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The 10 most soul-crushed post-fight faces in MMA history

After suffering a devastating loss, sometimes it’s hard not to let the hurt show…
The 10 most soul-crushed post-fight faces in MMA history

The 10 most soul-crushed post-fight faces in MMA history

Let’s face it; the raw emotions experienced from fans and athletes at live sporting events are the main reasons we watch. The thrill of victory and agony of defeat are especially pronounced in the volatile world of mixed martial arts, where a loss can come by way of literally being beaten into submission or unconsciousness. No matter whom you’re cheering for, it’s never usually enjoyable to witness anyone in pure anguish, but at the same time, it definitely comes with the territory in this sport as there can only be one victor. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most devastating post-fight moments in the history of MMA.

10) Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz

Conor McGregor handled his second round submission loss to Nate Diaz with dignity at UFC 196, but there is no denying the emotion on his face after the fight both in the octagon and at the post-fight presser.

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz

Next: Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez

9) Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez

Brock Lesnar was understandably upset after his title run came to a violent end against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. In this candid dressing room photo, he appeared contemplative and his emotions read all over his face.

Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez

Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez

Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez

Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez

Next: Kazushi Sakuraba vs Ricardo Arona

8) Kazushi Sakuraba vs Ricardo Arona

Ricardo Arona put Kazushi Sakuraba through the meat grinder during their bout at the Pride 2005 Middleweight GP, and it shows in this now historic MMA photo.

Kazushi Sakuraba vs Ricardo Arona

Kazushi Sakuraba vs Ricardo Arona

Kazushi Sakuraba vs Ricardo Arona

Kazushi Sakuraba vs Ricardo Arona

Next: Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

7) Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

After suffering a traumatic knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, the formerly undefeated Ronda Rousey was understandably devastated, so much so, that she claimed she briefly felt suicidal moments after the fight.

Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

Next: Mark Coleman vs Fedor Emelianenko

6) Mark Coleman vs Fedor Emelianenko

Mark Coleman probably never had very fond memories of either of his matches with Fedor Emelianenko. One sent him into an all out rage behind the scenes and the other did quite a number on his two young daughters.

Mark Coleman vs Fedor Emelianenko

Mark Coleman vs Fedor Emelianenko

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Next: Fedor Emelianenko vs Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva

5) Fedor Emelianenko vs Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva

All-time MMA great Fedor Emelianenko has usually been on the other end of beatings during his storied career, but there was no trouble telling who lost the fight after this lopsided affair with Antonio Silva at the Strikeforce 2011 Heavyweight GP. The Russians normally stoic face had been beaten severely, and he looked uncharacteristically sad.

Fedor Emelianenko vs Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva

Fedor Emelianenko vs Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva

Fedor Emelianenko vs Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva

Fedor Emelianenko vs Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva

Next: Joe Stevenson vs B.J. Penn

4) Joe Stevenson vs B.J. Penn

Joe Stevenson looks to be in just as much physical pain as he is suffering the mental anguish of defeat in this shocking photo from his match with B.J. Penn at UFC 80.

Joe Stevenson vs B.J. Penn

Joe Stevenson vs B.J. Penn

Joe Stevenson vs B.J. Penn

Joe Stevenson vs B.J. Penn

Next: Mark Hominick vs Jose Aldo

3) Mark Hominick vs Jose Aldo

At UFC 169 against Jose Aldo, Mark Hominick sustained a prominent injury— a nasty hematoma that looked like something straight out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Mark Hominick vs Jose Aldo

Mark Hominick vs Jose Aldo

Mark Hominick vs Jose Aldo

Mark Hominick vs Jose Aldo

Next: Forrest Griffin vs Keith Jardine

2) Forrest Griffin vs Keith Jardine

Always one to wear his heart on his sleeve, Forrest Griffin was reduced to tears after suffering a devastating loss at the hands of Keith Jardine at UFC 66.

Forrest Griffin vs Keith Jardine

Forrest Griffin vs Keith Jardine

Forrest Griffin vs Keith Jardine

Forrest Griffin vs Keith Jardine

Next: Junior dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez

1) Junior dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez

Junior dos Santos tried to remain in good spirits after his bout with Cain Velasquez, but the horrific beating he sustained from Velasquez at UFC 166 may have shaved years off his career.

Junior dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez

Junior dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez

Junior dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez

Junior dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez

BONUS: Rashad Evans vs Lyoto Machida

BONUS: Rashad Evans vs Lyoto Machida

The bizarre facial expressions one makes when losing consciousnesses are on full display here as Rashad Evans poses for his now infamous ‘Shad-face’ after being stopped by Lyoto Machida at UFC 98.

Rashad Evans vs Lyoto Machida

Rashad Evans vs Lyoto Machida

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