With UFC Interim Featherweight Champion Max Holloway going up against UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at UFC 212, Holloway will be entering Aldo's home of Rio De Janeiro. Will Holloway get a classic Rocky V moment? Here's a list of UFC Fighters with stunning victories in their opponent's home countries or cities.
1. UFC 190: Ronda Rousey vs.Bethe Correia; Rio De Janeiro
On August 1, 2015, Ronda Rousey defended her UFC Women's Bantamweight Title for the 6th time against Brazilian native Bethe Correia. The fight was asked for after Bethe Correia made suicide jokes in reference to Rousey.
"She is winning, so everybody is around her cheering her up, but when she realizes she is not everything that she believes she is, I don't know what might happen. I hope she does not kill herself later on." - Bethe Correia in an interview with Combate
Rousey took these comments very personally, due to the suicide of her father when Ronda was 8, and responded the best way she knew how... by going into her home town and knocking her out within 36 seconds of the very first round.
2. UFC on Fox 23: Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal; Denver, Colorado
On January 28, 2017, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone fought in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. He took the fight about a month and a half after his 3rd Round KO of Matt Brown at UFC 206, because he wanted to fight in his home city. In walks Miami native Jorge Masvidal ready to throw down, and throw down he did. After nearly finishing Cerrone at the end of the 1st, Jorge came out guns blazing in the 2nd and finished him by TKO with a barrage of punches against the cage within the first minute. While suffering a brutal loss, Cerrone is not completely out of the mix, for he will take on former Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 213 in July.
3. UFC on Fox 14: Anthony "Rumble" Johnson vs. Alexander Gustaffson; Stockholm, Sweden
There is no doubt that Anthony "Rumble" Johnson is one of most spectacular knockout artists in UFC history, and he proved it on January 24, 2015. Alexander Gustaffson is still Sweden's biggest UFC fighter and this was a very important fight for the top UFC Light Heavyweight contender spot. Rumble brought the power with a brutal ground and pound TKO 2:15 minutes into the first round. This win got Johnson a title shot against Jon Jones, who was later replaced by Daniel Cormier.
4. UFC 188: Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum; Mexico City, Mexico.
On June 13, 2015, Cain Velasquez lost his UFC Heavyweight belt to Interim Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum. The bout was originally supposed to occur at UFC 180 but Velasquez pulled out due to a knee injury. Werdum then won the interim belt against New Zealand's greatest fighter Mark Hunt. After Velasquez spent almost 2 years outside of the Octagon, the two finally faced off at UFC 188. Fabricio Werdum was training in the high altitude of Mexico City which played a big factor in the fight. After 2 brutal rounds for Cain, Fabricio sunk in a guillotine choke half way through the 3rd round, becoming the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion of the world.
5: UFC 198: Stipe Miocic vs. Fabricio Werdum; Curitiba, Brazil
On May 14, 2016 live from Curitiba, Brazil, Stipe Miocic stopped UFC Heavy Champion Fabricio Werdum in an amazing 1st round KO. Werdum was rushing toward the Cleveland native very sloppily and it was not the right tactic for the powerful heavyweight. Within the first round Stipe got the KO and snatched the victory leaving the home town crowd silent, and in the process became the biggest, baddest man on the planet.
In conclusion, home field advantage doesn't always work out and that boo's of the supporting fans can motivate others fighters to new and exciting levels.