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Top Ten Greatest Wins Against the Odds
Holly Holm’s epic knockout on Ronda Rousey just 59 seconds into the second round was one of the greatest upsets in sporting history. Like in Rocky II, where Rocky defeated Apollo Creed in the ‘rematch of the century’. Now, with Creed’s son Adonis looking to carve his own amazing boxing career in ‘Creed,’ we look back at some of the great sporting wins against the odds.
Rousey v Holm – Holm defeats Rousey – Rousey took just 64 seconds to defeat her previous three opponents in brutal fashion. This time however, Holm would be a far different proposition. She knocked Rousey out with a vicious kick 64 seconds into the main bout of UFC 193. In America Holm was paying at 20-1 odds.
Steven Bradbury – It was the most bizarre event of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Australian short track speed skater Steven Bradbury won the 1000 m event, after his four opponents collided together leaving him the only competitor available to win the race.
Tyson’s fall from grace – It has been referenced as a similar shock to Sunday’s UFC 193 result, but the absolute thrashing by underdog Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson was almost a ‘did-you-hear-correctly’ type result. After 10 rounds with Buster Douglas, the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world went down to the unheard of Buster Douglas, 42-1.
State of Origin 95 – Under Paul Vautin’s guise, the Maroons dominated the series sweeping NSW over, 3-0. The Super League war was imminent in 1995, denying Queensland many of their star players and affectionately calling the success the ‘no names of 95’.
Greece Euro 2008 – One of football’s most shocking upsets in history was the Greece v Portugal game at Euro 2004 with a result of 1-0 to Greece. Prior to this win, the underdogs were at odds of up to 250/1 and had never won a tournament in their history.
Eels v Dragons 2009 NRL finals – Mirroring the Warriors/Storm upset, eighth placed Eels triumphed over minor premiers St George in a tantalising 25-12 showdown.
Warriors v Storm 2008 NRL Finals – The biggest upset in NRL Premiership history? Rising from the deep in eighth place, the Warriors shocked minor premiers Storm 18-15 at Olympic Park in 2008.
France beating NZ ’99 and ’07 – France absolutely destroyed the All Blacks at the 1999 Rugby World Cup, mainly in the spine-tingling and action-packed second half of the match. The 43-31 result at Twickenham seemed to prognosticate the 2007 RWC, where France, once again, defeated the booming All Blacks 20-18.
Melbourne Cup 2015 – Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup upset odds for the nation on horse Prince of Penzance. The unprecedented horse started at odds of 101-1 to win the infamous race, leaving many punters disappointed and their jaws on the ground.
Japan beating South Africa RWC 2015 – The Cherry Blossoms captured the hearts of rugby fans worldwide in their absolutely unprecedented narrow win over the Springboks, 34-32. The Pool B match made history for Japan who were ranked 13th in the IRB rankings as they defeated South Africa; a team who are dual world champions and ever-present in the latter stages of Rugby World Cups.