Darren Elkins vs Mirsad Bektic, UFC 209, 4 March 2017
Fight of the Night
Darren Elkins might not be a super star in the sport, but he is definitely one of the toughest. To me, he has become akin to the likes of Scott Jorgensen, Eddie Wineland, and Brad Pickett. Fighters who are extremely talented and accomplished but for one reason or another, simply haven’t been able to break into the upper echelon of their weight divisions. Darren Elkins vs Mirsad Bektic unfortunately isn’t going to help in Darren’s bid for a UFC title shot and MMA stardom, but it does speak volumes to how much heart and experience Darren has.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz, UFC 205, 12 Nov 2016
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz was a phenomenal fight, a contest between technique and toughness. Another attestation to the legitimacy of womens MMA – if there still is any doubt. However before going into the fight, it would be appropriate to reflect on the incredible achievement of the UFC205 event itself.
UFC 205 was a historic and milestone event for many reasons. The achievement of Conor McGregor to hold two championship belts in two different weight divisions at the same time. The remarkable and perhaps record breaking ticket and Pay Per View sales. The ticket prices and participation of fans and audience also shows that MMA is starting to arrive as a main stream sport.
Robbie Lawler vs Matt Brown, UFC on Fox Lawler vs Brown, 26 July 2014
Fight of the Night
When fight fans see this match-up, they know it’s going to be a violent and bloody war. Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown are top level welterweights that can not only dish it out, but they can take a good punch as well. This is one of those fights that requires both fighters to take a deep breath, dig deep, and find the fire and the drive to not give up. This is exactly the type of fight that gives this blog it’s meaning. Fight fans are able to draw inspiration from moving performances in the cage like this.
Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald II, UFC 189, July 2015
Fight of the Night
In 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.
Hayder Hassan vs Vincente Luque – Saves the Season!
What makes a fight great isn’t the celebrity status of the fighters, it’s not the money at stake, it’s not even who wins. Its the skill the fighters show, the heart, and the willingness to leave it all in the cage. Sometimes we don’t get to see this display of heart in the more professional platforms any more. Perhaps there is too much reputation, health, career, money at stake.
That is why I like watching The Ultimate Fighter. It’s a chance for us fight fans to see high potential fighters that exist outside of the top promotions. It’s a chance for us to see fighters prepare physically and mentally for upcoming fights that will determine their future. It’s a chance for us to see fighting at a level that is more raw.
Robbie Lawler vs John Hendricks 1 & 2, UFC 171, March 2014 and UFC 181, Dec 2014
Georges St-Pierre ruled the UFC Welterweight division from 2006 to 2013. He spent those 7 years cleaning out the entire division, taking out all the top welterweight fighters the fight world could throw at him. Finally in 2013, when GSP stepped down, the welterweight title was open for the taking.
The timing couldn’t have been better. The viciously competitive world of the UFC welterweight division was swarming with hungry, skilled, and tough fighters. All of them starving to be the next champion. Matt Brown, Rory MacDonald, Tyron Woodley, Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz, Jake Ellenberger. The fight world paid good money to watch any combination of these fighters get in the cage.
From these combinations, fight fans got almost all of them. And the two that came out on top gave us some of the best welterweight fights in MMA history.
Dustin Poirier vs Korean Zombie, UFC on Fuel: Poirier vs Zombie, 15 May 2012
Dustin Poirier vs Korean Zombie was the 2012 Fight of the Year. An absolute all-out war between two MMA warriors. Dustin is known for his crisp, technical striking while the Korean Zombie is known for his flat footed style of walking through punches to get at his opponent.
What makes this fight amazing is the incredible battle on the ground in the second round. Be sure to watch that round for some mind blowing transitions and submission attempts.
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Cain Velasquez vs Big Foot Silva 1 and 2, UFC 146, May 2012 and UFC 160, May 2013
Cain Velasquez vs Big Foot Silva 1 and 2 are both examples of how incredible a fighter Cain Velasquez is. The current UFC Heavyweight Champion is an absolute animal when it comes to conditioning, strength, and technical abilities.
When watching Cain fight, you get that distinct feeling that you are watching a champion. You are watching someone practicing at the very top level of MMA. With a phenomenal wrestling base and a world class MMA team at AKA, Cain has been developed into something that was meant to do nothing but fight.
In Cain Velasquez vs Big Foot Silva 1 and 2, Cain shows us just what a killing machine he is.
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