Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen I, UFC 117, 7 August 2010
Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen II, UFC 148, 7 July 2012
From 2006 to 2013, the UFC Middleweight division was dominated by one of the best MMA fighters of all time, Anderson “The Spider” Silva. He surgically and systematically destroyed every single opponent the UFC put in front of him, defending his Middleweight Title 10 successive times. He destroyed Rich Franklin with knees. He rained elbows down on Travis Lutter while having him in a triangle. He choked Dan Henderson out with a rear naked choke. He even danced his way to victory against Demian Maia. It got to a point where Anderson Silva and the Middleweight division started getting boring to watch. Anderson Silva made every single fighter in the division look like they didn’t have the talent and the training to compete.
Marco Polo Reyes vs Dong Hyun Kim, UFC 199, 4 June 2016
Fight of the Night
A serious contender for the 2016 fight of the year. Marco Polo Reyes vs Dong Hyun Kim is a action packed fight with constant back and forth action. Two ferocious fighters competing to climb the rankings in the UFC Lightweight division.
Dong Hyun Kim, not to be confused with with the UFC veteran “Stun Gun” refers to himself as the “Maestro”. He comes to the UFC with a plethora of experience with about 20 fights under his belt. Finally he makes it on to the global platform that is the UFC and shows the world what he’s made of.
Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar II, UFC 200, 9 July 2016
A highly anticipated fight between two of the best P4P fighters in MMA. But this is not just any normal fight. These are two former champions competing not just with each other, but with themselves. Do they still have it? Do they still have what it takes to make a run for the championship? Do they still have the energy and the drive to train, to grind, to further pursue a career in the cage?
Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar II is a fight where we see two of the best fighters battling to solidify their legacy and make another claim for the UFC Featherweight belt.
Max Holloway vs Ricardo Lamas, UFC 199, 4 June 2016
Fight of the Night
Max Holloway has been on a winning streak, tearing through the featherweight division. Starting with Will Chope and Andre Filli, he is finding his flow, falling into stride and becoming one of the top fighters in the UFC. In this fight, he has the tough fighter Ricardo Lamas in front of him.
An amazing matchup that promises spectacular action for fight fans!
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.
Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver, UFC Fight Night McGregor vs Siver, January 2015
For fear of this blog becoming too much of a Conor McGregor fan page, I will try and keep this short. But there is something that I really like about the way this guy fights. He has the eloquence and confidence that most of us hope to achieve in anything at all. It’s this smooth and assured style of fighting and movement that has me I-hate-to-admit-it…captivated.
Leading up to the Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver fight, Bloody Elbow did an interview with McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh. Kavanagh described a very make-sense way of training fighters. To be well educated, curious, and knowledgeable about fighting. To be able to internalize and take ownership of what they are learning. To lead a simple and healthy lifestyle that excludes the special diets and supplements. To train to be a fighter rather than to be an aggressive athlete.
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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Mark Hunt vs Big Foot Silva , UFC Fight Night Hunt vs Big Foot, 7 December 2013
Mark Hunt vs Big Foot Silva is an epic battle between two giants of MMA. Both fighters throw heavy, kick heavy, fight heavy, and are…just plain heavy. A five round war resulting in one of the most engaging and engrossing 25 minutes of MMA coming out of recent UFC events. This fight leaves fans in a spirit of absolute awe.
Both Mark Hunt and Big Foot are very experienced fighters. They both know how to win, but at the same time are no strangers to losing. It is these types of fighters that truly deliver an incredible fight like the one here. Each round is more exciting the other. Do not alt-tab away from this fight.
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Demetrious Johnson vs Ali Bagautinov, UFC 174, 14 June 2014
Demetrious Johnson is arguably one of the best pound for pound MMA fighters on the planet. Through his training with Matt Hume, he has evolved into an absolute killing machine.
What makes this fight so incredible to watch is the smooth and automatic movements of Demetrious Johnson. It’s almost as if he has spent countless hours in the gym training, drilling, and preparing every scenario the fight could go. Training to the point where the reactions and the movements are entirely automatic responses drawn from muscle memory. Round four of the fight ends in a scramble between the fighters. However the counters and reactions off each other’s grappling and wrestling is beautiful to watch. Add this training and skill to Demetrious Johnson’s incredible speed. The entire fight Demetrious Johnson is constantly moving and taking advantage of distance. In and out, moving with Ali’s punches, making Ali punch air. Picking him apart with leg kicks and putting Ali in the Thai plum clinch and executing brutal knees. An absolutely beautiful and technical performance from Demetrious.