Top 5 upsets of '07
While 2007 will be remembered by UFC fans for many reasons, one of the lasting memories will undoubtedly be the sheer number of unexpected results that occurred inside the Octagon.
Some of the best-laid plans of the UFC and its top fighters were thrown into upheaval this year. With 2007 only a few weeks away from ending and UFC 79 still on the docket, which of this year's upsets were the most unexpected and caused the most disorder? Here are my rankings of the top 5 UFC upsets in 2007:
There was no better example of an unexpected, havoc-wreaking upset in 2007 than
There was also nothing in Serra's past that could have prepared spectators for what took place that night at Houston's Toyota Center. After all, Serra's mere inclusion as a TUF 4 cast member spoke volumes about his UFC career. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master went into the fight with a middling 5-4 UFC record and had only recorded one non-decision UFC win.
What made this upset even more stunning was the manner by which Serra claimed victory. His only chance to win was supposed to be on the ground, but he defied all odds and staggered St. Pierre standing with punches early and often. Whether or not St. Pierre was ready mentally or physically, this upset -- and the ferocity with which it occurred -- was one for the ages.
After a solid UFC debut victory over
However, Griffin was more physical and showed skill standing as well as going to the ground against Rua. While Griffin appeared to be leading on the score cards as the fight drew to a close, he put an exclamation mark on the upset by pulling off a rear naked choke against the gassed Chute Boxe prodigy. The fans in Anaheim erupted and another stunning 2007 upset was in the books.
In hindsight, it may be easy to forget just how unexpected this victory was for