Who had the best opponent for their pro debut?

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  1. Fluffernutter

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    Which fighter (current or past) had the most difficult opponent during their debut?
     
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    I'm sure there are cases where a fighter took on a future champ in their early stages that would rank ahead, but as far as already established 'best' Prado fighting Phil Davis has to be close to it.
     
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    Forrest Griffin/Dan Severn
     
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    nagata

    but that was in the weak era of mma
     
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    nagata. prime mirko in his debut, then prime fedor..

    brutal!
     
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    first thing I thought too
     
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    UFC debut or simply pro debut?

    In terms of UFC debut, Joe Lauzon faced and defeated Jen Pulver, who was seen by some as the current UFC Lightweight Champion.
     
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    Most difficult UFC debut?

    Probably Brock vs. Mir, Lesnar was only 1-0 at the time.
     
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    Stephan Bonnar vs. Brian Ebersole (both made their pro mma debut together).
    Forrest Griffin debuted against Dan Severn.
     
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    frank shamrock fought bas rutten in his debut.
     
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    George St. Pierre faced Ivan Menjivar in his debut.
     
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    Mike Pyle fought Rampage (UD loss) in his debut and Fitch (RNC win) in his second fight.
     
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    A little iffy, that stoppage.
     
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    Both Yuji Nagata and Choi Hong-man faced Fedor and Mirko CroCop in 2 of their first 3 fights.
     
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    That's cool.

    I just looked at that fight card and saw Miguel Torres fought and won two times that night.
     

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