At UFC’s remaining pay-per-view occasion of 2018, followers might be handled to a rematch that guarantees one thing particular.
Jon Jones returns to the octagon having not fought since July 2017 and can meet Alexander Gustafsson in the primary occasion of UFC 232 at The Discussion board in California on December 29.
The 2 had one of many most memorable battles in fight historical past at UFC 165 in 2013, as Jones got here again from the brink of defeat to win.
Forward of that bout, talkSPORT.com has put collectively an inventory of the best fights to ever happen within the UFC.
8. Frank Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz UFC 22- 1999
Speak concerning the pre-Zuffa period within the UFC and most of the people will let you know this was its best bout.
Named fighter of the last decade by Wrestling Observer for the 90’s, Frank, brother of Ken, took on the brash self-styled Huntington Seashore Dangerous Boy for the sunshine heavyweight championship.
Ortiz had already overwhelmed two of Shamrock’s Lion’s Den stablemates and in one of the crucial notorious moments within the firm’s historical past in 1999, Ortiz placed on a t-shirt after the Man Mezger win, which learn, ‘Homosexual Mezger is my B****,’ prompting a livid response from the camp.
On combat night time, Ortiz was naturally the larger man and used it to his benefit as he took down Shamrock at will over the course of the primary three rounds, even sticking his finger in one in all his cuts.
Nevertheless, the tide had begun to show and Shamrock was now the aggressor, sensing Ortiz was fading, he turned his exhausted opponent over with a guillotine and commenced unleashing punches and elbows to make him faucet with 10 seconds remaining. It was awarded combat of the 12 months for 1999.
7. Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen UFC 117 – 2010
This was one of the crucial anticipated fights in MMA historical past, not to mention the UFC.
Sonnen was at his trash speaking finest as he seemed to get underneath the pores and skin of Silva, the long-time middleweight king who had not come near shedding in 4 years.
The American promised to place Silva on his again greater than “a hooker with a mortgage” however many questioned whether or not Sonnen might again up his pre-fight boasts.
And he did simply that. As soon as the formalities had been exchanged, the previous College of Oregon Division One All-American wrestle brutalised Silva for 4 rounds, controlling the combat each standing and on the bottom, making his revered opponent look common.
Silva discovered some success on the finish of the fourth, catching Sonnen with vicious elbow strikes, realizing solely a knockout would win it for him. Swinging wildly from prime place, Sonnen was caught by Silva in a triangle choke and had no selection however to submit.
6. Junior Dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez Three UFC 166 – 2013
Previous to their remaining assembly, the pair had met twice earlier than. Dos Santos flattened Velasquez of their first combat after simply 61 seconds and after the Mexican blamed his loss on an harm, a rematch was booked for UFC 155.
A relentless barrage of offence overwhelmed Dos Santos, turning his face right into a crimson masks and Velasquez grew to become the primary and solely fighter within the competitors’s historical past to land a 100 or extra vital strikes.
Their conclusive bout, at UFC 166, was similar to the third, each males landed large, heavy punches and in some way Dos Santos survived a 3rd spherical knockdown to proceed on, earlier than finally succumbing to the punishment within the remaining spherical.
5. Chuck Lidell vs Wanderlei Silva UFC 79 – 2007
Regardless of each males being properly previous their prime, it was nonetheless a dream combat, one which many MMA advocates thought they might by no means see.
As soon as the UFC poster boy together with his trademark mohican and immediately recognisable blue shorts, Liddell had misplaced his final two fights, having dominated the sunshine heavyweight division for years.
Thunderstorm echoed across the Mandalay Bay,because the ‘Axe Assassin’ stood on the opposite facet of the octagon and followers watched with baited breath.
The pair exchanged blows for 3 straight rounds at a frantic tempo and ultimately, it was Liddell who earned the unanimous determination.
4. Stephan Bonnar vs Forest Griffin: The Final Fighter finale – 2005
The inaugural Final Fighter finale was the primary to ever enter into the Corridor of Fame.
It’s exhausting to argue in opposition to UFC president Dana White calling the sunshine heavyweight match “an important combat in UFC historical past.”
Though White is liable to exaggeration, there isn’t a denying simply how a lot of a turning level this conflict from the corporate’s actuality TV present, The Final Fighter, was in gaining wider acceptance from the American public when the game was nonetheless seen as human cock-fighting.
For 15 minutes, each males pummelled one another in a combat that was viciously resembling of a bar brawl because the baying crowd soaked up each minute of the motion, with Griffin rising triumphant.
3. Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson UFC 165 – 2013
Bloodied and battered on the finish, each males checked out one another with respect. They knew what the opposite had been by.
There’s a tendency to magnify what the underdog -Gustafsson on this case – is doing when he fights the overwhelming favorite so properly as a result of he’s defying expectation. Many would have been happy if the Swede made it to the ultimate spherical. He did and extra.
Each males traded photographs, dispensing punishment at will. The challenger landed combos and took down the champion for the primary time. Jones respondrf with a sequence of sickening head kicks and a spotlight reel spinning elbow. With Vaseline smeared over his lower eyelids, Jones seemed on the clock as he held on to edge probably the most harrowing combat of his profession.
2. Shogun Rua v Dan Henderson UFC 139 -2011
After the combat, Henderson lay on his dressing room flooring holding an ice bag, as he was being administrated a drip. Exhausted however victorious, it was a very superb combat.
Their heroics had been likened to the ‘Thriller in Manilla’ by Dana White and this latest bout of hyperbole from the UFC boss was justified. Henderson dominated the early phases, however Rua fought again and amid the submission makes an attempt and swapping of leather-based, it was a technically sound combat of the best order.
Somebody needed to lose and when the scorecards learn 48-47 in favour of Henderson, nobody questioned the winner.
1. Robbie Lawler v Rory MacDonald UFC 189 -2015
This was a traditional. An epic, brutal combat displaying simply what two males will do as a way to obtain greatness.
On the finish of the fourth spherical, Lawler spat blood from his mouth and made eye contact with the battered options of his opponent.
Regardless of busting one another open and MacDonald’s nostril horribly disfigured, neither man slowed down, however somebody needed to give and ultimately it was MacDonald who was pounded into defeat.