When he decided to embark on an MMA career, many expected that one
Lesnar would be a top-10 heavyweight. Maybe, just maybe, even a
Now, in just 17 months and four fights, he is both.
However, despite Lesnar's rapid ascent up the heavyweight ranks,
his second-round stoppage of Randy Couture
was not shocking in the way several other rankings-bearing events
Thomas Brown was expected to be tough, but not too tough, for
Faber. Instead, Brown completely steamrolled the face of the
featherweight division in startling fashion.
Equally jaw-dropping was Paulo Filho
stepping onto the scales seven pounds overweight for his WEC
middleweight title defense against Chael Sonnen.
More unusual was the agonizing and awkward bout that followed, as
Sonnen handed the Brazilian his first loss in unforgettably awkward
Florian was a prefight favorite but still opened eyes with a
complete dismantling of Joe Stevenson
en route to a sensational first-round submission. Florian's finish
pales in comparison to the real lightweight shocker, though, as
anonymous Russian Sergei Golyaev did enough in the eyes of at least
two people -- both of whom happened to wield scorecards -- to take
a split decision over perennial star lightweight Takanori Gomi
and create real havoc in the division.