In celebration of this spookiest of seasons, we here at BJPenn.com have compiled a list of the bloodiest fights in UFC history. A word of caution, though: this list is not recommended for readers with weak stomachs. You’ve been warned!
Here are the 7 bloodiest fights in Octagon history ( in no particular order).
1. Sean Sherk vs. Kenny Florian
In October of 2006, in the co-main event of UFC 64, Sean Sherk and Kenny Florian duked it out to determine who would be the new champion of the recently re-established lightweight division. The two fighters would make the Octagon look more like the set of a slasher film.
After being taken down early in the first round, Florian sliced his foe up with an elbow from bottom position. Despite spending the rest of the fight looking like he’d head-butted a hatchet, Sherk’s superior wrestling game would ultimately win him this bloody encounter – and the UFC lightweight strap.
2. War Machine vs. Jared Rollins
Today, War Machine (née Jonathan Koppenhaver) is festering in a prison cell for brutalizing his ex-girlfriend, adult actress Christy Mack. Long before this ugly incident occured, however, War Machine was a member of the UFC welterweight division. One of the highlights of his short run as a UFC fighter was a back-and-forth brawl with Jared Rollins at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, which stands out as one of the bloodiest battles in the organization’s history.
“This is one of the bloodiest fights we’ve seen in a long time,” Joe Rogan said during the fight, which War Machine would eventually win by knockout. “Both of these guys are coated.”
3. Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller 1
In the main event of UFC 155, Cain Velasquez savaged Junior Dos Santos to reclaim the UFC heavyweight title – a fairly brutal encounter in its own right. By the time this fight occurred, however, Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller had already given the Octagon a nice red primer coat with an absurdly bloody lightweight war.
Miller drew blood early in the first round, somewhere in the middle of a savage salvo of uppercuts and elbows. By the time the first round ended, Lauzon looked like he’d raided a strawberry patch. By the time the fight drew to a close, the two men looked like they’d just clambered out of a vat of strawberry jam. It was an extremely gory encounter, and the perfect precursor to Velasquez’s brutal beatdown of Dos Santos.
4. Jonathan Goulet vs. Jay Hieron
Surprisingly, this is the only fight on this list that was actually stopped due to a cut – a testament to just how bloody it got. It went down nearly 100 UFC Fight Nights ago, at UFC Fight Night 2, all the way back in 2005.
Where the majority of the fights on this list were made bloody by elbows, the carnage in this one was caused by a Goulet knee. Though the fight was allowed to continue into the third, it was ultimately stopped midway through that final frame, as Hieron had begun to gush blood to a dangerous extent. This, of course, resulted in a third-round TKO win for Goulet.
5. Chris Lytle vs. Josh Koscheck
Fan favorite brawler Chris Lytle found himself in several bloody showdowns over the course of his action-packed career. The bloodiest of these by far, however, was a 2008 welterweight war with The Ultimate Fighter 1 veteran Josh Koscheck.
The blood began to pour midway through the second round, when Koscheck tore into Lytle’s forehead with a short elbow from half-guard. Moments after this slicing impact, the canvas looked like that couch your butter-fingered friend spilled a full glass of red wine on. Miraculously, however, a blood-soaked Lytle survived to the final bell, at which point all three judges would give the fight to Koscheck.
6. BJ Penn vs. Joe Stevenson
This bloodbath came courtesy of our very own BJ Penn. The fight, which occured back in 2008, saw Penn and Joe Stevenson fight for the lightweight title that was left vacant when former champ Sean Sherk was stripped for steroid use.
Early in the first round, Penn tore into Stevenson’ hairline with an elbow. The resulting wound instantly began to leak like a faucet, painting both fighters red until Penn capped things off with a second-round submission win, winning the title in the process. In the moments after the stoppage, Penn would famously lick the blood off his gloves, immortalizing himself as one of the game’s finest purveyors of savagery as he did.
7. Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva 1
In late 2011, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was sent careening to the canvas by an overhand right from Junior Dos Santos. Several followup ground-strikes later, and the title was no longer his. In May of 2012, Velasquez had the opportunity to bounce back from this title loss, when he took on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on the main card of UFC 146. The former champ would not let this opportunity go to waste.
Just seconds into the first round, Velasquez used a caught-kick to take things to the mat. From there he quickly opened his hulking foe up with a short elbow from top position, and within moments, the Octagon surface looked more like the floor of a slaughterhouse. The fight, which only lasted until the 3:36 mark, would go down as one of the bloodiest – if not the bloodiest – in UFC history.