Each December I count down the top 25 fights in UFC history. With each day of December, I will be revealing the newest fight on the list, with the #1 fight being revealed on Christmas morning. With approximately 550-600 new UFC fights each year, the list will look different than the year before. The criteria for ranking these fights are the amount of action, competitiveness, and significance of the fight (main events/title fights tend to get some extra credit).
So let’s get to it
List so far
* The list was completed before Camacho/Brown, Medeiros / Oliveira, and Alvarez / Gaethje occurred, all would have been considered for the list
- #25 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Randy Couture
- #24 Cheick Kongo vs Pat Barry
- #23 Chris Leben vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
- #22 Frank Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz
- #21 Andrei Arlovski vs Travis Browne
- #20 Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 & 3
- #19 Georges St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks
- #18 Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva
- #17 Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan
- #16 Karo Parisyan vs Nick Diaz
- #15 Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler 1 & 2
- #14 Diego Sanchez vs Nick Diaz
- #13 Justin Gaethje vs Michael Johnson
- #12 Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg 2
- #11 Mark Hunt vs Antonio Silva 1
- #10 Jose Aldo Jr vs Chad Mendes 2
- #9 Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida
- #8 Randy Couture vs Pedro Rizzo 1
- #7 Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson
- #6 Gilbert Melendez vs Diego Sanchez
- #5 Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2
- #4 Forest Griffin vs Stephan Bonnar
- #3 Dan Henderson vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
#2 Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald 2
July 11th, 2015
Co-Main Event of UFC 189
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Lawler defends his UFC welterweight belt against MacDonald 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.
The first round begins with both guys circling, trying to find the range. MacDonald lands three kicks to the body, and right hands. Lawler lands a right hand, and an inside leg kick. Both guys being patient and hand fighting. MacDonald lands a jab and a right hand. Lawler lands a left hook. MacDonald misses a shot, and Lawler hits him with a knee. Lawler lands an uppercut. MacDonald 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. MacDonald lands his own jab. Lawler lands a straight left, and MacDonald lands a 3 punch combination. MacDonald lands a front kick to the face and a push kick to the body. MacDonald lands a straight right to the body, and Lawler counters with a stiff jab. MacDonald lands a high kick but is blasted with a left land. MacDonald lands 2 body kicks and follows with a straight right to the 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. MacDonald lands another 1-2 combination and Lawler counters with two straight left hands that cuts MacDonald 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 MacDonald counters with his own. They exchange clean right hands. MacDonald lands a 1-2 combination but is hit with a 3 punch combination from Lawler. MacDonald lands a 1-2 combination and Lawler responds with 2 stiff jabs. Lawler stuffs a takedown attempt from MacDonald lands a huge left hand. MacDonald lands a high kick and follows up with a straight right. Lawler counters with an uppercut. MacDonald lands back to back 1-2 combination. MacDonald 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. MacDonald 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. Huge round for MacDonald. 10-9 MacDonald. Could even be 10-8.
The fourth round begins with MacDonald landing a high kick and a straight left that hurts Lawler. Lawler attempts to cover up, and MacDonald 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. MacDonald lands a high kick and follows with 3elbowsw. MacDonald lands another head kick and another straight right. MacDonald lands another high kick and follows with a superman punch. Lawler lands 3 hooks and follows with a 1-2 combination. MacDonald lands a uppercut. Lawler lands a jab and follows up with a hard elbow. MacDonald 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. MacDonald lands a body kick and they exchange straight left. MacDonald lands a right hand. Lawler lands an uppercut, and MacDonald lands another grazing high kick. MacDonald wins the round 10-9
The fifth round begins with MacDonald 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 MacDonald with a straight right that shatters MacDonald’s nose. MacDonald 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.
MacDonald now fights for Bellator.