10 MMA Fights That Were The Beginning Of The End For Legends

The moment that everything changed for these legendary fighters.

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Ever since the world of Mixed Martial Arts first really began to come to the fore in the early '90s, the sport has seen some legendary figures step into the cage and crack some skulls.

Like all good things, however, even the most unstoppable, iconic of fighters' time at the top of the tree has to come to an end at some point. Of course, some fighters know when to call time on their careers, while others just go on and on and on and on, falling from one defeat to another as their legacy begins to get tarnished.

For so many of these legends, there's usually a precise moment or fight that can be pointed to as when things truly began to change for these fighters. No longer were they the force they once were, no longer were they invincible, and no longer were they capable of competing at the elite level that they had become accustomed to.

There are those rare exceptions who manage to get out of the fight game before their inevitable decline begins, but those fighters really are just that - an exception.

With all of this in mind, then, here are ten fights that were the beginning of the end for MMA legends.


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