I’ve written many UFC articles so it’s about time I got to an article of my favorite UFC matches. Take into account that I’m a pretty new fan to the UFC. I’ve only been watching the UFC since the first season of the Ultimate Fighter, although I’ve caught a couple of older PPVs too. But out of the matches I have seen here are my ten favorites.
10. Matt Serra vs. Georges St. Pierre (UFC 69)
A month earlier Randy Couture pulled the upset over Tim Sylvia. That was an upset just because of Couture’s age, his return from retirement and Sylvia’s size advantage, not because nobody thought Couture had it in him. Now Matt Serra on the other hand is a guy who nobody thought had the ability to beat Georges St. Pierre but Serra pulled off the upset.
9. Matt Hughes vs. Carlos Newton (UFC 34)
The Matt Hughes and Carlos Newton match is most well known for Matt Hughes’ powerbomb on Carlos Newton to end the match. Even before that Matt Hughes and Carlos Newton were having a great match but Matt Hughes display of strength, being able to lift someone over his head while being in the triangle choke, was just an amazing end.
8. Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz (UFC 47)
When Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz finally butt heads it was a battle of the two baddest dudes in the UFC. Neither of these two guys backed down and they let the fists fly. Unfortunately Tito Ortiz blamed the loss on being poked in the eye but we all know Chuck Liddell just whooped him.
7. BJ Penn vs. Caol Uno (UFC 34)
I think BJ Penn was on screen for the shortest amount of time in UFC history. After Caol Uno had already been introduced BJ Penn sprinted to the octagon. The two fighters then charged at each other, Penn knocked out Uno in 11 seconds. Then BJ Penn sprinted back to locker room.
6. Chuck Liddell vs. Rampage Jackson (UFC 71)
Chuck Liddell vs. Rampage Jackson was one of the biggest events in UFC history because of all the media coverage. The match was short but as long as there is a knockout that’s okay and that is exactly what Rampage Jackson did, knock Chuck Liddell out.
5. Keith Jardine vs. Houston Alexander (UFC 71)
Chuck Liddell and Rampage Jackson was an impressive performance for Rampage Jackson but Houston Alexander was even more impressive. Houston Alexander took one on the chin early in the match and then decided to attack. Alexander then landed ten or twelve shots on Keith Jardine, including a nasty uppercut, to demolish Keith Jardine.
4. Mirko Cro Cop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (UFC 70)
Mirko Cro Cop coming from Pride to UFC was huge. It was like a top pro wrestler going from WCW to the WWF. It was like Duke’s best player transferring to North Carolina. It was like the Boston Red Sox’s best player signing with the New York Yankees. The UFC hyped Mirko Cro Cop to the moon, gave him a couple of warm-up matches and…he lost. Not only did he lose, but also Gabriel Gonzaga landed the kick heard round the world. I think they are still looking for Mirko Cro Cop’s head.
3. Rich Franklin vs. Ken Shamrock (The Ultimate Fighter Finale)
Before the Ultimate Fighter Finale I had never watched the UFC, but I knew who Ken Shamrock was. Ken Shamrock was such a big name that even people who didn’t watch the UFC knew he was “The World’s Most Dangerous Man.” So when I saw Rich Franklin knock out Ken Shamrock he became my favorite UFC fighter.
2. Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia (UFC 68)
The Randy Couture and Tim Sylvia match was similar to a Hollywood story, but not exactly. In a movie the aged veteran would come out of retirement to take on the much stronger, much bigger, and much younger fighter and be a huge underdog. The veteran would then have a tough fight throughout and then snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This match was more like this. The aged veteran Randy Couture came out of retirement to take on the much strong, much bigger and much younger Tim Sylvia and be a huge underdog. Then from the first bell Randy Couture would lay the Smackdown on Tim Sylvia from the very beginning to the very end.
1. Stephan Bonnar vs. Forrest Griffin (The Ultimate Fighter Finale)
My first experience of the UFC was their reality show, the Ultimate Fighter. The matches on the show were okay, good enough to keep me interested but I was still kind of debating whether it was worth watching or not. That is until the Ultimate Fighter Finale and the match between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin. Bonnar and Griffin proceeded to beat the hell out of each other. But no matter how hard they hit, no matter how hard they got hit both guys kept on fighting. They refused to lose. After the match Forrest Griffin was awarded the match but the match was so good that UFC President Dana White gave Stephan Bonnar a UFC contract too on the spot. From that moment on the UFC had me hooked.