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Fighters who got better after a crushing defeat

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  1. eclectocrat Orange Belt

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    TLDR; When did a fighter get beaten badly, and then transform into a significantly better fighter?

    A common scenario is when a good or great fighter gets beaten in devastating fashion, and never looks quite the same afterwards. While it's too early to be (completely) sure, a lot of sherdoggers are saying this about JDS now, saying Cain 'took his soul'. I'm also thinking of Gray Maynard, maybe Jake Ellenburger, etc.

    However, you can sometimes see the opposite scenario play out after a bad defeat, a new motivation that pushes a fighter to new heights. King's MMA champions might be a good current example, with Werdum taking his striking game to a level no one expected from a JJ specialist (although over many fights), and RDA going super-saiyan after eating a brutal uppercut.

    GSP seems like a weird on the fence example, he clearly became more careful after getting Serra'd, took flak for his increasingly cautious style, but it worked for him and he kept winning.

    I'm curious about this because of a lot of speculation about how Lawler 'destroyed' Rory Mac's spirit. It may be true, but no one will know (except Rory), until we see him fight again. Until then, what are some good classic examples of fighters getting beaten in devastating fashion, and then returning with a vengeance in their next fight?

    Lawler-Rory 2 was close fight, when I mean devastating, it could be physically, or emotionally, as in losing a big fight in front of your home town (ala Gustafsson vs Rumble).

    TLDR; When did a fighter get beaten badly, and then transform into a significantly better fighter?
     
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    Robbie Lawler, he might not got beaten badly, but had many loses right before becoming the wrecking machine that he seems to be now, you aready mentioned the biggest example in GSP.
     
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    Id say bisping is a better fighter now than when hendo koed him
     
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    In before did not read gif storm
     
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    First message ever, brah?

    Anyway... Tito after Frank Shamrock?

    Bas after Ken Shamrock?

    Demian Maia after Nate Marquardt.
     
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    Holly Holm got knocked out badly in boxing.
    She took the loss with a healthy attitude, learned from it and never doubted herself again.
    She avenged her loss 6 month later, and hasn't lost since, boxing or MMA.

    Here's a video where she talks about it.

     
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  7. The real JG Banned Banned

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    RDA lost his first 2 UFC fights.
     
  8. Dragon Punch Black Belt

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    Lawler suffered a crushing defeat against Nick Diaz and is now the champ

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    yes but we are talking crushing losses. Where you think the guy might be done.
     
  10. eclectocrat Orange Belt

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    Ya man. I'm usually quiet.

    Been here since Gonzaga Cro Cop'd Cro Cop, so I never really got to know Shamrock or Bas too well. I've got some history to catch up on.
     
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    Mendes after Aldo vs Mendes 1
    I never thought he would improve his striking and fight a close fight against aldo few years later
     
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    Rumble post Vitor has been an outstanding transformation, I'm still in awe. Chuck after the first Randy fight also comes to mind even Gus after the Davis loss and Silva post Chonan tapout
     
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    Good example, Stephens almost knocked RDA's head to the moon.
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    Mendes went from a UD machine to a KO artist after his first loss against Aldo.
     
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    Fabricio Werdum getting knocked out by an unknown fighter named Junior Dos Santos & Then getting cut from UFC. From there he became the first man to defeat The Last Emperor & later became UFC Heavyweight champion,
     
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    José Aldo. Just wait.
     
  17. eclectocrat Orange Belt

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    Ya, King's MMA might have more than a good trainer, maybe Cordeiro is a good sports psychologist too.
     
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    Korean Zombie getting KTFO by Roop
     
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    woodley after the ko loss to marquardt
     
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    McGregor after his loss to Joe Duffy.

    Who would've thought that dude could hang out with Chad Mendes for two rounds, defends against his guillotine choke, and then proceed to KTFO him ?
     

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