8. Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes – UFC 189
Our next bout on the list features ‘The Notorious One’ Conor McGregor.
McGregor was originally supposed to face Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 189 but the Brazilian was unfortunately forced out of the contest due to an injury sustained in training camp.
Wrestling specialist Chad Mendes would then step in for the injured Aldo, and an interim 145-pound title would be put on the line.
Mendes would dominate the Irishman in the opening round and the majority of the second, as he took him down with little to no ease at all and administered some extensive damage to McGregor’s face with his ground-and-pound.
McGregor would manage to get to his feet after scrambling up from a guillotine attempt, and unleash his unorthodox striking arsenal on the Team Alpha Male member.
The gassed Mendes would then fall after eating a clean left hand to the chin in the closing seconds of the second round, and the Irish-filled MGM crowd in Vegas would erupt in joy for their representative’s miraculous victory.