This coming Saturday, we MMA fans will finally be thrown a bone when we finally get some sweet sweet UFC action. It should be an action packed evening with some excellent fights. Then we will get to the main event, and we will get to see what should equate to a legalized murder. Just in case our palates will not be filled then, we can wait a month and watch UFC 153. That event is headlined by Anderson Silva vs Stephan Bonnar, in what could possibly be the biggest one sided beating in the history of the UFC.
Now what some newer fans may not know, this is not the first time these things have happened. There have been a couple of times during the history of the company in which the main event was a significant mismatch. Below are 5 other mismatches that have main evented a UFC event before. Please note, I didn't include any of the tournament final matches in this, as those were not booked, they were a progression of the tourney.
UFC 32 - June 29th 2001
In 2001, Tito Ortiz was at the height of his powers. He had won the LHW championship a year prior at UFC 25 with a victory over Wanderlei Silva, and had already defended his title twice, with victories over Yuki Kondo and the late Evan Tanner. Enter Australian fighter Elvis "The King Of Rock N Rumble" Sinosic. Sinosic entered the fight with a 4 - 3 - 1 record, and basically was given this fight on the strength of his previous submission of Jeremy Horn at UFC 30, as well as managing to not get murdered while going the distance with the legendary Frank Shamrock in a K-1 fight (an extremely one sided fight at that). Despite Chuck Liddell having a better claim at this fight (riding a 5 fight win streak) Tito had no interest in fighting Chuck, so Elvis was thrown to the wolves.
It was apparent right from the start the Sinosic had no business being in the cage with Ortiz. Tito outclassed him on the feet, and when he took the fight to the ground, Elvis proceeded to get a vicious, old school Tito Ortiz shitkicking.
Result: Tito Ortiz wins via TKO at 3:32 of the 1st round
UFC 53 June 4th 2005
This fight shows just how absolutely terrible the UFC Heavyweight division was at the time. Fedor vs Cro Cop happened about a month after this title fight in Pride FC. While Eilers came into this fight with a respectable 9 - 3 record, he was coming off a 1st round KO to Paul Buentello. Arlovski at the time was a beast, having rung off 4 consecutive stoppage victories. Eilers had gotten this fight when Ricco Rodriguez was forced to pull out of the event, and a lot of people were skeptical at the validity of this matchup . The skeptics were proved right, as Arlovski came out firing, constantly beating the former Miletich Fighting Systems fighter to the punch. Eilers' ended up blowing out his knee towards the end of the 1st round, but he was getting battered regardless leading up to the unfortunate injury.
Winner: Andrei Arlovski TKO 4:22 in the 1st round
UFC 21 - July 16th 1999
In the dark ages of the UFC, the lighter weight classes were often ignored in favor of large, poorly conditioned heavyweights slobbering all over one another (with of course, some notable exceptions). At the time of this fight, Pat Miletich had yet to be defeated in the Octagon. Prior to this fight, Miletich had been submitted in Hawaii at SuperBrawl by a Japanese fighter by the name of Jutaro Nakao. Instead of booking a potential rematch for the Iowa native's UFC title, the UFC brought in 1 - 0 BJJ blackbelt (and future Nova Uniao founder) Andre Pederneiras. Miletich was taking criticism for being a boring fighter, and not being able to finish opponents in the Octagon. This fight looked like the matchmakers were hoping for that to change, as Miletich promised in the hype video he would come out aggressively.
Despite Miletich's promise,the fight was a fairly dull affair, as Pederneiras decided he was going to try and stand with Miletich for a little over a round. They traded some single shots for awhile, until Miletich timed a Pederneiras leg kick perfectly and clipped the Brazilian with a crisp right hand. Pederneiras would finally get it to the ground by pulling guard, but the right hand he had eaten opened a gash over his left eye, and ended the fight. While Pederneiras was a decorated BJJ player, after 1 MMA victory he was essentially thrown to the wolves.
Result: Pat Miletich wins via TKO (cut) at 2:20 of the 2nd round.
They had originally met at UFC 73, four years prior, where Tito was the favorite and Rashad was just the young kid taking his first step up in competition. The fight ended in a draw, and when 2011 rolled around, Tito was a shell of his former self, and had exactly 1 win in the last 5 years. Evans meanwhile was considered the 2nd best LHW on the planet and was suppose to have his title shot against former training partner Jon Jones. When Jones pulled out of the fight, Phil Davis stepped up. When Davis got hurt, Lyoto Machida was penciled in to replace him. Then he asked for "Anderson Silva money"
With Machida drawing the ire of Dana's wrath, the fight was given to Tito, who was fresh off his huge upset over Ryan Bader. Stepping in with about 3 weeks notice, Ortiz was a 4 to 1 underdog going into this fight. This was Rashad's first fight in over a year, and it showed as Tito found some early success briefly on his feet, then got a takedown. Unable to do much with the TD, Rashad got up and found his rhythm. He battered Ortiz against the fence, scored a takedown and turned up the gas. Tito would escape the first round but was worse for wear. In the second,Tito did manage to grab a guillotine choke, but wasn't able to finish, which was essentially the end of the line for him. Rashad worked him from side control for a bit, before Tito got his back against the cage and attempted to stand. Rashad landed a huge knee to the body as Oritz was crouched, and that was the end.
Result: Rashad Evans wins via TKO at 4:48 of the 2nd round.
UFC 60 May 27th 2006
In 2006, Matt Hughes was still considered the greatest welterweight fighter in the history of the sport. He was riding a 4 fight win streak, and had only lost once in the last 5 years. His opponent that night needed no introduction, as without Royce Gracie there probably would be no UFC. The problem coming into this fight, Royce was now 40 years old, and had not fought a top shelf fighter since a draw with former Olympic Judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida back in 2003. He had only had 4 fights in the previous 6 years. Going into the fight, Royce was just a 3 to 1 underdog. Matt Hughes would prove very quickly that the line should have been moved. Everyone expected that if the fight hit the floor, Royce would be able to submit Hughes. When the fight ended up going to the ground Hughes ended up in side control, and everyone was waiting for Gracie to pull something out and catch the MFS trained fighter in a submission. But what happened was that Hughes proved that the sport of high level MMA had moved beyond just Gracie BJJ, as he ended up catching Royce in a painful kimura. When it was obvious, even after Gracie's arm popped, that the Brazilian was not going to tap, Hughes ended up taking the back and pounding out the UFC 1, 2 and 4 tournament champion in a one sided domination.
Result: Matt Hughes wins via TKO, 4:39 seconds into the 1st round.