"Mayhem" Miller vs. Michael Bisping and the 10 Most One-Sided UFC Fights in 2011
It's been a banner year for the UFC, as the mixed martial arts promotion has been able to put on some memorable performances inside the Octagon.
However, Jason "Mayhem" Miller's bout with Michael Bisping was perhaps best known for the dominant nature of the middleweight battle, where in the later stages of the fight "The Count" had too much for Miller, who was mercifully saved inside of the third round.
Though Bisping and Miller may be the first fight that comes to mind as far as one-sided battles are concerned, here are some more which should pique the interest of most fans.
10. Johnny Bedford vs. Luis Gaudinot
The Ultimate Fighter 14 castmates in Bedford and Gaudinot met in the season finale in a bantamweight battle.
Bedford was one of the larger men to enter the 135-pound field while Gaudinot is just a pretender, who in the past has regularly competed exclusively in the flyweight class.
"Brutal" Bedford dominated Gaudinot from start to finish and though the bout looked like it could have been stopped on several occasions.
The action finally ended in the third round when the towering Bedford landed successive knees to the body of an unresponsive Gaudinot.
9. Nick Diaz vs. BJ Penn
At UFC 137, Penn and Diaz took on one another in a main event-worthy battle.
Though the Hawaiian cinched up the first round thanks to an early takedown and some time spent on Diaz' back, the Stockton native took over in the later stages of the fight, most notably the second round.
That is when the striking ace wilted Penn against the cage thanks to his bevy of punches to the head and body.
In the end, Diaz settled for the clear-cut decision victory in the "Fight of the Night" performance, while handing Penn the most savage beating of his career.
8. Anthony Njokuani vs. Andre Winner
This July at UFC 132, striking aces Njokuani and Winner took on one another in a pivotal lightweight affair. Though Winner, the Season 9 finalist of The Ultimate Fighter, had an impressive array of boxing skills in his pocket, it was the Muay Thai specialist in Njokuani who did the most damage.
The former WEC contender hurt Winner early and often, keeping him against the fence, where he staggered the Brit with heavy shots time and time again. The end seemed imminent on several occasions, though in the end, Njokuani settled for the dominant decision victory instead.
7. Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann
UFC 136 marked the return of Chael Sonnen as the former title challenger took on then-top contender Brian Stann in a pivotal middleweight affair.
Though many pegged the heavy hands of Stann to be a problem for Sonnen, the brash and abrasive fighter waded through his shots and eventually secured the double-leg takedown time and time again.
Stann had no answer for the staunch wrestling skills of Sonnen, who secured mount on several occasions and pounded away on Stann, who eventually fell victim to an arm-triangle choke in the second round of their 185-pound battle.
6. Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin
Former UFC champ Shane Carwin stepped up to the plate at UFC 131 when Brock Lesnar was forced to bow out of his heavyweight collision with striking ace Junior dos Santos.
The bout was thought to be a more competitive bout that would be dictated on the feet, which it was, though it easily slid into a one-sided beating thanks to the boxing prowess of the Brazilian.
Dos Santos connected early and often on Carwin, dropping the heavy hitter with strikes early in the first round, though "The Engineer" was able to survive and reach the bell.
In the end, Dos Santos left Carwin a battered and bloody mess, taking home the decision win after the one-sided affair.
5. Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
A battle with Yushin Okami some years ago was the last loss of Anderson Silva's career. Their original encounter was mired in controversy when the Brazilian was disqualified thanks to an upkick on his downed opponent left the Japanese star unable to continue.
In their rematch, which took place this August at UFC 134 in Silva's native Brazil, the middleweight champion deftly defeated Okami with a second-round TKO.
Silva dropped his hands by his waist before leveling the world-ranked foe with a jab and later a short hook which eventually helped seal the deal to the 185-pound battle.
4. Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson
Some believed that Quinton Jackson would be the answer to the unorthodox skills of Jones, who had risen up the ranks by first submitting Ryan Bader and later finishing off then-champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua with a third round TKO.
Jones had "Rampage" tentative and cautious throughout their light heavyweight battle this September, where the wily fighter even hurt the iron-chinned Jackson in the third round with a left hook, though he failed to capitalize.
Eventually, Jones brought the former champion to the canvas where he submitted him with a fourth-round rear-naked choke—the first time that Jackson had been submitted in more than 10 years.
3. Quinton Jackson vs. Matt Hamill
In a light heavyweight encounter this May, Jackson took on then budding contender Matt Hamill in the main event of the evening.
Though the fight was a dud, you can't blame Jackson entirely. The former 205-pound king dominated the wrestler from start to finish, who failed to bring the Memphis native to the canvas and solely went for takedowns from within the clinch rather than shooting in for any singles or power doubles.
Hamill waded in with hooks but never stood in front of Jackson long enough to warrant any exciting exchanges, though in the end, the fan favorite in Jackson inevitably took home a dominant decision win.
2. Donald Cerrone vs. Dennis Siver
In a lightweight battle, top contender Dennis Siver was taking on rising star Donald Cerrone this October at UFC 137.
Siver was likely a win or two away from a shot at the title, though Cerrone played the role of spoiler when he rocked the German heavy hitter early with a switch kick to the head, leveling his opponent who proved resilient, later making his way back to his feet.
Siver was brought back to the canvas again just moments later when "Cowboy" connected on a crisp right hand to the jaw, following Siver to the mat and cinching up the fight-ending rear-naked choke.
All of this took just over two minutes of action inside of the first round.
1. Michael Bisping vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller
Coaches for season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Michael Bisping met one another in the season finale, taking main event honors.
Miller is a tested veteran, whose exploits have garnered him top-10 status in the past thanks to his run through the now defunct Icon Sports promotion, where he submitted than champion Robbie Lawler by arm triangle choke.
However, in his battle with Bisping, Miller was a far cry from the fighter he's looked to be in the past. After a first-round takedown, it was all Bisping soon after.
The brash Brit played ping-pong with Miller's head on the feet, hitting him with shots from every which angle before eventually following him to the canvas where he poured on a heavy dose of ground and pound blows, where the referee mercifully saved a clearly fatigued and battered Miller from any more immediate punishment.
It was unarguably the worst performance of Mayhem's career and the most dominant of "The Count's."