It’s not just a myth. ‘UFC jitters’ are very much a real thing, as UFC commentator Joe Rogan breaks down the evidence. The most recent case could be seen as the undefeated Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier made his move over to take on Frank Mir. He may have earned the lackluster win, but he was quick to admit nerves being an issue in his debut, even more so than the 2008 Olympics he competed in.
Imports, such as Hector Lombard, Jake Shields, Cung Le and Uriah Hall were expected to cause waves in their respected division, yet came up short. They would later point towards a feeling of awe in their debuts as part of the issue. Of course there are numerous factors that come into play in the complexity of mixed martial arts, but even odds makers have taken note of the trend and have set lines accordingly.