10 Biggest MMA Upsets: Did That Really Happen?

TonyTwoGuns March 10th 2015 Sports
When it comes to two people fighting anything can happen. One person can always land a lucky punch and put the other one out cold. This is especially true in MMA because the regulation gloves are so small. In some cases it doesn’t even have to be a knockout. It could just be that one fighter is off his or her game that night. Just about every great fighter will suffer a loss in his or her career that was not meant to happen.

#1 Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine

At UFC 76, which took place September 22, 2007, people really saw the decline of Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. The legend faced off in a bout against Keith Jardine, who has a very unorthodox style of fighting, which really threw Chuck off that night. Even though the fight went to decision it was pretty obvious, Jardine was going to take home the win.

#2 BJ Penn vs. Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes was on a roll; he had won 13 in a row and defended his championship belt 5 times in a row. However, at UFC 46 B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn had something else in mind. Penn submitted Hughes in the first round with a rear naked choke. Hughes was much bigger and stronger than Penn; he was supposed to run right through him.

#3 BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar

B.J. Penn was in the prime of his career and he had only been beaten one time in the lightweight division. On paper, many suggested Penn was better than Frankie “The Answer” Edgar at every aspect of the sport, but on the night of UFC 112 Frankie pulled off the decision win over Penn.

#4 Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio

The fight between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin was a huge mismatch. The fight was only formed in order to hype up Rua, who was a former champion in another organization, but things went different that night as Griffin submitted Rua for the win.

#5 Mirko Cro Cop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

This was the famous saying for Mirko Cro Cop, as it seemed that he always scored a knockout win with his big left leg kick, however, at UFC 70 that all changed when, Gabriel Gonzaga knocked him out with a leg kick to the head. This is something he will never be forgotten for

#6 BJ Penn vs. Jens Pulver

B.J. Penn V.S. Jens Pulver was a fighter that was supposed to be one sided; however, it just did not go that way. Jens Pulver fought a flawless fight for five rounds and took the decision win.

#7 Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia

Randy Couture was 43 years old; he was coming off a knockout loss and hadn’t fought in over a year. He was seven inches shorter, but on this night none of that mattered. Randy “The Natural” Couture announced he was coming out of retirement, and moving up to heavyweight. He did just that with a devastating win over Tim Sylvia. The crowd went nuts.

#8 Royce Grace UFC1

Perhaps, one of the most defining moments for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was when Royce Gracie won the UFC 1 tournament. There were some scary looking dudes that were in this tournament and here you have this 170 pound guy that is just submitting a person like no one has ever seen before.

#9 Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw

Renan Barao was the bantamweight champion, who hadn’t been beaten in nine years. It seemed like he was almost unbeatable, until the night he met T.J. Dillashaw. Dillashaw wasn’t even supposed to be fighting Barao, but he stepped in for an injured Raphael Assuncao and wow did he do just that. Dillashaw dominated the fight for five rounds and won with a TKO decision in the fifth round.

#10 George Sr. Pierre vs. Matt Serra

This is probably the biggest upset in UFC history and still might be for a long time to come. This bout was George “The Rush” St. Pierre V.S. Matt Serra. Pierre had beaten all the best and future champions, but on this night he had met his match. What makes this upset so unbelievable is Serra knocked out Pierre in the first round with one punch.


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