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Top 10 most shocking upsets in UFC history

Mixed martial arts is a crazy sport where almost anything can happen. Check out our list of the top 10 most shocking upsets in UFC history.

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The sports world loves an upset, nothing gets than fans more excited than an underdog story or a thrilling come from behind victory, and the fight game provides no shortage of crazy outcomes. Let’s run through our top 10 most shocking upsets in UFC history.

10 – Frankie Edgar VS BJ Penn 1

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Frankie Edgar shocked the world when he defeated lightweight Champion BJ Penn at UFC 112. Penn had just defended his title for the third straight time and was a huge betting favourite leading into the fight.

Meanwhile, Edgar was relatively unknown and was only given a title shot due to a lack of other contenders at 155 pounds. But that fateful night in Abu Dhabi, Frankie Edgar announced himself to the world, beating up BJ Penn for five rounds and claiming the UFC lightweight title in the process.

BJ was given an immediate rematch, but Edgar proved to the world that he was indeed the best lightweight fighter on the planet by defeating BJ Penn the next two times they met.

9 – Gabriel Gonzaga VS Mirko ‘Cro-Cop’ Filipovic

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At UFC 70 Gabriel Gonzaga scored one of the most iconic knockouts in UFC history over Pride FC legend Mirko ‘Cro-cop’ Filipovic.

‘Cro-Cop’ was on a tear at the time, earning stoppage victories over Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett in Pride FC before returning to the UFC and destroying Eddie Sanchez.

Filipovic was known for his terrifying left high kick and his equally terrifying catchphrase “right leg hospital, left leg cemetery.” So it was somewhat ironic when Gonzaga knocked out Filipovic with a powerful left high kick in their heavyweight title elimination bout.

Gonzaga went on to challenge Randy Couture for the heavyweight title at UFC 74, but would ultimately come up short, losing by TKO in the third round.

8 – Michael Bisping VS Luke Rockhold 2

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Michael Bisping became the first British champion in UFC history when he defeated Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.

Luke Rockhold appeared to be on top of the word at the time, he had just defeated Chris Weidman in dominant fashion at UFC 194 and was scheduled to defend his title in an immediate rematch against the former champ at UFC 199, but Weidman would be forced to withdraw from the bout due to a cervical disc herniation and Michael Bisping would step in to face Rockhold on just 17 day notice.

Despite being soundly defeated in their first bout, Bisping capitalised on a lazy and overconfident Rockhold, catching the champ with a solid left hook in the first round and following it up with a barrage of punches that secured him the UFC  middleweight championship.

‘The Count’ then went on defend his title against Dan Henderson in his hometown of Manchester, England defeating the UFC and Pride FC veteran by unanimous decision.

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After losing to Chuck Liddell for a second time at UFC 57, Randy Couture announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition, but one year later the Hall-of-Famer would return to the octagon to face Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 68.

Many thought Couture was crazy when it was announced he would face Tim Sylvia, he had not competed at heavyweight in over five years and would be giving up a huge size advantage. Sylvia weighed in more than forty pounds heavier than couture and possessed an eleven and a half inch reach advantage.

Against all odds Randy Couture dominated Tim Sylvia for five action-filled rounds, recapturing the UFC heavyweight championship in the process.

6 – BJ Penn VS Matt Hughes 1

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After challenging for the UFC lightweight title twice and coming up short both times, BJ Penn decided to try his luck in the welterweight division.

At UFC 46 ‘The Prodigy’ would make his welterweight debut, squaring off against Matt Hughes for the 170-pound title. Critics claimed Penn was much too small for the welterweight division and that he would stand almost no chance against Hughes, but BJ proved them all wrong.

After catching Hughes early with some quick punches, Penn took the welterweight champ down and dominated him on the mat for almost five minutes. The Hawaiian native eventually submitted Hughes with just twenty-one seconds remaining in the first round, pulling off one of the most thrilling submission victories in UFC history.

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Daniel Cormier has harsh words for Alexander Gustafsson

‘The Mauler’ Alexander Gustafsson was quick to call out Luke Rockhold following his knockout defeat last weekend – and Cormier had something to say about it.

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Prior to his knockout defeat in Perth last weekend, Luke Rockhold had expressed his desire to move up to the light heavyweight division. This certainly did not go unnoticed, and the first fighter of the 205lb division to call out Rockhold was none other than ‘The Mauler’ Alexander Gustafsson. Taking to Instagram, Gustafsson said the following.

@lukerockhold, your teammate is holding MY Division hostage, and you think there are only easy fights at LHW. If u think Romero hits hard, then wait till you come to the big boys. I want @dc_mma , and knocking u out will keep me warm in the meantime. Beware of coming up in weight because I will be standing at the front door waiting.”

One could argue that it is too soon to be calling out a recently defeated fighter – and Rockhold’s former teammate Daniel Cormier certainly seems to think so.

Cormier and Gustafsson faced each other back at UFC 192 in October of 2015. Both fighters since then have had a degree of respect for each other, especially after the war they had 192. It would seem that despite Rockhold’s recent camp transition, DC’s loyalties still lie with his former teammate.

There’s no doubt that clash between Rockhold and Gustafsson would be a great spectacle and an interesting matchup, but was this callout too early from ‘The Mauler‘? We’d love to know your opinion in the comments below.

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Is it time for Luke Rockold to move up to light heavyweight

After tough weight cuts and knockout losses alike, it seems the former middleweight champion’s future lies at 205

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Luke Rockhold just suffered another brutal KO loss at the hands of Yoel Romero on Saturday night. Rockhold did well early in the fight, doing serious damage to Romero in the form of leg kicks which ultimately left Romero unable to stand at the end of the fight. However, it was Romero’s explosive speed and power that left the former champion unconscious in front of the Perth crowd in the third round.

This has left Rockhold in a very difficult position, especially being that he would have gained an interim title should he have achieved victory over Romero at UFC 221. It is certain then that Rockhold won’t be the middleweight title picture for the foreseeable future.

In the eyes of many, the next logical decision for Rockhold would be to try his hand at light heavyweight – especially being that his close friend and Teammate Daniel Cormier has just booked a fight against heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic. Rockhold has said himself that he the move is imminent, stating in an interview with submissionradio.com  that “DC is moving up to heavyweight. He’s not coming back, so I’ll be up there soon”.

The move for Rockhold would certainly make for easier weight cuts which could seem him perform far better in the octagon, and would also create a multitude of fresh new matchups that the division could certainly use. A clash between Rockhold and #1 contender Alexander Gustafsson is just one example of the electric matchups that could be made.

Rockhold’s chin has been very suspect at this weight, and it is well known that fighters who are dehydrated are far more prone to knockouts that fighters who are fighting at a natural and healthy weight. Many other fighters have found great success in moving up in weight, Antony ‘Rumble’ Johnson – who was also a fighter training under coach Henry Hooft- is a good example.

Is moving up to light heavyweight the right move for Rockhold? Or is this simply a bump in the road, and should he stay at the weight in which he became champion? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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The McGregor Dilemma 2.0

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After Conor McGregor’s demolition of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, in November 2016, which ultimately earned him the UFC Lightweight title, the Irish-born star had the world at his feet.

Now, after being away from the sport, not defending his UFC Lightweight title in 438 days and counting, and moving ever closer to being stripped by Dana White, where does he go from here?

 

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Today, we are looking at the multiple opportunities awaiting McGregor’s return.

Firstly, we will highlight the more realistic options available to the current Lightweight champion.

 

Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Russian Lightweight with a perfect 25-0 MMA record is thought to be the biggest threat to McGregor’s throne.

Possibility – 8/10

 

Tony Ferguson. The TUF 13 winner who currently boasts a 10-fight win streak is also seen as a serious threat to the near ‘untouchable-status’ of “The Notorious”.

Possibility – 8/10

 

Georges St. Pierre. Another fight rumoured to be favoured by the company and its fans is the mega-fight between Canada’s own GSP and the Irish native, Conor McGregor.

Possibility – 6/10

 

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Now, we move on to less likely fight possibilities for the former P4P king.

 

Tyron Woodley. The Welterweight champion has previously had a heated exchange of words with McGregor on multiple occasions.

Possibility – 5/10

 

Max Holloway. Although the current Featherweight king once fought the SBG representative in the past, the lack of competition in his division could well open up a potential rematch for these two UFC icons.

Possibility – 5/10

 

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Lastly, we point out the competition the Irishman is least likely to face.

 

Floyd Mayweather. Conor McGregor made history when he entered the Boxing ring to faceoff with one of the greatest boxers of all time, and with speculation of a rematch, could we see the Boxing legend enter the Octagon?

Possibility – 1/10

 

Paulie Malignaggi. The short history between McGregor and Malignaggi was enough to spark rumours of a possible Boxing match between the two.

Possibility – 2/10

 

Manny Pacquiao. Just as word got around that McGregor and Pacquiao were close to agreeing on a Boxing bout agreement, the news died down, but will we see these two face off in Conor’s return fight?

Possibility – 2/10

 

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There is our list of potential opponents who await the Irish stars return, but who will he face?

 

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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John Kavanagh says 2018 will be a big year for Conor McGregor

“The plan is forming, but as they say, stay tuned. “

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With a 14 month hiatus from competing in mixed martial arts, there has been a lot of question marks surrounding the UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor and if he will ever return to the octagon.  After picking up a multi-million dollar cheque for his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather many people have questioned whether or not McGregor will compete again but his head coach and close friend John Kavanagh stated in a recent interview with BBC Northern Ireland that he will be pushing for MMA rather than another fight in boxing.

“I think 2018 will be another big year for us,” Kavanagh said. “Exactly what that is, I don’t know yet. The plan is forming, but as they say, stay tuned.  In my opinion, I’ll be pushing very hard for MMA. The boxing was a nice detour from what we’ve done, but mixed martial arts is my passion. If I have anything to do with it, he’ll be in the octagon this year.”

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He also touched on the subject of the UFC lightweight division with the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson not recognising Conor as the lightweight champion. “Conor is still the champion. They can say what they want – I have his belt at home, actually,” Kavanagh said. “He’s still the champion. He’s making the decision on what makes sense for the next move. It’s kind of early days yet. We’re just watching how that has developed while he’s been away; he’s had other going things on. Let’s see what happens in 2018. I’m excited about it, anyway.”

The Notorious has hit the headlines several times in the 14 months since he won the UFC lightweight championship again Eddie Alvarez in November 2016 but Kavanagh says Conor is now getting back into regular training. “I’m happy to see him back just regular training,” Kavanagh stated. “He had a lot going on in his life, a lot of stuff outside of fighting was going on in his life. He seems to be getting the hang of all that. He’s back training almost every day now.”

Will Conor McGregor return to the octagon in 2018 or will he take another shot at boxing?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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