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Old 12-22-2007, 03:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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10 Biggest Upsets Of 2007

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Mixed martial arts has had its share of upsets. Any time you have two guys hurling thinly-padded fists at one another’s faces, it’s always going to be somewhat unpredictable. That’s why we see so few perfect records in this sport. Anybody can get caught. Anybody can have a bad night.

2007 has been a particularly good year for upsets in MMA, and we still have two months to go. Narrowing it down to the ten biggest upsets is no easy task, but here goes anyway.

10. Nick Diaz def. Takanori Gomi

Gomi was a lot of people’s choice for pound-for-pound best before Diaz beat him. Though it would later be ruled a no contest because of Diaz’s positive drug test for marijuana, the fans haven’t forgotten how bad Diaz made Gomi look.

The gogoplata he used to finish the fight was excellent, but not quite as great as this post-fight quote from Diaz: “I boxed him up. I gogo’d him. Put me in a f*****g magazine or something. F***.”

Ask me again why I’m a Nick Diaz fan. I dare you.

9. Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Denis Kang
Akiyama was a Judo fighter who’d participated in his share of MMA sideshows before his bout with rising star Kang (his first fight was against boxer Francois “The White Buffalo” Botha, for Pete’s sake). But when he sent Kang’s mouthpiece spiraling into the Korean night a few weeks ago, he sent a clear message that he was to be taken seriously.

Almost as surprising as his victory was his complete willingness to stand and trade punches with Kang. If this keeps up, Akiyama could be a major MMA talent.

8. Dan Henderson def. Wanderlei Silva
Not only was Henderson considered too small to beat a top light heavyweight, but he’d already dropped a decision to Silva earlier in his career. That’s why plenty of fans were shocked when Hendo knocked Silva into a different dimension with a vicious left hook.
The question now is whether Silva can rebound against Liddell, as well as whether Henderson will finally give in and move down to middleweight to fight Anderson Silva. My guess is if the check has enough zeroes on it, Henderson will drop the weight even if he has to ingest a tapeworm to do it.

7. Houston Alexander def. Keith Jardine
Alexander was relatively unknown when he planted Jardine facedown on the UFC mat. He needed only a few brief moments to prove that he is worth remembering in that fight, and plenty of insiders would have lost their house betting on “The Dean of Mean” in that one.

Since then Alexander TKO’d Alessio Sakara, but that’s hardly a step up in competition. Coming soon, Alexander vs. Rua?

6. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Sokoudjou had never fought on a major MMA card when he knocked out Nogueira (or “Little Nog”, to you Pride purists) in the first round. In fact, it was only his fourth pro fight, but it certainly was memorable.
When the naysayers claimed it was a fluke, Sokoudjou silenced them by doing the same thing to Ricardo Arona. The total combined time of the two bouts was less than two and a half minutes. So that’s how long it takes for lightning to strike twice, apparently.

5. Forrest Griffin def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Rua came over from Pride with a serious win streak (if you don’t count his injury loss to Mark Coleman, and I don’t) and Griffin was starting to look a guy who’d already reached his limit as a fighter before this fight. Not only did Griffin outwork “Shogun”, he stole his heart and submitted him to cap it all off.

Consider Griffin’s career officially revived.

4. Keith Jardine def. Chuck Liddell
This match seemed like it would be little more than a walk-through for Liddell, who needed a win after his knockout loss to “Rampage” Jackson. UFC president Dana White made the fight between Liddell and Jardine and promised Liddell a bout with Wanderlei Silva if he won…only he didn’t.

Liddell got picked apart by Jardine, who was supposed to be a tailor-made opponent for “The Iceman”. It was undoubtedly the biggest victory of Jardine’s career, even if Liddell still got the fight with Silva and Jardine still seems stuck in UFC limbo. Oh well.

3. Gabriel Gonzaga def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
When the UFC announced that Pride defector “Cro Cop” would take on Gonzaga with the winner getting a shot at Randy Couture’s heavyweight title, most of us wondered why they didn’t just give “Cro Cop” the fight and save some time. Then Gonzaga knocked Filipovic out with his own favorite weapon – the high kick – and we all stared in stunned silence at our TV’s.
Gonzaga would later get his nose relocated to another part of his face by Couture, and “Cro Cop” would manage to look even less inspired against Cheick Kongo, but what can you do? It was still a great moment for Gonzaga.

2. Randy Couture def. Tim Sylvia
I know it sounds ridiculous, knowing what we know now, to call any victory by Randy Couture an upset. But at the time he was coming out of retirement following two consecutive knockouts in the light heavyweight division, so fighting for the heavyweight strap at forty-three years old seemed like a certifiably insane idea. Turns out it was a pretty good career move.

1. Matt Serra def. Georges St. Pierre
I would say that no one saw this upset coming, except Renzo Gracie admitted to making a bundle betting on his former student Serra to win the welterweight title. Assuming Serra shared Gracie’s faith in him, that makes about two people who weren’t absolutely shocked.
I agree with a few of them, but I think Gomi/Diaz should be higher, Couture/Sylvia lower (honestly wasn't that huge of an upset to me) as well as Forrest and Sokoudjou's fights higher. I'd have it somewhat like this:


10. Randy Couture def. Tim Sylvia

9. Keith Jardine def. Chuck Liddell

8. Dan Henderson def. Wanderlei Silva

7. Cheick Kongo def. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

6. Houston Alexander def. Keith Jardine

5. Nick Diaz def. Takanori Gomi

4. Forrest Griffin def. Mauricio Rua

3. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

2. Gabriel Gonzaga def. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

1. Matt Serra def. Georges St. Pierre

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Old 12-22-2007, 03:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I agree with the people on the list completely but, like you, i'd rearrange them. Especially Nick Diaz vs Gomi.
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I would put Sokky vs Lil Nog at number one. If I remember correctly, Sokky had +1400 odds.
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No Renzo beating Shamrock love? I know it was a DQ but Renzo took Frank down easily and was controlling him from the top before the knees to the back of the head. Despite Frank saying his plan was to "let" Renzo wear himself out by letting him take him down, this was still a victory for Renzo either way. I dont think anyone had him taking that fight.
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Good list, and I pretty much agree with the order. It was a good read,whered you get it Suzuks?
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Old 12-22-2007, 07:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree with the people on the list completely but, like you, i'd rearrange them. Especially Nick Diaz vs Gomi.
Yeah, Diaz/Gomi was way too high on the list imo. I thought there was no way Gomi could lose

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Good list, and I pretty much agree with the order. It was a good read,whered you get it Suzuks?
http://www.craveonline.com/articles/...s_of_2007.html
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10. Randy Couture def. Tim Sylvia

Wasn't a super upset like the others on this list, if you ask me, Randy's politics score higher than this fight.

9. Keith Jardine def. Chuck Liddell

Definately was an upset, but to me it wasn't that huge of one. I gave Keith a really good percentage of winning this fight because he was smart with his striking and Liddell just looks for the KO, so I called 60/40.

8. Dan Henderson def. Wanderlei Silva

Giving Vanderlei's condition after the Mirko KO, I think he got in there too early which led to this defeat, it was huge for Dan though holy man. This is at a decent spot.

7. Cheick Kongo def. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

Dont have too much to say about this one, I wasn't really into this fight that much.

6. Houston Alexander def. Keith Jardine

After witnessing Houstons talents standing up against Sakura, this fight becomes easier to understand how or why Houston won, but at the time it was upseting, I remember sitting there jaw-dropped after Keith was out cold. Decent spot.

5. Nick Diaz def. Takanori Gomi

Wasn't into this fight either, though the submission involved I believe is what made it soo spectacular.

4. Forrest Griffin def. Mauricio Rua

Now this, its one thing to beat the crap outta the widely regarded #1 LHW in the world, but to actually finish him, man I still can't believe that Forrest finished him. Ain't noone saw this coming at all.

3. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

I believe this was Sokoudjou's Pride debut, he was a new comer that noone knew nothing about, kinda like Houston.

2. Gabriel Gonzaga def. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

This seems to be in order. I can't watch that kick without cringing under that thud. *shudders*

1. Matt Serra def. Georges St. Pierre

I still don't know why we didnt give Serra some faith in winning this fight my god, a true shocker that will go down in MMA history forever.

Thank you for your list SuzukS. I pretty much agree with yours, cept for maybe I'd make it a tie for #4, 3 and 2 for spot #2.
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Old 12-22-2007, 09:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Everyones lists will change on NYE when Hong Man Choi KTFO Emelianenko Fedor.


The biggest, is still to come!

Nah, i don't possibly think that for a second, but imagine....
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2007
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I don't think Akiyama beating Kang was that big of an upset, cause I think Akiyama is going to be a Top 5 WW at the end of 2008.
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That Matt Serra/GSP definitly deserves to be No. 1! That night I went to see if it was raining shit but it was just snowing instead!
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