The running list of who got "Punked" in 2022
Everyone’s favorite stat that took 2021 and 2020 by storm is back yet again. In previous years, I have waited until the end of the year to publish those who have been “Punked,” but this year, I am going to keep a running list…
For those not keeping up, a fighter can be considered “Punked” when they register zero knockdowns, significant strikes, takedowns or submission attempts in a UFC fight, much like CM Punk in his ill fated and often mocked UFC/MMA debut.
Danilo Marques vs. Jailton Almeida (2/5/2022)
In one of the longer Punks you are going to see, Marques managed to land nothing but two insignificant strikes in nearly three minutes of fight time. Almeida landed a pair of takedowns and 30 significant ground strikes on the floor before finishing the fight.
Michael Gillmore vs. Ramiz Brahimaj (2/26/2022)
Brahimaj appeared to be a different level of grappler against Gillmore. He scored a takedown early in the fight, maneuvered to the back and finished via rear naked choke. One could argue that Gillmore defended resiliently since Brahimaj had to adjust and ended up with three submission attempts. However, the result was never really in doubt.
Not only did Brahimaj Punk his opponent, but he also did not land a significant strike himself.
It is also impressive that Brahimaj nearly had a Punk in his second UFC fight, but Sasha Palatnikov was able to land a single significant strike before submitting last year.
Chase Sherman vs. Alexandr Romanov (4/30/2022)
Romanov entered the cage as the biggest betting favorite in MMA history. While that may have seemed extreme to some, he dispatched his bare knuckle boxing opponent in under three minutes without absorbing anything. Romanov landed all three of his takedown attempts eventually finished Sherman with a keylock from the mount position.
PFL Punk: Jamelle Jones vs. Renan Ferreira (4/28/2022)
Ferreira absolutely blitzed Jones off the start and finished the fight in only 25 seconds. In true PFL fashion, they still made it a point to put their stat graphic on the broadcast. The SmartCage will not be denied.
Parker Porter vs. Jailton Almeida (5/21/2022)
Almeida decided to do his best Khamzat Chimaev impression in 2022 and pick up multiple “Punks” in the same calendar year. After punking Marques in February, he returned in late May and dispatched Porter. Almedia landed only one significant strike at distance, but he quickly scored a takedown and landed 17 significant strikes on the floor to close to the show. Not only did Porter land nothing, but he also did not even manage a single attempt before being finished.
DWCS Punk: Anvar Boynazarov vs. Erik Silva (8/9/2022)
Boynazarov had an extensive kickboxing career with some impressive victories under the Glory banner. He made his MMA debut last year and earned this shot on the Tuesday night show after picking up three victories. The matchmakers did not do him any favors. His opponent clearly had enough grappling skill to neutralize Boynazarov’s kickboxing. Silva scored a takedown in the first 10 seconds and finished the bout with 11 significant strikes on the ground. Boynazarov landed nothing and got “Punked,” while Silva walked away with a UFC contract.
DWCS Punk: Zachary Borrego vs. Bo Nickal (8/9/2022)
Not only did Borrego fail to land a single strike before submitting against the former Hodge Trophy winner, he did not even manage to attempt a single strike. Nickal has won his first two professional MMA fights in only 95 seconds and absorbed virtually no damage.
DWCS Punk: Ivan Valenzuela vs. Claudio Ribeiro (8/16/2022)
For the second-straight week there was a “Punk” on the UFC’s Tuesday night feeder show. Ribeiro needed only four landed significant strikes and 25 seconds to stop Valenzuela and earn a UFC contract.