Joe Rogan's Top 8 UFC Debuts Of All-Time

by Chris Palmquist |

It's the dream of every fighter to eventually make it to the UFC and debut in front of it's millions of fans. Sometimes there are fighters who have worked their way up the regional scene to impress the UFC brass and sometimes fighters move over from existing big organizations to join the ranks of the UFC.

Either way there is always the question of whether or not that athlete is ready to compete in the UFC, and first time jitters are real. On last night's UFC Tonight, Joe Rogan ranked his top time favorite UFC debuts where fighters made an emphatic impact in their first forray into the Octagon:

8. Rustam Khabilov

7. Stephen Thompson

6. Ryan Jimmo

5. Glover Teixeira

4. Todd Duffee

3. Joe Lauzon

2. Junior Dos Santos

1. Anderson Silva


tags: Joe Lauzon (detail)  Junior Dos Santos (detail)  Anderson Silva (detail)  Joe Rogan   UFC Tonight   Fuel TV   video         


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UGCTT_Fillthy site profile image  

2/28/13 11:59 PM by UGCTT_Fillthy

List is meaningless w/out Dan Severn.

OnlyTheStrongSurvive site profile image  

2/28/13 11:20 PM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive

I'm not saying it's number one, but Erick showed his "it" factor. Make this list again in 3 or 4 years and he's on it :)

JimmyCordovaJr site profile image  

2/28/13 6:10 PM by JimmyCordovaJr

For anyone who cant view it.    Then type in the link

aaronlynton site profile image  

2/28/13 5:49 PM by aaronlynton

Tyrone woodley should be on that list

damnyouwoman14 site profile image  

2/28/13 5:10 PM by damnyouwoman14

Siyar the Great.

Jack_Bauer site profile image  

2/28/13 5:01 PM by Jack_Bauer

Some other fighters who had great UFC debuts: Chan Sung Jung Ricardo Lamas Shane Carwin Charles Oliveira Lavar Johnson Lee Murray

Another Foob site profile image  

2/28/13 2:23 PM by Another Foob

Kinda surprised JBJ gets no love here. I know he didn't have a finish, but I remember thinking he looked spectacular for a debut.

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

2/28/13 2:00 PM by ranier wolfcastle

yep vitor, 19, bjj black who outpunched everyone

ShawnTheBadger site profile image  

2/28/13 12:04 PM by ShawnTheBadger

Two out of three of those could easily have rounded out a traditional "Top-10" list.Vitor blew everyone's mind that night. I remember being as stunned as his opponents. Just "wow." much as I now love JLau, he beat Jens Pulver. Which bummed me out at the time. Now of course, JLau has righteously become a huge fan favorite and top competitor in his own right.

UGCTT_THE Kevin Chandler site profile image  

2/28/13 11:39 AM by UGCTT_THE Kevin Chandler

I hear ya, but I think styles have to come into play as well.  As much as Werdum was ranked highly going into that fight, JDS KO'd a BJJer with his amazing boxing.  That's also why, although amazing, I don't put Anderson #1 either.  He got gifted the iron-chined Leben to put his pinpoint strikes on display.  Were both fights incredible?  Abso-fucking-lutely, but I don't think it was an incredibly difficult fight (even going into them) for either of them.   For that reason, I put JLau as the #1.  Styles (difficulty), hype, caliber, Joe has the best UFC debut I've ever seen.