We just love a good upset! Ever since David beat Goliath, we just can’t get enough of stories of people who had fought against all odds and won. The scenario is almost always the same: A fighter in his (or her) prime, resting peacefully on his Olympus drinking the nectar of the gods, accepts a challenge from an obscure contender eager to prove his worth. The fight is scheduled. All bets go in favor of the reigning champ. The champ himself seems to be so self confident, he hardly practices prior to the fight. But once the bell rings, the fight turns out to be a nightmare for him: everything goes wrong while the young upstart, focused and full of spirit, does everything right delivering a once in a lifetime performance, teaching the now former champ a lesson in humility. This story-line covers more or less all of the following fights, including our newest and possibly shiniest addition: Rousey vs. Holm.
1. Holm Run!
Sometimes being the underdog can be a plus. All eyes were on Hollywood favorite Rousey and she loved every minute of it. It the meantime, it seemed that everybody had forgotten that Holm was undefeated as well and a hell of a boxer too...
2. Rumble in the Jungle
If there ever was a "Has Been", Ali was one prior to the Rumble. Foreman was THE force to reckoned with, demolition all contenders with his heavy swings. Ali knew that, and devised his now legendary "Rope-A-Dope" technique to deliver one of the most surprising upsets in the history of boxing.
3. Big George is Back!
20 years after losing his title to Ali in the Rumble, George Foreman made one of the biggest comebacks in boxing with his victory over Michael Moorer in 1994. Moorer was the IBF and WBA world champion, a slick fighter in his prime. But nothing could have prepared him for those slick jabs that kept on pouring down his button until tat final one that just gave him the jelly legs...
4. The Real Dill
In one of the biggest UFC title fight upsets in recent memory, TJ Dillashaw did the unthinkable and defeated UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao, who was then undefeated with a staggering 33 fight wins over the course of nine years. Dillashaw not only won the fight, but completely dominated Barao and finished him with a TKO in the fifth round to become the new UFC Bantamweight champion.
Coming in to this fight, Lewis was THE undisputed heavyweight champ, dominating this weight class without any noticeable challengers. Coming back from filming "Ocean's eleven" it seems that Lewis thought he had this fight in his pocket. So once again, a more focused contender, this time Hasim Rahman, took down the probable winner.