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TJ Dillashaw vs Dominick Cruz (Full Fight)

TJ Dillashaw vs Dominick Cruz, UFC Fight Night, 17 January 2016
Fight of the Night

tj dillashaw vs dominick cruzTJ Dillashaw vs Dominick Cruz is finally here. One of my most highly anticipated fights this year. Two kings of footwork and movement. Both winning their belts and establishing their names in MMA with awkward strikes and unexpected angles. Dominick Cruz, the one that paved the way, versus TJ Dillashaw, the one that learned and improved on.

This is the kind of fight that didn’t just capture my attention, but captured my entire consciousness from beginning to end. I might have even forgot to breath as my brain melted into the screen – that’s how grossly engrossed I became.

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Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit (Full Fight)

Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit, UFC 195, 2 January 2016
Fight of the Night

robbie lawler vs carlos conditI often wonder what makes a good fight. One that is worthy of fight fans appreciation. One that is worthy of fight of the year accolades. There may not be a set list of requirements, but it often involves skilled fighters who are willing to leave it all in the ring. We have just that with Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit.

Carlos Condit is a crafty and intelligent fighter who uses awkward angles to execute deadly and insistent combinations. Robbie Lawler is a durable veteran who has the patience and the chin to weather the combinations in order to deliver powerful combinations of his own.

A phenomenal fight that is receiving “fight of the year” for 2016 mentions already. Whether you are a fight fan or not, do not miss Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit, scroll to the bottom of this entry for the full fight video.

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Carlos Condit vs Johny Hendricks (Full Fight)

Carlos Condit vs Johny Hendricks, UFC 158, 16 March 2013
Fight of the Night

carlos condit vs johny hendricksAs if the excitement wasn’t enough simply having two of the best welterweight fighters meet. Carlos Condit vs Johny Hendricks will determine who gets the next title shot. And to add another layer of excitement, this fight is the co-main event to George St. Pierre vs Nick Diaz where the championship belt is on the line.

Fight fans know Carlos Condit vs Johny Hendricks is an extremely intriguing match-up. At the same time, we know that any fight with Carlos Condit will be awesomely violent. Pairing him against the man who has made a name for himself by putting opponents to sleep with his “Big Rig” KO punches? Sparks are definitely set to fly.

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Justin Gaethje vs Luis Palomino I & II (Full Fights)

Justin Gaethje vs Luis Palomino I & II, WSOF 19 & WSOF 23, 28 March & 18 September 2015

justin gaethje vs luis palominoTwo of the best and most exhilarating fights in MMA, Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino put on two fights of a lifetime. MMAJunkie recently recently ranked the WSOF 19 fight as one of the best fights of 2015. Justin and Luis likely took a few years off each others lives with this eye popping, jaw dropping, unbelievable amount of action.

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Nate Diaz vs Michael Johnson (Full Fight)

Nate Diaz vs Michael Johnson, UFC on Fox 17, 19 December 2015
Fight of the Night

nate diaz vs michael johnsonFinally! The Diaz brothers are back in the cage! With Nick Diaz out serving a 5 year ban for illegal substance use, his brother Nate Diaz steps into the cage for the first time since December 2014. With his signature attitude, his crisp and technical boxing, and his dangerous jiujitsu game, it is always a fight fans treat to watch Nate at work.

Coming into the fight, Nate expressed his excitement for this fight given that he finally has an opponent who is willing to engage him in the cage. A top fighter with wins over solid lightweight competition, Michael Johnson is climbing the ranks for a shot at the title. Absolutely beautiful how Nate Diaz takes Michael apart with a solid jab and continuously landing the brutal and unstoppable one-two punch combination.

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Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold (Full Fight)

Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold, UFC 194, 12 December 2015
Fight of the Night

chris weidman vs luke rockholdThe first championship fight of UFC 194 saw a very competitive and well deserved “fight of the night” for the UFC Middleweight Championship.

What intrigued me most about Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold, was how Luke Rockhold was selling and promoting the fight. Leading up to and through the press interviews, Luke said that his momentum could not be stopped, that his fighting abilities were highly underestimated, and that he was on an entirely higher level compared to Chris Weidman.

I admit that I prescribed a “Brad Pitt Syndrome” to Luke Rockhold – that he was too good looking to be actually good at his craft. Luke has fought some tough competition before but I never considered the middleweight division to be that competitive in the first place.

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Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder (Full Fight)

Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder, UFC on Fox 16, 25 July 2015
Fight of the Night

edson barboza vs paul felderI love it when two game opponents enter the ring committed and convinced they will win the fight. It’s even better when the two opponents are fast lightweights that put heavy emphasis on striking. It’s fertile grounds for a fantastic fight when both fighters are durable and in fact, become even more motivated the harder they get hit.

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Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald II (Full Fight)

Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald II, UFC 189, July 2015
Fight of the Night

robbie lawler vs rory macdonaldIn my previous post, I mentioned that Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes was the most suspenseful fight of the evening. But Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald might have been the best fight of the evening.

In a main card full of bloody wars that tested fighters skills and heart, Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald proved to be the most bloody and the most testing. A fight that showed the fight world just exactly what happens when fighters get pushed to the brink where their training kicks into auto-pilot and heart and the will-to-win take over.

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Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson I & II (Full Fights)

Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson I &II, November 2011, March 2014
Fight of the Night

Shogun Rua vs Dan HendersonThe anticipation was torturous, the excitement was palpable, the action was legendary. In Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson I and II, MMA reached a new level of high. A high that is seldom achieved, but when you hit it, oh man, it’s awesome.

The fights are both scheduled for five rounds with Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson I achieving Fight of the Night and 2011 Fight of the Year. The second fight also won Fight of the Night honours.

Do not blink, do not move, do not alt+tab away. Watch these fights, it’s good for you.

 

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TJ Dillashaw vs Renan Barao 1 (Full Fight)

TJ Dillashaw vs Renan Barao 1, UFC 173, 24 May 2014
Fight of the Night

tj dillashaw vs renan baraoTJ Dillashaw vs Renan Barao is an instant classic. This is what MMA is all about. Technique and Heart. TJ Dillashaw comes into this fight as one of the biggest underdogs in UFC history. But this night, fight fans around the world witness something special happen inside the cage. There is magic in the air and for five mesmerizing rounds we are swept away by the speed, the accuracy, and the footwork of TJ Dillashaw.

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