Joe Rogan recently discussed his top 8 debuts in the history of the UFC. Watch the video and read our excerpts!
#8 Rustam Khabilov: During TUF season 16 finale, Khabilov was debuting against another up and comer in Vinc Pichel. Rustam thoroughly dominated Pichel with amazing suplexes, and was rag dolling him in the cage. He won by TKO 2:15 of round 1.
#7 Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson: On the preliminary cards of UFC 143, Stephen Thompson created a highlight moment that the UFC will use for many years, as he was able to knock out Dan Stittgen with a beautiful high kick knock out 4:13 of round 1.
#6 Ryan Jimmo: Being able to score a knock out in your first UFC fight is impressive enough, but also being able to tie the record for the fastest knock out in the UFC history? nothing but amazing. At UFC 149 he was able to score a seven second knock out against Anthony Perosh.
#5 Glover Teixeria: Many of the hardcore fans have been clamoring for Glover to make his UFC debut for quite some time, and boy was it worth the wait. At UFC 146, Glover was able to manhandle UFC veteran Kyle Kingsbury in his debut. 1:53 of the first round, he was able to secure a arm triangle choke and put the whole Light Heavyweight division on notice.
#4 Todd Duffee: At UFC 102, on the preliminary card, Todd Duffee was against Tim Hague. Seven seconds later, Hague was out cold and Duffee made a lasting impression on the UFC. Not only did he tie the UFC record for fastest knock out. His post fight speech was one for the ages. “That was an appetizer, I want to eat now Dana, let me eat!”
#3 Joe Lauzon: Going into UFC 63, this fight was promoted more about the return of Jens Pulver than anything else. Someone forgot to let Joe Lauzon know about that. Joe was able to knock out the former UFC Lightweight Champion 48 seconds of the first round and it made for an explosive and unforgettable moment for the UFC.
#2 Junior Dos Santos: Fabricio Werdum was already one of the top contenders in the UFC heavyweight division going into this fight. Many expected for Werdum to win this fight and make his way for an anticipated title shot. Unluckily for him, Dos Santos destroyed him with a devastating uppercut 1:21 of the first round.
#1 Anderson Silva: At UFN 5 Chris Leben had the unfortunate opportunity to be Silva’s first UFC opponent. Going into this bout, Chris Leben was known for a granite iron chin and as someone who was willing to bang with his opponent. Anderson was able to show the UFC what he was made of, as he was able to finish Leben 49 seconds into the first round and was awarded a title shot against Rich Franklin shortly there after. The rest they say is history.
What do you think about these top 8 debuts? Let us know your picks in the comments!