5 most one-sided fights in UFC history
They say that "Styles make fights". Make no mistake about it. In the UFC, every athlete that competes is on an elite level (minus the occasional special attraction like CM Punk). You can be a champion having dominated a division with a hot win streak, but even then, there are times when you're prone to absolute one-sided destruction.
We've seen this happen many times in MMA, more specifically in the UFC. Champions who dominated their division were absolutely wrecked beyond belief in surprisingly lopsided performances. Whether it's a difference in styles or just incredible work from the dominant fighter, the levels of dominance are what really took people by surprise.
One such example is Cain Velasquez, who got dominated and finished in the very first round by Junior Dos Santos in his very first title defence. However, he would come back and dominate the remaining two fights. Even then, that was nowhere near these levels of dominance that are about to be mentioned.
#5 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Edson Barboza
Khabib Nurmagomedov had come back from a long layoff. After dominating Michael Johnson in a lopsided affair at UFC 205, he was originally scheduled to face Tony Ferguson for the Interim Lightweight Championship at UFC 209. He faced a severe medical issue and was forced to pull out.
His return would come in UFC 219 in January, where he faced dangerous contender Edson Barboza - a knockout artist and UFC's highlight reel fighter. What happened in the fight was 3 rounds of absolute one-sided dominance by Khabib. He ate a kick but would end up taking Barboza down throughout the fight and smash him with the ground and pound.
Barboza showed a lot of heart, but the expression on his face meant he knew that he was no match for The Eagle.