Every once in a while, something happens that people remember for years to come. Be it a memorable knockout, a press conference, or even a walkout, these special moments leave a lasting impact on fans.
As UFC fans, we always crave entertainment. Over the years we have witnessed some incredible moments in the UFC, probably too many to keep track of. However, some of these moments jump higher than the rest and serve as a reminder of how incredible things can happen, even in the blink of an eye.
Hence, it is entirely possible that some amazing moments will be missed out. As for us, we have tried to choose moments that resonate with UFC fans, old and new. Aside from that, you can also count on us to keep you updated with all the latest UFC fixtures, events, and predictions. With that out of the way, let’s begin with our picks for the 10 Best UFC Moments of All Time.
#10. The Youngest UFC Champion
Jon Jones is one of the greatest MMA fighters ever and even regarded as the MMA GOAT by some. Naturally, Jones has some insane records to his name including records for most title defenses, most wins, longest win streak, and most submission finishes. However, the biggest and most impressive record he holds is that of the youngest UFC Champion.
Jones became the youngest UFC Champion in history following his victory over Mauricio Rua, at the age of 23. At UFC 128, Jones beat Shogun Rua and became the new light heavyweight champion. The event was the most talked-about at the time and simply added to Jones’ greatness over the years.
#9. Holly Holm beats Ronda Rousey
In what can be called one of the biggest upsets in the history of the UFC, we saw Ronda Rousey dethroned from her position as bantamweight champion. With a spotless 12-0 record, Rousey was expected to add to her win tally and continue her reign as the most dominant female fighter. However, Holly Holm had other plans.
After a bright start, Holm ended the fight when she managed to gain control of Rousey, throw her to the mat and deliver a thunderous kick to her head as she tried to get up. Easily one of the most memorable title win in the Women’s UFC title History.
#8. *THAT* Israel Adesanya Walkout at UFC 243
UFC 243 was one of the most entertaining events in recent times. Taking place in front of a record crowd in Melbourne, Australia, the event was packed. To top things off the main event of the night featured Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya, two of the best middleweights on the planet.
Eventually, Israel would go on to defeat Whittaker with a highlight-reel knockout and claim the title. However, one of the most memorable occurrences of the night was without a doubt The Last Stylebender’s incredible walkout dance.
#7. “WHO THE F**K IS THAT GUY?”
UFC Press Conferences don’t get much better than this. In what is arguably the most entertaining UFC Press Conference of All Time, Conor McGregor had fans going ballistic as they cheered him on. At the UFC 205 Press Conference, McGregor once again showed the world exactly why he is one of the biggest stars in UFC History.
In typical Conor fashion, he absolutely ripped into his opponent, then lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez. However, the highlight of the press conference came in the form of the most iconic McGregor one-liner: “Who the f**k is that guy?” to an unsuspecting Jeremy Stephens who got caught in the crossfire after claiming to be the fighter that could give Conor a tough fight.
#6. The Return of GSP
After a 4 year layoff, Georges St-Pierre finally made his return to the Octagon at UFC 217. Quite simply, fans went absolutely berserk with the thought of GSP coming out of retirement to fight once again. However, GSP decided that he wanted to fight in the middleweight division rather than his usual welterweight.
Moreover, the fight was against then middleweight champ, Michael Bisping who had just defended his belt against Dan Henderson. Naturally, GSP was at a size disadvantage yet still managed to put on a masterful performance, submitting Bisping in Round 3. Although he was now the middleweight champion, GSP opted to once again announce his retirement from the UFC.
#5. The First “Champ Champ” of the UFC
As previously mentioned, Conor McGregor is one of the biggest stars of the UFC. Although he is one of the most charismatic characters on the roster he is also the first double champion, or as he calls it “champ-champ” of the UFC. After defeating featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a record 13 seconds, Conor set his eyes on a different prize.
At UFC 205, Conor beat the lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, to become the first fighter ever to hold belts from two different divisions. Thus, Conor became the first of 4 double champions in the history of the UFC.
#4. Khabib submits Conor McGregor
Fights don’t get much bigger than this. After Khabib Nurmagomedov claimed Conor McGregor’s vacated belt, there was bound to be bad blood between the two. However, theirs was a hostility unlike no other with a variety of incidents between the camps in the lead up to the fight. As fight week drew nearer, it was clear that this fight was going to be the biggest in UFC history.
When the dust settled, Khabib had made Conor McGregor tap out in Round 4. To date, the fight remains the UFC’s biggest ever pay-per-view. As such, UFC 229 had a reported 2.4 million PPV buys and was the only event in the promotion’s history to cross the 2 million mark. The fight will forever be etched into UFC’s record books.
#3. The Eagle announces his retirement
After making his third successive title defense, Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement. Following his submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, Khabib announced that he would be paying his respects to his late father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, and hanging up his gloves, once and for all.
Although the decision to leave in his prime shocked everyone, it was evident that Khabib was too good for the division. Moreover, with his personal reasons, it was understandable why Khabib chose to make this decision. Truly, a sad day for all fight fans.
#2. The Fight of All Fights
UFC 189 was in its right one of the most entertaining cards of its time. Whilst the main event saw Conor McGregor take on Chad Mendes, it was actually the co-main event that stood out the most. Welterweight champ Robbie Lawler made his first title defense against Rory MacDonald. However, the two had also fought once before wherein Lawler had won via split decision.
This time, however, Rory MacDonald came at Lawler with everything he had. The two men went back and forth in the most engaging fight that the UFC has ever seen. Both men gave absolutely everything they had to deliver what can be called the best UFC Championship fight ever. Both men fought on with bloodied faces until eventually, Rory dropped to the ground and Lawler was declared the winner by technical knockout.
#1. The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
Arguably the most important fight in UFC History, the TUF 1 finale between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar was an absolute war. With a guaranteed six-figure UFC contract on the line, the two men fought as if their lives depended on it. A back and forth slugfest ensued, with Forrest being awarded the victory in the end.
Fortunately, both men were awarded contracts and the fight went down in UFC History. According to many fans, the fight between Griffin and Bonnar became responsible for the popularity of the sport and is hence, the number 1 pick on our list.
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