As we round out the year 2015 in MMA, check out the craziest title upsets, knockouts and barn burners in this epic piece…
We’ll soon be beckoning in the year 2016, some of us will be dressed like jackasses at the office party, others may be with their families, and then there are some, present company included, who’ll be glued to the screen watching Fedor Emelianenko making his comeback at Rizin. It’s been a year chock full of MMA madness from start to finish and, truthfully, there’s nowhere I’d rather have been than watching it all go down with you crazy a**holes.
We’ve seen some huge upsets, insane knockouts and stoppages, and a fair sprinkling of slobber knocking bar brawl-type scraps for good measure. The UFC has had some glorious highs and harrowing lows, as have their fighters all the way from the novices to the all-time greats. It’s been a wild year to remember, so check out my personal picks for the craziest upsets, brawls and finishes of 2015.
Ronda Rousey came in to 2015 on a boat load of hype, and was drawing comparisons to Mike Tyson in her finishing of contenders. A couple of sub-minute finishes over Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia saw ‘Rowdy’ become the biggest pay-per-view draw in the UFC, and with Conor McGregor around that was a true statement.
Unfortunately for Rousey it would turn out to be the worst year of her career by far, as she was booked in to face Holly Holm at UFC 193. The hype machine worked harder than ever before, with custom movie-type promo videos and the promoters calling her ‘the world’s most dominant athlete.’ Looking back on it now, is it any wonder she began buying in to her own hype so much? In ‘The Preacher’s Daughter,’ Rousey met her match, and it all came crashing down in undoubtedly the most incredible finish and biggest title fight upset of 2015, possibly ever.
A nice recap video: