Close
Login
Register

When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

RIZIN, UFC, Bellator, ONE Championship, PFL, and many more!

Greatest upset in MMA history

Edgar vs Penn 1
1
17%
Holm vs Rousey
0
No votes
Diaz vs McGregor 1
0
No votes
Serra vs GSP 1
2
33%
Bisping vs Rockhold
1
17%
Lauzon vs Pulver
1
17%
Penn vs Hughes 1
1
17%
Other
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 6

When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby SpeakEasy » Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:18 pm

Underdogs are a part of our world history, the little guy taking on the big guy has always inspired us.
But when they win that inspiration turns into a an overarching lesson that we can never ever count anyone out.
And that lesson is no more apparent and on the nose than in fighting, in combat.
Andy Ruiz Jr, Holly Holm, Buster Douglas, Frankie Edgar, Hasim Rahman, Matt Serra, Michael Bisping, and the names of those we counted out stretches the centuries;all the way to the 300 Spartans whose bravery we still revel for taking on the insurmountable numbers of the Persian army.
These men and women woke up and said to themselves "you may never have this day again, so make it count."
And did they ever.
Image
(Buster Douglas KOs Mike Tyson as a 42-1 underdog, the largest upset in terms of odds)

Holly Holm was anywhere from a 9 to 20-1 underdog.
Holly Holm had a prestigious career stretching across two other combat sports and despite a perfect record to match and a style seemingly tailor made for Ronda Rousey, no one gave Holly much of a chance.
And the champion at the time, aforementioned Rousey, disregarded her opponent to the same levels the books did.
Ronda though would lose money, her belt and seemingly her competitive drive, as Holly Holm blasted a left shin against an already broken and beaten Rouseys head and followed up with a barrage of hammer fists.
To say the doubters were wrong would be an understatement, Holly Holm embarrassed the odds makers and embarrassed Rousey and produced the biggest upset MMA had seen and the biggest upset since Buster Douglas/Mike Tyson.
Image

Ronda Rousey shared similarities with another champion who counted out his opponent and didn't give them any chance.
This champion was also a mean mugging, dominant personality that not a single expert saw losing for the foreseeable future.
Sonny Liston was considered not just a bad man but an actual bad man.
Notoriously involved in the Mafia and mob, Sonny would reduce Cus D'amoto standout and America's sweetheart Floyd Patterson to human rubble in 2:06.
Patterson would take a very ill advised rematch, showcasing why Cus D'amoto had spent a majority of Patterson's championship reign actively ducking the Liston fight, lasting 4 seconds longer than the first fight.
Image
And with that an ominous, looming monster of a man, was now heavyweight champion and it looked like Sonny Liston would sit on his throne for many years to come.
But history was writing a different storyline and it was using the mouth and boxing abilities of a young Kentucky boy named Cassius Clay.
Better known as Muhammad Ali, Clay as he was called at the time pursued Liston relentlessly at, what people assumed at the time, was at the cost of Clays own life and well being.
Critics and fan alike truly believed every word, every antic and every barb Cassius made towards Sonny, in pursuit of a heavyweight title fight, was another nail in his coffin.
Cassius Clay was a man awaiting execution and Sonny Liston was the guillotine waiting to lop Clays head off.
Sonny entered the ring on February 25th 1962 against a 22 year old Cassius Clay as an 8-1 favourite.
Sonny, arguably, left the ring that night as the biggest loser combat sports would ever see until Rouseys loss.
Sonny Liston was battered, cheated and than quit on his stool, spitting his mouth guard out twice and in the third time growling to his corner "I'm fucking done".
Image
And with that a legend was born and a lot of money was lost.

Holly Holm and Cassius Clay similarities end there.
Holm would lose her next three fights and Clay would become Muhammad Ali and a polarizing monumentally important part of boxing history.
But both will always have a special place in the timeline of combat sports, a place that can only be replaced by insurmountable odds being overcome by someone no one expects to do it.
Championship belts, fights and bets can all be lost but the memory of the greatest upsets combat sports had ever seen will never ever be lost.
Last edited by SpeakEasy on Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:57 pm, edited 7 times in total.
"A lion is called a king of beasts,
Image
obviously for a reason."
User avatar
SpeakEasy
Red Belt
Red Belt
 
Posts: 1599
Joined: Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:40 am
Accolades: Fantasy A-League Champion: Oct 2016
Fantasy C-League Champion: July 2017

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby SpeakEasy » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:00 pm

Apologies, I threw this one together pretty quick so editing might make it a bit choppier of a read.
Again, appreciate any and all criticism and am open to any suggestions for future topics.
Thanks to frag for inspiring this one.
Let me know what you guys think and don't be afraid to tell me to shut the fuck up.

Inb4 tldr
"A lion is called a king of beasts,
Image
obviously for a reason."
User avatar
SpeakEasy
Red Belt
Red Belt
 
Posts: 1599
Joined: Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:40 am
Accolades: Fantasy A-League Champion: Oct 2016
Fantasy C-League Champion: July 2017

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby hawdrigoh » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:10 pm

SpeakEasy wrote:Underdogs are a part of our world history, the little guy taking on the big guy has always inspired us.
But when they win that inspiration turns into a an overarching lesson that we can never ever count anyone out.
And that lesson is no more apparent and on the nose than in fighting, in combat.
Andy Ruiz Jr, Holly Holm, Buster Douglas, Frankie Edgar, Hasim Rahman, Matt Serra, Michael Bisping, and the names of those we counted out stretches the centuries;all the way to the 300 Spartans whose bravery we still revel for taking on the insurmountable numbers of the Persian army.
These men and women woke up and said to themselves "you may never have this day again, so make it count."
And did they ever.

Holly Holm was anywhere from a 9 to 20-1 underdog.
Holly Holm had a prestigious career stretching across two other combat sports and despite a perfect record to match and a style seemingly tailor made for Ronda Rousey, no one gave Holly much of a chance.
And the champion at the time, aforementioned Rousey, disregarded her opponent to the same levels the books did.
Ronda though would lose money, her belt and seemingly her competitive drive, as Holly Holm blasted a left shin against an already broken and beaten Rouseys head and followed up with a barrage of hammer fists.
To say the doubters were wrong would be an understatement, Holly Holm embarrassed the odds makers and embarrassed Rousey and produced the biggest upset MMA had seen and the biggest upset since Buster Douglas/Mike Tyson.
Image

Ronda Rousey shared similarities with another champion who counted out his opponent and didn't give them any chance.
This champion was also a mean mugging, dominant personality that not a single expert saw losing for the foreseeable future.
Sonny Liston was considered not just a bad man but an actual bad man.
Notoriously involved in the Mafia and mob, Sonny would reduce Cus D'amoto standout and America's sweetheart Floyd Patterson to human rubble in 2:06.
Patterson would take a very ill advised rematch, showcasing why Cus D'amoto had spent a majority of Patterson's championship reign actively ducking the Liston fight, lasting 4 seconds longer than the first fight.
Image
And with that an ominous, looming monster of a man, was now heavyweight champion and it looked like Sonny Liston would sit on his throne for many years to come.
But history was writing a different storyline and it was using the mouth and boxing abilities of a young Kentucky boy named Cassius Clay.
Better known as Muhammad Ali, Clay as he was called at the time pursued Liston relentlessly at, what people assumed at the time, was at the cost of Clays own life and well being.
Critics and fan alike truly believed every word, every antic and every barb Cassius made towards Sonny, in pursuit of a heavyweight title fight, was another nail in his coffin.
Cassius Clay was a man awaiting execution and Sonny Liston was the guillotine waiting to lop Clays head off.
Sonny entered the ring on February 25th 1962 against a 22 year old Cassius Clay as an 8-1 favourite.
Sonny, arguably, left the ring that night as the biggest loser combat sports would ever see until Rouseys loss.
Sonny Liston was battered, cheated and than quit on his stool, spitting his mouth guard out twice and in the third time growling to his corner "I'm fucking done".
Image
And with that a legend was born and a lot of money was lost.

Holly Holm and Cassius Clay similarities end there.
Holm would lose her next three fights and Clay would become Muhammad Ali and a polarizing monumentally important part of boxing history.
But both will always have a special place in the timeline of combat sports, a place that can only be replaced by insurmountable odds being overcome by someone no one expects to do it.
Championship belts, fights and bets can all be lost but the memory of the greatest upsets combat sports had ever seen will never ever be lost.


Spoiler:
Image
Spoiler:





Spoiler:




User avatar
hawdrigoh
7th Professional Linker Victory
7th Professional Linker Victory
 
Posts: 14377
Joined: Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:40 am
Accolades: Pillar of Linker

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby yoseph » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:32 pm

^^ that one can be easily replaced with Nate diaz>conor. Domt panic
User avatar
yoseph
4th Degree Black Belt
4th Degree Black Belt
 
Posts: 4226
Joined: Wed May 13, 2009 4:17 pm
Location: 209
Accolades: Fantasy B-League Champion: Dec. 2015, May 2019, Aug. 2019
Fantasy C-League Champion: Jan. 2017, Mar. 2017
Survivor (x2)

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby SpeakEasy » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:36 pm

hawdrigoh wrote:
SpeakEasy wrote:Underdogs are a part of our world history, the little guy taking on the big guy has always inspired us.
But when they win that inspiration turns into a an overarching lesson that we can never ever count anyone out.
And that lesson is no more apparent and on the nose than in fighting, in combat.
Andy Ruiz Jr, Holly Holm, Buster Douglas, Frankie Edgar, Hasim Rahman, Matt Serra, Michael Bisping, and the names of those we counted out stretches the centuries;all the way to the 300 Spartans whose bravery we still revel for taking on the insurmountable numbers of the Persian army.
These men and women woke up and said to themselves "you may never have this day again, so make it count."
And did they ever.

Holly Holm was anywhere from a 9 to 20-1 underdog.
Holly Holm had a prestigious career stretching across two other combat sports and despite a perfect record to match and a style seemingly tailor made for Ronda Rousey, no one gave Holly much of a chance.
And the champion at the time, aforementioned Rousey, disregarded her opponent to the same levels the books did.
Ronda though would lose money, her belt and seemingly her competitive drive, as Holly Holm blasted a left shin against an already broken and beaten Rouseys head and followed up with a barrage of hammer fists.
To say the doubters were wrong would be an understatement, Holly Holm embarrassed the odds makers and embarrassed Rousey and produced the biggest upset MMA had seen and the biggest upset since Buster Douglas/Mike Tyson.
Image

Ronda Rousey shared similarities with another champion who counted out his opponent and didn't give them any chance.
This champion was also a mean mugging, dominant personality that not a single expert saw losing for the foreseeable future.
Sonny Liston was considered not just a bad man but an actual bad man.
Notoriously involved in the Mafia and mob, Sonny would reduce Cus D'amoto standout and America's sweetheart Floyd Patterson to human rubble in 2:06.
Patterson would take a very ill advised rematch, showcasing why Cus D'amoto had spent a majority of Patterson's championship reign actively ducking the Liston fight, lasting 4 seconds longer than the first fight.
Image
And with that an ominous, looming monster of a man, was now heavyweight champion and it looked like Sonny Liston would sit on his throne for many years to come.
But history was writing a different storyline and it was using the mouth and boxing abilities of a young Kentucky boy named Cassius Clay.
Better known as Muhammad Ali, Clay as he was called at the time pursued Liston relentlessly at, what people assumed at the time, was at the cost of Clays own life and well being.
Critics and fan alike truly believed every word, every antic and every barb Cassius made towards Sonny, in pursuit of a heavyweight title fight, was another nail in his coffin.
Cassius Clay was a man awaiting execution and Sonny Liston was the guillotine waiting to lop Clays head off.
Sonny entered the ring on February 25th 1962 against a 22 year old Cassius Clay as an 8-1 favourite.
Sonny, arguably, left the ring that night as the biggest loser combat sports would ever see until Rouseys loss.
Sonny Liston was battered, cheated and than quit on his stool, spitting his mouth guard out twice and in the third time growling to his corner "I'm fucking done".
Image
And with that a legend was born and a lot of money was lost.

Holly Holm and Cassius Clay similarities end there.
Holm would lose her next three fights and Clay would become Muhammad Ali and a polarizing monumentally important part of boxing history.
But both will always have a special place in the timeline of combat sports, a place that can only be replaced by insurmountable odds being overcome by someone no one expects to do it.
Championship belts, fights and bets can all be lost but the memory of the greatest upsets combat sports had ever seen will never ever be lost.


Spoiler:
Image


I'm sorry gentleman, I had to be unbiased and I do not agree at all.
Frankie beating BJ on paper and in regards to each fighters known abilities is 10× the upset Diaz/McGregor was.
Nothing about BJs hype was fabricated and was not only a champion but was the most dominant champion the lower weight classes had seen.
I joined this site because of my love for Penn, I drove 4 hours to Hilo in poouring rain just to fucking look at the man, I love the man.
But his place in history doesn't supercede Frankie or his accomplishments.
I'm sorry, yell at meow, he likes it.
"A lion is called a king of beasts,
Image
obviously for a reason."
User avatar
SpeakEasy
Red Belt
Red Belt
 
Posts: 1599
Joined: Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:40 am
Accolades: Fantasy A-League Champion: Oct 2016
Fantasy C-League Champion: July 2017

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby warriorxv » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:53 pm

Pulver vs lauzon was a big upset

Penn vs Hughes 1 was also a huge mismatch with Matt having like 3x the amount of fights and penn destroyed him
Image
User avatar
warriorxv
7th Degree Black Belt
7th Degree Black Belt
 
Posts: 5895
Joined: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:57 pm
Location: Vancouver, BC
Accolades: Fantasy B-League Champion: May 2016

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby SpeakEasy » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:57 pm

warriorxv wrote:Pulver vs lauzon was a big upset

Penn vs Hughes 1 was also a huge mismatch with Matt having like 3x the amount of fights and penn destroyed him


Added, definitely two huge ones.
"A lion is called a king of beasts,
Image
obviously for a reason."
User avatar
SpeakEasy
Red Belt
Red Belt
 
Posts: 1599
Joined: Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:40 am
Accolades: Fantasy A-League Champion: Oct 2016
Fantasy C-League Champion: July 2017

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby yoseph » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:42 am

I got two of em. First one is kimbo vs petruzelli. Everyone bought the hype and nobody in their right mind thought short notice seth would KO kimbo in 14 seconds. Longer than aldo lasted, but still.

The other one was such a big upset, that I dont even feel right posting it. The real day mma ended. 6/26/2010

Spoiler:
Image
User avatar
yoseph
4th Degree Black Belt
4th Degree Black Belt
 
Posts: 4226
Joined: Wed May 13, 2009 4:17 pm
Location: 209
Accolades: Fantasy B-League Champion: Dec. 2015, May 2019, Aug. 2019
Fantasy C-League Champion: Jan. 2017, Mar. 2017
Survivor (x2)

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby PainDog » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:30 am

TJ vs Barao when people were calling Barao the p4p best fighter


Almost everyone thought Pettis would smash RDA...though I honestly thought RDA would win
Image

Damir Ismagulov Time

Saygid Arslanaliev Time

Khabib Nurmagomedov Time
User avatar
PainDog
Mod Emeritus
 
Posts: 9435
Joined: Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:10 am
Location: Doha, Qatar
Accolades: Fantasy A-League Champion: Dec 2017, Apr 2018
Fantasy B-League Champion: Nov 2017

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby DeceptaCon » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:34 am

Penn vs Edgar 1 wasn't a mismatch or an upset because Penn was robbed.
Spoiler:
Image
Spoiler:
Image

Are you ready for the last great deception?
User avatar
DeceptaCon
10th Professional Linker Victory
10th Professional Linker Victory
 
Posts: 18313
Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:33 pm
Location: Stalking Ker in the Mall of Germany
Accolades: Pillar of Linker
Fantasy C-League Champion: Feb/Sep 2016, Apr 2018
Survivor

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby bruins2012 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:56 am

Considering their first fight, the size difference, and the hype behind Grey Maynard I think the 2nd fight with Wdgar was a huge mismatch too.

The biggest one of all; Vitor Belford bs Tandy Couture 1.
When engaged in combat, the vanquishing of thine enemy can be the warrior's only concern. Suppress all human emotion and compassion. Kill whoever stands in thy way, even if that be Lord God or Buddha himself.

Image
User avatar
bruins2012
10th Professional Linker Victory
10th Professional Linker Victory
 
Posts: 19357
Joined: Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:08 pm
Accolades: 2014-2015 & 2015-2016 Fantasy Hockey Champion
Fantasy B-League Champion: Aug 2016, May/Sep 2017, Apr 2018
Fantasy C-League Champion: July 2016
Survivor

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby Oldtoby420 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:29 am

So no mention of Mike Russow vs Todd Duffee ?
User avatar
Oldtoby420
6th Degree Black Belt
6th Degree Black Belt
 
Posts: 5145
Joined: Sun Sep 23, 2007 3:02 am
Location: South Farthing of The Shire

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby SpeakEasy » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:40 am

I think all of the suggestions and emotions we got in this thread already really highlights what makes an upset so great.
All fantastic suggestions and Russow vs Differ is another solid suggestion.
I based my writing off what I believe are the two most significant upsets with monumental historic value that completely upended the status quo.
But that doesn't mean I don't see the merit or arguments in other upsets as well.
Y'all are the best, really grateful you guys take the time to come out, keep being you Link :heart:
"A lion is called a king of beasts,
Image
obviously for a reason."
User avatar
SpeakEasy
Red Belt
Red Belt
 
Posts: 1599
Joined: Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:40 am
Accolades: Fantasy A-League Champion: Oct 2016
Fantasy C-League Champion: July 2017

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby hawdrigoh » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:42 am

yoseph wrote:^^ that one can be easily replaced with Nate diaz>conor. Domt panic


Spoiler:
Image
Spoiler:





Spoiler:




User avatar
hawdrigoh
7th Professional Linker Victory
7th Professional Linker Victory
 
Posts: 14377
Joined: Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:40 am
Accolades: Pillar of Linker

Re: When a mismatch becomes a can't miss match

Postby Mr Meow » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:58 am

Tra fucking Twleleligman beating Igor in Pride is one of the biggest upsets evevever.


Danny Lafever at 0-0 and retiring 1-0 beating Benji Radach by knocking him out cold as he was 15-1 was purrrrrrrhaps the biggest upset in mma history.
Officially 8-2 in sig bets. *pats back* 5 time A league champion. :gold: :gold: :gold: :gold: :gold:
User avatar
Mr Meow
4th Professional Linker Victory
4th Professional Linker Victory
 
Posts: 11295
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:47 am
Location: Lin Kuei training camp
Accolades: Fantasy A-League Champion: Nov 2015, Dec 2015, Jan, Apr 2016, May 2016, Nov 2016
Fantasy B-League Champion: Apr 2017, Feb, 2018, Nov 2018, Nov 2019
Highest Overall Fantasy Score 2016
Survivor (x3)
First Linker to Successfully Defend Survivor Belt
Pick-Em Champion: January 2020

Next

Return to MMA Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users