Oddsmakers for UFC Fight Night 26 are probably scratching their heads right about now after a night riddled with upsets and wild finishes.
The underdogs ruled on Saturday night in the UFC’s debut on Fox Sports 1. The night reminded fans that the cliché “anything can happen” will always stand strong in the MMA world.
The outcomes weren’t nearly as surprising as the finishes. A plethora of hardcore fans chose Chael Sonnen over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Travis Browne over Alistair Overeem.
But did anyone predict Sonnen would submit Shogun, a world-class Brazilian jiu-itsu artist, in the first round? Who picked Browne over Overeem by vicious front kick to the face?
UFC president Dana White should be all smiles as the fight card lived up to the bill in delivering one of the best televised MMA events in recent memory. Fans love stoppages, and they got plenty of them on Saturday night.
Here are the power rankings for the stoppage victories from UFC Fight Night 26.