Top Ten Best UFC Fights of All Time

Today, UFC is the largest MMA promotion company in the world, and its president, Dana White, has only thrived it for success. With a single policy to provide the best of the best, this arena has sprouted highly entertaining and jaw-dropping fights over time. 

Indeed, every fighter dreams to prevail in this arena at the top. Therewith, they have been challenging just themselves, enhancing their fights. 

Robbie Lawler vs. Rory Macdonald II
Robbie Lawler vs. Rory Macdonald II (Best UFC Fights of All Time)

Altogether, their bout features achievement of historic feat, thrills, and loads of action. Today, we feature you those top ten best UFC fights of all time. 

Top Ten Best UFC Fights of All Time

All these fights are fan favorites and the bout that gave a pure thrill to the audiences. The presentation of the best fights in the UFC alone gives off the pure vibe of the champion’s battle of all time. 

10) UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit 

Starting from the bottom of the list is the bout that was held on January 2, 2016. It was a match between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Initially, people only could think of a single word as the fight was announced, “violence.” The fight lasted for five rounds in total. Both of them exchanged fury punches, and loads of leg kicks in-between. 

In short, when Condit went for volume with a high-range kick, Lawler posted the most damage.

By the end of the round, the fight took a turn to create the slightest that the fans had thought of and when Kevin Lole couldn’t help but tweet about it. 

Kevin Lole about Lawler vs. Condit
Kevin Lole about Lawler vs. Condit / Twitter

Overall, Lawler claimed the victory via a split decision that marked his title defense for the second time. 

9) UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot (Silva)

This bout took place at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. As it took place on December 06, 2013, it was broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1. 

Additionally, it was an extreme case of a fight between Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva that left everyone mesmerized. Of course, everyone was expecting a knockout from one of them; however, it took a brutal turn. 

Later, within the 25 minutes of the bout, the judges had called them in a draw. Initially, only after the four cautious kicks from Silva, Hunt came around for the contact. 

8) UFC 236: Gastelum vs. Adesanya

The bout between Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum took place on February 10, 2019, at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Well, it was titled the best UFC fight in 2019. 

Apparently, this bout stood as anything that people would ask for and lasted for five rounds in total. Everyone expected the bout to be in Gastelum’s favor as he took over Adesanya aggressively. 

Also, Kelvin was hurt at the end of the fourth round, but he turned the tables with his fight pace at the last minute.

Indeed, he ended the match with three knockdowns in the last 70 seconds of the contest.

7) UFC 52: Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II

It was the co-main event of UFC 52 and the rematch between Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg after their initial bout back on April 16, 2005. Most called it the bad blood between them.

In a single sentence, it has become one of the most exciting single-round fights in UFC history. During the fight, Trigg took the first chance to strike Hughes with series of punches, and lastly, an almost choke sunk. 

Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II
Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II

On a similar note, Hughes also passed a flurry of punches and slams. In the end, he took the match with a rear-naked choke. 

6) UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 

Often considered the all-time classic, this bout between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero took place on June 9, 2018. This match was held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Obviously, from the starting point till the end of round five of the match, it took entertainment to another thrilling level.

Right with the start of the fight, Romero portrayed oblique kick accounted with a new style that put Whittaker in a tight spot. 

Also, Romero was posed with swift movements while Whittaker was on the defensive mode in the first round. By the second round, Romero stood with a swollen eye, and in the third round, Whittaker was on wobbly legs. 

However, bearing the end of the bout, Whittaker took charge and even passed a head kick to Romero that shocked the audience. Not to mention, the third round of the match was considered as the ‘Round of the Year.’

In the meantime, it was also that one bout that bought Whittaker as one of the most decorated fighters in the UFC. 

5) UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2

One of the bloodied fights between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz was held on August 20, 2016. The fight’s location was at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, and lasted for five rounds.

Well, many described their bout to be a real wall as, by the end of the fight, both of them were bloodied. Initially, the match started in swift paces, with Conor taking volumes. 

Later, Nate was quick to follow by, and by the third round, it was a total brawl. They were both pressurizing each other as they passed big shots with deep breaths nearing the end. 

Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGergor
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor / Twitter

Diaz ended the last round; however, Conor took the win by majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47).

4) Griffin vs. Bonner I

As the co-main event of The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale, the match between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar took place at Cox Pavillion. The match is considered the best fight of all time, not only in the UFC but also in MMA in general. 

Not to mention one of the most entertaining and memorable bouts in history. This very bout that took place in 2005 is also the core reason that UFC is as successful today. 

For elaboration, the bout lasted for three rounds and claimed as the drama-filled war on the octagon.

That fifteen minutes bout resorted the history and earned Griffin the six-figure contract. Both of them were also indicted to the 2013 Hall of Fame for their performance. 

3) UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson 

So, here we are at the top three fights on the list. One of the greatest fights in the promotion’s history, the match between Joe Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, was held on September 21, 2013. 

The event was located in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Additionally, this fight was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Gustafsson indeed provided Jones one of the hardest fights of his career, and the bout ended with four rounds. Well, Jones crowned the victory with a unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46).

2) UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson

The fight that took on November 19, 2011, between Rua Shogun and Dan Henderson is almost everyone’s favorite. Coming to the second on the list, it is also president Dana White’s personal top three fights of all time. 

To explain, this event was held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California that filled the octagon with spectacular moves only.

Altogether, the bout commenced with Henderson taking Rua down; however, Rua changed the tables in no time. 

Shogun vs. Henderson
Shogun vs. Henderson

The whole fight had series of submission attempts as the whole octagon was in use. In fact, there was not a single place that the fighters left out from the floor to the cage to the corners. 

Coming to the end of the fight, Rua took more in the offense. Overall, Henderson took the victory with 48-47.

1)  Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald II

Being on the top of the list, the bout that took place between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald was at UFC 189 on July 11, 2015. It’s is the best fight ever that lasted for four rounds. 

During the fight, Lawler spitted out blood while Rory was standing with swollen eyes and a nose.

Indeed, the bloodied war had effects on the fighter even following that night. Altogether, Lawler took the victory ruthlessly via TKO (punches).

For illustration, the bout has. Pace start from the beginning, and the second round saw loads of solid shots getting exchanged.

Likewise, the third round depicted damage from the devastating punches, and Rory posted a massive head kick. 

The ongoing onslaught ended after the lawyer passed a total knockout.

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