The 10 most disappointing UFC debuts

by Andrew Saunders | source:

Amir Sadollah

Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping have all shown us how far an Ultimate Fighter winner can progress in the UFC.

Amir Sadollah apparently didn't get the memo, as the Virginia native lost his post-show debut in only 29 seconds.

Anthony Pettis

Joe Silva matched up Pettis with the repeat Fight of the Year champion Clay Guida. It was a bout that was sure to thrill.

Instead, Guida used a wrestling-centric attack and ground out a decision in a fight where Pettis was able to get off little offense.

Jake Shields

Heath Herring

Kimbo Slice

Hector Lombard

Yet another example of a fighter who arrives to the UFC in tentative fashion, Hector Lombard made his UFC debut at UFC 149 against Tim Boetsch.

Slow to the punch, Lombard was flat footed and lacked aggression throughout the contest. Although he hurt Boetsch with a body kick in the second round, he was unable to follow up with enough offense to be worthwhile.

Brock Lesnar

Standing across the cage from Lesnar in his promotional debut was grappling specialist and former UFC champion Frank Mir.

Trying to end the bout quickly, the Minnesota native took Mir to the canvas and started to pound away with hammer fists. The bout was stood up for a strike to the back of the head, but the two quickly returned to this position.

Lesnar rose to his feet, and Mir identified a flaw in his opponent's stance. Locking in a kneebar, Lesnar's debut fight saw him submitted in only 90 seconds.

Antonio Silva

Rameau Sokoudjou

Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua

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stonepony site profile image  

8/1/12 3:37 AM by stonepony

There was one, and another that was borderline (behind the ear). But, it wasn't targeted. That's the difference. Frank turned at the last moment and the hammer-fist landed to the back of the head, but it was aimed at the side. There hasn't ever been another example of a fight being stopped and stood up and a point taken on something like that. No warning offered... One stray hammer fist, out of about 10, and the ref stopped it and rescued Frank who was almost out.It would have been the single most impressive MMA debut ever. A rookie crushing a champion like that early in the first.

Red Stellar site profile image  

7/31/12 9:12 PM by Red Stellar

I'm always confused by this. I've always heard quite a few blame Maz for that stand-up and am pretty sure that Dana's still sour grapes are over it, but wasn't it actually an illegal strike? Possibly 2?

biva site profile image  

7/31/12 7:07 PM by biva

Surely the suno who Gorduea(?) booted at UFC 1 was dissappointing for him.

biva site profile image  

7/31/12 7:07 PM by biva


KZTT_HaliChap site profile image  

7/31/12 5:29 PM by KZTT_HaliChap

Didn't deserve to.

inf0 site profile image  

7/31/12 5:03 PM by inf0

Soa Palelei  

goeb site profile image  

7/31/12 3:47 PM by goeb

Precisely...he lost to Hendricks, big whoop. Hendricks is now a title contender.This list is pure drivel..unrefined hogwash...impure buffoonery...a mockery of MMA media.May he be banished and exiled!

DWray site profile image  

7/31/12 2:14 PM by DWray

Sadollah doesn't deserve to be on there. He lost, so what, the dude had absolutely no pro-experience before the UFC.Not a disappointment, in my opinion.

Canucks1337 site profile image  

7/31/12 2:01 PM by Canucks1337

the entire pride roster?

THE_REAL_AMERICAN site profile image  

7/31/12 1:58 PM by THE_REAL_AMERICAN

how about mark hunt ?? McCorkled!