No.3: Eric Spicely vs. Thiago Santos
In 2016 you’d be hard pushed to find a bigger underdog than Eric Spicely heading into his fight with Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night 95 in September.
Arriving in the UFC via TUF Season 23, Spicely was submitted by Sam Alvey in his first fight and had then been informed by the UFC that he was going to be cut.
However, due to the UFC being bought up by WME-IMG there was a hold-up in Spicely’s paperwork being processed to seal his exit, and so in the mean time the promotion offered him a fight with Santos.
There’s little doubt that the UFC saw this is an opportunity to give the highly regarded Santos an easy fight to bounce back from a tough loss to Gegard Mousasi a few months earlier that had broken his four-fight winning streak.
Apparently Spicely didn’t get the memo that his opponent was a 9-1 favorite to win though, and so just 2.58mins into the first round he threw a huge spanner in the works by tapping out the Brazilian via rear-naked choke.