Top 5 MMA Upsets of 2016

 

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5. -1500 Darrion Caldwell vs. +700 Joe Taimangelo – Bellator: 159

When it was announced that Darrion Cauldwell would take on “Baby” Joe Taimangelo in the main event of Bellator 159,there were not many believers in the explosive Chamorro. Caldwell was coming off of a jaw dropping shutout victory of former champ Joe Warren, that fight coupled with Taimangleo’s well documented  troubles against strong wrestlers, made this one seem a forgone conclusion. Two rounds in and Caldwell was executing as expected, dominating Taimangelo on the mat and out pointing him on the feet. With the first two rounds in the bag Caldwell opened the third round with a double leg shot from half way across the ring and landed square in the middle of an air tight guillotine and the was a wrap.

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4. -588 Thiago Santos vs. +600 Eric Spicely – UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg

To give you an idea of how competitive we thought this match would be, take a look at Punch-Face.com’s expert prediction of this bout. “Joe Silva either thinks really highly of Eric Spicely’s skills or he hates him as a person. With a debut against Sam Alvey and now this match, no TUF competitor has been given two more difficult opponents following their reality show stints. Santos has far too much firepower for Spicely, he will get him out of there early with a hard kick to the body. However, for Spicely’s sake, I hope he receives another shot against someone he is a little more evenly matched with.” Spicely won in the first with a rear naked choke, yet another bit of expert advice from the old crystal ball, you’re welcome.

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3. +450 Brandon Moreno vs. -500 Louis Smolka – UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson

When Sergio Pettis pulled out of his bout with Louis Smolka one week away from fight day it looked as though Smolka would be left without a dance partner for the October card. When in stepped 22 year old Mexican prospect Brandon Moreno, fresh off of a first round loss on TUF 24, the zany youngster jumped at the opportunity to fight the 11-1 top ten ranked Smolka who just came off of a dismantling of Ben Nguyen. Moreno came up huge submitting the Hawaiian in the first with a guillotine that earned the TUF alum a top 15 ranking after only one fight. This picture of Moreno after his victory properly sums up the outcome of this fight.

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2.  +415 Alexis Dufresne vs. -1200 Marloes Coenen – Bellator 155

Former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen made it abundantly clear she was unhappy with opponent Alexis Dufresne at their weigh ins stare down. Dufresne had missed the 145 pound weight limit by five pounds and the consummate professional Coenen vowed to punish her for her weight cutting blunder. Dufresne was coming off of a 16 moth lay off to give birth to her first child and accepted the fight on two weeks notice after Julia Budd was forced to pull out of what would have been Bellator’s inaugural featherweight title fight. The new mom caught the legendary Dutch BJJ black belt in a triangle and converted it to an armbar to join Meisha Tate as the only people to submit Coenen in her 16 year career.

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1. -900 Luke Rockhold vs. +550 Michael Bisping – UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2

“The Count” Michael Bisping was filming xXx: The Return of Xander Cage!! when he received the call that Chris Weidman would not be able to rematch Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 and the fight was his if he wanted it. Other than Bisping there were not too many people jazzed to see Rockhold vs Bisping 2. In their first meeting a year and a half earlier Rockhold put a beating on Bisping that did not warrant a second bout, but the 199 promos ensured us that Bisping had done really well in a sparring session with Rockhold and to not worry, this will be a competitive fight. Psshh… what kind of fool would fall for that bogus fight hype? 3:36 into the first round Bisping knocked the heavily favored Rockhold unconscious and my jaw is still ajar. 

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