Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan, UFC Fight Night 6, 17 August 2006
Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan is an incredibly closely contested match with non-stop action. Both fighters showing incredible skill and heart. Ala any Diego Sanchez fight, there is no shortage of guts, glory, and awesome back and forth in the centre of the cage and on the canvas. Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan was not only recognized as the Fight of the Night but was also the 2006 Fight of the Year. By the third round, both fighters were showing signs of fatigue but continue to battle through to give one of MMA’s greatest fights of all time. Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan not only add to the legacy of both fighters but contributed to winning fans and to building the sport of MMA.
Mauricio Shogun vs Rogerio Nogueira, Pride Critical Countdown 2005, 26 June 2005
One of the best fights from Pride, Mauricio Shogun vs Rogerio Nogueira is one of the most action-packed and exciting MMA fights in the history of MMA. This fight won the Sherdog 2005 Fight of the Year award. Mauricio Shogun also won the Sherdog 2005 Fighter of the Year award. This fight was one of the quarter final fights for the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix. An incredible tournament featuring legends of MMA.
The 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix featured fighters such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Ricardo Arona, Dean Lister, Kevin Randleman, Wanderlei Silva, Hidehiko Yoshida, Alistair Overeem, Vitor Belfort, Igor Vovchanchyn, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Dan Henderson, Mauricio Rua, and Rampage Jackson. Click here for the full tournament card. This is a particularly interesting middleweight tournament as there is the possibility that Mauricio Rua will fight team mate and current Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Cro Cop, Pride Final Conflict 2005, 28 August 2005
Fedor Emelianenko vs Cro Cop, a legendary fight between two gods of the sport. This fight won the Sports Illustrated 2000s Fight of the Decade award, the Yahoo Sports 2000s Fight of the Decade award, the MMAFighting 2005 Fight of the Year award, and the Fightmatrix.com 2005 Most Noteworthy Match of the Year award.
In 2005, Fedor Emelianenko was the Pride Heavyweight Champion. He defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in 2003 to claim the title. Fedor’s dominance of the Rings and Pride Heavyweight divisions paired with his cold and stoic expression earned him cage names such as the Machine, the Russian Experiment, the Last Emperor. MMA legends like Renato Sobral, Semmy Schilt, Heath Herring, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, all fell to this Russian master. Most of them were defeated in the first round by TKO or submission.
Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida, The Ultimate Fighter: US vs UK, 20 June 2009
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Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida was the Fight of the Night and 2009 Fight of the Year. The UFC also considers Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida one of it’s best fights of all time. An incredibly violent and exciting fight that cemented these two fighters as legendary MMA action heroes. Watch Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida put their skill, heart, and technique on full display.
Nick Diaz vs Takanori Gomi, Pride 33, 24 February 2007
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A fight fan’s delight. Nick Diaz vs Takanori Gomi was named the 2007 Fight of the Year by Inside Fights. The fight takes place at the Pride 33 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pride 33 is considered one of Pride’s most epic events. It is also sadly, Pride’s second to last event.
In what is known as one of Prides most exciting first rounds, Takanori Gomi drops Nick Diaz towards the middle of the first round of the figh. Nick Diaz then comes back implementing his unique and deadly “Don’t Be Scared Homie” boxing style of dangerous piff-piff-pat-pat pillow punches. To the hardcore fight fans, we know Nick Diaz vs Takanori Gomi for a special reason. This is the fight where Nick Diaz submits Takanori Gomi with the first Gogoplata to be seen in competition MMA.
Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler I, Bellator 58, 19 November 2011
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Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler I, is the fight that many believed should have been the 2011 fight of the year. Eddie Alvarez takes on Michael Chandler in the finals of the Season Four Bellator Tournaments. This fight was for the Bellator Lightweight Championship. Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler I, was an incredibly competitive and exciting fight that showed the fighters skills standing and on the ground. Both fighters looking for the finish in every second of the fight. A must-see, high-intensity fight for fight fans.
Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns, Las Vegas, 15th April 1985
Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns is “The War”. A thrilling fight for the ages all fight fans can enjoy. Marvelous Marvin Hagler defends his middleweight titles against the dangerous contender Thomas “The Hit Man” Hearns.
Marvin Hagler is one of the most dominant and powerful middleweight champions in boxing. He successfully defended his belt 12 times and holds the record for most knockouts in the middleweight division.
Thomas Hearns was the current super welterweight and light middleweight champion. Going into this fight, Hearns is coming off his second round knockout of legendary Roberto Duran. Hearns is the first boxer to accomplish this.
In what is referred to as the best three rounds in boxing (and perhaps the best first round) Hagler and Hearns display true heart and iron chin. The fight later won “Fight of the Year” from The Ring Magazine.
Originally promoted as “The Fight” but has become known as “The War”. A thrilling fight for the ages and a classic for boxing history. This fight was one of the first fights that turned me on to combat sports.
This may not be an MMA fight, but this is an incredible battle between two boxers who have made a name for themselves through tough fights in the boxing ring. We at Cage Inspiration always appreciate and respect fighters that have skill, heart, power, and seek to “leave it all in the cage”. This fight deserves to be in the Best of the Best fights archives. If you have seen Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns before, this is always a fight fan’s treat. If you haven’t seen this fight yet, you must.
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Jim Miller vs Joe Lauzon, UFC 155, 29th December 2012
Fight of the Night
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Jim Miller vs Joe Lauzon. To describe these fighters, the two best phrases that come to mind are “tough as nails” and incredibly skilled. We see these two incredible lightweights in the 2012 Fight of the Year.
Joe Lauzon the incredibly exciting and skilled MMA Fighter and a veteran of the UFC. He has won six Submission of the Night bonuses and five Fight of the Night bonuses. Joe Lauzon is literally a walking MMA action hero and his career is a highlight reel in itself. Joe has incredible wins against Jamie Varner, Melvin Guillard, and Jeremy Stephens and has proven himself to be one of the best lightweights in MMA history.
Jim Miller is a quiet yet dangerous fighter. Ever since joining the UFC in 2008, he has compiled a series of impressive wins. Jim has wins against Duane Ludwig, Gleison Tibau, Charles Oliveira, Kamal Shalorous, and Melvin Guillard. In 2012, Jim Miller was up for an eliminator fight for the top contender position against Nate Diaz. Unfortunately Jim Miller lost the fight via guillotine choke in the second round.
In Jim Miller vs Joe Lauzon, we have an incredibly action packed and bloody fight. These lightweight contenders go head to head in a legendary battle that shows the perfect balance between skill, training, and heart. Jim Miller with explosive combinations and deadly elbows cuts Joe Lauzon above the right eye in the first round. Joe hangs on despite bleeding profusely and comes back strong in the second half.
The fight is truly a display of the training, skill, and toughness of both fighters and a delight for MMA fans.
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