8) Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez
Nobody doubted Gilbert Melendez’s ability in the UFC lightweight division when he entered the promotion as a 155-pound Strikeforce champion.
But after losing his Octagon debut to Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 7, people began to wonder if “El Nino” could ever regain his gold standard. In one of the more audacious bookings in lightweight memory, Melendez was gifted another title shot opposite Anthony Pettis after a single victory over a declining Diego Sanchez at UFC 166.
While their matchup is revered as one of the best brawls in UFC history, Melendez in no way, shape or form should have been given a shot at Pettis at UFC 181 after narrowly defeating a non-contender through three rounds.