2015 was one of the most tumultuous years when it came to upsets and title turnovers. Both of the women’s championships changed hands and five of the eight men’s championships changed hands.
The writers of MMA Freak have submitted their votes on what the top 10 upsets of the year were. Because of the varied opinions some of the fights submitted didn’t make it onto the list but are listed in the honorable mentions.
Paige VanZant upset Felice Herrig via decision at UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold on April 18, 2015
Tsuyoshi Kosaka upset James Thompson via technical knockout at Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix – Saraba
Benson Henderson upset Brandon Thatch by submission at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch on Feb 14
Jon Jones upsets Jon Jones (DUI felony)
Here are the Top 10 Upsets of 2015:
10) Luke Rockhold upsets Lyoto Machida via submission at UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold on April 18
Luke Rockhold was the odds on underdog and handled Lyoto Machida in a way that shocked many people.
9) Patrick Cummins upsets Rafael Cavalcante via technical knockout at UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia on Aug. 1
Looking for a rebound, Patrick Cummins was also gained an upset victory against veteran Rafael Cavalcante.
8) Joanna Jedrzejzyk upsets Carla Esparza via technical knockout at UFC 185: Pettis vs. dos Anjos on Mar. 14
This match was arguably the first of the title turnovers in 2015 and it was rather hard to watch such a massacre.
7) Anthony Johnson upsets Alexander Gustafsson via technical knockout at UFC on Fox 14 on January 24th.
Another match which was shocking in that Anthony Johnson dominated Alexander Gustafsson so soundly.
6) Fabricio Werdum upsets Cain Velasquez via submission at UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum on June 13th.
The combination of ring rust and altitude led to Fabricio Werdum eventually submitting Cain Velasquez.
5) Conor McGregor upsets Chad Mendes via technical knockout at UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor on July 11.
Chad Mendes was Conor McGregor‘s greatest challenge to this point and pushed him to his limits to be sure.
4) Luke Rockhold upsets Chris Weidman via technical knockout at UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor on Dec. 12th.
To be fair this match was fairly close until the third round at which point it went downhill for Chris Weidman.
3) Rafael dos Anjos upsets Anthony Pettis via decision at UFC 185: Pettis vs. dos Anjos on March 14, 2015.
It was surprising to see Anthony Pettis so soundly dominated but then again Clay Guida used the same strategy.
2) Conor McGregor upsets Jose Aldo via knockout at UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor on December 12, 2015.
One would think that fourteen months off would produce ring rust but it was hard to see if there was any considering that it took only thirteen seconds for Conor McGregor to find Jose Aldo‘s chin and send him to the mat.
1) Holly Holm upsets Ronda Rousey via knockout at UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm on November 15, 2015.
This was without a doubt one of the greatest upsets of all time as Holly Holm dominated Ronda Rousey.
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