The transcript below is from the video “10 Moments UFC Fighters LOST CONTROL In The Octagon!” by Watch MMA.

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Fighting in a high level mixed martial arts competition requires a level of focus and attention that most of us regular plebeians will just simply never be able to attain. In the heat of the battle the slightest of errors can cause a fighter’s chance of winning to plummet to the floor and even the most minor losses of composure can cause an athlete to see the red.

Sure we would rather probably see the best fight the best and compete with each other without any major slip ups, but oftentimes things have a habit of giving a little crazy when it comes to mixed martial arts.

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Number 10: Robbie Lawler

Robbie Lawler is an emotional fighter. That’s fair to say. I think it’s something that may have
held it back in his youth, the prime Lawler of the later years managed to find strength in the sheer power of his fury. At just 22 years old however Robbie Lawler, who took on a also very young Nick Diaz back in 2004, just wasn’t the same man we saw in his later years. In a beautiful display of mind games Diaz managed to get inside the head of his opponent to such a degree that Lawler was completely compromised midway through the first round. Slapping him around, calling him names, shouting the name of his hometown Stockton, Lawler completely lost himself very early on in the fight.

[Commentary]:

Joe Rogan:

Never expected to see him taunting Robbie like this and standing in front of him with his hands down… that’s crazy.

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Visibly furious, he made several critical errors before being knocked out in a brutal fashion in the second round.

[Commentary]:

Joe Rogan:

And again that could be because he’s got experience.

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Number 9: Matt Hughes

Maintaining control in a fight can sometimes be as simple as protecting your most delicate
region from damage. When Matt Hughes defended his Welterweight Crown against his fierce rival Frank Trigg, things did not seem to be going to plan until his opponent kneed him hard in the groin. Now in huge trouble and without referee intervention Trigg capitalized on his window unloading some serious grounded pound on the champ, before nearly sinking in a rear naked choke to finish. Hughes known for his grit and determination somehow managed to escape the hole to gain top position and pick Trigg up run across the octagon and slam him to the floor below. From there he put on an almighty beating on his opponent before choking him into submission shortly thereafter. An incredible feat from Hughes in a moment where his title was very nearly taken from him.

[Commentary]:

Joe Rogan:

To see two guys who could have very easily competed.

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Number 8: Donald Cerrone

When you’re fighting Tony Ferguson it’s almost guaranteed that you’re gonna have to deal with some serious facial damage. As a result from the former interim lightweight champion’s masterful use of elbows in the close range. Few fighters learned this to a greater degree than the veteran Donald Cerrone, who came up short against Ferg over the course of two rounds back in 2018. The fight was officially concluded by way of doctor stoppage at the end of the second round, but in reality it was Donald’s decision to attempt to clear out his nose that caused the major swelling to his eye that would impede him. In hindsight it was something of a rookie mistake from cowboy to do such a thing, but all in all Ferguson was beginning to take over the fight and left the octagon that night as the deserving winner.

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Number 7: Jon Jones

There’s something truly special about the rivalry pitting Jon Jones against Daniel Cormier, that just sets it apart from every other one. Never before has such a wild clash of personalities happen at such a high level within the UFC. And even when they first met back at UFC 182, tensions were flaring massively. Of course everyone remembers the infamous media day brawl that has lived on in promos and highlight reels for years after, but one of Jones’ sneakiest jabs at DC is actually pretty forgotten. In the final seconds of their last fight Jones just couldn’t help but raise his hands in celebration as Cormier hung in hopes of securing a take down. As Cormier relaxed into thinking the fight was over Jones lashed out with a swift 1-2 in the final exchange before DC himself retaliated after the bell. An ugly end to a memorable chapter in the earliest days of one of MMA’s most enduring feuds.

[Commentary]:

Michael Goldberg:

This ultimate grudge match goes the distance.

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Number 6: Nate Quarry

Some things you can control, some things you cannot. That was insightful. In the case of
Nate Quarry’s showdown with Kalib Starnes, Cory was faced to get a bit creative to make things interesting for the fans in attendance. When Starnes all but refused to engage him Nate flipped the script by embracing some truly odd taunts. Walking down his opponent while pretending to be some form of retro robot. In the end the fight was something of a dud, but all in all Corey managed to come out looking okay, despite having no control over his opponent’s actions. A weird game plan from Kalib with an even weirder solution from Corey, a memorable moment nonetheless.

[Commentary]:

Nate Corey:

Okay. But then as the fight went on I figured you can change, and I can change, anybody can change…

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Number 5: Fabricio Werdum

During his time as UFC’s heavyweight champion, there was a very valid argument in place that Fabricio Werdum was the single greatest fighter the division had ever known. Submission wins over legends like Kane Velasquez gave some serious weight to that claim. So when the promising but still relatively untested Stipe Miocic stepped up as the next contender to Werdum’s crown, the brazilian was of course seen as a heavy favorite and with good reason… Miocic who is known as a deadly accurate counter puncher simply did not have the grappling credentials of a fighter like Werdum. But for some strange reason Fabricio in a moment of pure madness decided to forego all tactics and patience, pounding forward at Miocic recklessly. After being caught hard with a sharp right hand that stopped him in his tracks, Werdum was not dissuaded. And seconds later, he did the exact same thing again. Except this time that same punch shut his lights out. It was a bizarre turn of events from an increasingly erratic fighter in Werdum.

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Number 4: Germaine De Randamie

Germaine De Randamie has done herself no favors over the years notably angering fans by refusing to defend her featherweight title against Chris Cyborg during her past problems with failed doping tests. But it was the night that she actually won the championship that has seen her lowest moment. Losing control of yourself in the heat of a UFC championship out is one thing, but by all accounts De Randamie messed up big time in terms of maintaining her integrity. Stunning her opponent Holly Holm with a huge late shot after the bell at the end of the round was bad enough, but to do the exact same thing again was in many ways kind of sort of unforgivable. It’s hard to know how much intent to cheat was actually there, but if one thinks for sure it set a reputation still to this day yet to fully recover.

[Commentary]:

Joe Rogan:

Oh no, oh man.

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Number 3: Heath Haring

If you’re faced with a sanctioned fist fight against another man, maintaining your composure until the bout actually begins is usually pretty easy, even if you absolutely despise your opponent. And yet when the former UFC heavyweight Heath Herring was faced with a pre-fight kiss on the lips from Yoshihiro Nakayo, it was pretty understandable when he lashed out. Just seconds before the fight due to begin as the pair were staring each other down, Nakayo for some reason decided to plant a mind games kiss directly on the mouth of his opponent. As you would expect Herring was forced to do a double take from the moment before digesting exactly what had just happened. When he did, he responded by flattening Nakayo with a short hook, ending the fight before it started. In what was recorded as an official d key loss.

[Commentary]:

Heath Haring:

Illegal act. I didn’t touch him. I stood there, he tried to kissed me on the lips like a homosexual. I’m not gay. I’m not gay.

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Number 2: Chris Weidman

Though his career has taken something of a downward spiral in recent years, when Weidman was in his prime, he was a force of damn nature. After capturing the middleweight title with a pair of victories over the legendary Anderson Silva, the all-american was matched up against former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold, a fiercely athletic well-rounded competitor who looked to be Weidman’s match in every facet of sport. And when they did meet at UFC 194 the fight was quite even for the first two rounds with each man finding varying degrees of success. However in the third round Weidman lost sight of his game plan in the most dramatic of possible fashions. Attempting a sloppy spinning back kick that his opponent completely saw coming from a mile away. From there Rockhold was able to take the back. Directly starting a brutal sequence of events that saw Weidman absorb an ungodly amount of ground and pound before succumbing to an admittedly late stoppage in the fourth round. A huge mistake and loss of focus from Weidman, one that caused him to take a beating, he really never rebounded from.

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And Number 1: David Gardner

Perhaps one of the oddest moments in mixed martial arts history came when David Gardner found himself in a precarious position when fighting the legendary Shinya Aoki under the dream banner back in 09. Anyone who knows anything about Aoki will know that his submission game is top-notch, top-shelf, top-tier. When Gardner found himself with Aoki strapped tightly to his back he decided to do something completely and utterly ridiculous. Despite Aoki threatening the choke Gardner decided to break the fourth wall and shout hey Japan in a moment of complete and utter madness. As you may expect Shinya fed his arm through and locked up a rear naked choke to finish the fight very quickly. Even Gardner with his own special place in MMA history books as maybe one of the dumbest competitors of all time.

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