There may be nothing as anticlimactic as a title fight in which one of the combatants is proven to be so woefully out of his depth in the bout, be it for any reason, that there is no true drama or doubt as to who is going to win; it simply becomes a matter of when.
In the world of fight sports, the title is supposed to mean something. It’s a benchmark that is intended to represent and signify the best of the best, and thus, those fighting to take the title should be among the greatest of the division. There should be no one better than them available; no one better suited or more capable of taking the title by force than the No. 1 contender.
Be it by the virtue of his record, or by recent accomplishments in the cage, the No. 1 contender is supposed to be the next champion, just waiting to take the belt.
Sadly, that isn’t always the case, and recent matchmaking has left some wondering if it will ever be the case again.
Granted, it’s not always easy for the powers that be that make the fights because they have no idea who will shrink due to the enormity of the moment vs. who will really thrive under the pressure.
But sometimes that matchmaking is so poor and the outcome is never really in doubt, even before the combatants enter the cage.
So, here are 15 examples of both sides of that coin. Hopefully, we never have to see it handed back to us in change after we pay our hard-earned money for the next pay-per-view.
After all, that kind of coin is about as useless as a penny at a toll booth.