Year-end Special: The Best Upsets of 2015 (Part 2)

Paul Lintag on Dec 24, 2015 07:34 AM
Year-end Special: The Best Upsets of 2015 (Part 2)
The biggest upset of the year happened at UFC 193. (AP)

Everybody likes the underdog.

And in sports, there is nothing like a David beating a Goliath in a head-to-head match.

2015 offered a lot of upsets, some pulled it off after only being given a slight chance, while others just came out to completely shock the world.

Nevertheless, these upsets had people talking and made quite a few doubters become believers.

Here is part 2! You can view part 1 here.


5. Letran Knights beat San Beda Red Lions in 3 games --- NCAA Season 91 Finals.

The San Beda Red Lions have owned the NCAA for a decade now. With the exception of the Pinatubo trio-led San Sebastian Stags, no team has really challenged the Mendiola-based squad for NCAA supremacy.

Fortunately, the Letran Knights had none of all that as this group of ragtag underdogs also known as The House of Chaos kept in step with the Red Lions throughout the elimination round and outclutched a team with a decade-worth of championship experience in the finals.

As Letran took game 3 in overtime, 85-82, the 2015 Knights will always be remembered as the team that took down the dynasty. Oh and they were led by Finals MVP Mark Cruz, it does not get more underdog than that.


4. Roberta Vinci beats Serena Williams --- 2015 US Open semifinals

Serena Williams, 21-time Grandslam champion and the greatest women's tennis player of all time, was chasing the one achievement that has eluded her career.

She wanted to complete a Grand Slam.

Beating rival Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon as well as surviving a young challenger in the French Open, Williams was two wins away from winning the US Open.

However, world no. 43 Roberta Vinci put an end to all the Grand Slam talks after she beat Williams in the semifinals, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

You can blame it on the numerous three-set matches catching up to the champion or the dreaded "Drake curse" but Vinci put up a perfect performance to unseat the mighty Serena. She went on to lose the US Open title to Flavia Penneta in an all-Italian final but stopping history while making history on her own has Vinci owner of one of the biggest upsets in tennis.


3. Batang Gilas beats China ---- 2015 FIBA-Asia U16 championships.

There is a reason China has remained an Asian basketball powerhouse, their grassroots program is simply a cut above the rest.

So when Batang Gilas handed the Chinese their first ever loss in the FIBA-Asia U16 championships with a 78-72 win, it was a big deal. And the young Filipino cadets won that game with perfect play in crunch time.

It was a fine revenge for the country as the senior Gilas Pilipinas squad settled for another silver medal after the senior Chinese team overwhelmed our national team a month earlier during the Asian Olympic qualifier.

2. Gilas Pilipinas beats Iran --- 2015 FIBA-Asia Championships.

Gilas may have lost to China in the FIBA-Asia final (see entry number 3) but the team took down a giant in that unforgettable run.

Losing to the mighty Iranians during the final of the tournament's previous edition in Manila, Gilas Pilipinas got back at their tormentors with a brave quarterfinal stand, 87-73, to steal the top-seed and have the "easier" route to the championship.

Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva are names Iran will probably not forget for a very long time, we finally found our answer to Hamed Haddadi in Andray Blatche and Jason Castron dominated Mahdi Kamrani to emphatically prove that he is the best point guard in Asia and him alone.

In a tournament where it was gold or bust, Gilas Pilipinas beating Iran was a big deal.

1. Holly Holm knocks out Ronda Rousey --- UFC 193.

The queen is dead.

With one perfect roundhouse kick to the temple, Holly Holm erased all the G.O.A.T talks surrounding Ronda Rousey as "The Preacher's Daughter" knocked out "Rowdy" in their women's bantamweight bout at UFC 193.

The number 7-ranked Holm dominated Rousey in round 1 with her superior boxing skills and then finished the job in round 2 with a kick heard around the world.

Holly Holm beating the previously undefeated Rousey in convincing fashion is the undisputed best upset of 2015 and probably in all of women's MMA.

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