Today while driving home I was thinking of the best fights of the year. Which ultimately led me to thinking about the worst beat downs of 2008. I may have forgotten some so feel free to add your own list
#5 Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell (Affliction: Banned) - While Rothwell proved he is as tough as they come he was totally outclassed by Andrei Arlovski. A brutal striking display from the Pitbull ended Big Ben's 13 fight winning streak in bloody fashion.
#4 Tim Boetsch vs. David Heath (UFC 81) - A relative unknown in Tim Boetsch put a stamp on the ass whooping he dished out by caveman tossing David Heath into the corner in one of the most violent displays in mixed martial arts ever.
#3 Fedor vs. Tim Sylvia (Affliction: Banned) - Fedor took 36 seconds to silence any doubters who might have said he is not the #1 heavyweight in the world. A quick flurry of strikes followed by a brutal gable gripped rear naked choke left Fedor with a dislocated thumb and Tim Sylvia saying he'd never been hit that hard in his life. Ever.
#2 Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks (WEC 35) - What started off looking like an even matched battle- Hicks' takedowns followed by Varner's ability to get the fight back on the feet- quickly turned into a one sided brutal beating. Varner let loose with knees and strikes midway through the first round that left Hicks battered, bruised and with his first mixed martial arts loss.
#1 Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine (UFC 84) - The Axe Murderer quickly struck fear into the hearts of light heavyweights the world around when he laid a vicious first round beat down on The Dean of Mean. Jardine was left comatose and with all of the wind he had earned by beating Chuck Liddell taken out of his sails. Wanderlei's rape choke beatdown will be a highlight reel regular for many years to come.