Is ‘The Eagle’ going to be the one that stops the ‘Mystic Mac’? Will it be 27-O for Khabib Nurmagomedov a stunning comeback to the Octagon after two years for Conor McGregor. Nonetheless, this one’s going to be one of the most anticipated UFC fights of all times.
Get set to witness one of the most epic UFC fight in history between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Tensions are boiling over (which was so evident in the UFC 229 press conference even as a certain Irishman tried to blatantly sell his whiskey) and emotion on an all-time high.
While one section claim Khabib will rag doll the Irishman Conor, fans of the ‘Mystic Mac’ predict a knockout with that lethal left hand. All will be revealed this Sunday.
Whatever be the outcome (although I would like Khabib to win big time), this sporting event has given us many memorable UFC fights over the years. Let’s take a look.
Cub Swanson Vs Choi Doo Ho
Cub Swanson went into this match as the fancied opponent of rising Korean star Choi Doo Ho. Although Ho was known for his chin (which, in UFC terms means one who can take punches), it was in this match he showed he had one. In round three, Swanson unleashed a flurry of punches on Ho, who returned back the favour. Swanson won the match but Ho won hearts.
Ronda Rousey Vs Holly Holm: one of the most unexpected UFC fights
‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey was the unstoppable force in UFC during this period. The crowd adored her, UFC loved her, and opponents feared her. Then came the ‘Preachers Daughter’ Holly Holm, an unfancied opponent. Everyone expected this match to be a cakewalk for Ronda. Except Holly knocked Ronda out. With her precision punches and technical expertise, Holly exposed the loopholes in Ronda’s fighting style and defeated her in the second round. This is the reason why UFC fights are edgy.
Robbie Lawler Vs Carlos Condit
This one was a killer, literally! Both men went through five marvellous rounds of old-fashioned punching and exchanging bloody blows. The judges finally gave their decision in favour of Lawler, whose face was a bloody mess. Right from the first round, both men tested each other with an arsenal of attacks—punches, leg kicks, knee kicks, elbows, you name it.
Conor McGregor Vs Nate Diaz, one of the best UFC fights
McGregor was the hottest property in UFC when UFC 196 happened. After his opponent Rafael Dos Anjos had to withdraw following an injury, a seemingly ‘unfit’ Nate Diaz stepped in. In his usual style, McGregor wasted no time in unleashing verbal abuses and mental warfare against the equally badass Nate. Pundits expected a KO in the first round. Nate had the last laugh as he made McGregor submit via a rear-naked choke in round two. UFC fights don’t get better than this.
Dan Henderson Vs Shogun Rua
A UFC fight that featured two ageing legends but who were absolutely in peak physical condition. Many claimed it was the best fight of 2011. After a barrage of solid right hooks from Dan in the early rounds, Shogun came back strongly by pulling some great ground and pound in the final rounds. Ultimately, the judges scored in favour of Henderson.
Brock Lesnar Vs Frank Mir
Many questioned whether an individual who worked for the WWE would make it inside the Octagon. Brock Lesner not only fought well but defeated veteran Frank Mir via a stunning KO. Although Frank managed to weather the initial storm and showcased his wrestling abilities, he could not match the power of Lesner. The hype surrounding Lesner seemed well-deserved.
Jon Jones Vs Alexander Gustafsson
Jon Jones remains in the news for reasons other than his fighting skills, there is no denying the talent of this UFC athlete. And it was on full display during his match against Alexander Gustafsson. Not only did Gustafsson become the first man to take down Jones but gave a good fight before eventually losing to the judges’ card.
Stipe Miocic Vs Fabricio Werdum
Stipe is not your usual heavyweight. He is quiet, unassuming, humble and down to earth. But, he packs a punch, literally! The then heavyweight champion Werdum was fighting in front of his home crowd and was expecting nothing less than a victory. Except, Miocic knocked him out cold.
Anderson Silva Vs Vitor Belfort
Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is widely regarded as one of the best fighters to grace the Octagon. And this was evident in UFC 126. In one of the most shocking and memorable moments that both the sport and fans witnessed, Silva landed a kick on Belfort’s jaw a mere few seconds into the fight to win.
Alistair Overeem Vs Antonio Silva
A classic case of pride comes before a fall, Overeem underestimated the gentle Silva. During the fight, Overeem kept on taunting and at many points, even dropped his hands. A mere 25 seconds in the third round, Silva punched the lights out of Overeem.
Which of these UFC fights are your favourites? Let us know in the comment below.
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