In this thread, I want to see posts about guys who were no doubt elite, but, lost when it really mattered most. The type of guy that could've had that a GOAT status about them. Without any disrespect to any of the fighters. I will go ahead and name the, most likely, obvious one. Kenny Florian Kenny was constantly put into great positions to be one of the greatest, but always fell short at the final hurdle. Kenny's first stumble was at The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Fighting for the first Middleweight crown, he was unfortunately finished by Diego Sanchez only 2:49 into the fight. Kenny was then thrown into a title fight against Sean Sherk after only 1 win at LW. He lost a decision. This could have really been Kenny's moment, as he went on an absolute tear in the LW division soon after. After the massive win streak, Kenny was given another shot at the title, against BJ Penn. Once again, Kenny wound up being on the wrong end, he lost another title fight. Kenny went back to work in the LW division, getting 2 victories via submission. He was then put into a fight with Gray Maynard, which would see the winner move on to a title shot. Lo and behold, Kenny ended up losing this fight. So close and yet so far. Soon after, the WEC was merged with the UFC, bringing across the featherweight division. Kenny jumped at the chance to go down and work his way to a title shot. Kenny beat Diego Nunes and it was then announced he would be fighting Jose Aldo for the FW title. Once more poor Kenny was beaten and the title was moved out of reach. So many opportunities, yet he came up short. What a legend he could've been, although I still think he is one. ps. I love Kenny, but he has always been second place. What are some others? Faber? Henderson? Marquardt? Cro Cop?