Worst UFC moments of 2007

NEIL SPRINGER -- SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

So youíve read my favourite moment so far in 2007. Now itís time to check out the other side of the mixed-martial-arts coin.

5. Georges St. Pierreís name gets dragged through the mud

Iíll admit those comments about Serra werenít too flattering, but GSP was only telling the truth Ė he didnít take him seriously and paid for it.

Serra took serious offense to those remarks, as did many MMA fans who had long considered GSP to be one of the classiest fighters in the UFC.

What followed was everyone from fans to Dana White, questioning his heart and mind. All GSP did was tell the truth and he got slammed for it. Itís amazing how quickly peopleís opinions change.

He may have made a mistake in many peopleís eyes, but letís not forget that GSP is one of the most skilled fighters in the world. And when he beats Koscheck at UFC 74 and makes his way back to the top of the welterweight division, it will be fun to watch everyone jump back on his bandwagon.

4. Manny Gamburyan injures shoulder in The Ultimate Fighter 5 finale match with Nate Diaz

I felt TUF 5 was one of the best seasons for the show. It highlighted the lightweight division, had some great comedy and a highly entertaining street fight. The finale show itself was also really good, but the contract match was a letdown.

After the first round, everything was going well. Then only moments into the second round Gamburyan, who has a history of injuring his shoulder, shot in on Diaz and immediately hit the mat and began tapping out.

The match was awarded to Diaz in what was easily the most disappointing ending a TUF season yet.

It was no oneís fault, just an unfortunate incident.

3. Quinton Jackson vs. Chuck Liddell lasts less than two minutes

Yes, you read that right Ė this is on both my favourites and least favourite lists. Let me explain: Jackson winning the title by knockout was great, but the match itself was a huge letdown.

In terms of media exposure and hype, this was possibly the biggest match in UFC history. Liddell was on such an incredible streak that many thought he couldnít be stopped. Jackson was the last guy to do it, but that was 4 years ago and times had changed.

After all the build-up, people were expecting an all-out war. What happened was far less dramatic.

The bell rung, both fighters stepped into the centre of the octagon and began looking for their rhythm. Jackson kept moving forward and Liddell kept stepping back. After a minute or so of nothing happening, Jackson rocked him a sick right hand, knocking Liddell down. He followed up with some good ground-and-pound and it was over.

Definitely not the match fans were expecting.

2. Josh Koscheck vs. Diego Sanchez

I was really looking forward to this match and to say I was disappointed is a huge understatement.

With wins over Karo Parisyan, Joe Riggs and Nick Diaz, Sanchez was firmly establishing himself as a top contender in the welterweight division. Koscheck, on the other hand, was growing by leaps and bounds as a fighter. The stage was set for what could have been an exciting fight; instead we got a staring contest.

Koscheck deliberately kept the pace to crawl and made sure nothing remotely interesting happened. His entire game plan was to just score enough points to win and could stick it to Sanchez, who was undefeated going in.

Well, he got his way and what resulted was one of the most boring fights I have ever seen.

1. Sean Sherk and Hermes Franca test positive for steroids

With the Chris Benoit double-murder-suicide still fresh in everyoneís mind, this was the last thing the UFC needed.

Letís be realistic Ė performance enhancing drugs are in every sport and not all the guilty athletes are getting caught. The problem is that MMA already has enough detractors as a result of the violent content. Incidents like this only give them more ammo.

My hat goes off to Dana White though, who has done as well as one could hope for in addressing the issue.

White pointed out that fighters are tested by the government at every event and there are stiff penalties for those who are caught. The only problem is youíre never going to catch everyone.

Also, the UFC should really begin handing down their own punishments to those who are guilty of steroid use, instead of just letting the government do it. It seems like theyíre too happy to just let fighters back into the mix once their suspensions are over.

As for the two fighters in question, Franca immediately apologized and has been suspended from fighting for a year. Sherk, on the other hand, is still waiting for his appeal.


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