Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromskis, Strikeforce Miami, 30 January 2010
Nick Diaz won the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship when he was 26 in Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromskis. What was I doing when I was 26? A corporate desk jockey wondering if I was making the most of every moment while sitting in the waiting room of life, waiting for the inevitable.
The Diaz brothers have long been among my favourite fighters. Their don’t-give-a-shit attitude with their middle fingers to the law is for the cameras. Underneath the thin thorny surface are caring, kind individuals who have a deep respect for the fight game.
Not to mention that awesomely effective and intriguing to watch Stockton Slap. Nate Diaz used it incredibly effectively in his fights against Gray Maynard and Donald Cerrone. Now we get to see Nick’s Stockston Slap effectively used to finish the fight in Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromskis.
Fabricio Werdum vs Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce Fedor vs Werdum, 26 June 2010
Fabricio Werdum vs Fedor Emelianenko is a historic MMA fight. Fedor comes into this fight with an undefeated record in his 10 years of fighting. An absolute machine when it comes to systematically taking down and taking apart each and every one of his opponents. The former Pride Heavyweight Champion has defeated MMA legends in Matt Lindland, Mark Hunt, CroCop, Mark Coleman, and Andrei Arlovski. Lets also not forget his incredible trilogy fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Fight I, Fight II, Fight III). The king of MMA has finally come to the USA and we are treated to watching him fight against one of the greatest BJJ grapplers.
(Click and scroll for the full fight video)
Cristiane Cyborg vs Gina Carano, Strikeforce Carano vs Cyborg, 15 August 2009
Cristiane Cyborg vs Gina Carano, for me, was the fight that showed women’s MMA as something to be reckoned with. Since this fight, I have looked out for womens’ MMA fights and female fighters with more attention. Watching this performance was a turning point in me being a fight fan. I became convinced that women consistently fight harder and are more ferocious than men. Fighters like Zoila Frausto Gurgel, Megumi Fujii, Marloes Coenen. All incredible female fighters that I have become a true fan of. But to me, Cristiano Cyborg vs Gina Carano will always be the iconic fight between two legends of womens MMA showing heart and skill.