Oh, what difference a year makes. Since last October, three UFC titles, four Strikeforce titles, and ALL THREE WEC titles have changed hands, some of them multiple times.
On its own, this fact is hardly shocking. The best mixed martial artists compete multiple times a year. What is noteworthy, however, is that the past 12 months have seen some of the most dominant forces in the history of MMA become, well…less dominant.
As in any other sport, in MMA you can only be the best for so long. At some point even the greatest fighters have to lose. But for some guys, you just can’t believe it until you see it. Wanderlei Silva, Miguel Torres and even the great Royce Gracie, have all seen an end to their invincibility.
I didn’t see it coming then, and I didn’t see it coming now. Here are the most shocking title shakeups of the year.