As UFC 217 draws ever closer, take a look at an instance where each of the top four billed fighters fell on the receiving end of a brutal knockout loss.
St-Pierre, Bisping, Garbrandt and Dillashaw are four of the most well-known names in the sport of MMA today and on Saturday night, they will all partake in UFC 217, the year’s biggest fight card.
And while each man has reached the pinnacle of the sport at some point in their lives, all four champions have been on the receiving end of a brutal knockout loss during their rise.
Of course, the highlights of these fantastic fighters’ careers should be celebrated but with an eye on the fights this week, take a look a moment in each man’s career where they – for at least one moment – looked very beatable.
An early failure in the amateur career of the bantamweight champion up first as Cody Garbrandt was knocked out in brutal fashion by Jerell Hodge at GFL. This would be the last loss, pro or amateur, that ‘No Love’ would ever pick up.
TJ Dillashaw might not have been finished since but when he faced the future-flyweight title-challenger John Dodson in the finale of the Ultimate Fighter, it took under one round for ‘the Magician’ to KO Dillashaw and take home the win.
The middleweight champ Michael Bisping was on the receiving end of perhaps the hardest punch we’ve ever seen in the UFC by the hand of Dan Henderson at UFC 100. Not only was the original shot thunderous, but the follow-up by Hendo to the clearly-unconscious Bisping made it that bit more brutal.
Last, but by no means least is Georges St-Pierre’s shock UFC welterweight title loss to Matt Serra ten years ago at UFC 69. Serra won a season of the Ultimate Fighter that granted him an immediate shot at the belt and though nobody gave him a chance at winning, he did the unthinkable by knocking the Canadian out in the very first round.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena