This top five list was inspired by Ronda Rousey’s championship beatdown of Bethe Corriea. This list focuses on championship fights that were completely one-sided.
5) Jon “Bones” Jones vs. “Shogun” Rua
While Jones’ current fall from grace is just beginning because of all of his legal trouble, his ascension was nothing less then spectacular. “Shogun” Rua had just defeated Lyoto Machida to become the UFC’s light heavyweight champion and was scheduled to take on Rashad Evans for his first title defense. However, the MMA Gods struck down Evans with an ACL tear and on just six weeks’ notice, Jon Jones got the call to fill in for Evans. What would follow was nothing short of amazing, as Jones pummeled the champion for three rounds and coaxed a tap due to strikes. Making a fighter at that level tap to strikes is akin to getting blood out of a stone and Jones’ beat-down of “Shogun” was just that brutal.
4) Matt “Terra” Serra vs. George “Rush” St. Pierre (GSP)
GSP would go down as the greatest fighter to ever live despite the one night he was on the end of a Matt Serra beat-down none will forget. Heavily favored to win, St. Pierre may have underestimated Matt Serra who was granted the title shot because he won the Ultimate Fighter ‘Comeback’ which featured veteran fighters getting one last shot. Serra made the most of his shot and connect with a powerful right hand behind the ear of GSP and sent the champion into la-la land.
3) B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn vs. Joe “Daddy” Stevenson
This story begins with Sean Sherk, the then lightweight champion, who was popped for steroid and striped of his title causing the interim title bout between B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson. Within the first few seconds, Penn knocked Stevenson down and landed a massive elbow that opened a large gash on Stevenson’s head. Stevenson, the warrior that he is, made it to the second round with blood covering his enter face and most of the Octagon but succumbed to a rear-naked choke from the Prodigy.
2) Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos I, II, and III
These gentlemen met three times and each time they gave epic, championship, beat-downs to each other. The first match saw JDS land a punch to the jaw of Velasquez, which dropped him immediately. In the second fight, Velasquez imposed his will on JDS and turned his face into ground beef. In that fight, Velasquez landed 10 takedowns and 111 significant strikes over five rounds. The third fight was a repeat of the second but this time Velasquez broke JDS’s will and got the one-sided, third round, TKO.
1) “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey vs. all of her opponents
Rousey has never remotely been in a competitive fight. Perhaps the closest was Miesha Tate, who take the champion into the third round but was not winning that fight even if it went the distance. All other opponents have been finished in the first round either by arm-bar or epic KTFO, which puts Rousey at the top of this list with 12 epic beat-downs.