The 10 Worst Matches in MMA History

G DAnalyst IIIDecember 27, 2011

The 10 Worst Matches in MMA History

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    It's hard to deny just how successful the sport of mixed martial arts has become over the past several years.

    The sport has provided entertainment to fans and viewers in all parts of the world as it displays real-life excitement and thrill.

    However, with any good comes the bad.

    Over the years in MMA, we've also seen some of the worst, most head-shaking performances known to mankind.

    For some reason or another, these specific fights lacked the package and had fans screaming for relief or dozing off to sleep.

    The following slides display the 10 worst matches in MMA history.

UFC 112: Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia

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    Dance, dance, dance, like it's the last fight of your life.

    Or so it appeared for Anderson Silva, who could have been mistaken for a celebrity on Dancing with the Stars when he met Demian Maia at UFC 112.

    In one of the most lopsided affairs of all time, Silva toyed around with the less skilled Maia and purposely chose to lengthen the bout to five rounds, resulting in a unanimous decision victory.

    Not only did Maia lack an ice cube's chance in hell, but Silva left any class that he may have had in the locker room.

K-1 PREMIUM 2005 Dynamite!!: Heath Herring vs. Yoshihiro Nakao

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    It's rare that a fight is ever stopped before it even begins.

    But in self-defense, as some might say, Heath Herring connected on a blow that knocked out Yoshihiro Nakao after he was kissed on the lips in their pre-fight stare-down.

    Instead of a showdown, a simple kiss under the mistletoe led to a no contest and a bunch of pissed-off fans in Osaka, Japan.

    How about a hug instead next time?

UFC 83: Kalib Starnes vs. Nate Quarry

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    One for the ages?


    In a middleweight showdown at UFC 83, Kalib Starnes was confused for an Olympic track star as he continually ran away from his opponent, Nate Quarry.

    In result, Quarry began to taunt Starnes, running in motion and using hand gestures.

    Thanks for nothing, Kalib.

Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2001: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Mike Bernardo

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    It's quite possible that Nobuhiko Takada and Mike Bernardo took part in the worst fight in MMA history at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye in 2001.

    Takada and Bernardo circled the ring and did not make contact with each other once.

    That was until Takada fell to the mat without any force at all.

    The same thing happened in the final round, as the bout was ruled a draw.

    Those in attendance were more than likely in a deep sleep when they were awakened by the final bell.

UFC 97: Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites

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    Worst fight of all time?

    Well, some would say so.

    In the main event of the evening at UFC 97, Thales Leites connected on 10 strikes against Silva.

    The only problem—Silva landed 94.

    Some believe Silva was toying with Leites, while others state it was an off evening for the champion.

    Either way, it was hard to watch, as Leites failed to compete and Silva couldn't finish.

UFC 9: Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn II

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    Behind rules and regulations, UFC 9 turned into what many refer to as "The Detroit Dance."


    With the condition that closed-fisted strikes to the head weren't allowed, Ken "The World's Most Dangerous Man" Shamrock and Dan Severn circled the Octagon until their bout came to a close, literally.

    One of the most hyped fights in MMA history quickly turned into a fraud.

Pride 23: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Gilles Arsene

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    If at first you don't succeed, then give up.

    Or, in the case of Gilles Arsene, just tap out.

    In one of the worst matches of all time, Arsene found himself on the receiving end of a beatdown from Kazushi Sakuraba.

    However, it wasn't necessarily the beatdown that will be remembered, but Arsene tapping out before Sakuraba even placed in his attempted armbar.

    Not a night to remember at Pride 23.

UFC 118: Randy Couture vs. James Toney

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    Hats off to James Toney for lasting a whopping three minutes and 19 seconds inside the Octagon.

    In the highly anticipated MMA vs. boxing showdown, it was Randy Couture who reigned supreme for team MMA.

    Unfortunately for fans and viewers who tuned in, they got to be part of one of the worst fights in the sport's history.

    Oh James.

UFC 61: Tim Sylvia vs. Andrei Arlovski III

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    What could be better than a grudge match between two of the UFC's best heavyweights fighting for UFC gold?

    In the case of UFC 61, well, a lot of things.

    In what should have been a five-round war, Sylvia and Arlovski locked up for 25 consecutive minutes, exchanging a few strikes here and there.

    While frequent "boos" were heard from the Las Vegas crowd, the boring bout continued until the final bell closed out an absolutely dreadful championship fight.

UFC 5: Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie II

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    If you had tuned in to see arguably the greatest submission artist of all time at UFC 5, you saw one of the worst matches in MMA history instead.

    Without rules, Ken Shamrock immediately took Gracie to the ground and held him there until the fight finally came to an end.

    Disappointed with how things ended, Shamrock and Gracie were returned to their feet for an additional five minutes of fighting.

    But once again it was Gracie who found himself on his back, as the bout resulted in a lackluster draw.

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