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The 10 Most Disgraceful Moments in MMA History

#7 – Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera

(Video courtesy of YouTube/68Evildeeds.)
What happened: Leading into his UFC 127 match with Michael Bisping, Jorge Rivera released a series of Youtube videos designed to get inside the TUF 3 winner’s head, the best of which can be seen here. I guess you could say that they were effective, as Bisping not only banned Matt Phinney (a.k.a “Count Bisping”) from the event’s weigh-ins, but nearly got into a tussle with Rivera at the weigh-ins as well. But it was the fight itself that truly elevated Bispings status from “cheeky bastard” to “pre-American Revolution level British douchebag.” Not only did Bisping deliver a blatantly illegal knee in the first round (which he claimed was unintentional, of course) but after defeating Rivera, proceeded to spit on his cornermen (which he again claimed was unintentional).

The fallout: Bisping was denied his win bonus as a result of his actions, and issued a weak apology a few days afterward. Rivera would go on to drop his next fight to Constantinos Philippou, and Bisping would continue to exploit his aforementioned douchbaggery during interviews and as a coach on the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter. Cheerio.

#6 – The Strikeforce: Nashville Brawl

(Video courtesy of YouTube/UFCwords.)
What happened: No, not that Strikeforce brawl, we’re talking about the other one involving the brothers Diaz. In the aftermath of his come-from-behind victory over Dan Henderson, Jake Shields stood amongst his ragtag crew of middle finger enthusiasts (a.k.a Team Cesar Gracie) to discuss his toughest fight to date. Suddenly, from the depths of the audience, Jason “Mayhem” Miller sprang up and interrupted Shield’s speech with talks of a rematch. This insolence would not be tolerated by the 209, whom immediately pounced on Miller and performed a dramatic retelling of American History X on his ass.

The fallout: After all parties involved issued an apology, sort of, the Texas Athletic Commission launched a formal investigation of the event, and ended up recommending that all the fighters involved be fined $20,000 and suspended from fighting for 9 months. But as Lindsay Lohan has already proved, recommended punishments rarely see the light of day when you’re a celebrity. Each fighter was suspended three months and fined between $5,000-$7,500. The issue did not sit well with CBS however, who gave Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker the old silent routine for a few months following the incident. But the real damage done was to that of MMA’s namesake, as the brawl only furthered the mainstream theory that MMA was just a mix of WWE style antics and mindless violence involving a bunch of slack jawed ingrates. Hopefully recent events have helped curb this belief.

#5 – Dan Miragliotta gifts Kimbo a victory at EliteXC:Primetime

(Video courtesy of Youtube/janipt.)
What happened: Believe it or not, there was a time when another MMA promotion was making it’s major network debut. That organization was EliteXC, the network was CBS. Having purchased Youtube sensation “Kimbo Slice” as their meal ticket to success, the geniuses at EliteXC decided it was time for Kimbo to take a slight step up in competition from the old, soggy sons of bitches he had fought in his two previous contests. That step up was James Thompson, a glass-jawed Goliath who was best known for getting his ass kicked by Neil Grove, Aleksander Emelianenko, and perpetual bean bag Eric Esch in a combined total of under 2 minutes.

But their plan ran into a wall when Thompson not only held his own in the fight, but by all means should have been awarded a TKO victory at the end of the second round. Obviously worried that their golden boy was about to fall to a nobody on their big night, one of EliteXC’s head honchos likely sent a message down to referee Dan Miragliotta, Buffalo Wild Wings style, and told him to end that shit as soon as Kimbo gained the upper hand whatsoever. Kimbo obliged by bursting James Thompson ear open with a right hand, and Dan obliged by calling a rarely seen standing TKO on Thompson, who was sound minded enough to protest immediately.

The fallout: One of the rare moments in MMA history where fans cried “fix,” EliteXC: Primetime showed its true colors that evening, even cutting away from the fight at one point in the first round where it appeared Kimbo was about to tap. Kimbo would meet his maker just five months later at the hands of last minute replacement Seth Petruzelli, and it only got more disgraceful from there.

#4 – Quinton “Rampage” Jackson lives up to his nickname

(Video courtesy of Youtube/icemanwc117, ironically.) 
What happened: Quinton Jackson, believe it or not, has a mindset that can best be decribed as “Charlie Day on amphetamines.” When he’s not threatening the life of a reporter one day, he’s motorboating another one in front of their husband the next. Coming down off his disappointing title-losing effort against Forest Griffin at UFC 86, Mr. Jackson proceeded to go on a three day bender of energy drinks and The Secret, culminating in a car chase with police across Costa Mesa that saw at least three cars wrecked. One of the cars’ occupants happened to be a pregnant mother, who soon after the accident had a miscarriage.

The fallout: Rampage was arrested on a $25,000 bond and charged with hit-and-run driving, felony evading and reckless driving. Jackson would plead guilty, and receive community service for his actions. No evidence was found linking his incident with the woman’s miscarriage. Nothing short of bizarre, this event gave the general population a glimpse into the clownshit craziness that is Quinton Jackson, thusly turning it into one of the things we like about the guy.

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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.