I don’t think it gets much more exciting in MMA than seeing a big upset. There is something about seeing an upset that electrifies a live crowd and can put you on the edge of your couch at home in seconds. Today I look back at 20 of the biggest upsets in MMA history.
All of these upsets were based on odds and reputation coming into the fight. Yes, in hindsight years later some of these wins weren’t exactly big upsets after all. However, at the time the handicapping of the fight prior to the event told a much different story. It is hard to believe seeing Tim Sylvia fight today that anyone would consider the loss to Randy Couture an upset, however the MMA community thought much different at the time as an example of what I am talking about.
So today in no particular order I go back through relatively recent history in and outside of the UFC and take a look back at some of the most exciting MMA upsets history. Keep in mind that I am putting these fights in no particular order of importance because let’s face it, an upset is an upset no matter how big or small the win is.
One last thing. Keep in mind how some of these fighters rebounded after their upset loss. Some came back stronger while others like many on the list never recovered. As big as the win is for the underdog, the loss could be absolutely traumatic for the loser and I think that is why we love upsets so much in MMA.
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