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Biggest title fight upsets | Spinning Back Clique
SIMON HEAD: Megan Anderson, in the co-main event, is the biggest underdog involved in all these title fights we're going to see over the weekend. A win over Amanda Nunes would surely be considered one of the biggest title-fight upsets, certainly from a statistical point of view in UFC history. But looking back over the sport's history, guys, what is the one title-fight upset that has resonated the most with you in your careers covering the sport? We'll keep it nice and short again. Two minutes on the clock, and, Goze, you get to take the first one off the pack.
BRIAN GARCIA: For me, it's got to be when Matt Serra defeated GSP. If you look at the build-up to all that, it was kind of like that "Rocky I" moment, right? Matt Serra getting that second chance. GSP was unstoppable at the time. That big moment there said so much for all the other fighters in the UFC that anything can happen at any moment. And just me, personally, that was actually the first time we did a post-fight show to prepare ourselves for what would be the number-one show of MMA Junkie Radio, our very first episode that Monday. And so, in that process, I remember getting a call from Frank Trigg, who was with a bunch of Pride fighters-- they were about to have Pride Fighting Championships. They were in Japan. And I had to give them that result, and it took me about five to 10 minutes to convince everyone that GSP had lost that fight. That's how big that was.
NOLAN KING: You know, and for me, it has to be UFC 199-- Michael Bisping knocking out Luke Rockhold. I think, you know, not only was that a big upset, but it also was very meaningful, I think, to a fan-- somebody like me, who is a big fan of the sport, to see Michael Bisping, the fighter that would always be at the top of the division who could never really make it and had to compete in an era where there was not maybe the best drug testing that we have now, and a lot of his opponents tested positive, and he was in-- I don't know. He was just always at the top of that division. To see him go out there and do what he did on that night, to top off a very special card in the fashion that he did it, I mean, as a fan. I think that there was nothing that ever beat that for me.
GEORGE GARCIA: You know, right before Conor McGregor was the biggest star ever in our sport, it was Ronda Rousey, and Goze and I were hosting a viewing party at the Sunset Station in Vegas. And I remember right before the fight, who thinks Holm's going to win? Crickets. Who things R-- aah! I didn't even get to say her name, Rousey, and everybody was all over it. So imagine how quiet that place got when Holly Holm got her KO. I'll never forget-- and earlier that week, a big gambler in Vegas, Vegas Dave, had stopped by our studio and said, who do you guys think is going to win? And we gave him a little bit of a breakdown.
Well, that breakdown turned into a story, and it led him to bet 20 grand at 10 to 1. He made $240,000 or something-- $200,000 off his little visit to MMA Junkie Radio. We never got our cut, by the way.