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The 10 Most Disgraceful Moments in MMA History

With the recent allegations aimed at former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the sports world has been thrown into a bit of chaos in the past few weeks. The story, which has undoubtedly tarnished the legacy of not only the college itself but also its legendary football coach Joe Paterno, is one of the most shocking and disturbing events to surface in the history of competitive sports.

Amidst the scandal coach Paterno had announced that he planned to retire at the end of the season, but it turns out Penn State had other, more immediate plans in mind. And though Sandusky’s fate has yet to be determined, we can only hope that it involves Pinhead levels of torture. Unfortunately the sad fact is, it often takes a wrongdoing such as Sandusky’s in order to open our collective eyes to the world around us and take action to try and ensure that it never happens again. It is with this in mind that we bring you ten of the biggest skeletons in MMA’s closet.

Whether or not we’ll actually try to do anything but mock them is yet to be determined.

Here we go.

#10 – Brock Lesnar‘s UFC 100 Tirade

(Video courtesy of YouTube/krispyismApologies for the shitty video quality.) 
What happened:  After dealing with months of Frank Mir‘s off-color brand of mental warfare, Brock Lesnar let his fists do the talking at UFC 100, which is where the talking should have ended. After smashing Frank Mir in the second round of their heavyweight title fight, Lesnar proceeded to not only berate a battered Mir, but flip off the crowd, openly insult one of the UFC’s biggest sponsors in Bud Light, and then hint at an upcoming sexual encounter with his smokin hot wife. Ok, so maybe the last part wasn’t so bad (if you put yourself in Lesnar’s position), but the rest of Brock’s outburst came off to critics and fans alike as an act of incredible stupidity and childishness. At a time when many UFC fans were reluctant to allow someone from the world of professional wrestling into their realm, Lesnar’s dramatic antics were the warning flare that many were looking for to discredit the UFC as a professional organization.

The fallout: Brock would immediately issue an apology at the post-fight press conference, which he showed up to drinking a Bud Light, by the way. His antics would earn the ire of Shane Carwin however, and the two would settle that beef at UFC 116, where Lesnar would survive a first round massacre to miraculously submit Carwin in the 2nd round. Frank Mir would go on to threaten Lesnar’s life, which Dana White would also force him to apologize for. As for Bud Light, well, it’s still a proud sponsor of the UFC. And thank God for that, or we would have never been graced with this commercial.

#9 – Tim Sylvia Gets Starched by Ray Mercer 

(Video courtesy of YouTube/leer5858.)
What happened: On the heels of an interim title loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria and a 36 second annihilation at the hands of Fedor Emelianenko, it seemed to many that former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia had hit rock bottom. But nay, we had only witnessed the beginning. When it was announced that Sylvia would challenge former WBO champion Ray Mercer to a MMA match, most figured it was part of some charity event, or maybe just a case of a good old fashioned freak show fight. It turns out the latter was correct, as Tim Sylvia showed up to the event dressed as Giant Silva, and proceeded to be flattened 9 seconds into the bout compliments of the very first punch that Mercer threw.

The fallout: The fight was basically MMA’s version of Billy Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs, except that neither of the competitors were even close to being in their prime. And as that match attempted to ignite women with the belief that they could compete with men in a sports setting (lolz!), this match opened the floodgates for the likes of James “Mushmouth” Toney to badger his way into an undeserved fight in MMA’s highest promotion. And though MMA reigned supreme at UFC 118, there was truly no winner to be had in what was one of the most pathetic, one sided matches in the sport’s history.

As for the fighters involved, Mercer’s punch was apparently so powerful that it permanently disabled Sylvia’s ability to fight at under 300 lbs thereafter. Despite that fact, Sylvia would go 6-1 following the loss, picking up wins over Paul Buentello, Marius Pudzianowski, and most recently Andreas Kraniotakes at the abysmal Pro Elite 2: Big Guns event. Mercer has yet to compete in MMA again.

#8 – Paul Daley‘s Cheap Shot at UFC 113

(Video courtesy of YouTube/codymckinley.)
What happened: Let’s be honest, Paul Daley is kind of a scumbag. After coming up short in his #1 contender match against Josh “Fraggle Rock” Koscheck, Daley decided that the best chance to land his most significant strike of the fight would be after the fight was over. So he approached Koscheck in what seemed to be a congratulatory hug, and then took a swing at him. Referee Dan Miragliotta best summed up the moment when, after rag-dolling Daley into the cage, simply said, “Are you kidding me?”

The fallout: Turns out, Dana White was not kidding either, and immediately fired Daley following the fight, stating, “I don’t give a shit if he’s the best 170 pounder in the world, he will never come back here again.” But, true to DW’s form, never doesn’t exactly mean…never. In the midst of the Strikeforce purchase, White was asked about the possibility of Daley returning to the UFC, and had this to say, “We’ll see what happens with that first. I just have a hard time with what Daley did.” Consistency, folks, it’s truly what keeps a thriving business thriving. And speaking of British folks with less than stellar reputations…

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Walrus- November 16, 2011 at 10:27 am
Sweet Chael Sonnen commercial, anyone ever call that number?
thenutman69321- November 16, 2011 at 8:28 am
10, 8, and 6 are my favorite non fight moments ever in MMA. While some of this list is actually disgraceful, thing such as Brock's tirade do nothing but gain him fans, that was definitely the moment I became a big Brock fan.
Get Off Me- November 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm
-Steve Bosse vs. James Thompson
-Sean Sherk decision victory over Evan Dunham
-Gene Lebell and Ben Fowlkes scoring a 28-28 for Rosa vs. Lucas.
-Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia
-Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
Todd M- November 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm
Me likey FTW, That really jumped up a notch, Did Jake throw a trident?
cabj1905- November 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm
I like that Lee Murray's bank heist is not on this list. In fact, I think that's one of the best MMA-related stories of all time.
2DaDeath- November 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Dana White "talking" about Loretta Hunt in an infamous video blog.
pinkyslayer- November 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm
seriously, cagepotato, this next page bullshit is unacceptable. we all know you're just trying to get more page clicks. This practice is widely despised, and in the spirit of CagePotato being the peoples champion of MMA blogs, we demand that you go back to the old format in both articles and commenting.
LOKI- November 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Fuck...I meant YAMMA....See, even I forgot.
LOKI- November 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm
How soon we forget the WAMMA PIT?
myklhoey- November 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm
How about when royce graice steped on his oppenent after he tapped,
or "mma legend" don frye gettin koed by a non pro fighta.
dana white bannin CP
brocks out burst was not that big adeal, face it haters hes great for the sport,
and the dude came in like a wild animal for get wwe dont for get he had just as good a back round as otha mma stars like evans, koshchek, fitch
El Guapo- November 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Can't decide between Me likey and Viva Hate. This is how Cecil Peoples must feel. On one hand, the whole hog bit was f'kn hilarious. On the other hand, Arianny's beaver hunt is not only funny, it's actually true. Tough one.
skeletor- November 15, 2011 at 11:56 am
leaving Jeremy Jackson, Mike Whitehead, and Harold Howard off the list compared to some of this shit makes this whole list a piece of shit. You always get facts and names wrong in all your articles and the worst writer on the internet. I saw the headline and was excited to read the article assuming that it was written by one of the numerous contributors to this site that are funny, and intelligent. Then I found out it was a Danga piece and new before reading it that it would be fucking terrible. Danga you can go suck a dick.
BHOP- November 15, 2011 at 11:54 am
This list is a joke. How are these disgraceful moments in MMA? Most of these are just disgraceful moments in fighters lives. These guys sure as shit aren't representatives of their sport. Also, Joe son isn't a mixed martial artist, I'm sick of hearing about him on this fucken site! Instead why didn't you put moments like the shogun/machida robbery, the anderson silva abu dhabi incident or even the randy couture/james toney match? Get your act together cagepotato.
Me likey- November 15, 2011 at 11:26 am
nate diaz, "wow, that really escalated quickly."
nick diaz, "yeah, gilbert killed a guy."
Viva Hate- November 15, 2011 at 11:26 am
You forgot about that time that terrible MMA shitsite posted sll of those high resolution scans of Arianny's issue of Beaver Hunt and ruined her career. Shame on that site.
Me likey- November 15, 2011 at 11:23 am
harold howard assualting people and driving his truck into a casino.
junie browning assualting medical staff at hospital.
gina carano for eating an entire hog. feet, teeth, tail, and all.
El Guapo- November 15, 2011 at 11:22 am
No Aoki armbreak hey buddy facial? No Axe Murderer head stomping an overmatched, underweight, suicidal Japanese opponent? No JOSE CANSECO??
GistoftheFist- November 15, 2011 at 11:20 am
People need to stop listing Joe Son in anything MMA related, period. The fat fuck competed in some matches in the dinosaur ages of UFC and got his tiny testicles beaten back inside his vagina. We could easily NOT disgrace MMA by simply refusing to report on anything the assbag does for the rest of his life. Cut everything that links him to MMA itself. And how did his arrest disgrace the current UFC anyhow? Nobody important in the UFC has come on TV and publicly announced this twatmackerel got arrested and killed a cellmate, so why should the rest of the MMA community give a baboon's bright red ass?
El Guapo- November 15, 2011 at 11:18 am
No mention of Japanese MMA? Not even a shout out/honorable mention?? (teardrop)
mmaandrew34- November 15, 2011 at 11:13 am
number 5 is stupid. just because hes not completely out doesn't mean it wasnt a just stoppage. he was out on his feet. and wasn't defending himself.
DangadaDang- November 15, 2011 at 11:10 am
My bad on that one. That's who I meant.
exect4500- November 15, 2011 at 10:57 am
I think the Author meant Marius Pudzianowski, Zaromskis is a welterweight. although that would be simultaneously hilarious and sad to watch Sylvia V Zaromskis.
El Guapo- November 15, 2011 at 10:46 am
Is the #1 "Most Disgraceful Moment in MMA History" when CP changed their format to the next page bullshit? Somebody click next page 3 times and let me know..
JaredB- November 15, 2011 at 10:43 am
Most of these aren't that bad compared to what happens in the NBA, NFL, and MLB. The NBA lockout is more shameful than 3/4 of the list. Some of them don't even belong, like #5, we get it, the MMA media had it out for Kimbo Slice and is still not letting that die, as if that would even be in the all time top 1000 early stoppages. The dude's ear exploded!
Crackity Bones- November 15, 2011 at 10:38 am
"Fornicating" by definition cannot happen between a married couple. It means having sex with someone you're not married to. Lock it up, CP.