The 10 Worst Fights in UFC History

Doug Collins

Nate Quarry vs Kalib Starnes

Kalib Starnes' infamous performance, characterized by constant retreat and lack of engagement, is widely regarded by UFC fans as the organization's worst fight ever. Starnes never competed in the UFC again.

Dan Severn vs Ken Shamrock

once regarded as UFC stars, ended up disappointing fans as they spent the entire 30-minute round circling each other without engaging. This lackluster fight prompted crucial rule changes in the sport.

Cheick K. vs Shawn Jordan

The anticipated clash between Cheick Kongo and Shawn Jordan turned out to be a disappointment, as they spent most of the fight clinching rather than throwing punches, resembling a 15-minute hugging session

Tyron Woodley vs Stephen T.

While Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson delivered an excellent fight at UFC 205, their rematch at UFC 209 was a disappointment as both fighters seemed hesitant to engage.

Anderson Silva vs Demian M.

Anderson Silva's career took a significant turn as he secured a comfortable win over Demian Maia, but his excessive dancing, mocking, and refusal to press forward alienated many fans. 

Tim Sylvia vs Andrei Arlovski

The heavyweight division of the UFC entered a dark period with the trilogy between Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia. Their third encounter at UFC 61 was widely regarded as the worst fight of the series.

Royce G. vs Ken Shamrock

The inaugural superfight in UFC history between Gracie and Shamrock turned into a grappling stalemate, prompting referee intervention and ultimately resulting in a draw due to the absence of judges.

Francis N. vs Derrick Lewis

Amid expectations of redemption for Francis Ngannou, his fight against Derrick Lewis turned out to be a colossal disappointment, lacking the impact and performance that could have positioned either fighter as a potential heavyweight title contender.

Kimbo Slice vs Houston Al.

Kimbo Slice's entertaining street-fighting style failed to fully translate to the octagon, despite some memorable moments like the Kimboplex. Both Slice and Alexander seemed fatigued by the third round.

Anderson S. vs Thales Leites

During his prime, Anderson Silva's dominance in the UFC Middleweight Division was so apparent that he sometimes appeared nonchalant in fights yet still emerged victorious. Thales Leites' passive approach, with Silva dancing around him.

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