Most One-Sided Matchups in MMA History
In the world of Mixed Martial Arts there are two kinds of one-sided matchups. The first is a fight in which one of the competitors is completely and utterly destroyed by the other. The second type is simply a fight that should have never been made is the first place.
Join us as we take a walk down memory lane and relive some of the most comical and brutal matchups in MMA history.
Honorable Mention: Mirko Cro Cop vs Bob Sapp, K-1 World Grand Prix 2003
Even though this is not a MMA fight but rather a K-1 kickboxing bout, I just had to include it.
Anytime you see a man with the build of a Bob Sapp laying on the canvas crying, you just know it was a terrible matchup.
25. John Hathaway vs Diego Sanchez, UFC 114
On paper, the pairing of up-and-coming John Hathaway and an ailing Diego Sanchez moving up in weight and looking to rebound was a great matchup. But when the two stepped into the cage, it became apparent very early that Hathaway was just too much for Sanchez to handle.
Hurt early by a big knee, Sanchez was just never able to get into a groove, allowing Hathaway to control the action from the opening bell until the end of Round 3.
24. Edson Barboza vs Mike Lullo, UFC 123
As soon as you heard that first leg kick land, you just had to know that it was not going to end well for poor Mike Lullo.
In his defense, he showed incredible heart and toughness taking the punishment he did, but it was clear he was nowhere near being on Edson Barboza's level.
Barboza tenderized Lullo's leg to the point he could no longer continue in the fight.
23. Chael Sonnen vs Nate Marquardt, UFC 109
If you judged this fight purely by the post-fight photos, then you would surely think that Nate Marquardt gave Chael Sonnen the beating of his life, but you would be so very wrong.
While Marquardt was able to open a nasty gash on Sonnen's forehead, it was Sonnen who controlled the pace and tempo of the fight, exposing Marquardt's takedown defense and guard.
22. Rich Franklin vs David Loiseau, UFC 58
It is hard to remember a time when Anderson Silva was not the UFC middleweight champion, but before Silva came to the UFC, it was Rich Franklin who ruled the middleweight roost.
In his second title defense, Franklin squared off with talented Canadian David Loiseau, the man Franklin would put a beating on. Even though Franklin broke his hand in the second round, he still battered and bruised Loiseau for the remaining three rounds.
21. Royce Gracie vs. Art Jimmerson, UFC 1
I just want everyone to take a moment and examine the photo...
That's right, Art Jimmerson is wearing only one boxing glove. It may not be the dumbest thing we have ever seen in MMA, but if you think it is a good idea to only wear one boxing glove, then you really shouldn't be fighting in the first place.
Royce Gracie made quick work of Jimmerson, submitting him two minutes in.
20. Wanderlei Silva vs Tatsuya Iwasaki, PRIDE Shockwave
There is very little doubt the Muay Thai specialist Wanderlei Silva will go done as one of the most aggressive and brutal strikers in MMA history.
All you need to know is Silva was the reigning PRIDE middleweight champion and Tatsuya Iwasaki was making his MMA debut. Needless to say, Silva obliterated Iwasaki in the very first round.
19. Mark Kerr vs Greg Stott, UFC 15
Mark Kerr was an absolute beast in the early days of MMA. A former NCAA Division One National Wrestling Champion and ADCC Champion, there were not many who could match his ability. Greg Sotto was one of the many.
Kerr ended the fight before the 30-second mark.
18. Fedor Emelianenko vs Hong Man Choi, Yarennoka!
Why in the world did this fight ever take place?
I get it on a purely freak show level, but come on, the best fighter in the sport should not be fighting giants. Why not just put him in the ring with a giant panda?
While Hong Man Choi was a towering figure, he did not deserve to be in the ring with Fedor Emelianenko, and Emelianenko proved it by submitting the monster in the very first round.
17. Jose Aldo vs Urijah Faber, WEC 48
On a historic night for the once proud WEC, featherweight champion Jose Aldo defended his title against the former champion Urijah Faber.
Faber was chopped down with a barrage of leg and body kicks and was so thoroughly beaten that he dropped down to bantamweight.
16. Anderson Silva vs Chris Leben, UFC Fight Night 5
In his UFC debut, Anderson Silva clashed with former Ultimate Fighter bad boy Chris Leben.
Well maybe "clashed" is the wrong word, because Silva knocked out the strong-jawed Leben in 49 seconds of the first round.
The win propelled Silva into the championship mix, and the rest is history.
15. Hector Lombar vs Bellator
Hector Lombard may not be the most well-known fighter on this list, but he is easily one of the most dangerous men in MMA today. The problem, however, is Lombard is currently doing all of his damage in the shallow water of Bellator.
That is not a knock on Bellator, they have a great thing going, but Lombard is a talent who needs to be tested. Until we see him against top flight competition, we will never know how good he truly is.
14. Antonio Silva vs Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, and man they were not lying.
Just look at the eye of Fedor Emelianenko following his beating at the hands of Antonio Silva.
13. Anderson Silva vs Forrest Griffin, UFC 101
Anderson Silva is a freak of nature, he is just one of those guys who performs at his best in big situations. If the guy he is fighting wants to press the action like Forrest Griffin, Silva is even better.
It wasn't just that Silva knocked out the former light heavyweight champion, it that he was able to do while backing up.
12. Fedor Emelianenko vs Tim Sylvia, Affliction:Banned
Maybe it was the fact that he was coming off of a loss, or maybe it is just the fact that Tim Syliva looks like a big piece of chewed bubble gum, but whatever the case may be, he should have never been paired with Fedor Emelianenko.
During that point in time, Emelianenko was regarded by many as the best fighter in the sport, and Sylvia wasn't even in his league as far as ability goes.
Emelianenko choked out the former UFC champion in the first round after dropping him with a punch.
11. Fedor Emelianenko vs Zuluzinho, PRIDE Shockwave 2005
Another fight featuring the great Fedor Emelianenko and a freak show candidate, 6'8", 390 lb. Zuluzinho.
While these fights always made you scratch your head, PRIDE always knew how to get your attention.
10. BJ Penn vs Diego Sanchez, UFC 107
Up until this point in his career, Diego Sanchez had proven himself to be a tough and durable fighter, then he fought BJ Penn for the UFC lightweight title.
Penn brutalized Sanchez for four rounds before forcing a doctor's stoppage in the fifth round.
9. Matt Hughes vs Royce Gracie, UFC 60
Royce Gracie may be UFC royalty, but bringing him back and pairing him with then welterweight champion Matt Hughes was a huge mistake.
Hughes showed Gracie just how far the sport of MMA had come, besting Gracie in all aspects of the game. Hughes was even able to take the back of the BJJ black bet and finish the fight.
8. Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg, UFC 45 and UFC 52
Two fights. Two first-round rear naked choke submissions.
Matt Hughes simply owned Frank Trigg.
7. Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz, UFC 47 and UFC 66
Easily the two greatest light heavyweight champions in UFC history, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz had one of the great rivalries of MMA.
Ortiz and Liddell were former training partners who had a falling out, and would eventually meet for the title in their second matchup.
Liddell's amazing defensive wrestling and superior striking were too much for Ortiz to contend with.
6. Jon Jones vs Shogun Rua, UFC 128
Jon Jones is destined for greatness, and that was very apparent in his capturing of the UFC light heavyweight title from Shogun Rua.
Jones' superior speed and athleticism helped him to decimate Rua in every facet of the fight.
5. BJ Penn vs Joe Stevenson, UFC 80
This has easily become one of the most popular MMA pictures floating around the internet.
Joe Stevenson was a talented mid-level fighter, but it was silly to believe he was ever really a threat to the UFC lightweight belt.
Stevenson was simply a tough fighter used to showcase the reinvented BJ Penn.
4. Tito Ortiz vs Ken Shamrock, UFC 40, UFC 61 and Ortiz vs Shamrock 3
Even after three pretty sound beatings at the hands of Tito Ortiz, I think Ken Shamrock still believes he can beat Ortiz.
You have to respect Shamrock as being one of the original pioneers of MMA, but he is the classic example of the delusional athlete who has passed his prime.
3. Anderson Silva vs Rick Franklin, UFC 64 and UFC 77
There are few, if any, MMA fighters on the level of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Silva is a brilliant striker, and he has a dangerous BJJ game as well.
Silva was launched into greatness after destroying Rich Franklin for the title at UFC 64. Then he drove the point home to fans at UFC 77 by knocking Franklin out for a second time.
2. Randy Couture vs James Toney, UFC 118
I, like most, hold UFC president Dana White in the highest regard for the decisions that he makes concerning the UFC. He may not always be right, but his passion for the sport and his company is always apparent.
But what was going through his mind when he put this fight together?
James Toney is arguably one of the greatest boxers of his generation, but he had no business being in the Octagon, let alone climbing in there with former champion Randy Couture.
Couture did exactly what everyone expected him to do, taking Toney down and submitting him in the first round.
1. Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar, UFC 121
I am sure there are many people who will disagree with me about this list and the order of it, but it is hard to argue that Brock Lesnar's beating at the hands of Cain Velasquez is not the most one-sided matchup in MMA history.
Velasquez overwhelmed Lesnar with a vastly superior striking game. Thwarting Lesnar's takedown attempts with ease, Velazquez stopped Lesnar in the closing seconds of the first round.