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The 15 Craziest Moments in UFC History

A look back in the organization's history to bring you its 15 wildest moments ever

1. Gerard Gordeau gives free dental work, UFC 1

At the world's first UFC in November 1993, Gerard Gordeau lobbed a kick
that sent Teila Tuli’s tooth flying from his mouth... while Tuli was
down, no less.  “I watched the first UFC when I was 13, and I thought
it was gonna be like pro wrestling and be fake," said lightweight Dale
Hartt later. "I was like 20 feet away from the TV, half-watching, being
the cool guy. All of a sudden I see that tooth flying out. I literally
pulled my chair up three inches from a big screen TV and did not move
my head for the rest of the pay-per-view. I was sold.” Anyone else in
the audience who thought the new Ultimate Fighting Championship
promotion was just a gimmick instantly stood corrected. Gordeau vs. Gracie at UFC 1

UFC 65 Tim Sylvia Vs. Jeff Monson2. Jeff Monson channels John Lennon, UFC 65

Not only does a well-chosen walkout song get the crowd pumped up and
ready for the fight, it can motivate the fighter himself. Classic hard
rock, nu metal, or hip-hop are heavily favored, but on November 18,
2006, Jeff Monson used John Lennon’s can't-we-all-just-get-along-anthem
‘Imagine’ before he challenged Tim Sylvia for UFC heavyweight title. It
was easily one of the most bizarre walkout songs ever... and maybe one
of the coolest. UFC 65 on DVD

3. Kevin Randleman takes on pipes…and loses, UFC 24

Former Ohio State wrestling star Kevin Randleman landed the heavyweight
belt in 1999, and big things were expected from ‘The Monster’. But
first he had to prove his worth against Pedro ‘The Rock’ Rizzo in his
first title defense. Unfortunately, Randleman slipped on some pipes
backstage and hit his head on the concrete floor, knocking himself
unconscious. There would be no title bout that night, and Randleman
became the first competitor in UFC history to get knocked out BEFORE
his fight. A better example of his fighting style here.

UFC 100 Weigh-In Tom Lawlor4. America falls for the ‘Just Bleed’ guy, UFC 15

Shirtless, with a drink in his hand, and painted with “UFC” on his
forehead and “Just Bleed” on his chest, the ‘just bleed’ guy hit every
trait of the stereotypical early UFC fan. And we all got to see him
immortalized on camera during the introduction of the Mark Kerr vs Greg
Stott bout at UFC 15 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Longtime fans still
remember him, and current UFC middleweight Tom Lawlor even paid homage
to him at the UFC 100 weigh-in (at left). See the clip.

VOD UFC 3 Hackney vs Yarborough5. Keith Hackney slays a giant, UFC 3

When 5 foot 11, 200 pound Keith Hackney was matched up against 6 foot
8, 600 pound Emmanuel Yarborough at UFC 3 in 1994, one of three things
probably popped into your head: 1) Someone didn’t like Keith Hackney.
2) The matchmaker certainly had a sense of visual humor. 3) How will
Hackney avoid getting destroyed by this mountain of a man? But then the
bell rang and Hackney dropped Yarborough with the first right hand he
landed. A flurry of punches followed, with Hackney eventually winning
at the 1:59 mark. David 1, Goliath 0.

TUF 4 Finale Scott Smith Vs. Pete Sell6. Pete Sell snatches defeat from the jaws of victory, TUF 4 Finale

Aside from the rare one-punch knockout, you can usually see a finish
coming by the way the mometum is shifting in a fight: A sub attempt
leads to a tap; a flurry causes the ref to step in. That wasn't the the
case when Pete Sell fought Scott Smith in 2006. In round two of an
action-packed standup battle, the two buddies continued to throw
caution to the wind. Smith appeared to be pulling into the lead,  until
Sell fired back with a shot to the body that hurt Smith and sent him
reeling backwards. The end was probably a punch or two away, but Sell
got sloppy, and Smith – who admitted he had only one punch left in him
– swung for the fences... and won. TUF 4

7. Lawlor lets the dogs out, UFC 100

Tom Lawlor knows that while being a top-notch fighter will move him up
the ranks, being entertaining can make him a star. So before his UFC
100 win over CB Dollaway (aka "The Doberman"), he entered the Octagon
to the strains of “Who Let The Dogs Out" while leading cornerman Seth
Petruzelli in on a leash. It was a classic entrance and if you didn’t
know Lawlor before, you certainly did after the night of July 11th.
“Like it or not, you only have so long in this sport," say Lawlor. "My
take is that if you can get  people to know who you are, people are
gonna take notice of that." UFC 100

UFC 68 The Uprising Tim Sylvia Vs Randy Couture8. Couture redefines old age, UFC 68

The lead-up to the 2007 bout between a fortysomething Randy Couture and
Tim Sylvia echoed the buzz prior to Evander Holyfield’s first fight
with Mike Tyson. People weren’t concerned that Couture might lose; they
were concerned that he was going to get seriously hurt. Couture was
coming off a yearlong retirement predicated by a knockout loss to Chuck
Liddell, and his two most recent heavyweight bouts were stompings by
Ricco Rodriguez and Josh Barnett. Sylvia’s 6 foot 8, 265 pound frame
threatened to make it a long night for Couture. It was, but in those 25
minutes, Couture turned back the clock with a dominating performance
that had the fans in Columbus, Ohio on their feet from start to finish.
Still at it

9. The Buffer 360 makes its first and last appearance, UFC 100

UFC 100 was the biggest event in UFC history, and in the weeks leading
up to the bout, many wondered whether Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer
would up the ante on his 180 technique of introducing the fighters.
Would he perform a full spin, dubbed by fans as the Buffer 360? This
idea took on a life of its own as the event drew closer, with Buffer
playing it close to the vest, saying that he would only do it if it
came spontaneously. Inspiration hit during his introduction of
heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, and the Buffer 360 became the talk
of MMA message boards around the internet. See the buildup by Joe Rogan

UFC 31 Image 0110. BJ Penn leaves the building, UFC 34

How do you top an 11 second knockout over a world-class contender like
Caol Uno? If you’re BJ Penn, you finish the job and immediately run out
of the Octagon and back to your locker room without interviews,
congratulatory handshakes or poses for the camera. This was Penn
getting caught up in the emotion of the moment and it firmly
established him as one of the UFC’s legendary free spirits. He's gotten used to winning since then

UFC 37 Image 0211. Bustamante gets two taps for the price of one, UFC 37

Renowned ground fighter Murilo Bustamante showed off his tap-inducing
jiu-jitsu skills twice in one fight when defending his middleweight
title against Matt Lindland in 2002. Early in the bout, he caught
Lindland in an armbar, and after an apparent tap, he released the hold.
Lindland protested and referee John McCarthy restarted the action, so
Bustamante pulled off another submission -- this time a guillotine
choke in the third round. Bustamante vs. Liddell

UFC 83 Nate Quarry vs Kalib Starnes12. The Running Man debuts in the cage, UFC 83

Some men use Octagon real estate as a tool for cornering their
opponents. Kalib Starnes, however, used the space to run away. After an
early-bout broken foot against Nate Quarry, Starnes refused to engage
for three rounds. Quarry chased his foe in frustration for the
15-minute bout, even resorting to a highlight-reel running man dance.
It was to no avail, and Quarry had to settle for the decision; while
Starnes earned a lifetime of derision. See the .GIF

13. Big Daddy gets mad, gets personal, UFC 8

In 1996, Gary Goodridge made one of the most memorable debuts in UFC
history against Paul Herrera at UFC 8. During the the finish, Goodridge
locked Herrera in the crucifix position and proceeded to knock him out
with a series of elbows to the head. It didn’t look like a sporting
event that night; it looked like a street beatdown -- probably because
his corner had told him that Herrera had been talking trash about him.
"I just wasn’t going to lose to that guy,” said Goodridge. “I worked
myself up and I don’t really remember too much of the fight. It just
happened too quick. By the time it was done, I was still fighting in my

UFC 34 Image 1014. Matt Hughes sleepwalks to victory, UFC 34

Record books note UFC 34 as the dawn of a new era in welterweight MMA;
but many fans only remember the near-double knockout. Matt Hughes
slammed Carlos Newton to the mat for a finishing KO; but some believed
Hughes was choked unconscious by a triangle choke before he fell. A
replay shows that Hughes at least had the presence of mind to step back
before lowering the boom, but he was certainly on his way to la-la land
before he pulled off the miracle finish. Hughes' bio

15. Superfoot forgets who he works for, UFC 1

Next time Goldie and Rogan make you laugh, take a moment to consider
how lucky we are to have them instead of the original play-by-play guy,
kickboxing legend Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace. He was a little rough
around the edges at, UFC 1, starting the promotion's first-ever event
with the immortal line “Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to see
something that you have never seen before: The Ultimate Fighting
Challenge.” His follow-up burp was just gravy on a bizarre night of
commentary / unintentional comedy.