Jake Shields, the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion has struggled since coming to the UFC welterweight division.

Jake Shields, the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion has struggled since coming to the UFC welterweight division.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the premiere mixed martial arts organization in the world. Every fighter that puts on gloves and steps into whatever their promotion uses for a cage wants to eventually make it to the big time, compete in the UFC and most importantly, become a world champion. The world of mixed martial arts has been filled with other organizations that developed its own stars, but in a lot of cases, when those stars ventured to the UFC and the elite fighters seen there, they were complete and utter busts.

Who are the biggest busts to enter the UFC with high acclaim from other organizations like PRIDE, Strikeforce and Bellator?

Hector Lombard

This Cuban-born fighter is one of the best fighters to ever compete in Bellator Fighting Championships. During his time there, he was 8-0, which is a Bellator record. He was the middleweight champion and by the time he made his way to the UFC, was riding high on a 25 fight unbeaten streak (24-0-1).

It was assumed that he only needed to win a fight or two before getting a chance to compete for the UFC middleweight title held by Anderson Silva. In his debut fight inside the Octagon, he was matched up with a talented, albeit beatable fighter in Tim Boetsch. It was a fight that some people say he won, but when Bruce Buffer announced the decision, it was a split decision in favor of Boetsch. In his next fight, he rebounded and scored a first round KO against Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist Rousimar Palhares. In his third UFC fight, he was matched with former UFC middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami and again suffered another split decision loss.

Jake Shields

It wasn’t until his 31st career fight did Shields finally making it to the UFC. Much like Lombard, it was only after a stellar winning streak that saw him win 14 straight fights in Strikeforce, EliteXC and other smaller promotions did he get the call to vacate the Strikeforce middleweight title after defending it against Dan Henderson in his final fight and head to the UFC.

In his first fight in the UFC, he earned a split decision win against Martin Kampmann in a fight that got him a title shot at the UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre. All GSP did was control Shields for 25 minutes, easily getting the unanimous decision ruling. In his next fight, Shields lasted just 53 seconds before being knocked out by Jake Ellenberger. Shields recovered from his two fight losing streak to beat Yoshihiro Akiyama by unanimous decision and then beat Ed Herman, but that ruling was overturned after Shields failed a post-fight drug test.

Jason “Mayhem” Miller

Mayhem first fought in the UFC in 2005, losing his only fight to Georges St-Pierre. He would go on to fight in Dream, Strikeforce and other smaller MMA promotions before getting back to the top fighting promotion in the world. He was 7-2-0-1NC in his final 10 fights before getting the call to compete inside the Octagon.

In his first fight of his second run in the promotion, Miller was matched with Michael Bisping after the two served as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 14.” In their fight, Miller gassed early and couldn’t withstand the constant onslaught from Bisping and eventually dropped via TKO in the third round. After UFC President gave him another chance to compete in the UFC, Miller didn’t look better in his unanimous decision defeat to C.B. Dollaway and was consequently released the day after the defeat.

Takanori Gomi

When it comes to the biggest stars to ever come from Japan, Gomi is one of the biggest. He won his first 14 fights and 24 out of 26 overall. He is a former PRIDE lightweight champion and was welcomed to the UFC with a 31-5-0-1NC record.

In his debut fight inside the Octagon, he was matched with Kenny Florian and was defeated by Rear-Naked Choke in the third round. In his next fight, he bounced back by getting a first round KO, earning him Knockout of the Night honors. In his next two fights, he fought two top lightweight contenders, dropping by submission to Clay Guida (Guillotine Choke) and Nate Diaz (Armbar). He bounced back from his 1-3 start by getting wins against Eiji Mitsuoka and Mac Danzig, but then dropped a fight to Diego Sanchez in March 2013.

Alistair Overeem

When Overeem was brought into the UFC from Strikeforce, he was on an 11 fight unbeaten streak (10-0-0-1NC). He had a 35-11 record and was coming into his UFC career with finishes in nine of his last 10 wins.

At this point in the state of the heavyweight division, the MMA world was ready to see Overeem compete for the world title, but he would instead face Brock Lesnar in his first fight and he dominated the former professional wrestler. In his next fight, which was more than a year later due to suspension, he was matched up with Antonio “Big Foot” Silva in a title eliminator bout. It was a fight that most expected Overeem to win with ease, instead, the tough Brazilian knocked him out in the third round and earned the title shot that many wanted to see Overeem get.

Akihiro Gono

Gono is another legendary fighter from Japan. Gono was known for fighting anyone that his promotion wanted him to fight and had a great career doing so. In the final eight fights of his career before entering the UFC, Gono was 6-2 including wins against Lombard and Gegard Mousasi and losses to Dan Henderson and Denis Kang.

In his first UFC fight, he dropped to welterweight and submitted Tamdon McCrory in the second round. That would the lone win of his UFC career as he dropped his next two fights before being released. He lost by split decision to Dan Hardy at UFC 89 and would then face another top welterweight contender in Jon Fitch, losing that fight by unanimous decision.