10 most disrespectful moments in UFC history
MMA is, first and foremost, a sport built on respect. While the athletes that compete in the cage love nothing more than to beat the hell out of one another, most of the time there’s always a healthy level of respect between opponents. It’s why most post-fight scenes involve a hug.
Sometimes though, we’ve seen fighters completely disrespect their opponent both during and after the fight. These moments are usually frowned upon by fan and commentator alike – but they definitely make for talking points after an event. Here are the top ten most disrespectful moments in UFC history.
#10 Couture spanks Tito
When Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz clashed for the undisputed Light-Heavyweight title at UFC 44 in 2003, the story going in was the ageing paragon of virtue in Couture against the younger, brash and arrogant Ortiz. Both men were on top of their games, but much to the delight of the pro-Couture fans, it was the older man who dominated the fight with his stronger wrestling game.
With Ortiz four rounds in the hole and clearly losing the fifth round due to Couture’s continual takedowns, he decided to make a hail mary attempt at winning the fight by rolling for a low-percentage submission move – a kneebar – with the clock running down. Couture defended the move and then paid Ortiz back for all of his past disrespect in the most humiliating way possible.
For the want of a better term, Randy reached down and spanked Ortiz, who was trapped upside-down with nowhere to go. The crowd and the commentators both erupted in laughter and it was the icing on the cake for the anti-Ortiz fans – the moment when the ‘Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ was given a taste of his own medicine. Still disrespectful, mind you!