UFC 5-for-5: The 5 Worst Beatdowns in the Last 5 Years

Hunter HomistekCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2012

UFC 5-for-5: The 5 Worst Beatdowns in the Last 5 Years

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    The pre-fight buildup to any UFC bout is the same:

    Fighter A: "I'm in the best shape of my life. There is no way I can lose this fight."

    Fighter B: "Fighter A has no idea what he got himself into. I am going to smash him and prove who the better man is tonight."

    Chael Sonnen: "I can beat both these clowns with both arms tied behind my back. Dana, give me a shot!"

    Every fighter thinks he is the best, at least externally, but sometimes when the Octagon door closes, it becomes painfully evident that our hypothetical Fighter B has no business being in the cage with Fighter A. In fact, he probably shouldn't even be allowed to admit he ever faced him—the beatdown is sometimes just that bad. 

    For those moments where Fighter B had to pull some straight-up Wayne's World "We're not worthy!" routine, I propose the following slideshow. 

    Sit back and enjoy the one-sided thrashings that ensue.

     

    Note: All statistics provided by FightMetric.

UFC 107: BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez

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    Hawaiian MMA superstar BJ Penn turned in one of his best performances of all time against Diego Sanchez at UFC 107. 

    When "The Prodigy" is firing on all cylinders, he is a task on the feet, on the ground and wherever else the fight may go, and Sanchez had the unfortunate honor of fighting him on such a day. 

    Using his crisp boxing and sensational takedown defense, Penn landed blow after blow to the face of Sanchez, buckling him on several occasions and opening up a cut that remains one of the gnarliest gashes in UFC history and eventually ended the fight in the fifth round.

    For those of you who like numbers, chew on these:

    Significant Strikes Landed:

    Penn: 70

    Sanchez: 8

     

    Significant Strike Percentage: 

    Penn: 53%

    Sanchez: 7%

     

    Total Strikes Landed:

    Penn:149

    Sanchez: 8

     

    Takedowns

    Penn: 0-0

    Sanchez: 0-27

     

    Yes, Sanchez was 0-27 on takedown attempts and landed just seven percent of his significant strikes. 

    A beatdown does not get much worse than this, folks.

    Actually, it does. Check out the next slide to see how the brutality gets turned to 11. 

UFC 100: Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir II

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    Before Brock Lesnar became a human punching bag inside the UFC Octagon, he was a destroyer and one of the most feared men on planet Earth. 

    At UFC 100, Frank Mir found out why.

    Turning in one of the most dominant performances in UFC history, Lesnar grounded his foe for two rounds and teed off with some absolutely vicious ground and pound, all the while avoiding Mir's expert ground game. 

    The result? A technical knockout victory, redemption and a post-fight rampage the likes we have not seen before or since. Yeah, this one was pretty good. 

    The numbers:


    Significant strikes landed:

    Lesnar: 47

    Mir: 4

     

    Significant strike percentage:

    Lesnar: 92%

    Mir: 33%

     

    Total Strikes Landed:

    Lesnar: 74

    Mir: 4

     

    Takedowns:

    Lesnar: 1-1

    Mir: 0-0

     

    Lesnar connected on 92 percent of his significant strikes, and Mir's face showed it. This was a class-A beatdown, gentle sirs and ma'ams. 

UFC 129: Rory MacDonald vs. Nate Diaz

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    Sometimes, numbers only tell part of a story. Such is the case for Rory MacDonald's UFC 129 matchup with Nate Diaz.

    MacDonald did not land a staggering amount of significant strikes or knock Diaz down on multiple occasions, but that cannot stop this bout from being considered one of the most impressive performances in UFC history.

    Coming into the matchup, many felt MacDonald was going to be a world-class fighter, but none expected him to dismantle Diaz in the fashion he did. Deciding to move up in weight to the 170-pound division, Diaz found out why weight classes exist, and this beatdown sent him packing back to the lightweight division where he belongs.

    MacDonald used a wide variety of takedowns to ragdoll Diaz repeatedly to the canvas, and the result was one of the most spectacular displays of "I'm bigger and stronger than you, so I'll toss you around" that we have ever witnessed inside the Octagon. 

    Particularly in the third round...actually, just watch it. I can't even put into words just how emasculating this sequence is. 

    Yeah, that happened. 

UFC 128: Jon Jones vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua

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    At UFC 128, the young phenom Jon Jones was supposed to have his hands full and finally face a stern test in the form of Brazilian Muay Thai expert Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

    As the bout began, it became painfully obvious that Shogun was to be just another notch in Jones' belt, and this "stern test" was nothing but a kindergarten (or Marshall University) entrance exam. 

    Jones unleashed spinning back elbows, high kicks, low kicks, mid kicks, your kicks, my kicks and everything in between en route to destroying the now-former UFC light heavyweight champion Rua.

    The performance, which can be seen in its entirety here, was masterful, and Jones alerted the world there was a new sheriff in town.

    The numbers:


    Significant strikes landed:

    Jones: 75

    Rua: 9

     

    Significant strike percentage:

    Jones: 66%

    Rua: 23%

     

    Total Strikes Landed:

    Jones: 102

    Rua: 11

     

    Takedowns:

    Jones: 3-3

    Rua: 0-0

UFC 101: Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin

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    Ladies and gentlemen, this may be the worst beatdown in MMA history.

    At UFC 101, middleweight champion Anderson Silva made his second trip to the light heavyweight division to take on The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner and consummate fan favorite Forrest Griffin

    For Silva, the bout against the former light heavyweight champion was supposed to be a grind; Griffin is the kind of fighter who does not lie down for anyone, and he is well-rounded enough to give even the craftiest of fighters trouble somewhere.

    Here is what went wrong for Griffin: He fought the best fighter of all time on the night that he decided to fight his best fight of all time. 

    As one can imagine, this did not end well for Griffin, who was knocked down repeatedly in the first round before simply giving up. After eating a falling-back, seemingly harmless punch from Silva, Griffin collapsed to the canvas in a heap, surrendering with one arm up in one of the most demoralizing losses in UFC history. 

    Griffin could not touch Silva, and Silva could touch him at will.  This was vintage "Spider," and I believe this will stand as his most dominant performance of all time. 

    Tough break for Forrest; lucky break for the fans. 

    The numbers:


    Significant strikes landed:

    Silva: 13

    Griffin: 3

     

    Significant strike percentage:

    Silva: 52%

    Griffin: 7%

     

    Total strikes landed:

    Silva:13

    Griffin: 4

     

    No attempted takedowns


    Every strike of Anderson's was deemed significant, resulting in three knockdowns in just over three minutes of action. Whenever you account for the fact that Silva was bobbing and weaving, making Griffin look like a complete amateur in the process, there is no doubt that this performances defines the term "beatdown."