Editorial Spotlight: The 5 worst UFC fights in history | UFC NEWS
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has produced some of the most memorable bouts in the history of organized modern combat. Some of the most notable fighters in the world now reside on its roster, and inhabit the conversations of mainstream fight fans. The level of skill of even the worst fighter in the UFC is above the martial arts status quo for the most part. So how could this possibly end badly? How about when two fighters meet that have no chemistry, no killer instinct, and a burning desire not to lose – or the desire to just survive. Listed below are five of the most “must miss” fights in UFC history.
5. Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia UFC 112
Demian Maia walked in to his fight with UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva with a gameplan. The problem was it seemed to the audience that he was hoping to bore him to death. From the opening bell it was apparent that Maia just wanted to survive. Sure he attempted some offense, but it appeared that Demian Maia had absolutely no confidence in his takedown abilities and it showed. The problem was that Anderson was just as annoyed with Maia’s performance as the crowd so not only did we get a boring MMA fight, but one of the worst two championship rounds in history.
In the fourth and fifth rounds it seemed the champion was okay with running around in circles and taunting Maia. It will go down as one of the least memorable bouts ever in the UFC. Silva won the fight, but the fans lost the $$$ they dropped on the pay per view.
4. Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie part 2 UFC 5
The only reason this isn’t number one on the list are the fighters involved and the relevance at the time it took place.
Ken Shamrock was one of the most respected and feared fighters in the early days of the UFC. Royce Gracie was basically the reason it existed. Both of these legendary fighters are widely known today, but their fight at UFC 5 was just as bad as they were good at the time.
From the time I started watching this fight to the end I felt uncomfortable. It was one guy holding the other guy in what seemed, to my young mind, as a position a woman was often seen doing in some of the videos I swiped from my college neighbor. Back then there were no judges, and I was left with the question of what the heck did I just watch.
It was over and we were all ready to go home when they announced there would be five more minutes of fighting. At least there was a chance that a finish could come in this overtime round? Wrong. The pair hugged like teenagers for five more minutes until it was announced a draw. It was a moral victory for Ken, but a loss for the fans who were forced to watch it.
3. Nate Quarry vs. Kalib Starnes UFC 83
I cannot even imagine being in the stands for this one.
From the time the fight started to the end Kalib Starnes showed he had great cardio. I had never seen one fighter back pedal so much since David Loiseau ran from Rich Franklin. This fight showed a level of cowardice and fear of engagement that has yet to be duplicated. At one point Nate Quarry crossed his arms, palmed his face with one hand, and swung the other like a toddler’s hammer. He chased Starnes around the cage so much that he eventually stopped in his tracks and waited for Kalib to take advantage of the situation. Sadly that never happened and truthfully we wish this fight wouldn’t have happened either.
4. Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites UFC 97
Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Thales Leites was the first person to go five rounds with Anderson Silva. Silva often looked bored and was visibly trying to goad his opponent. I honestly believe that the highlights of this fight were Bruce Buffer’s introductions of the two fighters.
After this fight Dana White publicly stated that he was embarassed by Silva’s performance, but still called him the best in the world. This fight was so bad that it would have been number one had it not been for the next and final stinker on this list.
5. Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn 2 AKA “The Dance” UFC 9
After finishing Dan Severn in their first bout at UFC 6 many thought this fight would see an explosive Severn return with a vengeance. Instead what we got was 20 minutes of circling.
What I want you to do is set your watches alarm to go off in 20 minutes and go back to what you are doing. When it goes off I want you to imagine two dudes staring at each other for that amount of time. Imagine typing the play by play for this fight. Circling, circling, circling, oh wait!…they look like they might…!….circling, circling, circling, and so on.
The fight ended with Dan Severn winning a split decision after about 30 minutes of whatever you would classify that as. Somewhere in the last 10 minutes they touched each other enough for a decision to be made, but the rest of it was awful.