I actually picked Lambert to win this, but only because I’m not a huge fan of Sobral. I was kind of expecting Babalu to take this one and for the first part of round one he looked well on his way to victory.
In the last minute though, Lambert turned the tables and rocked Sobral before the round expired.
Round two saw Lambert controlling things more. Then with a minute and a half left, Lambert landed a nasty left-hook, knocking Sobral out.
4. Houston Alexander destroys Keith Jardine – UFC 71
This was one of the best minutes of all-out violence I’ve ever seen.
In the lead up to this match, Jardine, who was coming off a TKO victory over Forrest Griffin, decided he was going to talk a lot of trash about Alexander. He made a few comments about he wasn’t in his league and wasn’t a challenge.
All this seemed to do was rile Alexander up. Once the bell rang, he came out of his corner like a bat out of hell and brought the fight right to Jardine’s doorstep. Less than a minute later, Jardine was out cold.
Let that be a lesson to all you fighters out there – don’t bad-mouth Houston Alexander.
3. Jake O’Brien lies on Heath Herring for 15 minutes – UFC Fight Night 8
Heath Herring was no doubt expected to be a big player in the UFC heavyweight division and most felt he would walk right through O’Brien.
What resulted was 15 minutes of O’Brien doing his impersonation of a blanket and earning himself a decision victory.
After his most recent loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Herring announced he is taking time away from fighting.
2. Gabriel Gonzaga kicks Cro Cop’s head off – UFC 70
Okay, I admit it; I gave Gonzaga no chance in this fight. I completely expected Cro Cop to land a head kick and earn a KO victory.
Oh well, at least I got the kick part right.
On this night, Gonzaga had Cro Cop’s number. He managed to secure a takedown and work in some nasty strikes from the guard before Herb Dean stood them up. At this point Gonzaga let loose with a high kick, knocking Cro Cop out on impact.
I never would have seen that coming, and apparently, neither did Cro Cop.
1. Matt Serra beat Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title – UfC 69
I couldn’t sleep after this. I stayed up almost all night, thinking about what I had just witnessed – Matt Serra knocking out Georges St. Pierre. I would have never guessed that, not in a million years.
After a few minutes of action, Serra appeared to have caught GSP with a punch in the carotid artery, causing him to buckle.
GSP tried desperately to hold on and take him down, but Serra got loose and finished him off with some strikes on the ground.
This moment will go down as possibly the biggest upset in MMA history.