The Body Lock’s 2020 Upset of the Year award was a tight race between Shana Dobson’s second-round finish of Mariya Agapova and Roxanne Modafferi’s upset win against Maycee Barber. Ultimately, however, we decided that Dobson’s win was the greatest upset of 2020.
Dobson entered the fight as high as a +970 betting favorite at some bookmakers as Agapova was heavily favored to win at odds anywhere between -1045 and -1667. Dobson’s +970 odds represented an implied probability to win of just 9.35 percent.
Agapova came out swinging but Dobson countered by taking her to the ground. Dobson was able to control the action from here for a while until Agapova eventually transitioned and gained back control. The late stages of round one were one-way traffic for Agapova.
Agapova took it straight back down to the mat in round two but Dobson was able to reverse the position before raining down all kinds of heavy strikes to secure the major upset victory.
Three of the six members here at The Body Lock voted Shana Dobson’s win as the best upset of the year, whereas two members considered Roxanne Modafferi’s win to be the greatest upset.
Full results for The Body Lock’s 2020 Upset of the Year award:
- Shana Dobson def. Agapova (12 votes, wins tiebreak)
- Roxanne Modafferi def. Barber (12 votes)
- Mamed Khalidov def. Scott Askham 2 (5 votes)
In a video posted to The Body Lock’s YouTube channel, Patrick Auger and Drake Riggs discussed this year’s Upset of the Year award and shared differing opinions on which fighter was most deserving of the honors in 2020.
- Auger voted Modafferi (#1), Khalidov (#2), Dobson (#3)
- Riggs voted Khalidov (#1), Jackson (#2), Dobson (#1)
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.