The road to the top of the MMA world is a long and winding one, and it’s littered with hard-luck tales of talented prospects who promised much but struggled to bounce back after suffering high-profile losses. Here, we feature six rising prospects who each suffered big losses. Some were shocks, some were damaging, and others simply gave confident fighters a moment’s pause. But all of them drew headlines as their momentum hit the buffers against more experienced opposition.

Callout Collection: Who UFC on ESPN 13 winners want next – and how likely they’ll get them

July 16, 2020

Twitter Mailbag: How to book welterweight, ATT drama, UFC 250 pay-per-view expectations

June 5, 2020

MMA Junkie’s ‘Fight of the Month’ for May: A rematch delivers in spades

June 4, 2020

Video: Donald Cerrone leads the way as UFC celebrates winningest fighters in promotional history

May 21, 2020

Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Tony Ferguson, Dominick Cruz and UFC 249′s other losers?

May 10, 2020

5 biggest takeaways from UFC 249: Ferguson’s heartbreak, Cruz’s comments, Cerrone’s skid

May 10, 2020

UFC 249 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: Third highest event payout in program history

May 10, 2020

Donald Cerrone: ‘I’m not going anywhere’ after UFC 249 iffy loss to Anthony Pettis

May 9, 2020

UFC 249 results: Anthony Pettis edges Donald Cerrone in grueling battle

May 9, 2020

Twitter reacts to Anthony Pettis’ victory over Donald Cerrone in UFC 249 rematch

May 9, 2020

Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone at UFC 249: Best photos

May 9, 2020

8 burning questions heading into UFC 249

May 8, 2020

UFC 249 checks off a lot of Donald Cerrone’s boxes, but there’s one glaring omission

May 7, 2020

UFC 249 prelims pre-event facts: Donald Cerrone’s resume remains unmatched

May 6, 2020

UFC 249 free fight: Donald Cerrone batters Al Iaquinta for decision win

May 6, 2020

The Storylines: UFC 249 prelims edition

May 5, 2020

Donald Cerrone keen to avenge Anthony Pettis loss after ‘he kicked my liver out of my body’

May 3, 2020

UFC 249 free fight: Relive Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis before they rematch May 9

May 3, 2020

Coach John Wood: Donald Cerrone has ‘a fire lit under his ass’ after Conor McGregor loss

April 30, 2020

After Donald Cerrone’s comments, Stephen A. Smith claps back at critics: ‘Am I off my rocker now?’

April 29, 2020
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