Top Stars of the UFC Who Lost Their First Fight in MMA

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Top stars of the UFC who lost their first fight in MMA

Top stars of the UFC who lost their first fight in MMA

John Fitch / Mike Pyle
While at the peak of his career, John Fitch was considered one of the leading fighters in this sport, having 13 wins in 14 UFC matches, but a few years before he had left the battlefield with nothing after his debut in the MMA. Find sport news on

It should be noted that in 2002, at the first RFC tournament, there was a very serious test for Fitch because he was opposed by future UFC fighter Mike Pyle. Ironically, Pyle also failed his first fight in the MMA: in 1999, he was defeated by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who was almost 14 kg heavier than a rookie. It sounds like a disaster for the young fighter, however, Mike held out until the end, losing only by a unanimous decision. The next rival of Pyle was Fitch.

This time, Pyle won, strangling the opponent in the back in the very first round. Watch sports on

Renan Barao
The former champion in the bantamweight felt the taste of defeat in his first fight, which was held in his homeland in Brazil at the Heat FC 3 event in 2005, where he competed with João Paulo Rodriguez, who also made his debut that evening and also did not stop at one performance (now on the account of Rodriguez there are 55 fights in the MMA)

Barao already thought well in battle, but Rodriguez was unexpectedly better than him in the stance fighting and all the judges gave him victory. It is noteworthy that that failure has long remained the only one in the career of Barao, he will remain undefeated for nine years, winning 33 fights for this period of time.

Andrey Orlovsky
19 years ago, the 22-year-old ruddy and clean-shaven Andrey Orlovsky made his debut in MMA at the MFC: World Championship 1999 M-1 tournament in a fight against one of the dirtiest villains of this sport, Vyacheslav Datsik, for whom it was also the first fight.

The stupid and unpredictable striking technique of Datsik brought the result after 6 minutes of the fight when his right hand reached the chin of the Belarusian. Orlovsky sprawled on the floor in an unconscious state. The victory of “Red Tarzan” by pure KO.

Forrest Griffin
Future member of the UFC Hall of Fame Griffin made his debut in MMA against a man who has already secured the place of the legend of this sport – Dan Severn.

Their fight took place in 2001 in the hometown of Griffin Augusta (Georgia, USA) at the RSF 5 show. Later in his book Forrest recalled: “The promoter said he would give me 250 $, which I answered:” What the hell … I’ll do it for free. It was a win-win situation. Whatever happened, it was Dan Severn himself. ”

The gap in the experience between the opponents was huge, at that time Severn’s record was 47-6-4. The duel was unremarkable. Most of the fight, Griffin spent under his counterpart, who eventually won by unanimous decision.

Defeat added Griffin’s motivation, and a month later he gained the first victory. Years later, he will be the winner of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, defeating Stefan Bonnard in an unforgettable final, and later win the UFC title in light heavyweights.

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