Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites and the 13 Worst Mismatches in UFC History

Dan Hiergesell@DHiergesellFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2011

Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites and the 13 Worst Mismatches in UFC History

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    For nearly 20 years, the UFC has produced some of the greatest fights in MMA history.

    Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar, Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva, Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture, Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua and anything involving Royce Gracie prior to 2006.

    However, it's fairly impossible to weed out these legendary battles without witnessing some of the most one-sided bouts imaginable.

    With that said. based on pre-fight hype, accumulated damage and overall dominance, here are the 13 biggest mismatches in UFC history.

    Sorry in advance if I fail to list one of your favorites.

13. Roy Nelson vs. Kimbo Slice

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    There may be a few other lopsided fights that you could plug in here, but I simply had to put this one at No. 13.

    Roy Nelson literally sat on Kimbo Slice for seven straight minutes during the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, ending the fight in Round 2 via TKO.

    Chalk it up to excellent game-planning for a hard-hitting street fighter, or in-fight adjustments by "Big Country" to literally ride Slice to a victory.

    Either way, Nelson proved that the infamous YouTube sensation, at that point in his MMA career, had no business in the ring with an IFL heavyweight champion.

12. Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin

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    This fight was Anderson Silva's first test at light heavyweight.

    And while James "The Sandman" Irvin was no slouch during his four-year UFC career, his chin seemed unable to contend with Silva's fists.

    No more than one minute into the first round did "The Spider" land a one-punch KO victory, supplanting himself as an elite striking at the 205 lb. level, as well as middleweight.

    Easily one of the most famous fight finishes in Silva's decorated career and arguably one of the most dominant performances ever in the Octagon.

11. Chuck Liddell v.s. Tito Ortiz

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    You have to wonder if Tito Ortiz ever possessed the talent and overall presence to take on Chuck Liddell.

    In their two bouts inside the Octagon, stretching from UFC 47 to UFC 66, Liddell ended each fight no later than the third round by KO/TKO, once retaining his light heavyweight championship.

    It seemed as if Ortiz was never the opponent people had thought he'd be against one of the greatest knockout artists of all time.

    The fact of the matter is, Ortiz is one of those fighters who adapts to his opponents' strengths, often grinding things out on the feet to prove his striking abilities against top competition. 

    That didn't bode well when matched up against "The Iceman," and ultimately led to Ortiz's demise, twice.

10. Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring

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    Is it just me, or did Brock Lesnar's fight against Heath Herring look like an eighth grader beating up a fifth-grade nerd?

    Lesnar surely could have ended the fight earlier than he did, which was a testament to his immature MMA skills at the time, but his destruction over a top heavyweight still proved his relevance as a championship contender.

    To be honest, I don't think Herring knew what he was getting into.  He simply didn't look ready.

    All in all, Lesnar ransacked the veteran for 15 straight minutes, earning his first prominent UFC victory that has led him to where he is today.

9. Chuck Liddell vs. Babalu Sobral

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    Chuck Liddell's victory over Renato "Babalu" Sobral at UFC 62 proved to be his quickest knockout while serving as the UFC light heavyweight champion.

    It took the Hall of Fame fighter only 1:35 into Round 1 to secure and defend his title.

    Sobral landed only one punch before getting tagged and ruining a four-fight win streak that he had brought into the fight.

    Bottom line, a slow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner was no match for the greatest KO artist in UFC light heavyweight history.

8. Randy Couture vs. James Toney

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    Honestly, this could be No. 1. 

    However, considering Randy Couture's dominant victory came at the hands of a boxer, it simply doesn't compare to the rest of these MMA beatdowns.

    Regardless, James Toney was the first former champion to test his boxing skills in the Octagon, and he'll probably be the last.

    At no point in the fight did Toney look like he knew what was going on. 

    The verdict?  A short coming in his UFC debut at the hands of arguably the most popular fighter in MMA history.

    Sorry, James.  Takedowns beat jabs.

7. Matt Hughes vs. Joe Riggs

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    Joe Riggs had no business being in the same cage as Hall of Fame welterweight Matt Hughes.

    Hughes' victory, in a championship bout turned non-title fight because Riggs failed to make weight, was arguably the most dominant performance of his UFC career.

    After bashing the challenger on the feet, Hughes sunk in a perfect kimura with a little less than two minutes to go in Round 1, retaining his title.

    I guess all that tractor riding truly pays off.

6. BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk

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    Easily one of the worst losses of Sean Sherk's career.

    This fight was the only time Sherk found himself opposite BJ Penn in the Octagon, and rightfully so.

    Penn out-struck "The Muscle Shark" 122 to 46, ending the fight by way of TKO in Round 3 to retain his lightweight championship.

    This fight ultimately signified Sherk's inabilities to finish and strike with more experienced opponents, ending his reign as a perennial contender.

5. Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock

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    There's really nothing to say here.

    Tito Ortiz simply dominated Ken Shamrock in all three of their fights, seemingly never showing weakness against "The World's Most Dangerous Man."

    In their first fight, Shamrock's corner stopped the bout in the third round, culminating into Ortiz's record-setting fifth-straight title defense at light heavyweight.

    In their second fight, Ortiz bashed Shamrock with an arsenal of elbows, ending the veteran after just one minute into Round 1.

    In their last fight in 2006, there was much of the same. Ortiz stopped Shamrock early in the first round by way of a TKO victory.

    So it's quite clear that this once-heralded rivalry was never really a rivalry. It was more or less Shamrock talking trash and thinking he had what it took to contend with the best, but Ortiz's Octagon presence deemed to difficult to overcome.

    Imagine they fought now?  Oh, boy.

4. Rich Franklin vs. Nate Quarry

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    This is easily one of the most lopsided and dumbfounding fights in UFC history.

    What were Dana White and Joe Silva thinking when they pinned Nate Quarry up against Rich "Ace" Franklin?

    Don't get me wrong.  Quarry is a solid mixed martial artist who was coming into this title bout with three straight first-round finishes, but he in no way deserved a championship shot.

    Franklin ended it just 2:34 into Round 1, culminating in one of the worst mismatches in UFC middleweight championship history.

    Quarry landed only four strikes after boasting "such power" in his previous fights.

3. Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie

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    Simply one of the most straightforward finishes in MMA history.

    Matt Hughes dismantled the legendary Royce Gracie, but a washed-up one at that.

    It was only his second career loss, coming by way of a Hughes TKO finish at the end of Round 1.

    After Hughes landed 32 strikes, four passes and one takedown, the outcome seemed borderline barbaric.

    It reminded me of an old man getting his butt kicked by some smart ass punk at the local convenient store.

2. Frank Mir vs. Tim Sylvia

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    One broken arm?  Check.

    One submission victory in under a minute?  Check.

    One new heavyweight champion?  Check.

    One of the nastiest and least competitive fights in UFC history?  Check.

    That's all. 

1. Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites

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    Okay.  Before I begin, let me just say thanks for reading and try not to judge my knowledge of MMA by my No. 1 choice.

    Quite honestly, there has never been a more boring UFC title fight than the one between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites at UFC 97.

    And even though it was no fault of Silva's, it was nowhere close to being worth $44.99.

    Leites ultimately laid on the canvas for five straight rounds, leaving Silva literally up in arms trying to get his opponent to fight.

    That was Leites' second to last fight in the UFC.  Can you blame Dana White?

    While many other fights on this list showcase more actual dominance as far as damage is concerned, I've simply never seen a guy basically take a nap on the mat for 25 minutes in front of an angry Montreal, Quebec, Canada  crowd.

    Hands down the most disappointing and mismatched fight of all time.