8. Matt Serra Clobbers Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69
Choosing a moment for No. 8 is almost an impossible feat—a feat that must be accomplished, though, in order to complete this list. Therefore, this amazing upset was chosen as the eighth greatest moment in UFC history.
Georges St. Pierre is often compared to Fedor Emelianenko because of his fantastic record and incredible skill. He was set to destroy Matt Serra in his first title defense as the welterweight champion.
Unfortunately, Matt had other plans and executed a perfect gameplan that resulted in an embarrassing yet educational upset. Despite his disappointment, Georges would carry on and eventually avenge this loss.
This fight showed that tactics and strategy are just as important as raw talent and physical attributes.
The following is a postfight interview with St.-Pierre:
Frank Mir proved to the world that it takes more than a big name and popular pedigree to make it in the UFC.
Making his UFC debut, Brock Lesnar was a heavy favorite going into the fight. Most fans seemed to hope for a Mir victory, however, if only to prove that brains can overcome brawn.
Despite being truly damaged by Lesnar, Frank made the most of his opportunities as Brock made a novice error.
Brock left a leg exposed for Frank to pounce on. Lesnar was forced to tap or suffer major damage. He tapped.
Mir wants legs. He wants arms too; just ask Tim Sylvia.
If you give him a limb, Frank will take it home.
It was a great victory, and one that would plague Brock until UFC 100. Even though Brock was later able to avenge this loss, it will forever serve as a cautionary tale for anyone that thinks the UFC is a cakewalk.
A true "passing of the torch" from one generation to another took place at this fantastic UFC event.
Fans salivated at the opportunity to see a modern-day legend face the greatest of all UFC legends. The Gracie family is largely responsible for the creation of the UFC. Royce and his kin will never be forgotten.
This night belonged to Matt Hughes, though. The crowd was bewildered as Royce calmly resisted all attempts at submission. Hughes finally finished the fight in spectacular fashion. The crowd was thrilled.
Once again, the UFC delivered a great show and a fantastic main event.