In the quarter of a decade since its creation, UFC has seen its fair share of phenomenal fighters. Stars such as Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey have shot MMA into mainstream popularity. Just a quick look at the UFC Hall of Fame and you are inundated with legend after legend from the ever expanding world of mixed martial arts.
However, not every fighter has had it easy. With a roster so big, and with so many fight nights a year it is impossible to make stars out of everyone. Some, like Sage Northcutt and Paige Van Zant seem to have been given every opportunity to become stars but have lost key fights, and in doing so, lost a section of their fanbase as well.
In contrast, others entered with no expectations on their shoulders usually against massively overmatched opponents yet scored miraculous victories writing their own star-making story.
These scrappy, unfancied competitors defied the odds and shot themselves all the way to the top, making for some of the most spectacular victories in UFC history.