The 15 Most Outrageous Moments in UFC History
In the aggressive sport of mixed martial arts, fans are treated to an athletic competition between warriors who attempt to thrash and contort their opponent's body until he can not continue any longer.
However, even in a sport where we are told to expect the unexpected, some things that happen are outside of our imagination.
In a world where citizens are literally eating the faces off of homeless people, should anything take us by surprise? You be the judge. Here is a look at 15 of the wildest, craziest and most outrageous moments in UFC history.
Babalu Sobral Refuses to Release Choke on David Heath
Trash talk is part of MMA. It helps sell fights and it helps to keep fighters motivated. However, when David Heath decided to badmouth former title contender Babalu Sobral, he was playing with fire.
Sobral believes in respect, and when Heath did not give him what he felt was the proper courtesy, it was time to teach a lesson. Take a look at the photo to see the bloodbath that Heath had to endure.
To end the contest, Sobral would lock in an anaconda choke that left Heath no option but to tap out.
If only that were the end of this tale.
When Steve Mazzagatti stepped in to break the hold, Sobral refused to adhere. He was not ready to release the choke until Heath went completely limp.
Post fight, he told Joe Rogan that he knew Heath had tapped, but said, "he has to learn respect. He deserved that. He called me [expletive]."
Paul Daley Sucker Punches Josh Koscheck Post-Fight
When welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley met at UFC 113, there was much talk that the winner would get a crack at champion Georges St. Pierre.
For Daley, it was a quick rise to fame, as he had secured knockout wins over Martin Kampmann and Dustin Hazelett in his first bouts since joining the UFC roster. If he could beat Koscheck, he would prove himself to be an elite member of the division.
Instead, the bout would be primarily contested on the ground, with Koscheck using a smother top game that left "Semtex" with a loss, and a stockpile of frustration.
The frustration was so severe that Daley threw a sucker punch after the final bell was sounded. Josh Koscheck would go on to joke that it was the best strike landed through the contest.
Daley was immediately fired by UFC President Dana White, along with the promise that fans would never see him fight for the organization again.
Anthony Johnson Moves to Middleweight and Misses by 12 Pounds
After several failed attempts to make the 171 pound limit at welterweight, Anthony Johnson finally took the advice of UFC staff and industry professionals and moved to the middleweight division. With an additional 15 pound cushion, it was assumed "Rumble" had put his weight loss troubles behind him.
At UFC 142, Johnson was scheduled to fight former contender Vitor Belfort, when the unbelievable happened: he missed weight again.
Not only was Johnson unable to meet the 186-pound cutoff, but he weighed in at a whopping 197 pounds. For those of you playing the home game, that means Rumble weighed in 26 pounds higher than the weight limit of his most recent bout.
Rumble was promptly fired by the UFC after the contest, a fight that saw some quick stand-ups from the referee and a submission win for Belfort.
Since his release, Johnson has once again missed weight.
The UFC Fires Jon Fitch and the Rest of AKA
When the UFC announced a partnership with THQ, fans were excited for the UFC's debut on next-gen systems. UFC Undisputed 2009 would go on to be a smash hit, but originally, it caused for an interesting tale with one of the biggest fight teams in MMA.
When American Kickboxing Academy fighters were not willing to sign away lifestyle likeness rights for the video game, Dana White was severely upset.
"Affliction is still out there trying to build its company. Let [Fitch] go work with them. Let him see what he thinks of those [expletives]. [Expletive] him. These guys aren't partners with us. [Expletive] them. All of them, every last [expletive] one of them."
Fitch was released from the organization, along with all other AKA fighters, other than Mike Swick. Swick was reportedly spared when he personally called Dana White and told him that he wanted to stay in the UFC.
Corey Hill Snaps Leg
Fans often wondered how Ultimate Fighter alumni Corey Hill was able to stand at 6'4" and still cut down to 155 pounds. When you look at the pencil-like legs of Hill, it makes a little more sense.
When Hill met Dale Hartt at UFC: Fight For the Troops, he was trying to regain some momentum after his first career loss.
The Team Pulver fighter threw a leg kick that was checked by his opponent. Instantly, Hill's leg snapped, and flailed about like a wet noodle.
The scene was grotesque, and somehow went unseen by referee Herb Dean. Announcer Joe Rogan abandoned his position at the commentator's table and began screaming for the fight to be called.
Thankfully, the action didn't continue for more than a few seconds, and Hill received the much needed medical attention.
Lyoto Machida and Luke Cummo Drink Urine
Urine therapy is an treatment for various conditions in alternative medicine. With documentation of willful consumption of tinkle dating more than a millennium, it is considered one of the oldest practices in medicine.
In it's raw form, urine has been used to treat acne and jellyfish stings. Astronauts purify their toilet juice and drink it in order to stay hydrated in locations with limited water supply.
Very few athletes have embraced the technique, but those who do claim that it flushes out the body and gives them additional strength.
Fighters who like to give their tongue a golden shower, (or does golden bath make more sense?) include former Light-Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, TUF2 runner-up Luke Cummo and notable boxer Juan Manuel Marquez.
Dan Hardy Asks Fans to Photoshop Marcus Davis
In preparation for his battle with welterweight contender Marcus Davis, British superstar Dan Hardy wanted to get a mental edge on his dangerous opponent. Looking to enlist the help of creative fans, he turned to the world wide web and requested some assistance.
"The Outlaw" turned to the forums of CageWarriors.com and posted a photo of Davis, along with two words: "Photoshop anyone?"
The prank spread like wildfire and had fans in every MMA community creating, viewing and laughing at an endless series of electronic art designed to make the Irish Hand Grenade explode.
Explode he did. Davis would get so worked up, that he tweeted "I hope Dan Hardy dies of AIDS." Apparently, he didn't learn from the mistake of Frank Mir, who also wished death upon a future opponent.
Although I did run into one photograph that was NSFW, the rest of the photos from this practical joke are both harmless and hilarious. If you are in need of a good laugh, feel free to search the web for your favorite.
Rampage Jackson Humps a Reporter
This one doesn't need much explanation. Enjoy the video.
Rampage Jackson Motorboats a Reporter
This one needs a little more explanation that the previous slide. Before going overboard in an interview with MMAheat.com, he actually referenced "the humping incident" to the reporter, and told her to beware.
It appears as if Jackson was attempted to garner the "Oh no, he's at it again!" reaction. However, at the end of the day, you can't faceplant in a reporter's chest and give your cheeks a boobie bath.
Bad, Rampage! Bad!
Tito Ortiz Tweets a Full Frontal of Himself
Tito Ortiz is married to uber-famous porn star Jenna Jameson, so nude pictures are undoubtedly something that the Hall of Fame fighter is familiar with. However, last year, Ortiz decided that it was his turn to be in front of the camera, when he took this self-shot.
The photo was released through Ortiz's official Twitter account, although he claims that the image was posted by hackers. And who are we to doubt the man to claim that battled Forest Griffin with a cracked skull? Nevermind the fact that it didn't show up in his post-fight medical.
Wanderlei Silva Wants to "Get Physical" with Chuck Liddell
Close-minded critics already find UFC action to be homoerotic. Hopefully, those same critics won't see this clip, or else we will never hear the end of it.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Liddell was a long awaited dream fight between two of the deadliest light-heavyweights in the history of mixed martial arts. So when Silva arrived at UFC 61 to call out The Iceman, few could have predicted what would come out of The Axe Murderer's mouth.
Watch the video and enjoy the epic staredown. Try not to laugh at Silva's slip of the tongue.
Kevin Randleman, Matt Lindland and Gray Maynard Knock Themselves out
Knockouts are a widely expected element of mixed martial arts. Similar to NASCAR fans watching in hopes of seeing a crash, many UFC fans watch solely for the purpose of watching knockouts.
Rarely does any fighter score a knockout on himself. But it happens.
Let's take a look at three of the best examples.
In the video above, you'll find former lightweight title challenge Gray Maynard talking about knocking himself out in a finale fighter against Rob Emerson. Although he still denies losing consciousness, Maynard went limp after scooping up Emerson for a double leg takedown and piledriving himself into the canvas.
The fight was scored a No Contest, as the slam aggrevated a rib injury from Emerson, who tapped out once he hit the mat.
Matt Lindland wasn't lucky enough to see a NC. When he attempted to slam Falaniko Vitale at UFC 43, the Oregonian wrestler landed on the back of his head, and went limp in the process. The embarrassing loss was only the second in his budding career.
He would get a rematch with Vitale and avenge the loss with a third round stoppage.
In the most notorious self-knockout in UFC history, Kevin Randleman didn't even get to step into the cage. Originally scheduled to face Pedro Rizzo at UFC 21, Randleman was scheduled to defend the UFC Heavyweight championship for the first time. Unfortunately for fans, Randleman would slip during warm-ups, and knock himself unconscious on the concrete floor.
The fight would eventually take place at UFC 26, with Randleman winning a decision.
Kalib Starnes Refuses to Engage Nate Quarry
At one point, Kalib Starnes was considered to be one of the brightest young stars to come out of The Ultimate Fighter's third season. With a decision win against Chris Leben under his belt, it appeared that good things were in the future of the now-retired fighter.
When Starnes met hard-hitting Nate Quarry at UFC 83, he had the support of the Canadian crowd, but it surely wouldn't last.
Quarry would hurt Starnes throughout the fight, and Starnes clearly didn't want to be hit again. Evading the action worked at times, but at multiple points throughout the fight, Starnes would actually run away from "The Rock."
Hoping to goad his opponent into giving the crowd a fight, Quarry chased Starnes down in dance form; performing the popular "Running Man" steps near the end of the contest.
When that didn't work, Quarry switched over to something that needs to be seen to be believed. If you have yet to see the final sequence of the contest, it's undoubtedly worth a watch.
Starnes' performance has been mocked by most of the MMA world, and a popular website, www.WatchKalibRun.com was named after the infamous incident.
Tim Sylvia Beats Assuerio Silva; Loses to Diarrhea
There are a lot of urban legends that either originated as a joke, or as something that got blown out of proportion. For a long time, the story of Tim Sylvia pooping his pants on live TV was considered to be just another myth.
That is, until the former Heavyweight champion confirmed the story.
"Not taking anything away from Assuerio, he's a tough dude, obviously. I hit him a couple of times and couldn't finish him. I was really sick for the fight. I got really sick Saturday and had problems holding my innards. When I was warming up, I had a few problems, and I actually had a few problems in the ring when I was fighting."
"I don't know what it was. It got really cold when we were outside working out and stuff, going back and forth from the room. I caught something, and I just couldn't hold in my number twos... If you look at the fight you'll see that when my shorts came down, you'll see the wet mark in my underwear."
Sylvia would go on to win the bout, and thankfully for Assuerio, the finish did not come via triangle choke.
Dana White Fires Miguel Torres for Rape Joke; Makes One Himself
Do as I say, not as I do.
That's the message that fans were left with following the release of Miguel "Angel" Torres in late 2011. The former WEC bantamweight champion turned to social media site Twitter, and posted the following.
"If a windowless van was called a surprise van, more people wouldn't mind going for rides in them." He told followers. "Everyone likes surprises."
Torres was immediately removed from the UFC roster, and Dana White told Sports Illustrated "Miguel Torres has been cut from the UFC, and his career with us now is over."
Many speculate that the reason Torres was not given any leeway for his inappropriate joke was that former Light-Heavyweight champion Forest Griffin had recently made a similar comment, and been publicly punished for it.
The Griffin comment ("Rape is the new missionary") was far more blatant and left no room for interpretation. Torres', however, claims that he was simply quoting the FX comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
It is important that the UFC take a hard stance against any fighters making light of a serious topic like rape. After all, former UFC fighter Joe Son is currently serving a lengthy jail sentence for the brutal crime, as are Jeremy Jackson and Mike Whitehead.
Dana White utilizes Twitter as a way to stay in touch with fans, and to break news. But the UFC President isn't without fault. Shortly after the Torres incident, Dana was being trolled by a follower, and responded with a comment about the man being raped in prison.