dan Hendeson has probably been the most successful. His overall record of 29-10 sees him with a UFC tally of 6 wins with 4 losses.
The UFC is clearly the biggest and best stage for mixed martial artists to test their skills on. With an influx of Strikforce stars such as Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold and Gilbert Melendez now also on the UFC roster it will be interesting to see if they fare better than their Pride rivals.
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