1.) Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Powerbombs Ricardo Arona at PRIDE Critical, 6/20/2004
You had to see this one coming. The slam that more than likely made you an MMA fan takes the top spot on our list.
For those of you who are new to MMA, no, Rampage Jackson was not always a whiney Twitter whore. He once was one of the coolest, scariest fighters on the planet, as his brutal powerbomb on Ricardo Arona demonstrates.
Honorable Mention: Interestingly enough, Wes Sims is the first fighter to pull off a legit, opponent-on-his-knees-to-overhead powerbomb. As he told HEAVY.com:
I fought this guy, he was a last second replacement for my original opponent. He was a lot lighter than my original opponent. I came out punching and I rocked him. He dropped down and grabbed my legs and I thought he was trying to take me down. I wanted to just pick him up and throw him to the side. But when I grabbed him and snatched him up that the dude was out. Oh my God. I always wanted to pick someone up over my head and powerbomb them. It’s just one of those things. It’s like Nascar. You want to see a wreck. I wanted to do it, but I wanted to see it even more. Swooped him up over my head, powerbombed him. I shocked myself.
So why is this just an honorable mention? For the same reason Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant is the stuff of legends, while Hulk Hogan slamming Joe Nobody barely deserves your attention: Level of competition. Ricardo Arona was one of PRIDE’s better fighters, while the guy that Wes Sims beat is, well, the type of guy who loses a fight to Wes Sims.
The Worst of the Worst:
3.) Bryan Baker’s Failed Super Kick Against Karl Amoussou at Bellator 72, 7/21/2012
Swing and a miss. Baker isn’t the only person to ever miss with a Super Kick, but when Amoussou uses the miss to lock in the fight ending heel hook, you know you done failed. There’s always next season, Bryan.
No, that’s not your pregnant aunt. That’s Wes Sims, attempting another professional wrestling move against ex-professional wrestler and guy who looks like he works out far more than Wes ever will, Bobby Lashley. But Lashley is a gentle giant, who opts to spare Sims’ feelings and decline the test of strength before knocking him out two minutes into the fight. Such a gentle young fellow, I do say.
1.) Matt Lindland Attempts a Suplex Against Falaniko Vitale and Knocks his Ass Out at UFC 43, 6/6/2003.
If you learn anything from this article, learn this: Slams only look cool if you knock your opponent out. If you knock out yourself, well, that’s pretty much why YouTube was invented in the first place.
Did I leave out your favorite? Let me know in the comments.