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Iconic UFC Fights
As big fans of UFC, in this blog, we are going to share some of our favorite fights throughout the history of UFC in no particular order.
Liddel vs. Couture, UFC 52 (4.16.2005)
Perhaps the biggest name in UFC history, Chuck Liddell plowed through the competition at light heavyweight until he met the biggest challenge of his career at UFC 43, Randy Couture. While the fighter’s first encounter resulted with Liddel on the receiving side of a knockout, and Couture becoming the first fighter in UFC history to win a championship in two separate weight classes, Liddel had a chance for redemption at UFC 52. Liddel came out on top in the end with a knockout win and kicked off his reign as the UFC light heavyweight champion.
Silva vs. Sonnen, UFC 117 (8.7.2010)
What was probably one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history at the time, the middleweight title clash between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen did not disappoint. Going into the fight, Sonnen talked trash in one interview after another. Boasting a solid, but unspectacular, three-fight winning streak, Sonnen hoped to knock Silva off his lengthy winning streak; a claim that was quite laughable, right until the point where he nearly pulled it off. When the fight began, Sonnen dominated, taking down Silva and pounding his face into the mat. While Silva had a few moments throughout the fight, the majority of the fight saw him on his back getting beat up and decorating the octagon with his blood. Then, the unthinkable happened. The best way to describe the outcome of this fight to someone who doesn’t quite understand MMA is that Silva was down 50-0, and with the clock striking zero, he somehow tossed up a full-court shot to win the basketball game — impossible we know, but it happened. With two minutes left, give or take, Sonnen was on the receiving end of a triangle choke, eventually tapping out in the fifth and final round.
Lesnar vs. Carwin, UFC 116 (7.3.2010)
One of the most anticipated fights of UFC 116, the match-up between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin had mainstream sports media buzzing. Returning from his battle with diverticulitis, Lesnar did not have an easy welcoming by going up against knockout artist Carwin. Lesnar got rocked the first round, but Carwin seemed to tire himself out, allowing Lesnar to regroup and make his way back to his feet before the round ended. In the second round, Carwin was noticeably exhausted, and Lesnar took advantage of the available opportunity, eventually taking Carwin to the ground. From there, all it took was an arm-triangle choke hold and Carwin was tapping out, enabling Lesnar to retain his title.
Cruz vs. Faber, UFC 132
The first time that bantamweights were given the spotlight of a UFC main event, the fight between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber did not disappoint. The fight was a prime example of nonstop action! Cruz danced around the California Kid, using his unorthodox striking and combinations, while Faber tried using powerful hooks to counter him. Faber dropped Cruz multiple times during the fight, but it wasn’t enough to stop Cruz from regaining his composure before any damage was done. Both fighters gave it their all in this well-contested match, but Cruz came out on top after a razor-thin decision.
St. Pierre vs. Penn, UFC 94 (1.31.2009)
A rematch between two fighters that had battled to a split decision in a title eliminator clash, the fight between George St. Pierre and BJ Penn will forever be remembered as one of the best throughout UFC history. This fight was the first time two UFC champions squared off against one another, with St. Pierre’s welterweight title all on the line. The fight generated a lot of anticipation and it was amplified through UFC Primetime, a three-part series that detailed each man’s preparations in advance of the fight. In the end, St. Pierre came out with a fourth-round stoppage win, further establishing his standing as the top welterweight in the world.
McGregor vs. Diaz, UFC 202 (8.20.2016)
While McGregor was set to fight Rafael Dos Anjos, a late injury allowed for Nate Diaz to square up against Conor McGregor at UFC 196. After a memorable press conference, they met in the Octagon and Diaz came out on top after forcing the Irish superstar to tap out. McGregor immediately requested a rematch and the two would eventually meet again in the main event of UFC 202 in Las Vegas. The outcome of their first match made this one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history. After surviving another Diaz rally, McGregor drew level enough to leave the cage with a majority decision win after another wildly entertaining clash.
Jackson vs. Henderson, UFC 75 (9.7.2007)
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Dan Henderson consolidated the light heavyweight belts at UFC 75. Jackson, the then UFC champion agreed to take on the Pride fighting champion Henderson on live television, and viewers were treated to an all-out war. The match between the two fighters was an absolute slug fest, with both fighters throwing heavy blows and testing each other’s rock-solid chins. After countless punches, kicks, and blows, Jackson would prove to be the better fighter that night, as he defeated Henderson by decision.
Ortiz vs. Shamrock, UFC 40 (11.21.2002)
The bitter rivalry between fighters Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz eventually led to their matchup at UFC 40, and it certainly did not disappoint. Before the fight, Ortiz had what is considered one of the greatest entrances of UFC history, and that generated more hype surrounding the fight. Once the fight began, the two met immediately met in the middle of the Octagon and started bashing each other. Ortiz eventually was able to take the fight to the ground, where he beat Shamrock’s face to a pulp. Ortiz was crowned victor after a corner stoppage.
Couture vs. Sylvia, UFC 68 (3.2.2007)
This fight will certainly be remembered as one of the best fights in UFC history. Couture, who was 43 years young at the time, decided to come out of retirement to have a shot at the heavyweight championship. While many thought he had no chance of pulling off a win against Tim Sylvia, Couture came out of retirement with a bang. Just seconds into the fight, Sylvia was sent flying across the cage after being on the receiving end of powerful blows. This set the tone for the rest of the match, and Couture achieved a dominant victory after a unanimous decision. Coming out of retirement to win a UFC championship was something that has never been done before, which is why it is one of the best fights in history.
McGregor vs. Bus, UFC 223 (4.4.2019)
While it certainly wasn’t a scheduled fight, Conor McGregor’s fight with a bus that contained multiple UFC athletes, coaches, and managers. McGregor and his group were caught on film in the event’s loading dock area, where fighters from UFC 223 card had been put onto buses to return to the host hotel. Looking for Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor approached his bus, where he threw a tantrum and tossed a myriad of objects at the bus. Using items like trash cans and even a dolly, McGregor put a beating on the bus, shattering its front left windows. While McGregor’s performance was certainly historic, it led to his arrest as he was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal mischief. Bravo, Conor.
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