13 May 2009 10:49:53 AM
#7: Matt Hughes vs. Carlos Newton
UFC 34: 11/2/01
(The Newton slam comes at about the 0:52 mark. Then there are others.)
We’ve sung the praises of Hughes’ signature slam before, but never was it more effective than when he used it to take the UFC welterweight championship away from Carlos Newton. Hughes’s first line of defense against Newton’s triangle choke was to pick him up and walk him over to the fence, resting him atop the Octagon while he got a second to think things through. When that didn’t help he dropped him straight down, sending Newton’s dreads a-flyin’ and knocking him out cold. Hughes also seemed, shall we say, out of sorts after the slam. He also seemed like the new UFC welterweight champ. So there you go.