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Top 25 Fights in UFC History: Complete List

Yeah, we hate clicking from page to page to get a complete list too; so we put this together. Just because there is no UFC this weekend doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of the best!
Here are all 25 of Keith Shillan‘s Top 25 Fights in UFC History in descending order.


#25. Roger Huerta vs Clay Guida

When:

December 8th, 2007

Main Event of the Ultimate Fighter Season 6 finale

Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

At this time, Roger Hueta was being shaped into a UFC superstar. The UFC had a young, talented, fighter that happened to be Mexican American. The UFC brass was hoping that Huerta would be their Oscar De La Hoya, and bring in the Mexican boxing fans to the UFC. Huerta grew national attention just before this fight, when he became the first fighter in MMA history to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Huerta, who was just outside the top 10 rankings, faced his toughest test of his career, when he faced perennial top 10 fighter, Clay Guida. Guida was known for his non-stop pressure, unstoppable takedowns, and a willingness to go toe to toe with anybody.

Action:

This fight was crazy action packed, with both fighters pressing forward.

The first round started in a flurry. Guida shot a deep shot on Huerta’s legs, and immediately picked him over his head, and slammed him on the ground. Huerta quickly scrambled to his feet, only to have Guida slam him to the ground again. Huerta rolled underneath Guida and grabbed a deep knee bar. Huerta yanked on his Guida’s knee, while the Carpenter punched Huerta, several times. While both guys were wrestling around, Guida landed a viscous knee. Then both guys sat down on their punches, and started to land bombs on each other. Huerta mixed in several high kicks, until Guida landed a blast double leg takedown. However, as soon as Guida landed the takedown, Huerta locked in a Kimura. Huerta used the submission attempt, to get Guida’s back. After Huerta was too high on the back, Guida flipped him over and landed on top position. Huerta swung his hips around and got a deep armbar on Guida, but somehow Guida escaped again, and finished the round on Huerta’s back.

The second round started off with a bang too. Both guys immediately exchanged big flurries at each other for about five seconds, until Guida changed levels and got a takedown. As Huerta was scrambling to his feet, Guida landed an uppercut on Huerta, that looked similar to when Mario punches the bricks in the Nintendo game, sending Huerta flying across the octagon. Huerta got to his feet and both guys threw another crazy exchange, but Guida landed another takedown. and during a scramble, got Huerta’s back again. Huerta attempted to get to his feet, but Guida picked him up again and slammed him hard. Guida started to land big shots to Guida’s head from behind. Huerta got back to the feet, but Guida landed several strikes. It looked like Guida was taking over, until Huerta landed a huge left hand that buckled Guida. With Guida hurt, Huerta went in for the kill, but Guida caught El Matador with a big right hand that floored him. Guida went in for the kill himself, landing big ground and pound, even hitting him with several double punches, similar to Hulk smashes, until the round ended and being saved by the bell.

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Huerta was down 2-0 and looked desperate starting the third round. Huerta threw everything he had into a flying knee, that send Guida crashing to the canvas. Huerta spun behind Guida, and sunk in a rear naked choke, causing Guida to tap out.

Results and Notes:

This fight was crazy. Every time it appeared that one of the guys would finish the fight, somehow the other would fire back and take control of the fight. Huerta’s comeback’s is one of the most memorable in UFC history, and helped propel him into a bigger star.

However, this was the highlight of his career, Huerta went on a losing streak, and quickly fizzled out of the UFC.

Guida made a career out of crazy exciting fights. Perhaps, we will see him on the list again.


 #24. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Randy Couture

August 29th, 2009

Main Event of UFC 102

Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon.

Background:

There really doesn’t need to have any introduction. If you are reading this, chances are you know all about these two fighters. Both guys are legends of the sport. I recently ranked both guys in my top 10 greatest MMA fighters ever. Couture was a 5 time UFC champion, winning the belt in two different weight classes. Nogueira won the Pride FC heavyweight title, and also won the UFC interim heavyweight title.

Both guys were near the end of their career when they faced. Noguira was 33 year old, but been through so many wars previously, while Couture was 46 years old at the time of the fight.

Couture had just lost his UFC heavyweight title to Brock Lesnar, while Nogueira had just lost his interim heavyweight title to Frank Mir. This fight was about legacy.

Action:

In the beginning of round 1, Couture looked very light on his feet. He landed several shots, until Nogueira dropped Couture with a big right hand. Nogueira jumped into a very deep D’Arce choke. Couture found a way to escape from the submission, put on him for several minutes, by one of the greatest grapplers in MMA history. The fight gets to the feet, and Couture lands several big shots as the round ends.

In the second round, the action picks up even more. The Natural started to land bombs again, but Minotauro hurt Couture with a big left hook. Couture responds with a takedown and very big ground and pound. However, Couture overextends himself, and Nogueira lands a perfect scissor switch, to gain the top control. Nogueira sinks in a deep head and arm triangle. Somehow, Couture gets out again, but Nogueira lands big ground and pound. Couture is able to scramble to his feet, and again lands big shots. Nogueira responds with his own shots, and both guys fire shots to the end of the bell.

In the third round, the start where they left off in the second. Both former champions throw bombs at each other, with Nogueira landing the best shot of the fight, a uppercut that floors Couture. Nogueira goes in for the kill, landing several unanswered hammerfists. Couture is desperate, and attempts to scramble. Nogueira grabs Couture’s back, and sinks in hooks. After shots from behind, Couture reverses Nogueira, and starts landing his own ground and pound, trying to win the fight. The crowd goes crazy, up to the bell, as Nogueira lands another scissor sweep. Two legends letting it all hang out.

Results and Notes:

Nogueira wins a unanimous decision.

This fight was so good. It probable didn’t have as much action as the #24 and #25, but at Couture’s and Nogueira’s age, it was just plan nuts. Both guys have arguable the greatest heart of all time. Plus the fight gets more points for being a main event, and a dream matchup for many.

The biggest difference in this fight, seemed to be the size advantage and power Nogueira had on Couture, who really should just be a light heavyweight.

I wish these guys fought during their primes. However, this fight didn’t let down. It was an honor watching these guys fight.


#23 Cheick Kongo vs Pat Berry

June 26th, 2011

Main Event of UFC Live 4: Kongo vs Berry

Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Background:

Former, K-1 Kickboxer, Pat Berry was starting to make a name for himself inside the octagon, because he was working on his wrestling with Brock Lesnar. Cheick Kongo was a main stay in the UFC, having his 14th fight in the UFC at this time.

Both guys were known for their striking technique and power.

We were promised a standup war, we had no idea what was coming up.

Action:

So this fight will have the least amount of action of any fight on the list. But the little bit of action was worth a full 25 minutes of action.

The first two minutes of the fight was slow. Both guys were trying to establish range. But everything changed when Berry landed an overhand right that dropped Kongo to his knees, with his body hunched over and he appeared knocked out. Berry hit the what appeared to be unconscious Kongo, with about 7 or 8 shots, knocking Kongo over. Joe Rogan screams “It’s all over”

But Kongo started to move and stood up, only be faceplanted by another overhand right by Berry. Kongo scrambles to his feet, and get’s up looking like the dead guy in Weekend at Bernie’s (was the dead guy Bernie?, I can’t remember).

Berry moves in to finish what appeared to be a lifeless Kongo, but Kongo throws a short right uppercut, and knocks Berry out in the best comeback in UFC history.

Results and Notes:

Kongo made the miraculous come from behind knock out. I might get shit for picking this fight, because it had about 20 seconds of action, but as Mike Goldberg said, “this was the prefect example of are you kidding me”  and Joe Rogan replied, “yeah, it’s a holy shit moment”.

Both guys had some success inside the UFC, but both never lived up to their potential. Berry ended up retiring, and is engaged to current women’s strawweight, Rose Namajunas, while Kongo currently fights in Bellator.


#22. Chris Leben vs Yoshihiro Akiyama

July 3rd, 2010

Co-Main Event for UFC 116 Lesnar vs aCarwin

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

Chris Leben was always known for his fun, action packed fights, but none of his other fight tops his fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama. The fight almost didn’t happen. Akiyama was originally scheduled to face Wanderlei Silva. Silva got hurt just 11 days before the fight, and was replaced by Chris Leben.

Leben entered the fight on a two fight win streak, while Akiyama was coming off his UFC debut win over Alan Belcher at UFC 100.

Action:

The fight didn’t have a single dull moment. The first 5 seconds into the fight, Akiyama catches a kick from Leben and lands a takedown. Leben fights to get to his feet, and lands back two flush left hands. Akiyama responds with a hard right hand, and a takedown. Leben, immediately scoots his hips, and locks in an armbar. The Japanese fighter wiggles out, and starts to land ground and pound on Leben. Leben grabs another armbar from bottom, but “Sexyama” was able to slide out of it, and starts to set up an inverted triangle. As Leben works his way out of it, Akiyama puts in a Kimura, and then switches to a guillotine. Leben is able to pop his head out of the guillotine and gets to his feet. Once on their feet, Leben hits a hard 1-2 punch, but Akiyama lands a trip takedown to end the round.

The second round picks up the intensity even more. Leben lands a hard left hand with Akiyama responding with a hard body kick. Leben hits a hard 1-2 combination that backs Akiyama up, and the “Crippler” follows it up with another left hand. Akiyama lands a very nice spinning back fist. Leben responds by landing a Superman punch. Then both exchange hard shots from the pocket. Akiyama lands another hard left, and an overhand right. This sparks a crazy exchange of shots, with both guy landing a lot, making it look like “rock em, sock em robots”. Leben drops Akiyama with a left hand. Akiyama is able to get to his feet, and the “rock em, sock em robots” continues. Akiyama lands a picture perfect Judo toss. Leben is pinned against the cage,while Akiyama lands shots. Leben gets to his feet, and attempts a standing guillotine choke. Akiyama pulls his head out and the two start banging it out again. Leben starts getting the better of the exchanges, and starts to land huge left hands. Akiyama is clearly hurt, while Leben lands shots and the round ends.

The third round picks up right where the second round ended. Leben lands a nice left hand, and uppercut combination and then hits a high kick. Akiyama is stunned but drop Leben with an overhand right. The Japanese fighter started to land elbows from on top, while the American surprisingly is landing punches from underneath. Leben grabs an armbar and it looks like it might end the fight, however Akiyama stacks Leben on his head and lands on top. Akiyama goes for a head and arm choke. Leben wiggles out, and lands shots from the bottom, while Akiyama lands from the top. Leben starts to hit elbows from the bottom, and with 35 seconds in the round, throws up a triangle choke. The crowd is going nuts, as Leben forces Akiyama to tap out with 20 seconds left.

Results and Notes:

This fight was absolutely insane, with non stop action. Leben made a career on fights like this. This also showed why Akiyama is such a star in his home country.

Both guys have several fights in the UFC with mixed results. Leben has retired since. Akiyama hasn’t fought in over a year. He hasn’t officially retired, but it seems likely that he has.


#21. Frank Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz

September 24th, 1999

Main Event of UFC 22

Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Background:

This is one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history. Frank Shamrock was the first and only UFC middleweight champion (later to be named Light Heavyweight) and was viewed as unbeatable. He was a perfect 4-0 in the UFC, with 4 stoppages. Tito Ortiz was 3-1 in the UFC with 3 straight wins. He wass young, cocky, and mean.

After, Ortiz beat two former Lion’s Den fighters, his disrespected the team that Shamrock came from. Thought Shamrock broke away from the Lion’s Den and formed his own team with Maurice Smith, Javier Vazquez, and Tsuyoshi Kosaka called the Alliance, the UFC still used the angle as the first grudge match. The angle would return to be even bigger with the feud between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock (Frank’s adopted brother).

Action:

There was no feeling out to start the fight. Shamrock threw a kick at Ortiz, who immediately catches it, and lands his own right hand. Shamrock is taken down by Ortiz, who immediately starts landing ground and pound. Shamrock is able to scatter to his feet, but is taken down again by Ortiz. While being taking down, he scoots his hips and attempts an armbar, which Shamrock was most famous for. Ortiz avoids the submission and starts more ground and pound, with short elbows. Shamrock is able to get to his feet again, but is immediately slammed back on the ground by Ortiz, who once again lands some ground and pound. Shamrock is able to get to his feet one more time, and the two fighters exchange shots on the feet. Ortiz initiates a Muay Thai clinch, and lands a hard knee. He gets a body lock and slams the champion to the ground a fourth time. Shamrock starts to land punches from bottom, which Ortiz responds with heavy elbows from on top, the best shots of the fight so far. The round ends.

Shamrock opens the second round with a high kick that lands on Ortiz. Ortiz responds with a right hand and left hook combination and a fast double leg takedown. Shamrock almost lands a sweep, but Ortiz holds on to the top position and starts some more ground and pound. The challenger lands a very big right hand, that opens a cut on Shamrock. Shamrock locks on a guillotine choke, but is unable to submit Ortiz. However, Shamrock uses the near submission to get to his feet, where he lands a big hard short elbow. Ortiz grabs a body lock and slams Shamrock to the mat again, as the round ends.

The third round starts with a bang with Shamrock landing hard kicks and Ortiz responding with punches. Shamrock lands a hard step knee, but Ortiz counters with another double leg takedown. Ortiz opens with ground and pound from the guard, but is able to pass to side mount, where he lands more ground and pound.. Shamrock scrambles, and Ortiz briefly has Shamrock’s back. Ortiz lands a big right hand from behind, which cause Shamrock to roll underneath Ortiz, who lands some good shots on Shamrock. Shamrock rolls again, and is able to get back to his feet. Ortiz lands a hard jab, and then both fighters exchange heavy shots. Ortiz ends the round by landing another nice double leg takedown.

Shamrock starts the fourth round, appearing to catch a second wind. Shamrock starts with a hard body kick, and then several leg kicks to both the inside and outside of Ortiz lead leg. Ortiz lands a hard right hand, but Shamrock circles away and lands more leg kicks. Shamrock is appearing to get back into the fight, and lands a nice 3 punch combination on the challenger. Shamrock appears to be getting the better of the exchanges and lands 3 hard right hands on Ortiz. Ortiz shoots in and gets another takedown, and initiates more ground and pound. Shamrock elevates Ortiz and brief gets the top position on Ortiz, who scrambles to his feet. Shamrock lands a big flurry on Ortiz, who fires back with his own. Ortiz follows with another double leg takedown, but is caught in a guillotine choke as they hit the ground. Shamrock uses the choke to help get to his feet, while Ortiz drops down on a low single. With Ortiz clutching Shamrock’s leg, the champion lands two extremely hard elbows on Ortiz, who is hurt back and lets go of Shamrock’s leg. Shamrock finishes off Ortiz with two big handfists, while Ortiz taps the mat to end the battle.

Results and Notes:

Shamrock won the fight via 4th round submission. This was his last fight in the UFC, as he retired. Though he would return several times after that, he never fought in the UFC again.

Ortiz went on to win the vacant title over Wanderlei Silva in his next fight. Ortiz defended the title several times, and became the face of the organization for awhile.

Both fighters are legends of the sport. It’s surprising that the two fighters never faced off again.


#20. Andrei Arlovski vs Travis Browne

<> in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 187 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

May 23rd, 2015

UFC 187: Johnson vs Cormier card

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

This was a matchup between two top 10 ranked heavyweight. Travis Browne was a heavyweight that was getting some buzz and at one time thought of as a true heavyweight title contender, due to his size, power, kicks, and use of elbows.

Andrei Arlovski is a former UFC heavyweight champion, who was in the middle of a career resurgence after return to the UFC after a long layoff.

Action:

This fight didn’t last long as the two heavyweights came out swinging.

Arlovski rushes in and lands a straight right. Browne counters with two hard shots to the midsection of the former UFC champ. Arlovski lands the best shot of the fight with a right hand. This backs Browne up, who is visible hurt. Arlovski tries to finish Browne by landing a large series of big shots, about twenty in total. He ends the flurry with a nice knee to Browne’s body.

As they separate, Arlovski rushes in again and lands an overhand right, and several punches to the body, and a big uppercut. Browne is hurt again. Browne creates distance, and shakes off the cobwebs. Browne lands a hard left hook. He attempts to follow up with a right hand, but “the Pitbull” slips by it, and lands a right backfist, that hurts Browne. Arlovski follows up with a furious 4 piece combination, that buckles Browne’s legs. Arlovski goes in for the kill again, and lands another 4 piece combination. He throws a body shot, and lands another overhand right.

Browne backs up to attempt to recover, and Arlovski lands an overhand right. Then the former champion lands another overhand right. Browne is really hurt. Arlovski lands another 4 punch combination, and then follows up with a huge right hand. Arlovski misses a big right hand, but lands another right backfist, that drops Browne. Arlovski hits Browne in the back of the head with a hammer fist, and a uppercut and right hook as Browne is getting back to his feet, As Browne retreats he lands another 4 piece combination.

The best moment of the fight comes as Arlovski unloads a 7 punch combination. As he finishes the combination, Browne lands his own big right hand, and Arlovski is dropped to the canvas, face down. Browne lands to big hammerfists to a hurt Arlovski. He throws another big shot, but slippes, and Arlovski gets on top. He hits Browne with a hammerfist, and lands a big knee as both heavyweights get to their feet.

Arlovski goes in for a kill, landing another 4 punch combination. He lands two short elbows, and a body kick.

Arlovski lands a crushing left hand that rocks Arlovski, and then finishes with a crazy right hand and uppercut. Browne is hurt bad, causing the referee to jump in and stop the fight.

Results and Notes:

Andrei Arlovski wins by 1st round TKO.

Mike Goldberg screams, “I think we have a new favorite fight of All- Time”.

This fight will probable be the most one sided fight on the list. Arlovski dominated from almost start to finish. However, Browne almost finished the fight with one shot. This fight didn’t last long, but this opening round was as good as any round in history.


#19. Frankie Edgar vs Gary Maynard 2 & 3

January 1st, 2011

Main Event of UFC 125

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Nevada

AND

October 8th, 2011

Main Event of 136

Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

Background:

Okay, so I cheated. There is more than 25 fights on my list. I simply couldn’t separate these two fights. They go hand and hand, so I am counting it as one.

These two matchups help form one of the most underrated rivalries in UFC history, and two of the best title fights in history.

Gray Maynard one their first matchup three years earlier, giving Edgar his first career lost. They would meet up again while both guys were at their primes, and Edgar was the lightweight champion.

Action:

I am not going bother to recap two fights. Both fights are incredible, and fairly similar. To start both fights, Gray Maynard lived up to his “bully” nickname. He comes out of the gate firing. He lands several big shots on Edgar, who is hurt bad, several times. Edgar is dropped multiple times in the first round in both fights and barely survives. However, in both fights, Edgar shows incredible heart, and rallies back. He uses fast in and out movement to set up his own great shots. In the first fight, they both battle back and forth, and go to a draw. 10 months later, they battle it out, going shot for shot again, but the champion, Edgar digs deep and is able to rally from behind and knock Maynard out in the 4th fight.

Results and Notes:

If you haven’t seen these fights, go watch them. They are crazy good.

After these fights, Edgar went on to have one to have a fantastic career in both the lightweight and featherweight division. However, this appeared to be the high for Maynard. These wars seemed to have took a toll on Maynard, who was never a top contender again.


#18. Georges St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks

November 16th, 2013

Main Event of UFC 167

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Nevada

Background:

Arguable the greatest fighter in MMA history, in his last fight to date. St. Pierre entered the octagon on a 11 fight UFC winning streak, including defending the UFC welterweight title 9 straight times.

Hendricks, a two time NCAA Divisions 1 wrestling champion, entered the octagon with a 10-1 UFC record, including a 6 fight winning streak.

Action:

This was an action packed 25 minute championship fight.

The action immediately starts with St. Pierre ducking a Hendricks left hand, and taking Hendricks down. During a scramble, St. Pierre goes for a guillotine choke, which Hendricks escapes. Both fighters get in a clinch, with both fighters landing knees. The fighters get broken and Hendricks lands a nice uppercut. The champion shoots for single leg takedown, Hendricks lands a series of hard elbows while defending the takedown. Hendricks drops down on St. Pierre’s legs and gets his own takedown. He lands a nice elbow before St. Pierre gets to his feet. On the feet, Hendricks lands a nice step knee to the body. St. Pierre lands his best combination of the round with a jab, leg kick, followed by a high kicks. Both fighters clinch, and exchange knees until broken up. St. Pierre lands a few leg kicks, but Hendricks lands five straight left in the last minute. Very close round, that I gave to Hendricks.

The second round begins with St. Pierre establishing range with leg kicks. Hendricks lands another straight left. St. Pierre responds with a jab and leg kick combination. Hendricks lands an uppercut, while Rush steps in, which hurts the Champion. Hendricks goes in for the kill, landing a right hook, and two hard uppercuts. St. Pierre attempts to move away from Hendricks, but the challenger lands another left lands, and grabs the head and starts to dirty box. Hendricks follows up with another left hand and right hook as they break. Hendricks follows up with a step knee to the body. Hendricks pushes St. Pierre against the cage and lands a hard knee. The fighters get separated and St. Pierre lands a left hook and jab. He follows up with another jab an left hook before the fighters exchange kicks. Hendricks lands a right hook and straight left combination. St. Pierre answers with a straight right but is countered by a right hook. Hendricks lands a straight left and uppercut combination and both fighters clinch until the end of the round. It was a big round for the challenger.

The third round begins and St. Pierre his hit with a Hendricks right hook. St. Pierre moves away and hits a very hard leg kick. Hendricks land another step knee. St. Pierre land as stiff jab followed by a leg kicks. Hendricks responds with his own hard leg kick. St. Pierre responds with a right hook and is then hit by a right hook. Both fighters then hold their ground and exchange big shots. As they step back, St. Pierre lands a straight right and Hendricks responds with a stiff double jab. The champion land a left hook and high kick combination. He follows it up with a right hand and leg kick combination. Hendricks fires back with a left uppercut that lands. However St. Pierre counters with a left to the body and right hand to the head. Hendricks lands a power left hand and the Champion lands a hard leg kick. The Challenger lands a straight left and uppercut and follows it up with a double leg takedown. Hendricks lands Somme ground and pound before St. Pierre scrambles to his feet. The round end and is extremely close that could go either way. I think Hendricks stole the rounds with the late takedown.

The fourth round begins with St. Pierre landing hard leg kicks. Hendricks lands another stiff double jab. St. Pierre lands another hard leg kicks, but is hit with a straight left. The Champion lands a hard jab and left hook, but Hendricks responds with hard left hook. St, Pierre attempts to step back but slips, and Hendricks lands on top of him. Hendricks starts to pepper St. Pierre with punches to the body and head. Hendricks begins to land heavy elbows to St. Pierre’s face, which hurt him. The most surprising move of the entire fight happens when Hendricks lets St. Pierre up. However Hendricks lands a straight left,and then a straight left, uppercut, straight left combination. St. Pierre tries to lands a hard leg kick, but is hit with a right hook. Hendricks follows up with an uppercut. St. Pierre lands a straight right, and shoots in for a takedown, which is stuffed by Hendricks. Hendricks pushes St. Pierre against the cage, as the round ends. This was clearly a Hendricks round.

The final round begins with St, Pierre landing a right hand, and grabbing a single leg. Hendricks bounces on one leg while punching with a free hand. Hendricks gets his leg free, and pushes St. Pierre against the cage. The fighters are broken up and St. Pierre lands a 1-2 combination. St. Pierre is being aggressive and throws a high kicks and straight right which lands, and get a double leg takedown. Hendricks gets up and they both clinch, until the referee breaks the fighters. St. Pierre lands a right hand and a hard body kick. Hendricks lands a straight left. St. Pierre shoots for a takedown and Hendricks legs. Both fighters fight for position, but St. Pierre eventually gets the takedown, but can’t hold position and Hendricks gets up. Hendricks shoots on St. Pierre’s legs, while the fight ends with St. Pierre attempting to get a Kimura submission. The last round was close again. I scored it for St. Pierre.

Results and Notes:

St. Pierre wins a split decision, while Hendricks and his corner seems very shocked. The decision was controversial, but it wasn’t the robbery people pretend it was. Many of the rounds were very close that could have gone either way.

I scored the fight 49-46 for Hendricks but I could see the first, third and fifth round being scored for St. Pierre. The reason people scored the fight for Hendricks so big is because not many people gave him a shot at beating St. Pierre, who entered the house seeming invincible. It also doesn’t hurt, that Hendricks was basically unmarked and St. Pierre was blooded up.

During the post fight interview, St. Pierre announced that he was going to take a leave of absence, and still hasn’t returned to action in over 3 years. Hendricks would win the vacant title over Robbie Lawler in his next fight. However, Hendricks would lose the belt, and hasn’t seemed like the top talent of previous times.


#17. Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva

December 29th, 2007

Co-Main Event of UFC 79

Mandalay Event Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

This is arguable the most anticipated fight in UFC history. It surely is the most talked about. For years, Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva was a dream fight that all the hardcore MMA fans wanted to see. Chuck Liddell was the UFC Light Heavyweight champion for years, while Wanderlei Silva was the Pride FC middleweight (same as Light Heavyweight in the UFC) champion for years during the same time period. The two guys were the faces of their organizations and knockout kings. For years, hardcore fans would talk about how the two fighters would matchup if they ever faced each other.

Not many mega fights live up to its billing. This one did. Unfortunately, these two legends, did not face in their primes. Both fighters were coming off back to back loses, but better late than never.

Action:

The action starts off slow in the first round, as both guys have tons of respect for each other. Liddell starts the offense by landing a double jab, while Silva counters with a hard leg kick. Liddell lands a right hand that appears to have hurt Silva. Silva backs up towards the cage, and Liddell moves in for the kill. Silva lands a hard left hook as Liddell moves in for the kill. Liddell lands a right hand, and then both fighters sit down on their punches and exchange bombs at each other, with Liddell getting the better of the exchange. As the break, Lidell lands a right high kick. As they settle back in the middle of the cage, Liddell lands a right hand. He follows it up with a solid 1-2 combination. Silva lands a hard leg kicks and then both fighters exchange bombs again. Silva lands a hard left hook, and Liddell lands a straight right, and a push kick. Silva lands a hard leg kick, but Liddell responds and lands a nice 1-2 combination again. The two fighters then exchange bombs for a 3rd time. The fighters break and Liddell hits a 1-2 combination and Silva counters with a hard left hook. Liddell lands a 1-2 combination again, and then a stiff jab. Liddell slips a counter left hook from Silva and lands two right hands. Silva lands a hard left hook, while Liddell lands a straight right hand as the round end. Liddell wins the round.

The second round begins, and Silva lands a hard left hook, and then both fighters start exchanging big shots. They back up and Silva lands a  straight right hand. Liddell counter with his own straight right, an then a second one that cuts Silva. Liddell lands a third straight right. Silva counters with a 1-2 counter, and then lands another 1-2 combination. Liddell lands a straight left, but Silva counters with his own straight right. Silva lands two hard kicks to the body and then lands another straight right. Liddell lands a straight right, and Silva lands another body kick. Silva counters a kick from Liddell with a striaght right that drops Liddell, who pops back up to his feet immediately. Silva rushed Liddell and lands a left hook. He follows it up with a 1-2 combination. Liddell counters with two straight right hands. Liddell then trips over Silva’s foot, but pops us fast. Liddell lands a 1-2 combination, and Silva lands a left hook. Liddell initiates the clinch and lands a hard elbow that hurts Silva. Liddell lands a hard left hook that blooded up Silva. Liddell folllows up with another hard elbow and then a 1-2 combination. This causes both fighters to start throwing bombs. Liddell steps back and lands a clean 1-2 combination and they both start throwing bombs at each other again. Liddell lands an elbow on Silva and then lands a big 4 punch flurry on Silva, The Iceman lands two straight rights, which hurts Silva bad. Liddell lands another right hand and then unloaded a 6 punch combination and follows with a takedown as the round ends. The crowd is going crazy. Close round, but Liddell wins it again.

The third round begins and Liddell lands a double leg takedown, however Silva quickly pushes him off. Silva lands a left hook, which Liddell counters with a straight right. Liddell lands a hard overhand right, and then follows it up with a left hook and a 1-2 combination. Silva counters with a left hook, but Liddell is starting to really win the exchanges. Liddell lands a hard jab and then follows up with another 1-2 combination. Liddell lands a spinning backfist that hurts Silva. Liddell follows with a 1-2 combination that really hurts Silva. Liddell goes in for the kill and lands a straight right hand. Both fighters start throwing bombs, but Liddell gets the best of it. Liddell has Silva hurt and starts to unload a huge arsenal of strikes. He lands at least 8 unanswered shots. Liddell resets and lands a jab. However, the big flurry seems to have the Iceman gassed out. Silva lands a stiff jab. Liddell lands an overhand right that hurts Silva again. He then lands 4 unanswered shots before Silva can counter with a right hand. Liddell lands a right hand, and Silva lands a left hook. The round is coming to an end and Liddell lands a straight right and a left hook. Liddell lands another left hook, and then finishes the round the fight with another takedown. Big round for Liddell.

Results and Notes:

Chuck Liddell wins unanimous decision. Sadly, this was the last win of Liddell’s career. He would lose his next three fights, all by KO and retire. However, when the All-Time rankings are debated, Liddell gets to flaunt a win over Silva

Silva has an up and down career after this point. He no longer fights in the UFC and is currently signed by Rizin.

If you weren’t a fan of MMA at this time, you wouldn’t understand how big this fight was. This fight was huge.


#16. Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan

August 17th, 2006

Main Event of UFC Fight Night 6

Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

This fight puts young stars against each other in the primes of their career. Diego Sanchez enters the contest as the first Ultimate Fighter winner with a perfect 15-0 record, against Karo Parisyan, who was 6-1 in the UFC and was scheduled to fight for the title, until he had to withdraw due to an injury. Mike Goldberg kept selling this fight as a #1 contender matchup, though the winner didn’t get a title shot.

Sadly, this fight isn’t ranked on many people’s list as a top fight, because of some much action on the ground. However, these two guys displayed how great a fight can be between to top ground fighters.

Action:

The fight begins with immediate action. Sanchez opens up with a hard 1-2 combination, and then lands a right uppercut. As Parisyan attempts to counter, Sanchez times a nice double leg takedown, and immediately scrambles to mount position. Parisyan gives up his back and Sanchez begins to lay down hard shots from behind, while sliding in the body triangle with his legs. From there, he starts laying down even bigger shots. Somehow, Parisyan just stands up with Sanchez on his back, wiggling him off and lands a big right hand of his own as they break. Parisyan shoots a double leg takedown and takes down the Ultimate Fighter winner. Sanchez scrambles to his feet and lands a knee, before being taking down again by another double leg takedown. Parisan starts to land good shots from on top, including a big elbow. Sanchez creates some space and lands an upkick, before Parisyan lands another big shot. The Armenian fighter attempts at another big elbow, which Sanchez slides by, and uses the miss to reverse positions and take Parisyan’s back. Parisyan gets up and lands a spinning back fist. Parisyan initiates the clinch and lands a crazy Judo throw, that tosses both guys in the air. Sanchez legs go over his head, as he lands on his back with Parisyan on top. Sanchez works his way to the feet again, and lands a big right hand. Parisyan initiates the clinch again, and lands another crazy Judo throw that was similar to the first. Parisyan lands some ground and pound before Sanchez gets up and they both fire bombs at each other. Parisyan lands a hard 3 punch combination before both fighters throw bombs at each other again before the round ends. Extremely close round that could go either way.

The second round begins and Parisyan comes out the aggressor. He lands a stiff 1-2 combination, while Sanchez lands to right hands of his own. Parisyan lands ahead kick while Sanchez responds with another right hand. Parisyan lands threw right hands before shooting in for a double leg takedown and finishing with a huge slam. Sanchez elevates Parisyan from bottom and rolls to a knee bar. Parisyan slips out and both fighters are back on their feet. Parisyan lands another double leg takedown, but Sanchez quickly works back to his feet. Sanchez lands a hard uppercut followed by a straight right. Sanchez lands another straight right, and Parisyan attempts to counter with a Judo throw, which he misses, giving Sanchez his back. Sanchez trips Parisyan down, who quickly gets back up. While getting up, Sanchez hits him with two knees. Parisyan goes for another Judo throw, sending both guys flying, but both roll through and get back on their feet without anybody gaining an positional advantage. Parisyan hits another double, while Sanchez rolls underneath for a knee bar. Parisyan lands some ground and pound as Sanchez works to his knees. Sanchez lands a very slick sit through and takes the Heat’s back as the round ends. Another close round that could go either way. I gave it to Parisyan.

The third round starts with both guys exchanges bombs. Parisyan grabs the clinch and lands a short right hand, before Sanchez lands an uppercut. They break and Parisyan lands a step knee and two straight right hands. They clinch again and Sanchez lands two uppercuts in the clinch. Parisyan lands a 1-2 combination, followed by a double leg takedown. Parisyan starts landing some ground and pound, before Sanchez lands a switch and gets on top after his own double leg takedown. Sanchez gets Parisyan’s back and locks in a rear naked choke that looks tight. Parisyan wiggles out of it, but gives up the mount position. Sanchez lands some hard hard ground and pound. Parisyan scrambles free and gets to his feet. He gets int he clinch, where Sanchez lands a right. Parisyan starts to rally by landing 4 right hooks, before Sanchez rallies back with 4 uppercuts. Both fighters break and start throwing bombs at each other again. They clinch up, and Sanchez lands a knee to Parisyan’s head. Parisyan attempts another Judo throw, but this time Sanchez lands on top. Sanches finishes the round with some very heavy ground and pound. Sanchez wins the round.

Very close fight that could be scored for either fighter.

Results and Notes:

Diego Sanchez wins a unanimous decision, though the fight was razer close and can go either way. Of those that submitted their scores to MMAdecisions, it was split 50/50.

Sanchez went on to have a long UFC career, and competed in some of the greatest fights in MMA history. Perhaps, we will see him on this list more.

Parisyan career would take a talespin due to his long battle with painkillers. Sadly, his career will go down as one of the most wasted potential of All-Time. However, when Parisyan was on the top of his game, he had some classic battles. Perhaps, we will see him on this list more too.


#15. Karo Parisyan vs Nick Diaz

August 21st, 2004

On the Prelims of UFC 49

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

Two stalwarts of the UFC welterweight division, Karo Parisyan and Nick Diaz square off as two very green prospects. Parisyan was only 21 years old, while Diaz is only 20. Nobody knew that this early preliminary fight would matchup two of the biggest stars of the mid 2000s.

Diaz said before the prefight interview that he didn’t think Parisyan was a good matchup for him. Does that should like the Stockton Badboy of the future? Parisyan was so green that he forgot his cup when he entered the octagon.

Action:

These two guys get right at it. Parisyan initiates the clinch and immediately grabs a leg and picks up Diaz and gets a huge slam. Diaz scrambles and gets a deep Kimura. He is yanking Parisyan’s arm behind Parisyan’s back, while on his own back. Parisyan escapes and uses the momentum to take Diaz back. Diaz rolls for a knee bar, but Parisyan escapes after landing a big punch. Diaz still on the bottom, locks on a triangle choke, but Parisyan escapes again and lands a huge punch. Parisyan starts to open up with ground and pound to a grounded Diaz. Diaz scrambles to his feet, and then lands a trip takedown for himself. Diaz opens up his own ground and pound. Parisyan works to his feet and lands two straight right hands. Parisyan shoots in and lands a huge double leg takedown slam. “The Heat” lands some ground and pound, while Diaz attempts an armbar from bottom. Parisyan throws down more ground and pound to escape the submission, and lands another huge leaping punch on Diaz. Diaz attempts an omaplata, but Parisyan gets loose and lands more ground and pound. Diaz gets another deep Kimura, but Parisan rolls out of it, giving up his back to Diaz. Parisyan attempts his own standing Kimura attempt. Diaz escapes and lands a 3 punch combination. Diaz lands a hard uppercut, and a knee to Parisyan’s head. Parisyan lands two straight right hands. This gets both fighters to exchange bombs. The round ends as Diaz lands another hard knee. Very close round, which I gave to Parisyan

Parisyan bull rushes a double leg takedown, but Diaz immediately hit a sweep. Diaz lands some shots from top. Parisyan gives up back, but rolls for a Kimura. Diaz rolls with him, and keeps his back. Parisyan scrambles again and gets a front headlock and lands a knee on Diaz as he is getting up. Parisyan lands an overhand right. Diaz responds with a right hook. Both fighters clinch, where Diaz lands a lot of dirty boxing, with and many punches and knees to the body. Parisyan responds with an uppercut. Diaz lands two straight left hands and both fighters sit on their punches and start throwing bombs at each other. As they reset, Diaz lands 4 unanswered left lands. Parisyan responds by landing back to back right hands. Diaz lands a 1-2 combination, and then a high kick. Both fighters start to exchange bombs again. Diaz lands a 4 punch combination. Parisyan responds by landing back to back overhand rights. Diaz lands a hard step knee. Parisyan lands another overhand right, which hurts Diaz. Parisyan lands another double leg takedown as the round ends. Very close round, which I gave to Diaz.

Diaz lands a 1-2 combination. Pariyan responds by landing a step knee. Diaz lands another 1-2 that hurts Parisyan. Parisyan lands a must needs double leg takedown. Diaz locks in a triangle choke, but Parisyan gets out by landing shots from on top. Parisyan lands some hard elbows that hurt Diaz. Diaz goes throw another triangle attempt. Diaz scrambles to his feet. Diaz lands a knee, and Parisyan gets another double leg takedown. Diaz grabs a very deep Kimura. Parisyan gets out of it by landing a hard overhand right. They get to their feet, where Parisyan gets another quick takedown. Diaz throws up an armbar attempt. Parisyan takes Diaz back, but Diaz rolls underneath and locks on a leg lock. Parisyan scrambles to his feet, and lands another double leg takedown. Diaz goes for the rear gogoplata, and when Parisyan pulls away, Diaz lands two up kicks. Both fighters clinch, and Diaz lands two uppercuts and a hard knee. As they break, Parisyan lands another double leg takedown. Diaz goes for an armbar which he misses, but lands some punches from the bottom. Parisyan lands some ground and pound from on top, as the round end. Another close round, but I scored it for Parisyan. I scored the fight 29-28 Parisyan, but could have went either way.

Results and Notes:

Parisyan wins a split decision.

Sadly, as so many new fans have come to the sport, many don’t know anything about Karo Parisyan. Parisyan was one of the top welterweights for years, and an extremely exciting fighter. His battle with Nick Diaz is on the best displays of top notch grappling.


#14. Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler 1 and 2

March 15, 2014

Main Event of UFC 171

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

AND

December 6th, 2015

Main Event of UFC 181

Mandalay Bay Event Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

Johny Hendricks was coming off a classic fight against Georges St. Pierre in which many thought he won the fight, but lost a split decision. St. Pierre vacated the belt for a leave of absence, so Hendricks got a 2nd shot at the welterweight title, this time fighting against Robbie Lawler. Lawler a long time fighter in the UFC, was in the middle of a resurrection of his career. He finally lives up to his potential and fights for the belt.

After an extremely close slugfest, the two fighters rematch and fight again in another classic fight.

Action:

I am not going to recap two fights, so all I can say is that I think this might be the best series of fight between two fighters ever in the UFC (Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler in Bellator might be even better). These two fighters were action packed. Both guys landing bombs. These two warriors battled for 50 minutes, I could watch them for 500. It was that good.

Results and Notes:

Hendricks wins a split decision in the first fight, while Lawler wins a split decision in the second one. I scored both fights for Hendricks, but both were extremely close that could go either way.

Sadly, we have yet to complete a trilogy. Hendricks struggled with injures, weight issue, and consistency after the second fight. Lawler, on the other hand, held on to the belt for a while. He would defend the belt twice before losing the belt to Tyron Woodley in his last fight.

Let’s hope both fighters can get on a winning streak, and we can see a third fight.


#13. Diego Sanchez vs Nick Diaz

November 5th, 2005

Main Event of The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 Finale

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

Diego Sanchez, the original Ultimate Fighter winner, entered the fight at 23 years old and had a perfect record of 14-0 but this was the  first marque fight for Sanchez. Diaz entered the fight even younger at 22 years old. Diaz was ranked in the top 10 and had a 11-3 record and a 4-1 record in the UFC. Diaz talked before the fight that Sanchez did not deserve to be in a main event yet.

Action:

The first round started at an insane pace. Sanchez lands a right hand and shoots in immediately for a takedown and gets his back. Diaz rolls under for a leg lock. Sanchez scrambles and ends up on top. Sanchez starts landing punches from on top. Sanchez creates space but Diaz lands a very nice upkick. Diaz attempts an armbar, but Sanchez punches himself out of it. Diaz lands some elbows from bottom, which Sanchez responds with his own elbows from on top. Sanchez stands up to land better shots, but gets hit with another upkick. Sanchez falls back into guard and lands some hard elbows. Diaz responds with punches from the bottom, but Sanchez is getting the better shots from on top. Diaz scrambles and grabs a single leg takedown. Sanchez grabs a Kimura but is slammed to the mat. Diaz opens up some ground and pound, but Sanchez scrambles to get to his feet. Diaz locks on a Kimura but Sanchez rolls out and lands a nice knee to Diaz body. Sanchez lands a nice takedown and Sanchez rolls for a knee bar and then lands punches from the bottom. Sanchez responds with shots from the bottom. Diaz lands another upick, and is hit with more ground and pound. Diaz attempts a triangle choke, but Sanchez punches his way out of it. Diaz attempts another triangle choke, which he switches to an armbar. Sanchez lands some ground and pound. Diaz starts talking trash from the bottom, and then lands an upkick. Sanchez finishes the round with more ground and pound. Very close round, but I gave it to Sanchez.

Diaz slips on a high kick attempt to open the round, but gets to his feet before Sanchez can capitalize. Sanchez lands a left hook, but Diaz lands a sharp 1-2 combination. Sanchez lands another double leg takedown and starts some ground and pound. Sanchez picks Diaz up and slams him again. Diaz goes for a triangle choke, but Sanchez punches out of it. Diaz lands punches from bottom, until Sanchez lands a hard elbow from on top that bloodies Diaz. Diaz rolls and goes for an omaplata. Sanchez works out of it, and starts landing shots from on top. Diaz lands an upkick, and Sanchez lands more ground and pound. Diaz attempts an armbar, and uses it grab a single leg. Sanchez is sprawled out and lands a knee to Diaz and lands in the mount. Diaz immediately rolled for a leg lock and uses it to get to the top. Sanchez landed elbows from the bottom, while Diaz responds with his own shots. Sanchez scrambles to his feet, and Diaz attempts a Kimura. They both scramble. Sanchez lands a hard knee as they get up and both lands bombs on each other. Sanchez lands another double leg and gets Diaz back, while Diaz rolls for a knee bar as the round ends. Another close round that I score for Sanchez.

The third round starts with Diaz dropping Sanchez with a left hand. Diaz drops Sanchez again with a right hand. Sanchez misses a double leg takedown. Diaz lands a 1-2 combination that opens a huge cut on Diaz eye. Sanchez gets two takedowns blocked. Sanchez lands his own 1-2 combination and gets a double leg takedown. Sanchez opens up some ground and pound. Diaz scrambles up and lands another 1-2 combination. Sanchez lands another double leg takedown and takes Diaz back again. Diaz rolls under and starts a scramble. Sanchez attempts a guillotine choke on the feet, but Diaz takes him down. Diaz lands some huge ground and pound. Sanchez throws up and armbar that looks very deep. Diaz punches his way out of it. Sanchez scrambles to his feet and grabs a leg, while Diaz goes for a Kimura. Sanchez lands on top. Diaz throws up a triangle and then lands shots from the bottom. Sanchez lands some big shots from on top, while Diaz lands some from the bottom. Diaz throws up a Kimura, and then switches to an armbar as the fight ends. Very close round that I scored for Diaz.

Results and Notes:

Sanchez wins an unanimous decision.

It was the first huge win for Sanchez. It also was the first huge win of Greg Jackson’s coaching career. Jackson’s success with Sanchez helped lead him to getting other fighters, and becoming one of, if not the most successful coach in MMA history.

Diaz is the bad boy from Stockton, that has a cult following. He had mixed results after this fight, and is supposed to be returning to the UFC soon.


#12. Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg 2

April 16th, 2005

Co-Main Event of UFC 52

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

Legendary fighter, Matt Hughes defends his belt against Frank Trigg for a 2nd time. They squared off 2 years earlier with Hughes winning by rear naked choke submission. Trigg was always a trash talker that loved to get under Hughes skin.

Action:

Hughes starts the fight by landing a hard inside kick. He shoots in for a takedown, which Trigg stuffs and then clinch. Trigg lands several uppercuts. They break away and Hughes lands a nice kick to the body. Hughes shoots in again and is stuffed and they both clinch. Trigg lands several uppercuts again. Trigg lands two knees in the clinch.  Trigg lands a knee to the groin of Hughes, who steps back and holds his hands up to tell the referee. However, Trigg doesn’t hold up and goes in for the kill. He lands several huge shots on the feet to a hurt Hughes. One of the punches drops Hughes, and Trigg unloads a series of huge punches. Hughes is hurt bad. Trigg lands a bunch of elbows from on top. Hughes tries to hold on, but Trigg lands huge shots. He gets the mount, while Hughes holds on. Hughes gives up his back, and Trigg lands shots from behind. Hughes attempts to roll over, and Trigg sinks in a deep rear naked choke. Hughes face is going red and he looks like he is going to tap out. Amazingly, Hughes pops his head out, and reverses the position. Trigg attempts to get up, but Hughes locks in a bear hug on him. He picks Trigg up, and runs across the octagon holding Trigg. The crowd is going crazy. Hughes goes to mount and lands hard shots and elbows from the mount. Trigg goes to his stomach, and Hughes attempts to choke him. He rolls back to his back, and Hughes rains down more shots. Trigg gives up his back again, and Hughes locks in a rear naked choke, causing Trigg to tap out. Truly unbelievable.

Results and Notes:

Hughes wins by 1st round submission.

This will go down as the best moment of Hughes career, and one of the most memorable moments in MMA history. This was the first PPV after the Ultimate Fighter season 1 finale. Many fans viewed a UFC PPV for the first time and Hughes performance kept them fans.

Hughes would defend the belt two more times, before losing it for good.

Trigg would never be in such a big fight again.


#11. Mark Hunt vs Antonio Silva 1

December 7th, 2013

Main Event of UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Silva

Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Background:

Here is two behemoths battling. Two huge heavyweights, who both have legendary power.

Action:

The fight starts out slow with a feeling out process. About a minute and a half in, Silva lands the first real offense with a push kick and right hand. Hunt lands a left hook and a right hand combination of his own. During an exchange, Silva lands a right hand that drops Hunt. Hunt scurries to get up, and Silva lands 3 uppercuts, and a high kick as he does. Hunt gets to his feet and lands two hard leg kicks. Silva lands another push kick and a right hand combination. Hunt lands a 1-2 combination. Silva lands a hard leg kick. Silva shoots for a takedown but is stuffed against the fence. Silva lands a body kick and the round ends. 10-9 Silva.

The second round begins and Hunt lands a nice 1-2. Silva responds with a right hand and a low leg kick. Silva lands a short left hook that wobbles Hunt. Silva rushes in and lands a 1-2 combination. Hunt lands a right land, and both fighters exchange body punches. Silva lands another 1-2 combination. Hunt lands a right hand that hurt Silva. Hunt lands another left hook and then a 1-2 combination. Silva responds by landing a right hand. Hunt lands a body kick and a left hook. Silva lands another low leg kick that buckles Hunt legs. Silva lands three very hard body kick. Close round, but I score it 10-9 Silva.

Third round begins and Silva lands a 1-2 punch. Hunt catches a leg kick and takes Silva down. Silva scrambles to his feet, and lands a nice push kick. Hunt lands a left hook and they clinch. As they break Silva lands a right hand and a high kick. Hunt lands an uppercut. Silva lands a right hand that hurts Hunt. They clinch again. As they break, Hunt lands a right hand and a left hook. Hunt lands a 1-2 combination that drops Silva. Hunt jumps on the hurt Silva and lands very serious ground and pound with punches, elbows, and hammerfists to a hurt Hunt. Blood is really flowing. The round ends big for Hunt. 10-8 Hunt.

The fourth round begins and the fight turns legendary. Both fighters exchange bombs to start the round. Silva lands a right hand and leg kick combination. Silva lands a 12 combination but misses his double leg takedown attempt. Hunt counters with double leg takedown of his own. Hunt starts to land some ground and pound, but Silva throws up a armbar attempt. Hunt squeezes out of the armbar and starts some more ground and pound. Silva scrambles to the feet. Hunt lands a right hand, while Silva lands a hard jab. Hunt lands two short elbows. Both fighters exchange and land bombs. Crowd is going crazy. Silva clinches and lands a knee to the head. Silva lands a 4 punch combination that hurt Hunt. Silva unloads a series of 10 punches that go unanswered. Hunt lands a left hook that rocks Silva. Silva lands a right hand, and Hunt responds with another left hook that hurts Silva again. Hunt shoots in on a takedown, but Silva lands on top. Silva rains down huge shots from on top. Silva gets the mount and drops some really hard elbows and punches. The ref is close to stopping the fight. The round ends with Silva lands crazy hard shots, and now both guys are a bloody mess. 10-8 Silva.

The last round. Both fighters meet and the middle and hug. Hunt lands a left hook and a right hand. Hunt lands a 3 punch combination that wobbles Silva. Hunt lands a big right, then a jab. He lands a left hook, then a 2nd left hook that hurts Silva bad. Silva clinches and lands a knee to the head. They break and Silva looks really gassed. Hunt lands a right elbow. Hunt then lands two straight rights and 3 left hooks. Hunt lands another 1-2 combination. Silva misses another double leg takedown attempt. Hunt lands a right hand, and then a short elbow. Hunt lands two more left hooks. Silva is hurt bad. Hunt unloads a 10 punch combination which included elbows and body shots. Hunt lands a hard right hand. They separate and the ref stops the action so the doctor can check a cut on Silva. The doctor gives the okay and they fight again. Silva lands a leg kick and a right hand. Hunt lands a right elbow and left hook. Silva responds with a 3 punch combination. Silva lands a right hand. Both guys clinch. Silva unloads his own 10 punch combination. Hunt responds with 3 hard left hooks and a right hand. Hunt lands a right elbow. Silva clinches and lands a knee to the head. Hunt lands 2 more straight right hands. Silva clinches and lands two hard knees to the body. Silva lands a straight right, while Hunt lands a left hook. Hunt lands a right hand as the round ends. The crowd goes crazy. Standing ovation and possible the loudest crowd that I have ever heard. I scored the round 10-9 Hunt. I scored the fight 47-46 for Silva but it is really close.

Results and Notes:

The fight is declared a draw, and the crowd erupted. The crowd was ecstatic.

This is a fight that ends careers, due to the damage to the brain.

Hunt would go on to eventually fights for the interim title.Unfortunately, Silva seemed to have never recovered from the fight. Silva would go 1-7 after this fight.

The fight would be changed to a NC, because Silva tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. They would rematch 2 years later with Hunt winning by early first round KO.


#10. Jose Aldo Jr vs Chad Mendes 2

October 25th. 2014

Main Event of UFC 179

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Background:

A rematch between perfect clashing styles. This matchup pitted Aldo’s speed vs Mendes power. It matched up Aldo’s takedown defense and submission skills vs Mendes’ wrestling skills. Aldo was on a 18 fight winning streak, and had defended the WEC/UFC featherweight title for 10 straight fights. Mendes entered the fight on a 5 fight win streak, and had only 1 career lose (to Aldo) heading into the fight.

The fight took place in Aldo’s hometown.

Action:

The first round starts with a crazy pace. Mendes comes out pressuring. Mendes lands a left hook. Aldo opens up with a 3 punch combination. Aldo lands a left hook to the body. He also lands a left hook. Mendes lands a right hand. He lands several leg kicks. Mendes lands a left hook that drops Aldo. Aldo gets up quickly and lands a stiff jab. Mendes responds by landing 3 jabs of his own. Aldo lands a 1-2 combination. Mendes lands a very hard leg kick, while Aldo lands a kick to the body. Both fighters exchange jabs. Mendes lands an uppercut, then lands two left hooks. Aldo lands another 1-2 combination. Aldo lands a body kick. Both exchange hard leg kicks. Mendes lands a left hook. Mendes lands a jab and an overhand right. Then they get an accidental eye poke. The ref stops the fight, and the doctor checks on Aldo. Aldo opens up the fight with a 3 punch combination and follows up with a step knee. Mendes shoots in for a double leg, and takes Aldo down. However, Aldo hurries to the feet. Aldo lands a left hook that floors Mendes. Aldo opens up some ground and pound. Aldo moves to mount, but Mendes scrambles to the feet. Mendes lands a right hand, but Aldo lands a very clean uppercut, left hook, straight right combination. The bell sounds, and Aldo unloads a huge 1-2 combination that drops Mendes. The two punches were way after the bell. Somehow Aldo was not penalized a point. 10-9 round for Aldo

The second round begins and both fighters exchange leg kicks. Mendes works to the clinch and lands a knee to the groin. After a short break, they continue. Both fighters exchange leg kicks. Mendes lands an overhand right. Aldo lands punch to the body. Mendes lands a body kick. Aldo lands 3 stiff jabs. Mendes counters with a 1-2 combination and a kick to the legs. Aldo lands a hard hook to the body. Mendes lands a right hand. Aldo lands another punch to the body. Mendes lands a left hook, and several leg kicks. The round is much slower than the crazy pace of the first round. Aldo is stalking while Mendes is working angles. Mendes lands a left hook as the round ends. Very very close round. 10-9 Mendes.

Third roud starts and both guys comes out firing. Aldo lands a right hand, but Mendes accidentally pokes Aldo again. During a break in action. The ref sternly warns Mendes about the eye pokes. Action continues and Aldo lands left hook. Mendes lands a huge left hand. Both fighters start to exchange bombs. Aldo lands a 1-2 punch combination to the body. Mendes responds with his own 1-2. Mendes lands a right hook. Aldo lands a left hook that stuns Mendes. Aldo lands another 1-2 combination and a stiff jab. Mendes lands an uppercut. Mendes lands a left hook, and a left hand. Mendes lands a gigantic uppercut that hurts Aldo. He follows with a left hook that really hurts Aldo. Aldo lands a left hook as Mendes rushes in for the kill. Mendes lands another uppercut, but Aldo lands an overhand right that stumbles Mendes again. Aldo rushes in and lands a step knee. Aldo lands a 1-2 combination and a left hook. Mendes shoots in and Aldo stuffs a takedown. As Aldo is sprawled, he lands short punches to the side of Mendes head. Mendes gets to his feet, Aldo lands a left hook, but Mendes shoots in on a double and lifts Aldo up and slams him hard to the mat. Aldo gets to his feet, with Mendes locked around his waist. Mendes lands 6 hard foot stomps to Aldo’s left foot. Aldo spins around and they clinch. The two fighters say something to each other and smile. Mendes lands a huge left hook before the round ends. Really good round. Close again, but I give it to Mendes.

The fourth round begins with Mendes pressuring the action. Mendes lands a leg kick and a push kick. Mendes follows it up with another push kick. Mendes lands a left hook to the body. The challenger lands an uppercut and a left hook. Mendes lands a switch kick left high kick. Mendes lands a 1-2 combination. Mendes is pressing the action and Aldo seems to be taking the round off. Mendes lands a right hook. He lands two more uppercuts and Aldo is cut. Aldo lands a right hand, and then Mendes complains of an eye poke, but the ref refuses to stop the action. Mendes lands a hard left hook and overhands right. Mendes lands another overhand right. Aldo lands 4 jabs, and a 1-2 combination to end the round. Clearly a Mendes round. 10-9 Mendes.

Mendes opens the round by landing a right hook. Mendes follows up with 2 left hooks. Aldo lands a left hook of his own. Mendes lands a body kick. Mendes lands a double leg takedown. He holds the champion down for about 30 seconds before landing a knee to the body. Aldo gets up. Aldo lands a left hook and then a clean 1-2 combination. Aldo lands a step knee. Aldo blocks a takedown from Mendes and gets Mendes back. Mendes scrambles to his feet, and exchange bombs on the feet. Mendes lands an uppercut. Aldo responds with a hard straight right. He lands another straight right that rocks Mendes. Mendes lands his own right, but the champion lands another right hand. Aldo stops a takedown from Mendes. Aldo lands a body shot, while Mendes lands an overhand right. Both guys exchange bombs for the last 10 seconds of the fight. Close round, but I give it to Aldo. However, I scored the fight 48-47 for Mendes.

Results and Notes:

Aldo wins a unanimous decision. I am in the minority, but I scored the fight to Mendes, though it was razer close. Only the 4th round was clearly won by either fighter.

Aldo would fight Conor McGregor in his next fight and finally lose the belt. He would fight and beat Frankie Edgar (again) for the interim title, and after McGregor was stripped, he got the title back.

Mendes would go 1-2 after this fight, and be suspended two years for a USADA violation.


#9. Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida

June 20th, 2009

Main Event of the Ultimate Fighter: United States vs United Kingdom Finale

Pearl Concert Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

Diego Sanchez moved down to lightweight after having a successful run in the UFC welterweight division. He was 3-0 in the division heading into the fight. Clay Guida was on a 3 fight winning streak, and was ranked in the top 10.

Both fighters were known for entertaining fights. They were due to lock horns.

Action:

Before the fight starts, Sanchez runs at Guida, who lands a right hand. For the next 5 seconds both guys throw bombs at each other, landing every shot. Guida attempts to back up, but is hit by 3 straight uppercuts by Sanchez. Sanchez 4 uppercut hurts Guida. Sanchez lands a flying knee to the body. Sanchez unloads about 10 punches on Guida. Sanchez lands a flying knee. Sanchez unloads two huge uppercuts. Sanchez is teeing off on Guida. Sanchez lands a 3 punch combination. Sanchez lands a 1-2 combination but Sanchez lands a 1-2 combination of his own. Sanchez lands another flying knee to the body. Sanchez lands a left hook, two uppercuts and a right hook combination. Guida takes Sanchez down with a double leg takedown. Guida lands some ground and pound before Sanchez scrambles to his feet. Sanchez lands a 1-2 combination. Sanchez lands a high kick that sends Guida crashing to the mat. Guida looked out but somehow popped up to his feet. Sanchez lands a hard straight left. Sanchez lands a flying knee to the body and a 1-2 combination. Guida lands a right hand. Sanchez unloads 5 straight uppercuts. Both guys clinch. Sanchez grabs a body lock and slams Guida. Guida scrambles to his feet and Sanchez lands a right hook. Big round for Sanchez. 10-8 Sanchez.

The 2nd round starts and Sanchez lands a 1-2 combination. Guida lands a double leg takedown. Guida opens up ground and pound. Sanchez lands elbows from the bottom. Guida responds with his own shots. Sanchez attempts a Kimura, and Guida lands some ground and pound to get out of it. Sanchez throws up a triangle choke, but Guida punches himself out of it. Sanchez starts to land huge elbows from the body. The best elbows from the bottom I have ever seen. About 20 in a row. Guida responds with hard hammerfists. Sanchez throws up and armbar as the round ends. 10-9 Guida.

Sanchez lands a 1-2 combination. Guida responds with his own 1-2 combination. Guida lands a left hook. Sanchez grazes Guida with a high kick. Guida lands a left and then follows it up with a straight right. Sanchez lands an uppercut and then stuffs a Guida takedown attempt. Sanchez lands a right hand, and Guida responds with a right hook. Guida lands two straight right hands, and Sanchez counters with a left hook. Guida lands a nice overhand right, and Sanchez lands a 1-2 combination. Guida lands an overhand right, and Sanchez counters with a body punch. Guida lands a right hand, and shoots in for a double. Sanchez stuffs the takedown and spins behind Guida. Guida scrambles and lands on top. Sanchez locks in an arm triangle. Guida gets out and starts to land some ground and pound. Sanchez locks on a deep Kimura, and after fighting for it, Sanchez changes to an armbar. Guida pulls out and lands some ground and pound as the round ends. Really close round. I score it 10-9 Guida. I scored the round 28-28 draw.

Results and Notes:

Sanchez wins split decision.

This win propelled Sanchez into the title fight against BJ Penn, though he would lose. Both Sanchez and Guida would go on to have very long careers in the UFC.


#8. Randy Couture vs Pedro Rizzo 1

March 4th, 2001

Main Event of UFC 31

Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Background:

Couture was 37 years old, and the heavyweight champion. He was a perfect 5-0 in the UFC when he faced Rizzo. Rizzo was 27 years old. He was a great striker with a 11-1 MMA record and a 6-1 UFC record.

Action:

1st round begins with Couture landing a left hook. Rizzo pumps a jab off Couture’s head. Couture grabs a clinch, but Rizzo moves away and lands a hook. Couture clinches again. Couture starts to dirty box Rizzo landing hooks and uppercuts. Couture lands a nice knee as the break. As they break, Couture lands a double leg takedown. Couture starts to posture up and lands heavy ground and pound on Rizzo, who is pressed against the cage. Couture lands big elbows and hammerfists, looks like John McCarthy might stop the fight, but Rizzo is saved by the bell. Big round for Couture. 10-8 Couture.

2nd round begins, Rizzo lands a super hard leg kick that drops Couture, Couture attempts to grab a leg but Rizzo is sprawled out on him. Couture works up to his feet. Rizzo lands a stiff jab and a very hard leg kick. Rizzo lands a hook and follows it up with a 1-2 punch. Rizzo stuffs two takedown attempts from Couture. Coutre gets up and lands a right hand, but looks very tired. Rizzo lands a huge leg kick and then follows up with a left hook. Rizzo lands two more hard leg kicks. Rizzo lands a jab and is taking over. Rizzo lands a 1-2 combination and another leg kick. He stuffs another takedown. Rizzo lands a left hook. Couture clinches but is hit by two knees from Rizzo. Rizzo lands a right hand that drops Couture and follows up with short punches from on top as the round ends. 10-9 Rizzo.

Third round begins and Couture lands 2 straight right hands. Couture clinches and lands 3 uppercuts. As they break, he shoots for a takedown but is stuffed. Theyt have a break in action to check a cut on Couture. The doctor says it is okay and they go back at it. Couture lands a double leg takedown and starts landing short elbows and punches for the remainder of the round. 10-9 Couture.

Fourth round begins, Rizzo lands a left hook. Both fighters clinch. Couture lands a ton of hooks and uppercuts in the clinch, while Rizzo lands a knee. They break and Couture lands a 3 punch combination. Rizzo lands a left hook. Rizzo stuffs a single leg takedown attempt and lands a hard leg kick. Rizzo stuffs another takedown attempt from Couture. While sprawled out on Couture, he lands some short shots. Couture works his way up and lands another takedown. He lands several hammerfists and elbows from on top. Couture attempts a key lock, Rizzo gets out. Couture finishes the round with more ground and pound. Close round. 10-9 Couture.

Fifth round begins. Rizzo lands a very hard leg kick. He stuffs a takedown attempt and lands a 1-2 combination. Rizzo stuffs another takedown from a tired Couture. Rizzo lands a leg kick and a left hook. Rizzo stuffs another takedown and while sprawled out, lands short shots to the side of Couture’s head. Couture gets up, and lands a right hand, followed by a left hook. Rizzo lands a right hand. Couture misses a takedown. Rizzo lands a brutal leg kick. Rizzo lands another 1-2 combination. A final leg kicks drop Couture, and Rizzo flurries with several punches as the bell sounds. 10-9 for Rizzo. I scored the fight 48-46 for Couture.

Results and Notes:

Couture wins a unanimous decision.

They would rematch at UFC 34, and Couture would dominate and win with a 3rd round TKO.

Couture was thought to be on the way out at 37 and Rizzo on the rise at 27. However, Couture would go on to have a legendary career winning 5 UFC belts, while Rizzo would never reach a UFC main event again.


#7. Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson

September 23rd, 2013

Main Event of UFC 165

Air Canada Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Background:

Jon Jones headed into the fight as the undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and the consensus pound for pound king. Jones entered the fight 19-1 (only lose came by disqualification). He had successfully defended his belt 5 straight times. Alexander Gustafsson entered the fight winning 6 straight fights in the UFC.

Action:

The fight starts with Jones landing a spinning back kick to the body. Jones misses a double leg takedown defense, but lands another spinning back kick to the body. Jones lands three straight front leg sidekicks to Gustafsson’s front knee. Jones lands a kick to the body, and Gustafsson lands two hard leg kicks. Jones lands a superman punch and Gustafsson counters with an uppercut. Both fighters exchange hard leg kicks. Gustafsson lands a lefdt hook, and Jones lands a kick to the body. Gustafsson lands a right hand and a left hook that cuts Jones. Gustafsson lands a kick to the body, and Jones responds with a spinning back kick to the body. Gustafsson lands a 1-2 combination and follows up with a overhand right. Jones lands two hard leg kicks, and a third spinning back kick to the body. Gustafsson surprises everyone and takes Jones down with a double leg takedown. Jones gets up and accidentally pokes Gustafsson in the eye. After a break in the action, they continue and Jones lands a spinning back elbow. Jones lands a body kick, and a left elbow as the round ends. Very close round. I give it to Gustafsson 10-9

2nd round begins with Jones landing an inside leg kick that buckles Gustafsson’s leg. Jones attempts to kick again and Gustafsson catches the kick, and trips Jones, who gets back up immediately. Jones shoots in for a double leg takedown but misses. He clinches and misses a trip. Both fighters land left hooks. Jones lands a body kick and a switch kick to the head. Gustafsson lands a left hook and a hard leg kick. Gustafsson catches another kick from Jones, who somersaults out and shoots in for a double leg takedown but can’t get Gustafsson down. Jones lands a push kick to Gustafsson’s knee. Gustafsson lands a right hand but Jones counters with two hard leg kicks. Jones lands a high kick and Gustafsson lands a nice uppercut as the round end. Another close round but I score it 10-9 Jones.

Third round starts and Gustafsson lands a right hand and an uppercut. He follows up with another straight right hand. Jones lands a spinning back kick to the body. Gustafsson lands a jab to the body and then the head. He also lands a right hand. Jones lands a high kick and Gustafsson counters with an uppercut. The two fighters exchange body kicks. Gustafsson lands a hard leg kick. He follows it up with a uppercut and two right hands. Jones lands a high kick and a left hook. Jones lands a push kick to the knee and two jabs. Jones lands a combination of a body kick and left hand. He follows up with push kicks to the body and the knee. Gustafsson lands a stiff jab. Jones stuffs a takedown attempts. Gustaffson lands a stiff jab, and then follows it up with a right hand and a body kick. Gustafsson lands a jab, but Jones counters with a spinning back elbow. Gustafsson lands a left hook, and Jones lands a stiff jab as the round ends. Another close round. I score it 10-9 for Gustafsson.

The fourth round begins and Jones lands a left hook. Gustafsson lands a hard leg kick. Jones lands a body kick and follow up with a right hand. Jones lands a short elbow, but Gustafsson counters with a right hand. Both fighters exchange double jabs. Jones lands a push kick to the body and follows up with two hard leg kicks. Gustafsson lands a left hook. He then follows up with a 4 strike combination. Jones misses a takedown and both fighters exchange jabs. Gustafsson lands an overhand right. Jones lands a high kick and then a left hook. Jones lands a crushing spinning back elbow that hurts Gustafsson bad. Jones follows up with a knee to the head. He clinches and lands a knee and 4 left elbows. He busts Gustafsson open. Jones lands a flying knee as the round ends. Jones wins the round 10-9.

The final round begins with Gustafsson lands a left hook. He follows it up with a right hand and a left hook. Jones lands a body kick and a hard inside kick. They clinch and Gustafsson lands two uppercuts. Jones lands a superman punch and follows up with a hard step elbow. Jones stuffs a takedown from Gustafsson and lands a 1-2 combination. Jones finally takes Gustafsson down with a double leg takedown. Gustafsson gets up quickly. Jones lands a left hand and then back to back switch kicks to the head. Jones follows it up with two high kicks. Gustafsson jabs, and Jones lands another high kick. Gustafsson lands an uppercut, and Jones lands a headkick and an elbow. Jones finishes the round by landing a flying knee. I score the round 10-9 for Jones. I scored the fight 48-47 for Jones.

Results and Notes:

Jones wins by unanimous decision. The win would give him the record for most successful title defenses. Jones would win three more fights after this fight. However, he has stunted his career with criminal charges, drug use, and a USADA violation.

Gustafsson would get another shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title, but would lose to Daniel Cormier in a close contest.


#6. Gilbert Melendez vs Diego Sanchez

October 19th, 2013

Main Card of UFC 166

Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

Background:

2 long time lightweight greats that was constantly in entertaining fights that somehow never faced each other. Lucky for everyone, they finally met.

Action:

First round starts and Sanchez catches a kick from Melendez and gets a takedown. Melendez gives up his back, and Sanchez sinks in his hooks and looks for a rear naked choke. Melendez stands up and Sanchez falls off. Melendez lands a three punch combination. Melendes lands a right hand to the body and then the head. Melendez stuffs a takedown attempt and lands a knee and a right hand as Sanchez gets up. Melendez lands two punches. Melendez stuffs another takedown attempt and lands a hard punch to the body. Melendez lands a 1-2 combination and follows it up with a huge right hand. Sanchez lands a kick to the body. Melendez responds with another huge right hand. Melendez lands an uppercut that cuts Sanchez open. Sanchez counters with a left hook. Both guys sit in the pocket and start throwing bombs. Melendez stuffs another takedown attempt, and lands an uppercut. Sanchez responds with two kicks to the body. Melendez lands a left hook, and Sanchez lands a 3 punch combination Melendez lands a high kick and both guys start landing bombs again. Melendez drops Sanchez with a straight right. He lands 3 hard left hands as Sanchez gets up and the round ends. 10-9 Melendez.

2nd round begins and Melendez lands 3 right hands. Sanchez counters with a 1-2 combination. Melendez lands a right hand, and Sanchez lands an uppercut. Melendez lands a high kick and a kick to the body. Sanchez lands a flying knee. Melendez respond with a body and head combination. Melendez follows up with a 1-2 combination. Melendez lands another right hand. Sanchez slips on a high kick and gets tagged with 3 right hands on the way up. Melendez lands two more right hands. Sanchez lands a body kick, and Sanchez lands another right hand. Melendez follows up with a 3 punch combination. Sanchez gets a double leg takedown, but Melendez gets right up. Sanchez lands a right hand and leg kick. Melendez jabs and both fighters exchange right hands. Melendez finishes the round by landing a 1-2 combination, stuffing a takedown and landing another right hand. 10-9 Melendez.

The third round begins and Sanchez lands an uppercut. Melendez counters with a 1-2 combination. Both fighters get in the pocket and start landing bombs. Melendez counters with back to back 1-2 combination. Both fighters start throwing bombs again. Melendez lands 3 straight right hands. And they both start throwing bombs again. Really crazy action. The fighters exchange left hands. Melendez lands 3 1-2 combinations. Sanchez lands a body kick and a leg kick. Melendez counters with 2 right hands. Sanchez lands his own 3 punch combination. Melendez lands a 1-2 combination. Sanchez lands a left hook, and 2 right hands. Melendez lands a right hand, but is dropped by a huge uppercut. Sanchez takes the back of a downed Melendez. Melendez scramble but Sanchez locks in a guillotine choke. Melendez gets out and they scramble to their feet. Melendez lands a knee, elbow and right hand combination. He follows up with a right hand. Sanchez lands a hrd leg kick, but Melendez lands a 3 punch combination. Sanchez misses a punch and Melendez takes his back and takes him down. Sanchez lands a back elbow and then a very slick switch. They scramble back the the feet. Sanchez lands a body kick, and Melendez lands a jab. Sanchez lands a body kick. For the last 10 seconds of the fight, both guys stand in the pocket and throw everything they have. Crazy ending. One of the best rounds ever. 10-9 Sanchez.

Results and Notes:

Melendez wins a unanimous decision. As the fight ends, Joe Rogan says that it was “the greatest fight I have ever seen”.

Both fighters would have mixed results after this fight. Melendez might still get back into title contention, but Sanchez seems to be at the end of his career.


#5. Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2

August 20th, 2016

Main Event of UFC 202

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

UFC Featherweight Champion, Conor McGregor was supposed to fight for the UFC lightweight title, but 11 days before the fight, champion Raphael Dos Anjos pulled out with an injury, and Nate Diaz stepped up and took a fight with McGregor at 170 lbs. Diaz submitted McGregor in the second round.

Before their rematch, the two trash talked each other like crazy. So bad that they were throwing water bottles at each other at the press conference. The two fighters would square off in one of the biggest fights in UFC history.

Action:

The 1st round begins McGregor landing 5 unanswered leg kicks. Diaz lands a 1-2 combination and a leg kick. McGregor lands a left hand, and a leg kick. Diaz responds with a push kick and a leg kick. McGregor lands a left hand that buckles Diaz legs, and then drops him with another left hand. McGregor lets Diaz up and lands a hard leg kick. Diaz lands a right hook and follows it up with a 1-2 combination. McGregor lands a left hook, a straight left, and another leg kick. Diaz responds with a 3 punch combination. McGregor lands another left and a body punch. McGregor lands two leg kicks and a left hand. He lands another leg kick and another left hand. McGregor lands another leg kick and is jabbed by Diaz. McGregor lands a 1-2 combination, and an overhand left as the round ends. 10-9 McGregor

2nd round begins and McGregor goes back to the leg kicks. He lands an overhand right that drops Diaz. Diaz gets up and is hit with another leg kick. McGregor lands a 1-2 combination that drop Diaz again. Diaz gets up and McGregor lands 3 leg kicks. He then lands a 1-2 combination. Diaz counters with a right hook. McGregor lands a right hook and leg kick. He also adds two left hands. Diaz responds with a right hook. McGregor lands a straight left, and Diaz lands another right hook. McGregor hits two more leg kicks. Diaz lands two right hooks, and a straight left. He unloads a 4 punch combination. He follows up with an uppercut and a knee. He lands another right hook, and McGregor responds with a leg kick. Diaz lands 2 straight right hook that stumbles McGregor. He lands back to back 1-2 combinations and unloads a 10 punch combination. He unloads 5 uppercuts and a right hook. Diaz follows up with a 1-2 combination and a right hook as the round end. Extremely close round. Could go either way. 10-9 McGregor.

3rd round begins and McGregor looks tired. Diaz lands a right hand and follows up with a stiff jab. McGregor lands to the body and Diaz lands a hook. Diaz lands another 1-2 combination and a knee The clinch. Once they break, McGregor lands a 3 punch combination. McGregor land a leg kick, a left hook, another leg kick, and a body shot. Diaz starts trash talking while stalking McGregor. McGregor lands a left hook, and Diaz responds with a 3 straight 1-2 combinations. McGregor lands a leg kick, and follows up with a 1-2 combination. McGregor lands a leg kick and a 1-2 combination. Diaz lands a straight left. McGregor lands an uppercut. Diaz responds with a left hook. He follows with a 1-2 combination and a high kick. Diaz lands an uppercut, and follows with another 1-2 combination. Diaz lands a left hand and both guys clinch. Diaz unloads about 20-25 shots made up of hooks, uppercuts, and knees. Big round for Diaz. I score it 10-9, but it could be 10-8.

4th round begins and both fighters exchange left hooks. Diaz lands a straight left, while McGregor lands a leg kick. Diaz hits back to back 1-2 combinations. McGregor lands 2 push kicks and a leg kick. Diaz responds with his own push kick. McGregor lands a 3 punch combination. They clinch. McGregor stops a takedown attempt from Diaz. Both fighters exchange knees. Diaz lands 2 knees and small shots from the clinch. McGregor lands a three punch combination as they break. McGregor lands 2 body shots, and a 1-2 combination. He lands another body shot and follows up with back to back 1-2 combinations. McGregor lands an overhand left and a hard leg kick. Diaz ends the round with 2 left hooks. McGregor wins the round 10-9.

Final round begins. McGregor lands a leg kick and a hook. Both fighters exchange left hooks. McGregor lands a flying knee and Diaz lands a hook. McGregor lands 2 leg kicks, and both fighters land uppercuts. Diaz lands a 3 punch combination. McGregor moves away from Diaz, and Diaz flips him off. McGregor lands a 5 punch combination and then a 2 punch combination. Diaz responds with a 3 punch combination and a knee. He starts landing good shots in the clinch. Diaz lands a huge elboiw, and starts landing some good dirty boxing. McGregor lands a left hand and they clinch. Diaz lands some more dirty boxing, and then trips McGregor to the mat. He finishes the fight with some ground and pound. Diaz wins the round 10-9.

I score the fight 48-47 McGregor, but it could be 48-47 Diaz or a draw.

Results and Notes:

McGregor wins a majority decision.  This fight has been called the biggest fight in UFC history. Colin Cowherd called this fight the MMA’s version of Ali vs Frazier. He said it was the best combat fight in 20 years.


#4. Forrest Griffin vs Stephan Bonnar 1

August 9th, 2005

Season 1 of the Ultimate Fighter Light Heavyweight Finale

Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 Finale was the first full UFC event to be televised on cable TV. Griffin and Bonnar reached the finals of the season, with a six figure contract with the UFC on the line.

Action:

First round begjns with Bonnar landing a leg kick. Griffin lands a 3 punch combination. Griffin follows up with an uppercut, and lands a right hand and a knee. Both guys exchange right hands. Bonnar lands a right hand. He follows up with a spinning back kick and a high kick. He follows up with 3 rigth hands. Griffin clinches and lands two knees. He follows it up with a right hand. Griffin clinches again and lands 3 knees. Griffin hurts Bonnar and lands 4 straight right hands. Griffin lands an overhand right. He lands an uppercut and a right hand. Griffin shoots in for a takedown and lands on top. Griffin scrambles up and lands two knees. He follows it up with a 1-2 combination. Bonnar lands a right hand. Both exchange right hands. Bonnar lands a right hand, Griffin counters with an overhand right and a straight right. Griffin follows up with a knee and a straight right. Bonnar lands 2 right hands. Both guys sit in the pocket and throw bombs. Griffin clinches and lands a knee and gets a takedown. He lands some ground and pound and takes Bonnar’s back. He starts to slip off and locks in an armbar as the round ends. 10-9 Griffin.

2nd round begins with Bonnar landing a step knee. Bonnar lands 4 straight right hands. Griffin gets a takedown and lands some ground and pound. Bonnar attempts an armbar, but Griffin punches out of it. Bonnar scrambles to his feet and lands an uppercut, while Griffin counters with an uppercut. Bonnar lands a 3 punch combination. They clinch and exchange knees. They break and Bonnar lands 2 stiff jabs. Then he lands a 1-2 combination. They clinch again. Griffin lands 4 knees and 2 short right hands. They break and Bonnar lands a 1-2 combination. Bonnar clinches and lands 3 knees, while Griffin lands a knee. Bonnar lands 3 right hands, and Griffin lands a left hook. Bonnar jabs and they clinch. Griffin lands a knee. As they break, they start landing huge bombs on each other. Bonnar lands a 3 punch combination and then follows up with a right hand. They clinch. As they break Bonnar lands a jab and Griffin lands an uppercut. 10-9 Bonnar.

3rd round begins and the crowd is going crazy. Griffin lands 3 leg kicks and Bonnar lands a left hook and a straight right. Griffin lands 4 knees in the clinch. They break and Bonnar lands a right hand. Both fighters sit on their punches and start landing bombs on each other. Bonnar lands a 5 punch combination. Griffin counters with a 1-2 combination. Griffin lands a right and two leg kicks. Bonnar lands a straight left and follows up with 2 jabs and a right hand. Griffin lands a left hook and both fighters start throwing bombs again. Both fighters exchange right hands. Bonnar lands another right hand and then they exchange right hands again. Griffin lands a stiff jab and Bonnar lands a 1-2 combination and follows it up with a right hand. Griffin lands a left hook and Bonnar counters with a right hand. They clinch and Griffin lands two kneed. Close round but I scored it 10-9 Bonnar. I scored the fight 29-28 Bonnar.

Results and Notes:

Griffin wins a unanimous decision. UFC President, Dana White called this fight “the most important fight in UFC history”. The fight introduced many fans to the UFC.

The would rematch a few years later, with Griffin winning again. Griffin would go on to eventually winning the UFC title. Bonnar had an up and down career.


#3. Dan Henderson vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 1

SAN JOSE, CA – NOVEMBER 19: (R-L) Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson exchange punches during an UFC Light Heavyweight bout at the HP Pavillion on November 19, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

November 19th, 2011

Main Event of UFC 139

HP Pavilion, San Jose, California

Background:

Two of the greatest fighters of All-Time clash in a classic fight. Both fighters had legendary careers in both the UFC and Pride FC, but somehow never fought each other before this fight.

Action:

The first round begins with Henderson cracking Shogun with a huge right hand, and Shogun shoots in a takedown, and gets a takedown, but Henderson lands in a 5 finger guillotine, when Shogun pops his head out, Henderson unloads about 15 unanswered punches, which cuts Shogun open. Henderson lands another big right that drops Shogun, who shoots in for a single, but gets hit with several hammerfists. Henderson gets double underhooks on Shogun and throws him to the ground, but let’s him get up. Shogun lands a knee and follows up with a right hand. Shogun lands a leg kick and shoots in for a takedown, which Henderson blocks. Henderson lands a right hand. He follows up with a 1-2 combination. Shogun lands two straight right hands, that drops Henderson. Henderson grabs a single, while Shogun is sprawled on top of him. Shogun lands several shots to the side of Henderson’s face.They scramble to the feet and Henderson lands a 1-2 combination. Shogun lands an uppercut. Henderson lands a left hook, and Shogun counters with his own. They clinch and exchange knees and some dirty boxing as the round ends. 10-9 Henderson

The second round begins, and both fighters exchange jabs. They clinch and exchange knees. Shogun lands a right hand, and Henderson follows up with a 3 punch combination. Henderson lands a 4 punch combination that hurts Shogun. Shogun lands a left hook of his own. Henderson lands a jab. Both fighters start throwing bombs on each other. Shogun lands a straight left. They clinch, and Henderson lands 3 punches when they break. They clinch again and exchange shots in the clinch. Shogun lands a straight right, and Henderson lands 3 punch combination. The round ends. 10-9 Henderson

The third round begin with Shogun landing a straight right. Henderson counters with a right hand, and Shogun lands a 1-2 combination. Henderson lands 3 big uppercuts but is stumbled by a Shogun right hand. Shogun lands a body kick, but is tripped down by Henderson. Shogun gets up immediately. Shogun is dropped by a right hand from Henderson. Henderson rains down huge shots from the top. Probable 20-30 in a row. Ref looking close to stopping it. Shogun rolls underneath Henderson and attempts a knee bar. Henderson escapes and both fighters clinch on the feet. Shogun drops down on a single, but Henderson hits him with two downward elbows. They clinch again. Shogun drops down for a double but gets hit with 4 big downward elbows. Shogun gets the takedown and starts unloading some nice ground and pound. Henderson gets up, with Shogun behind him. Both guys clinch. As they break, Shogun lands a 2 punch combination. Very good round. 10-9 Henderson

Fourth round begins with Shogun taking Henderson down. As Henderson gets up, Shogun lands 3 punches. Shogun takes Henderson down with a single, but Henderson lands a crucifix. Henderson uses it to get the mount briefly, but Shogun scrambles to his feet. Henderson shoots in for a double and takes Shogun down. Shogun attempts a sweep but is stopped by a one armed guillotine. Henderson rains down 3 huge right hands, causing Shogun to scramble up Shogun lands an uppercut. They exchange jabs. Shogun lands a huge uppercut. Henderson shoots in for a takedown but can’t get it. Shogun counters with a 4 punch combination. Shogun lands two jabs and a left hook. They clinch and Shogun gets a takedown and mounts Henderson. He rains down some good punches. Henderson gives up his back, and Shogun attempts a rear naked choke. Henderson escapes and lands on top. 10-9 Shogun.

The fifth round begins, and both guys are exhausted. Henderson lands a right hand, and shoots in for a takedown, but Shogun lands on top. Shogun mounts Henderson and lands shots from on top. Henderson pulls him into his chest, but Shogun pulls his head out and lands more shots until Henderson is able to scramble o half guard, but Shogun gets back to full mount and lands more shots. Henderson is able to pull him down again, but Shogun sits up again and rains down more punches. Henderson is completely gassed. Shogun lands more shots, but Henderson works to half guard. The round ends with Shogun on top. Big round for Shogun, 10-8.

. I scored it a 47-47 draw.

Results and Notes:

Henderson wins a unanimous decision. Crazy as it sounds, this might not have even been the best MMA fight of the night. Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler 1 was also the same night in Bellator.

They would rematch 3 years later, with Henderson winning by 3rd round KO. Both fighters made my top 25 fighters of All-Time list that I did in July. Henderson came in at 5, and Shogun at 14.


#2. Robbie Lawler vs Rory McDonald 2

July 11th, 2015

Co-Main Event of UFC 189

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Background:

Lawler defends his UFC welterweight belt against McDonald as the co-main event, which was headlined by Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes. It is not often that McGregor gets the show stolen from him, but this fight stole the show. They fought 2 years earlier with Lawler winning by split decision.

Action:

The first round begins with both guys circling, trying to find range. McDonla lands three kicks to the body, and a right hands. Lawler lands a right hand, and an inside leg kick. Both guys being patient and hand fighting. McDonald lands a jab and a right hand. Lawler lands a left hook. McDonald misses a shot, and Lawler hits him with a knee. Lawler lands an uppercut. McDonlad lands two push kicks to the body. Lawler lands a hook and a right hand. Very close round. 10-9 Lawler.

Second round begins and Lawler lands two jabs. McDonald lands his own jab. Lawler lands a straight left, and McDonald lands a 3 punch combination. McDonald lands a front kick to the face and a push kick to the body. McDonald lands a straight right to the body, and Lawler counters with a stiff jab. McDonald lands a high kick, but is blasted with a left land. McDonald lands 2 body kicks and follows with a straight right to body. Lawler lands a 1-2 combination. And then both fighters land 1-2 combinations. Lawler lands another 1-2 combination but is blasted by a straight left. McDonald lands another 1-2  combination and Lawler counters with two straight left hands that cuts McDonald open. Lawler follows with another clean 1-2 combination. Both fighters sit in the pocket and exchange bombs, but Lawler got the best of them. Good round. Lawler 10-9

The third round begins, with Lawler landing a straight right. Lawler lands two jabs, and McDonald counters with his own. They exchange clean right hands. McDonald lands a 1-2 combination but is hit with a 3 punch combination from Lawler. McDonald lands a 1-2 combination and Lawler responds with 2 stiff jabs. Lawler stuffs a takedown attempt from McDonald lands a huge left hand. McDonald lands high kick, and follows up with a straight right. Lawler counters with an uppercut. McDonald lands back to back 1-2 combination. McDonald hurts Lawler with a high kick. He follows up with a kick to the body and a right hand that hurts Lawler again. He lands a high kick, and Lawler lands a 1-2 combination. McDonald lands a flying knee and follows up with about 10 unanswered elbows. Lawler lands a left hook, but is hit by a huge uppercut and left hook. Hugh round for McDonald. 10-9 McDonald. Could even be 10-8.

The fourth round begins with McDonald landing a high kick and a straight left that hurts Lawler. Lawler attempts to cover up, and McDonald unloads about 10 unanswered punches including a huge knee the head. Lawler covers up again and is hit with about 10 more punches followed up with a push kick. McDonald lands a high kick and follows with 3 elbow. McDonald lands another head kick and another straight right. McDonald lands another high kick and follows with a superman punch. Lawler lands 3 hooks and follows with a 1-2 combination. McDonald lands a uppercut. Lawler lands a jab and follows up with a hard elbow. McDonald lands a grazing high kick and Lawler responds with a 1-2 punch.They exchange jabs. Lawler stuffs a takedown and lands a 1-2 combination. Lawler lands a left hand. McDonald lands a body kick and they exchange straight left. McDonald lands a right hand. Lawler lands an uppercut, and McDonald lands another grazing high kick. McDonald wins the round 10-9

The fifth round begins with McDonald landing a superman punch and Lawler landing a stiff jab. Both guys start throwing huge haymakers and kicks. They both land big. They break and Lawler lands a 1-2 punch. He lands a left hook and a straight right. Lawler crumbles McDonald with a straight right that shatters McDonald nose. McDonald falls to the ground. Big John McCarthy jumps in and stops the fight. Lawler’s nose is shattered and Lawler’s front lip is destroyed.

Results and Notes:

Lawler wins by 5th round TKO. How is it possible that after a very boring first round, these two guys would put on ones of the greatest fights in history?

Lawler would defend his title on more time against Carlos Condit, before losing it to Tyron Woodley.

McDonald now fights for Bellator.


#1. Cub Swanson vs Dooho Choi

December 10th, 2016

Main Card of UFC 206

Air Canada Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Background:

This UFC card lost a lot of buzz coming off of the historic UFC 205 due to outside circumstances. The UFC was hoping that the historic night from UFC would help build the PPV numbers of this card, which was also the lead in to the return of Ronda Rousey at UFC 207, later in the month. The card seemed cursed though. First, the main event of Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson got cancelled due under two weeks for the card, due to an injury to Daniel Cormier. To make matters worst, the main card fight of Tim Kennedy and Rashad Evans was cancelled due to Evans not receiving a fight license. Lastly, just to make matters worst, Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway was bumped to the main event with the interim featherweight title on the line, but Pettis missed weight, and was unable to win the title.

Swanson entered the fight on a 2 fight winning streak and ranked #5 in the world, but was actually the underdog to Choi, who was a perfect 3-0 in the octagon with 3 first round knockouts.

The entire card was thought to be a disappointment and this fight didn’t receive much buzz.

Action:

There is no feeling out in this fight. Both guys come out throwing. Choi opens the fight by cracking Swanson with a right hand and then he grabs a Muay Thai clinch and lands three hard knees to the body and a briefly trips Swanson to the ground. Choi holds on to a front headock and blasts 4 hards knees to Swanson’s head because Swanson escapes. Swanson lands three hard leg kicks but is hit by a right hand. Choi lands a 1-2 combination. Swanson lands an overhand right that briefly backs Choi up. Choi steps forwards but Swanson cracks him with an overhand right and follows it up with a leaping left uppercut and kick to the body. Both fighters exchange shots in the pocket with Swanson getting the better of the action. Choi tries to clinch but is caught by 2 Swanson uppercuts. Choi lands an uppercut and right hand as the break the clinch but Swanson lands his own right hand. Choi lands a 1-2 combination but Swanson follows up with a huge overhand right. Swanson lands a 1-2 combination but the Asian fight lands a big right hand. They clinch and Choi pushes Swanson against the cage. Swanson lands a knee to the body with his back to the cage and is able to turn Choi against the cage. Swanson lands solid knees in the clinch. As they break, Swanson lands an overhand right and a kick to the body. He follows up with a inside leg kick and another overhand right. Choi lands back to back right hands while Swanson lands two kicks and another overhand right. Swanson attempts a snatch single on Choi, who defends the takedown and lands a knee as the round ends. Close round, which I scored 10-9 Swanson

The second round actions starts immediately. Choi opens with two right hands. They exchange blocked high kicks. Swanson lands a left hook a Choi lands his own. They step in the pocket and briefly exchange bombs. They clinch and Swanson lands a hard knee and two hard body shots. Choi lands a jab and a left hook, but is backed up by a Swanson kick. Swanson unloads a 6 punch combination that has Choi hurt bad. Choi briefly falls down and is hit by about 10 punches from Swanson. He lands two huge left hands that drops Choi. Choi cracks Swanson with a big shot. Crazy action. Swanson replies with a 3 punch combination. Choi is trying to retreat but is cracked by two more overhand rights and a hard body kick. They start exchange in the pocket with Choi landing two big shots. Swanson is hurt bad and Choi unloads about 10 big shots on him. Really, really insane action. Swanson backs up to the cage, and Choi is throwing everything he has at him.. He lands some big body shots and a killer right hand that buckles Swanson’s knees. Somehow Swanson survives and hip throws Choi. While on top, Swanson lands some ground and pound. Swanson lands a big shot from on top as Choi escapes. Both guys land bombs again. Swanson connects with a three punch combination. He follows up with a big left hook and then lands a cart wheel kick to Choi’s chin. Swanson smiles and then lands a look away left jab. Choi lands a left hand and a high kick. He then lands a 1-2 combination. Swanson leaps and and hurt Choi with a right hook. Then he swarms Choi by landing a series of hooks. He lands a  big right hand. Then a spinning back fist and unloads another combination of big shots. Choi is hurt bad and Swanson lands two more big shots on him. They exchange some bombs in the pocket as the round ends. One of the craziest rounds in all MMA. Could go either way. 10-9 Swanson.

The crowd is going crazy as the round begins. Both guys throw bombs immediately. The action is insane again. Swanson lands a hard elbow and several body kicks and Choi responds with a 1-2 combination. Choi stuffs a single leg takedown attempt by Swanson and hurt him with a right hand. He stuffs another takedown attempt by Swanson and lands a hard knee to the body and a right hand.Choi unloads 3 unanswered right hands to Swanson’s chin. He gets behind Swanson and lands more right hands. He briefly takes Swanson down and tries to put in the hooks, but Swanson reverses him. Choi almost sweeps him over, but as they scramble Swanson regains the top position. Choi lands 3 hard elbows from the bottom to the top of Swanson’s head. Swanson postures up and lands a hard right. Choi scrambles to the feet but is cracked by a 3 punch combination by the American which buckles Choi’s legs. He starts to unload a 1-00 punch combination. Choi tries to grab Swanson but is hit by a perfect Freestyle wrestling headlock toss.They scramble to the feet and Choi lands a hard knee to the body and unloads a right hand right uppercut combination. The both sit in the pocket and unload big shots on each other. Unbelievable action. They just stay in the pocket and unload shots. You can’t describe this. Choi grabs Swanson and briefly gets his back. He takes Swanson down, who quickly Grambie rolls to his feet. One minute left and both guys are bloody. They exchange in the pocket again landing hard shots. They clinch and Choi briefly trips Swanson down. They get back to the feet and exchange knees. Crowd is going crazy. The exchange crazy big shots in the pocket again. Swanson hurts Choi bad with a right hand and follows it up with about 20 punches trying to take Choi out. Swanson finsihes the combination with another cart wheel kick, and a spinning back hand that drops Choi. Swanson finishes the fight with hard shots from on top. 10-9 for Swanson.

I scored it 30-27 Swanson but the fight was much closer than my score card suggests.

Mike Goldberg summed up the fight perfectly when he said, “What a fight, unlike anything we have ever seen”.

Results and Notes:

Swanson wins the fight by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

When we originally did this countdown countdown from December 1st to December 25th of 2016, this fight wasn’t allowed to be on the list because we started the countdown before it happened. I am worried that I might be living in the moment because this is the most recent fight on the list. However, besides being the greatest fight in history, it turned what was considered to be a disappointing card on paper to the best event of 2016 and one of the best fights cards ever. The UFC was so pumped about this fight, they reshowed the event on Fox Sports 1 just two weeks later and got huge ratings (On Christmas Eve too).

Neither fighter has fought again yet. Swanson is currently scheduled to return at UFC Fight Night 108 on April 22 in the main event against Artem Lobov. Choi hasn’t been scheduled for a fight yet.

Let’s hope that the damage they took from this fight doesn’t ruin their chins like other fighters that have been in similar wars. Regardless, for the time being, they are part of the greatest fight in UFC history


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