Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
The five previous slides reveal the five least surprising upsets in MMA so far this year in no particular order. But there were a few fights that challenged for a spot, though, ultimately, these upsets were at least moderately shocking.
Jake Shields (+190) def. Tyron Woodley (-240) at UFC 161
Shields was a 2:1 underdog heading into UFC 161 against Strikeforce import Tyron Woodley, but he still managed to earn the split-decision win. But it wasn't really that close. Shields should have earned the unanimous decision nod, and he would have had one of three judges not gone rogue in Woodley's favor.
But considering Woodley was coming off a brutal knockout win over Jay Hieron—a knockout from which mentally (and perhaps even physically) Hieron may never fully recover—Shields' win was at a bit of a surprise.
Wanderlei Silva (+230) def. Brian Stann (-300) at UFC on Fuel 8
Believe me, I had trouble not putting this one on the list, but I distinctly remember being fairly shocked when Silva dealt a knockout blow to Stann.
Stann boasts impressive power, and he's made middle- to lower-tier middleweights pay with it in the past, knocking out Alessio Sakara, Jorge Santiago and Chris Leben. Silva was not elite entering this fight, and, even though the Brazilian had a puncher's chance, Stann had never lost to a non-contender at middleweight.
That changed after Silva managed to wear the punches thrown in his direction, while delivering with equivalent force. Stann survived some fierce blows, but Silva was able to put him away in the end. And in pretty stunning fashion.
Robbie Lawler (+290) def. Josh Koscheck (-380) at UFC 157
Like Silva, Lawler hits hard enough to knock anyone out at just about any time in a fight; His come-from-behind knockout against Melvin Manhoef provided us with a case study on this.
However, longtime UFC veteran Koscheck had no business getting knocked out at UFC 157, even though that's exactly what happened. Again, Lawler has mad power in his hands, making him a constant threat. But that doesn't make this win anything short of a big upset for the man nicknamed "Ruthless."