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Top 500 UFC Moments

Counting down the UFC's top 500 moments
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Roy Nelson KO’s Brendan Schaub to win TUF 10 – TUF 10 Finale

It took a whole season for the Roy Nelson to impress Dana White. Never lacking in experience or confidence, the self-assured and established heavyweight came into the TUF house with the most solid resume of them all. After taking his first two fights in the TUF house to the second round and knocking out James McSweeney in the semi-finals, Roy Nelson saved the best for last with his most decisive victory yet in his first round KO of Brendan Schaub.

Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/roy-nelson-vs-brendan-schaub-tuf-10-finale
 

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499. Cecil Peoples’ over the top stoppage – UFC Ultimate Fight Night: After exchanging punches for just over 40 seconds, Nate Quarry sent Pete Sell to the mat. He was followed by referee, Cecil Peoples, who piled on before lying on top of both men “stopping the fight” for what appeared to be longer than the duration of the fight itself.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/nate-quarry-vs-pete-sell-ufn-1

498. “Knockout” ends with no KO finishes – UFC 76: Knockout: What are the odds that a card featuring Chuck Liddell, Keith Jardine, Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida, Diego Sanchez, Forrest Griffin, Jon Fitch, Jeremy Stephens, Rumble Johnson and more would end without a single KO? Too good. Lesson learned.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/knockout

 497. “Wanna do it?” – UFC 121: After Brock Lesnar’s devastating loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, WWE superstar, The Undertaker, briefly turned away from Ariel Helwani and crew to cryptically ask the former champion “something personal.”
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/cain-velasquez-vs-brock-lesnar-ufc-121

496. CM Punk’s debut – UFC 203: After a very public exit from WWE, CM Punk decided to try his hand at MMA. The UFC welcomed the known BJJ enthusiast at UFC 203 where he took on Mickey Gall.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/mickey-gall-vs-cm-punk-ufc-203-miocic-vs-overeem

495. Roy Nelson’s denial – UFC 143: It takes a special breed to get handled by Fabricio Werdum, lose by unanimous decision, go backstage with cameras rolling and explain to co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta that the judges must not have been paying attention. That’s where Roy Nelson comes in.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/fabricio-werdum-vs-roy-nelson-ufc-143

494. Flyweight tournament launches – UFC on FX: Alves vs Kampmann: The inaugural UFC flyweight title was in sight Joseph Benavidez. Yasuhiro Urushitani, Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson fought for UFC 152’s flyweight title shot.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/alves-vs-kampmann

493. D-nied – UFC 210: Pearl Gonzalez’s UFC career was almost over before it started when the New York State Athletic Commission briefly banned her from her debut against Cynthia Calvillo due to her breast implants.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/cynthia-calvillo-vs-pearl-gonzalez-ufc-210-cormier-vs-johnson-2

492. Sac-Town dance off – UFC Sacramento weigh-in: Instead of a handshake and intense stare down before their main event matchup, Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson engaged in an impromptu dance off.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-sacramento-2016-weigh-in

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The Teenage Dream gets our hearts racing – DWCS Season 2, Week 6

After taking a beating so bad in the first round, he doesn’t like talking about it, 18-year-old Chase Hooper rallied to win a developmental contract for the UFC. While most people in crowd had an expression on their face that shouted, “this was a bad idea,” Hooper proved that sometimes the refusal to be broken is enough of a weapon to break your opponent. Now 20 years old, Hooper is set to make his Octagon debut at UFC 245. This is what DWCS is all about.
Full fight here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IigWphaMX64&t=2s

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490. Craig White gives Diego a kiss – UFC 228 weigh-in: There’s being an aggressor and there’s barking up the wrong tree. Craig White jumped straight to option 2 when he gave Diego Sanchez a kiss at the UFC 228 weigh-in.
Weigh-in here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-228-weigh-in

489. Robbie Lawler mirage – UFC 195 post-fight press conference: After his third straight Fight of the Year bout, welterweight champ, Robbie Lawler, was a household name, right? Wrong. A reporter had a question for Lawler that left an awkward tension in the air when he realized he was directing his question toward Albert Tumenov instead of the champ.
Press conference here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/lawler-vs-condit-post-fight-press-conference

488. Woodley gets his black belt – UFC 228: In his fourth successful welterweight title defense, Tyron Woodley submitted Darren Till by way of D’Arce choke and received his black belt from Din Thomas before showing more emotion than he had since winning the title at UFC 201.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tyron-woodley-vs-darren-till-ufc-228

487. “Victor” Belfort – UFC 12: Joe Rogan is a fan favorite among UFC fans today but few remember his UFC 12 debut where he made numerous references to UFC 12 champion, Vitor Belfort, as “Victor.”
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/judgement-day

486. Rashad’s “Personal Earthquake” – 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony: How does a fighter make himself stand out when tasked with speaking between Diego Sanchez and Michael Bisping? By summoning an earthquake.
Full ceremony here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-hall-of-fame-ceremony-2019

485
Welcome to the Sugar Show – DWCS Season 1, Week 2

It was the best example of the potential of DWCS. A skinny, Montana kid with tattoos and an afro showed up immediately catching the eye of anybody watching. O’Malley took less than five minutes to unload a bomb and show the world he was the first DWCS superstar. Now, with only two fights in the Octagon as a UFC fighter, “Sugar” Sean O’Malley has become a household name amongst MMA fans. While he’s become a larger than life personality, don’t get it twisted, O’Malley is on the move and eager to prove he’s more than just a flash in the pan hype train, he’s a refined mixed martial artist.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/sean-omalley-vs-alfred-khashakayan-contender-series

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484. Forrest fractures reporter’s leg – May 6, 2007: When RawVegas had a few questions for UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin, VP Eric Newby showed up late with a question for Forrest who told him he’d trade a kick for a question. One kick and one hairline fracture later, Newby admitted it was a bad idea.

483. Sean O’Malley smokes with Snoop – DWCS Season 1, Week 2: After introducing the world to the “Suga Show” with a first round KO, Sean O’Malley celebrated in style by lighting one up with the 213’s very own, Snoop Dogg.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/sean-omalley-vs-alfred-khashakayan-contender-series

482. Randy Couture and Mark Coleman finally meet – UFC 109: In a clash that fell through all the way back at UFC 17, Couture and Coleman finally went toe to toe marking the first time two hall of fame fighters shared the Octagon.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/randy-couture-vs-mark-coleman-ufc-109

481. Debut of Nick Diaz, Karo Parisyan and Josh Thomson – UFC 44: As if a prime Andrei Arlovski, rising Rich Franklin and a Randy Couture vs Tito Ortiz title fight wasn’t enough. UFC 44 also saw the debuts of three future stars.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/undisputed

480. Ben Rothwell’s evil laugh – UFC New Orleans: After submitting Matt Mitrione, Ben Rothwell gave an Octagon interview that was as awkward as it was cringe-worthy and just enough to turn Ben Rothwell into a cult favorite among fight fans.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ben-rothwell-vs-matt-mitrione-ufc-fight-night

479. 6’8”, 616 pounds - UFC 3: Sumo-wrestling star and fan favorite, Emmanuel Yarborough made his UFC debut and briefly stole the show. After getting knocked down immediately, Yarborough got his hands on Keith Hackney, put the fear of God in him, threw him threw the Octagon and dished out some heavy trash talk before the two minute freak show was over.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/keith-hackney-vs-emmanuel-yarborough-ufc-3

478. Mark Coleman’s debut – UFC 10: Talk about an MMA debut. Mark Coleman stepped into the Octagon and took out Moti Horenstein, Gary Goodridge and Don Frye in one night to win the UFC 10 tournament.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/the-tournament

477. Koscheck’s phantom knee – UFC 113: Ask yourself this, what’s the most Josh Koscheck thing of all time to do?
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/josh-koscheck-vs-paul-daley-ufc-113

476
The Worm vs The Shoulder – UFC 235

After making quick work of Khalil Rountree at UFC Argentina, rising star, Johnny Walker went on to make even quicker work of Justin Ledet at UFC Fortaleza. After that Performance of the Night, the animated Brazilian went on to make quick work of Misha Cirkunov at UFC 235. The only problem, he let his theatrics get the best of him when he separated his shoulder doing “The Worm.” In likable fashion, Walker had the crowd laughing with him when he confessed the injury in his Octagon interview with Joe Rogan.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/johnny-walker-vs-misha-cirkunov-ufc-235

475. Justine Kish has an accident – UFC Oklahoma City: After three rounds of giving it her all, Justine Kish showed Oklahoma City what it means to “leave it all in the Octagon.”
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/felice-herrig-vs-justine-kish-ufc-fight-night

474. Holloway’s spoiled debut – UFC 143: Max Holloway’s debut fight wasn’t exactly a gimme when he was pitted against Dustin Poirier who submitted him quickly.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-143-prelim-dustin-poirier-vs-max-holloway

473. Marco Olano’s arm break – TUF Latin America 2: During an Erick Montaño slam, Marco Olano went to break the impact by putting his hand out and proved to be costly as the impact left his arm looking like he grew a second elbow.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/erick-montano-vs-marco-olano-the-ultimate-fighter-latin-america-2

472. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – UFC on FX: Alves vs Kampmann: After dominating the first and second round, Thiago Alves came out just as strong in the third round, landed a monstrous right hand before being told to shoot for a takedown. In doing so he served Martin Kampmann his neck on a platter before being submitted with a guillotine.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/martin-kampmann-vs-thiago-alves-ufc-fight-night

471. Bisping’s Hall of Fame speech – 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony: Michael Bisping is never one to shy away from sharing his thoughts and after flat out stating he wasn’t going to read the speech prepared for him, all those in attendance and watching live were treated to over twenty minutes of The Count loose on the microphone.
Full ceremony here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-hall-of-fame-ceremony-2019

470. Dana White’s Justin Timberlake rant – 2012: Cross Dana White and you’re treating the world to a beautiful interview. This was made very clear after N*Sync member turned global mega star ruffled White’s feathers backstage at the Nickelodeon Awards.

469. Jamie Yager quits on his stool – TUF 11: After a back and forth battle with Josh Bryant, Jamie Yager was staring down the barrel of a third round when he began to claim blindness, quit on his stool, threw a neck-brace on and had teammates help him walk to the on-sight ambulance.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/josh-bryant-vs-jamie-yager-the-ultimate-fighter-11-team-liddell-vs-team-ortiz

468. Debut of Frankie Edgar and Lyoto Machida – UFC 67: Both future champions took home decision wins.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/all-or-nothing

467. Joe Son, the cross bearer – UFC 4: Aside from his role in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Joe Son has basically gotten more and more famous for worse and worse reasons since his UFC 4 debut but die-hards will never forget Son’s lone UFC walkout equipped with an oversized entourage and a cross that appeared to be about 50 pounds too heavy.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/keith-hackney-vs-joe-son-ufc-4

466
Tank’s Royal Rumble – UFC 11.5

When the UFC was brought about, the idea was to find out what martial art reigned supreme and it seemed like every event a man specializing in only “street fighting” was eliminated in record time. That is until Tank Abbott came along. While Abbott seemed to have mixed results, every time he was in the Octagon something very “street” happened. There’s possibly no better example of this than when he tried sending Cal Worsham out of the Octagon completely at UFC 11.5.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tank-abbott-vs-cal-worsham-ufc-115

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465. Debut of Big Nog – UFC 73: The two-time Pride heavyweight champion made his UFC debut with a decision win over Heath Herring just in time to finish out the last 11 fights of his career.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/stacked

464. Diaz vs Riggs: The Hospital Brawl – UFC 57: After Joe Riggs beat Nick Diaz for three straight rounds, both men were sent to the nearby hospital where both Diaz brothers and Joe Riggs were somehow all three the aggressors and from Nick Diaz’s account, he won the rematch at the hospital.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/joe-riggs-vs-nick-diaz-ufc-57

463. Lesnar shoves cop – UFC 121: When Brock Lesnar was set to defend his heavyweight title against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 it was quite obviously the biggest heavyweight fight in UFC history at the time. The electricity of it all had Brock Lesnar so hyped up he shoved a local police officer out of his way on the way to the Octagon much to Joe Rogan’s delight.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/cain-velasquez-vs-brock-lesnar-ufc-121

462. Dana White speaks at the RNC – July 2016: One of the biggest examples of the UFC sitting on top of the world was when UFC President Dana White was asked to tell his tale of Donald Trump seeing Dana’s vision in combat sports when others called it bloodsport.

461. Tank Abbott’s debut – UFC 6: No training, few teeth, nothing to lose. The world saw that street fighting was still an effective skill when they were introduced to D.L. “Tank” Abbott. While Abbott’s career evened out quickly, his entrance into MMA was felt as he was instantly one of the first fan favorites.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tank-abbott-vs-john-matua-ufc-6

460. Kimo Leopoldo, the cross bearer – UFC 3: When your debut is against a man who walks to the Octagon in a train of Gracie’s, it’s almost your responsibility to find a way to match the theatrics. Kimo sure gave it his all. Signs, an entourage, a cloak and a giant cross.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/royce-gracie-vs-kimo-leopoldo-ufc-3

459. UFC, doomed from the first words – UFC 1: One of the worst starts in a company’s history came when Bill Wallace’s first words on camera were, “Welcome to the Ultimate Fighting Challenge” before letting out a small burp.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/the-beginning

458
Diego Sanchez, the cross bearer – UFC on Fuel TV

Rounding out the UFC’s cross bearing walkouts is easily the most memorable. In fact, Diego Sanchez doing almost anything that somebody else does will be just a little more memorable. He was in full swing holding up a palm-sized crucifix, speed-walking to the Octagon as intense as they come. While the event saw Stefan Struve, a classic knockout by Stipe Miocic, TJ Dillashaw and a standout fight between Diego and Ellenberger, it’s still that cross-bearing walkout we see to this day.

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457. First trip to Brazil – UFC Ultimate Brazil: The UFC’s first trip to the mecca of the sport saw Frank Shamrock, Pat Miletich, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, and many, many more.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ultimate-brazil

456. Shogun’s first win – UFC 93: After going 12-1 in PRIDE, Mauricio’s debut was spoiled by Forrest Griffin before taking on Mark Coleman and not only living up to the hype he brought to the UFC but avenging his lone loss in PRIDE.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/mauricio-rua-vs-mark-coleman-ufc-93

455. Hackney’s low blows – UFC 3: A moment that would fall under “the craziest moments” and not necessarily “the greatest moments” category is a memorable close up shot of Keith Hackney in a vulnerable position delivering multiple punches to Joe Son’s crotch.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/keith-hackney-vs-joe-son-ufc-4

454. Stefan Struve’s bloodbath – UFC 99: In the UFC’s first trip to Germany, the 7’ giant, Stefan Struve received a cut to the forehead so bad that both men were nearly swimming in Struve’s blood before he shocked the arena by sinking a rear-naked choke to win one of the most graphic fights in UFC history.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/stefan-struve-vs-denis-stojnic-ufc-99

453. Return of the lightweights – UFC 58: For the first time since Yves Edwards and Josh Thomson squared off at UFC 49, two lightweights entered the Octagon with Sam Stout defeating Spencer Fisher. It’s hard to imagine the UFC in 2019 without the 155 pound division.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/sam-stout-vs-spencer-fisher-ufc-58

452. Bisping sprays TUF contestant – TUF 9: Michael Bisping… After thinking he heard Damarques Johnson of Team USA say he’s “whiter than a Band-Aid,” he walked by and casually squirted water in his face before finding out that it was in fact Cameron Dollar who made the comment.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-909-battle-royale

451. Joe Lauzon’s debut upset – UFC 63: 21 years old, looks 15, what’s Joe Lauzon going to do in his debut? Knock out Jens Pulver and shock the arena.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/joe-lauzon-vs-jens-pulver-ufc-63

450
The new Gracie Era – UFC Phoenix

After running through competition in Japan, Kron Gracie made his UFC debut with a Performance of the Night and his third straight rear-naked choke finish. Will Kron be the next era of Gracie’s who take over the UFC? Will he be a more well-rounded version of his uncles? Will he flop? There have been few to bring this many questions into the Octagon before.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/kron-gracie-vs-alex-caceres-ufc-ngannou-vs-velasquez

449. Rogan takes the lead – UFC 42: After being back in the loop, Joe Rogan stepped on lead commentary for the first time with an added bonus of Eddie Bravo on commentary.
Full event here, look into it: https://www.ufc.tv/video/sudden-impact

448
Smullen’s muscles break down – TUF 27

Over training caught up to Richie Smullen before his fight with Allan Zuniga when discomfort turned to cramps, cramps turned to severe pain, severe pain turned to a trip to the hospital where he was told his muscles were deteriorating. As bizarre as the incident was, it was the reaction of opponent, Allan Zuniga, that made the situation more confusing when he was received a free pass to the next round and was so upset, he was crying. When he told Dana White he needed to fight so he could earn the knockout bonus, Dana awarded him the bonus only to have Zuniga continue to cry about not competing.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-8-face-your-fears

447. Buffer’s 360 – UFC 100: After a bit of prodding from Joe Rogan Bruce Buffer gave the fans a treat they didn’t know they needed during Brock Lesnar’s introduction at UFC 100, the Buffer 360.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/brock-lesnar-vs-frank-mir-ufc-100

446. TUF Live Debuts – TUF 15: TUF got creative yet again for the 15th season when it was announced fights would now be filmed live.
Episode 1 here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-1501-the-ultimate-fighter-live

445. TUF returns – 2005: Expectations were high, and The Ultimate Fighter was back on Spike with coaches Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin with Melvin Guillard, Keith Jardine, Rashad Evans, Joe Stevenson and more as the prospective fighters.
Episode one here:  https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-201-a-new-crop

444. Debut of Frank Mir – UFC 34: One of the first ground-centric big men in UFC history stepped into the Octagon at UFC 34 against Roberto Traven and sealing the win with an armbar finish.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/frank-mir-vs-roberto-traven-ufc-34

443. Stay in your place, Terrell – UFC 51: David Terrell came to the UFC with higher expectations than Sage Northcutt and when he met Evan Tanner, it took less than a round for reality to hit him.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/david-terrell-vs-evan-tanner-ufc-51

442. Dana White’s Stitch Duran rant – 2015: After Stitch Duran was released as a UFC cut man there were a few words about Dana White not valuing their friendship. White took some time to make it abundantly clear there was no friendship to begin with.

441. Cro Cop is coming! – UFC 66: Dana White announced one of the biggest signings to date for the UFC mid-broadcast. Mirko Cro Cop would make his UFC debut at UFC 67.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/liddell-vs-ortiz-2

440. Miletich wins first 170 pound title – UFC 16: With the visions of the loaded pistol in his sock drawer, Iowa’s Pat Miletich won the first 170 pound title, then known as the lightweight title, at UFC 16’s Lightweight tournament.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/battle-in-the-bayou

439. Amanda Nunes’ debut – UFC 163: Before The Lioness was the KO machine on a 9-fight winning streak with seven finishes, she was a 7-3 up-and-comer taking on Sheila Gaff in the UFC 163 prelims. Looking back, the first round stoppage almost seems to have been a premonition.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/amanda-nunes-vs-sheila-gaff-ufc-163

438
Who let the dogs out?! – UFC 100

Tucked unfortunately well in the prelims of UFC 100, Tom Lawlor walked out to the Octagon jamming out to Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?” complete with Seth Petruzelli crawling on all fours attached to a leash. Making the walkout even sweeter was Lawlor’s performance. In less than a minute, Lawlor was able to submit C.B. Dolloway and earn Submission of the Night honors in what would be, to that point, the biggest pay per view in UFC history.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/lesnar-vs-mir-ii

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437. Bisping takes a spill – TUF 14: Never one to shy away from a celebration, Michael Bisping let his victory dance get the better of him after winning the coach’s challenge. Bisping climbed on to the air hockey table in celebration only to jump down and land flat on his back in front of both teams.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-1409-get-me-to-the-finals

436. Randleman takes a spill – UFC 24: While warming up backstage for the main event matchup with the heavyweight title on the line, Kevin Randleman slipped and fell on the concrete floor knocking himself completely unconscious. Needless to say, the main event was cancelled.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/first-defense

435. Robbie Lawler’s debut – UFC 37: They haven’t all bounced Robbie Lawler’s way but “Ruthless” has brought nothing short of 100% every time he’s stepped into the Octagon and with a UFC title and three “Fight of the Year” awards, it’s easy to see why amongst fans and fighters alike, he’s one of the most respected out there.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/robbie-lawler-vs-aaron-riley-ufc-37

434
Human speedbag – UFC 39

Phil Baroni had what you’d call a “bad run” in the UFC. Going 2-7 in the Octagon isn’t going to put you in the “legend” column but the combo he landed to Dave Menne’s head at UFC 39 was nothing short of a work of art.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/phil-baroni-vs-dave-menne-ufc-39

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433. “Take care of your underwears” – TUF 22: After a Team McGregor vs Team Faber scuffle that almost serves as the highlight to the season, David Termur calls out Cody Garbrandt and advises, “take care of your underwears. I’m going to f*** you, man.”
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/episode-2206-snake-in-the-grass

432. Rosie O’Donnel’s brother – The New York State Assembly hearing in opposition of MMA was almost must-see TV. While those watching were falsely led to believe that mixed martial artists were habitually biting each other’s ears off and other interesting stances, it was Hon. Daniel J. O’Donnell’s claims that MMA is simply, “gay porn with a different ending.”
Full 25 Years in Short, “New York State of Mind” episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/new-york-state-of-mind-the-story-of-the-fight-for-legalization-in-ny-state

431. Dana White’s Tyron Woodley rant – UFC 214 Post Fight Press Conference – The story of the night should have been only how successful UFC 214 was. Two titles on the line, the Jones vs Cormier rematch finally happening but it was impossible for Dana White to ignore the lackluster co-main event between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia.
Full press conference here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-214-post-fight-press-conference

430. Cannonier goes middleweight – UFC 230: Never much of a player in the heavyweight division, the Alaska FIGHTING Championship veteran dropped to light heavyweight, didn’t splash there. Then made the dangerous cut to middleweight and showed the world the killer he is against division stud, David Branch.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/jared-cannonier-vs-david-branch-ufc-230

429. Sister, Sister – TUF 28 Finale: After Antonina Shevchenko won her Contender Series fight, she made her successful UFC debut at TUF 28 Finale making her and Valentina the first sister duo in the UFC. A feat that would have been a laugh to think of a decade ago.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/antonina-shevchenko-vs-ji-yeon-kim-the-ultimate-fighter-28-finale

428. Hendo (kind of) takes UFC gold – UFC 17: Arguably the greatest fighter to never win a UFC title, Henderson came closer than he ever would when he won the UFC 17 middleweight tournament.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/redemption

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Leslie Smith’s ear explodes – UFC 180

Jessica Eye made her UFC debut at UFC 166 with a 10-1 record. In her debut she took on Sarah Kaufman and won until results showed Eye had tested positive for marijuana. Afterwards she lost by split decision to Alexis Davis. Three fights in and Eye had still not seen her first UFC victory. All her frustration was taken out on Leslie Smith’s ear that appeared to explode before Eye tried as hard as she could to completely detach it until the fight was waved off.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/jessica-eye-vs-alexis-davis-ufc-170

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426. BJ Penn’s double duties – UFC 84: In the closing seconds of the third round, BJ Penn caught Sean Sherk with a knee and unloaded fight-stopping punches. Perhaps it was showboating, perhaps it was Penn remembering Yamasaki was the referee, Penn stopped and waved the fight off on his own.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/bj-penn-vs-sean-sherk-ufc-84

425. Gabe Ruediger Part 1 – TUF 5: The first of our two-part series comes when Gabe Ruediger came to the TUF house overweight praying not to fight first so he could get in shape all while eating ice cream cake, taking it easy and skipping practice to get a colonic. Seriously.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-503-this-is-my-zone

424. Nate Diaz wins TUF 5 – TUF 5 Finale: Nate Diaz capped off one of the best seasons of The Ultimate Fighter by winning the six-figure contract. Unfortunately the fight ended in underwhelming fashion.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/nate-diaz-vs-manny-gamburyan-tuf-5-finale

423. Vitor wrecks Eastman – UFC 43: After a few seconds of not demolishing Marvin Eastman, Vitor Belfort unleashed and left one of the worst cuts in UFC history on Eastman’s forehead.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/vitor-belfort-vs-marvin-eastman-ufc-43

422.Handsome? Yes. Spencer Fisher-proof? No. – UFC 60: TUF 5 contestant, Matt Wiman had a tall task when he was pitted with the 18-2 finish-machine, Spencer Fisher. He found that out the hard way after eating a punch, shaking his head, shooting for a takedown, losing consciousness.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/spencer-fisher-vs-matt-wiman-ufc-60

421. Tiki in denial – UFC 40: After getting clearly knocked out and repeatedly beaten on the ground while unconscious by Robbie Lawler, Tiki Ghosn had the chance to take back his claims of Lawler being overrated but instead claimed the fight was only stopped because of a cut.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/robbie-lawler-vs-tiki-ghosn-ufc-40

420
The Stockton Slap

There’s no telling how long it has been around the 209, but UFC fans across the globe were introduced to the Stockton Slap at UFC 47 when Nick Diaz took on Robbie Lawler. After stalking around the Octagon letting the world… and more importantly, Robbie Lawler, know that Stockton, CA was in the building, Diaz landed the signature open hand. The slap put a confused smile on the face of Lawler and just in time for Lawler to wipe the grin off his face and get his head back into the fight, Diaz followed it up with a shot that left him wobbling. The Slap was eventually taken overseas to Japan where Diaz dusted it off in Pride, then to Strikeforce before bringing it back to the UFC and being most generous with his slaps in his fight with Carlos Condit. Although Nick Diaz hasn’t seen time in the Octagon for almost 5 years now, the Slap has lived on through his brother Nate who has taken the Slap to new heights, giving out plenty of his own that are reserved for the A-Listers such as Anthony Pettis, Conor McGregor, even Dana White. STOCKTON!
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/nick-diaz-vs-robbie-lawler-ufc-47

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419. Tony Ferguson scares Dana White…. Twice – UFC 209 and UFC 216: Always the unpredictable one, it's no mystery Dana White jumped not once but twice when Tony Ferguson randomly let out a Rick Flair “woo!” at faceoffs.
UFC 209 Media Day Faceoffs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvVdWChdAYE
UFC 216 Media Day Faceoffs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGs2YNPeTKM

418. Urijah’s revenge – UFC 157: Six years after winning by DQ, Urijah got the chance to get revenge over Ivan Menjivar for the illegal kick he landed on the California Kid six years previously. Cue submission of the year.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/urijah-faber-vs-ivan-menjivar-ufc-157

417
Imanari Roll finally works – UFC 232

One of the most fun moves that always “almost” works finally came through when Ryan Hall landed the Imanari Roll, seamlessly transitioned to a heel hook and Hall submitted B.J. Penn. Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ryan-hall-vs-bj-penn-ufc-232

416. Kalib Starnes’ nonexistent game plan – UFC 83: A performance so bad it earned one of the rarest scores out there. A 30-24. For those unfamiliar with the sport, it’s actually hard to put on a performance that lackluster. Nate Quarry did anything he could to put together offense but Kalib Starnes’ backpedaling game was too sharp!
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/nate-quarry-vs-kalib-starnes-ufc-83

415. The Irish serenade Holly Holm – UFC 194 Q&A: Have you ever had an entire crowd joined forces for an impromptu serenading of Frankie Valli’s solo smash, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You?” Holly Holm has.
Full Q&A here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-194-q-and-a

414. Noah Inhofer misses his girlfriend – TUF 3: Noah Inhofer demands Dana White break the strict “no communication” rule in place so he can talk to his girlfriend who suspects him of cheating. Dana gives Inhofer the chance to walk out or follow the rules and Inhofer quit immediately and flew back. In a FIGHT PASS Where Are They Now? episode, Inhofer and his girlfriend are happily living in Hawaii years later.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-306-the-letter
Full Where Are They Now? episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/episode-2-noah-inhofer

413
Diego’s awkward interview – pre-UFC 107

Things seemed to be going ok until Ariel Helwani asked Diego Sanchez to perform his flashy “YES!” cartwheel. Sanchez became irritated immediately.

412. Ken Shamrock becomes first super fight champion – UFC 6: After defeating Dan “The Beast” Severn, Ken Shamrock became the first to hoist the super fight belt.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ken-shamrock-vs-dan-severn-ufc-6

411. Rumble Retires – UFC 210: Choosing not to answer any of Joe Rogan’s questions after his loss to Daniel Cormier, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson left the sport without warning. He left everybody a longing for more as well as one of the most passionate and composed retirement speeches in MMA history.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/daniel-cormier-vs-anthony-johnson-ufc-210-cormier-vs-johnson-2

410. Leben pees the bed – TUF 1: To clarify, Chris Leben intentionally peed the bed and not his own. With a little too much alcohol in his system, Leben decided to pee on Jason Thackers’ bed while he was away. What a way to kick off The Ultimate Fighter.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-101-the-quest-begins

409
Yves Edwards kills the division in style - UFC 49

For a brief period of time, the UFC killed off the lightweight division. Yves Edwards made the “closing of the division” count when he knocked out Josh Thomson with a head kick. Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/yves-edwards-vs-josh-thomson-ufc-49

408. Rampage vs Door – TUF 10: One of the most memorable scenes of one of the most memorable seasons of TUF. Scott Junk lost a close fight to Matt Mitrione which set Rampage over the edge and the door gym door paid dearly.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-1007-voices-in-my-head

407. Rampage finally conquers Wanderlei – UFC 92: Twice before, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson ran straight into the Wanderlei Silva wall. Once to for the Pride Middleweight Grand Prix, once for the Pride Middleweight Title. Fast forward four years. Fresh off losing his UFC title to Forrest Griffin, Rampage had nothing to lose when he unloaded all of his frustrations out on his old foe.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/quinton-jackson-vs-wanderlei-silva-ufc-92

406. Robbie Lawler’s faceplant – UFC 47: As if getting taunted, mocked and slapped the whole fight wasn’t bad enough, Robbie Lawler was also treated to a Nick Diaz right hook that put Lawler’s face in the mat.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/nick-diaz-vs-robbie-lawler-ufc-47

405. Makdessi’s spinning backfist – UFC 129: In his UFC 129 bout with Kyle Watson, John Makdessi shows the world exactly why you check kicks with your leg, not your hands.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/john-makdessi-vs-kyle-watson-ufc-129a

404
Duane Ludwig’s 6-second KO – Ultimate Fight Night 3

Not much can be said. Duane Ludwig came out, threw a punch. Knocked out Jonathan Goulet in 6 seconds it stood as the fastest KO in UFC history until Jorge Masvidal broke the record at UFC 239 around 13 years later.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/duane-ludwig-vs-jonathan-goulet-ufc-fight-night

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403. Rampage unifies UFC and Pride gold – UFC 75: With a dominant run in Pride, Dan Henderson walked into a UFC title fight with fellow Pride veteran, Rampage Jackson but lost by decision officially laying the Pride FC titles to rest.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/quinton-jackson-vs-dan-henderson-ufc-75

402. Nate Diaz’s double bird – UFC Denver: The Diaz brothers at it again! While locking up a triangle choke, Diaz began flexing at the camera before giving both middle fingers and THEN Kurt Pellegrino tapped out. In that order.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/nate-diaz-vs-kurt-pellegrino-ufc-fight-night

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401
Things have changed – UFC 60

After winning UFC 1, 2 and 5, Royce Gracie left the Octagon until UFC 60 when he went straight to the top dog. Matt Hughes. Although he showed his toughness by surviving a Matt Hughes armbar, the country boy was way too much for the OG.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/matt-hughes-vs-royce-gracie-ufc-60

400. Junior and Breno – UFC 146: In an effort to show 9-year-old Breno de Carvalho a world beyond the dangers of Brazil streets, Junior dos Santos took him to the US to watch him defend his heavyweight title against Frank Mir at UFC 146.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/junior-dos-santos-vs-frank-mir-ufc-146
25 Years In Short “Take Me With You” here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/take-me-with-you-the-story-of-a-little-boy-and-the-ufc-heavyweight-champion

399. Get Brock some Coors – UFC 100: After avenging his loss to Frank Mir, Brock Lesnar took plenty of leftover energy to the microphone and gave a classic Octagon interview.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/brock-lesnar-vs-frank-mir-ufc-100

398. Dana White’s EliteXC rant – 2008: After finding out that EliteXC paid Seth Petruzelli to avoid wrestling with Kimbo Slice in their main event bout, Dana White delivered a fan favorite rant for the ages. “That’s f****** illegal.”

397
Couture wins first title – UFC Japan

In event marred with controversy and dysfunction; Randy Couture brought home the first UFC title of his career…. And immediately had it stripped due to contract disputes.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/randy-couture-vs-maurice-smith-ultimate-japan-1

396. Birth of “mixed martial arts” – UFC 17: Early commentary staple, Jeff Blatnick coined the term and now, name of the entire sport, “mixed martial arts” at UFC 17.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/redemption

395. Peraira’s flash – UFC Vancouver: The UFC is no stranger to showboating or flash, but Michel Pereira laid it on a little too thick before and during his fight against debuting Tristan Connelly. Coordinated dances on the way to the Octagon, breakdancing in the Octagon and even a flashy backflip attempt to pass the legs of the downed Connelly, all may have looked nice but helped the heavy underdog take home the victory.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tristan-connelly-vs-michel-pereira-ufc-fight-night

394. Forrest Griffin’s HOF induction – 2013 UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony: The everyman of all everyman makes good. Forrest Griffin breaks ground again as the first member of the Modern-era wing of the UFC Hall of Fame.
Full induction here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/hall-of-fame-induction-forrest-griffin

393. Lauzon comes home – UFC Boston: It’s been hard to watch the last few Joe Lauzon fights. He appeared to be trending down when he got the word that he was making his Octagon return after 18 months away from the game. Lauzon ran through Jonathan Pearce and sent the Boston crowd into a roar the city hasn’t heard since October 2013.

392
Scott Smith plays opossum? – TUF 4 Finale

It was a rough go in the UFC for Scott Smith who went 1-3 after getting his hands on WEC gold. But that one win he made count when he took a viscous shot to the body and used every last bit of strength left to throw a prayer that knocked Pete Sell unconscious.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/scott-smith-vs-pete-sell-tuf-4-finale

391. Rich Franklin’s debut – UFC 42: “The Ace” made his presence felt in his debut with a sub-three-minute TKO of Evan Tanner.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/rich-franklin-vs-evan-tanner-ufc-42

390. Sakuraba and Ken Shamrock’s debut – UFC Japan: Both legends of Japanese MMA had brief stints in the UFC but impacts were left as both men went on to win a UFC tournament and title, respectively.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ultimate-japan

389. Usman vs Askren – Pre UFC 235: It didn’t take more than a few milliseconds for Kamaru Usman to get in the face of Ben Askren after being called “Marty.” The altercation led to one of the most entertaining press conferences to date.

388. Nick Diaz and Conor’s mutual admiration – The Time is Now press conference: It seemed like an odd question to everybody in the room when Nick Diaz and Conor McGregor were asked what they thought of one another’s fighting styles and the answers couldn’t have been simpler or more perfect. “I like it.” And “I like it too.”
Full press conference here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/the-time-is-now-press-conference

387
Morphing format – UFC 9

Taking a step closer to the modern-day UFC, UFC 9 was the first event that was not tournament-based.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/motor-city-madness

386. Last tournament – UFC 23: UFC 23 marked the last time a UFC card was mainly tournament-based with half of the card a middleweight tournament, won by Kenichi Yamamoto.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ultimate-japan-2event

385. Bas Rutten and Evan Tanner’s debut – UFC 18: One would go on to be a UFC champion and the other, a member of almost every promotion’s hall of fame. Both made their Octagon debut at UFC 18.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/the-road-to-the-heavyweight-title

384. TUF 3 kicks off – 2006: A rather underrated season of TUF aired that brought the world classic moments from Michael Bisping, Matt Hamill, Ed Herman, Kendall Grove as well as constant barking between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock left fans with new watercooler talk every week.
Episode 1 here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-301-fresh-meat

383. Dana White’s Larry Merchant rant – 2011: Dana White let the world know how he felt about Larry Merchant telling Floyd Mayweather he would kick his ass and he let us know in spectacular fashion.

382. Steve Jennum wins UFC 3 – UFC 3: For the first time in the first two and a half events, the field had a chance of winning a UFC tournament when Royce Gracie expended all of his energy in the quarterfinal of his win over Kimo Leopoldo and chose to bow out. Alternate, Steve Jennum stepped in and defeated Harold Howard in under 90 seconds. Jennum would go on to win only one more fight in his MMA career.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/the-american-dream

381
Cowboy’s Flawless Combo – UFC 202

Walking out to the Octagon for the 22nd time, the 30-7 (1) Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone had now given UFC everything they could possibly imagine, right? Wrong. In his Performance of the Night performance against Rick Story, Cerrone landed a winning combo so smooth it took a replay just to show how perfect it really was. Jab, right hand to the body, left hook, head kick. You almost couldn’t hit a bag as smoothly as Cerrone landed on the number 9 ranked contender.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/donald-cerrone-vs-rick-story-ufc-202-2

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380. Bring in the judges – UFC 7.5: A giant leap toward present day UFC came when judges were introduced at UFC 7.5.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ultimate-ultimate-95

379. Jose Aldo’s debut – UFC 129: After going 8-0 in the WEC, taking out Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson, Manny Gamburyan and everybody else the WEC could throw at him, 19-1 Jose Aldo made his UFC debut at UFC 129 with Fight of the Night honors against Mark Hominick.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/jose-aldo-vs-mark-hominick-ufc-129

378. Anderson’s clinic – UFC 101: Anderson Silva was already murdering everybody in the middleweight division and the UFC had some expectations to meet after the wildly successful UFC 100, so they sent him up to light heavyweight. Silva fought Forrest Griffin and seemed to move as if he were in a kung fu film and finished Griffin with a shot that, to the naked eye, appeared almost harmless.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/anderson-silva-vs-forrest-griffin-ufc-101

377. Cruz and Faber into the fire – UFC 132: Few came into the UFC with a built-in rival. Dominick Cruz brought a 17-1 record, WEC bantamweight title and hatred for Urijah Faber into the Octagon for the first ever UFC bantamweight title fight. Set to avenge his only loss to the California Kid, Cruz threw everything in the arsenal at Faber, reclaimed his loss and set the bar for bantamweights almost impossibly high.
Faber vs Cruz 1 here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/urijah-faber-vs-dominick-cruz-wec-26
Faber vs Cruz 2 here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/dominick-cruz-vs-urijah-faber-ufc-132

376
Hominick’s hematoma – UFC 129

It took just over three rounds for Jose Aldo to batter Mark Hominick’s face so bad Hominick’s body’s answer adaptation was to sprout a lump so big an 8-ball could fit inside. Aldo won but Hominick’s efforts didn’t go without reward as both men took home Fight of the Night honors.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/jose-aldo-vs-mark-hominick-ufc-129

375. Over, under 200? – UFC 12: UFC 12 brought us even closer to the UFC we know today when they divided fighters into weight classes starting with the “over 200” and “under 200” weight classes.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/judgement-day

374. “Why do you do that?” – UFC 155: After the upset KO at UFC on Fox, Junior dos Santos was back in the Octagon with heavyweight wrestling powerhouse, Cain Velasquez. Velasquez made a statement in the rematch by demolishing JDS for five straight rounds. Despite never giving an inch, JDS lost and heard thunderous booing from the crowd. Rewatching Junior’s Octagon interview should tug the heart strings of anybody with a soul.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/cain-velasquez-vs-junior-dos-santos-ufc-155

373. Lightweights steal the show – UFC 35: Jens Pulver and BJ Penn squared off in the main event of UFC 35 marking the first time lightweights would main event a card, also setting in motion season 5 of TUF and their classic rematch at the TUF 5 Finale.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/jens-pulver-vs-bj-penn-ufc-35

372. BJ Penn’s debut – UFC 31: The demise has been evident, but BJ Penn’s debut and early career was nothing short of legendary. The Prodigy’s first professional fight came at UFC 31 where the BJJ specialist would score a TKO win over Joey Gilbert and only three fights later would be fighting Jens Pulver for the lightweight title.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/bj-penn-vs-joey-gilbert-ufc-31

371
Askren’s first press-conference – UFC 235 press conference

Conor McGregor wasn’t the only “must see” presence at UFC press conferences anymore. After trading Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren, the hype was met immediately. His first fight, Robbie Lawler. Must see. His press conference was no different. Somehow, Askren had gotten under the skin of Kamaru Usman before the press conference so far that it seemed like the majority of the verbal sparring was between Askren and Usman. Two men not even fighting. New fans realized how a wrestling-heavy fighter with sub-par striking was such a fan favorite. While Askren had a controversial win over Lawler, Usman put a beating on Tyron Woodley. Will their paths cross? We can only hope!
Full press conference here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-235-press-conference

370. Walls caving in – UFC 9: As the UFC was gaining popularity, they were finding out the hard way that not all publicity was good publicity. UFC pay-per-views were being pulled and they were getting on the wrong side of very powerful figures. Out of desperation the UFC quickly implemented more rules to try and appease the courts and the event went on to be the worst event so far.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/motor-city-madness

369. Melendez vs Sanchez – UFC 166: Strikeforce machine, Gilbert Melendez didn’t get the UFC start that he was hoping for in his loss to Benson Henderson but was put up against the resident psycho, Diego Sanchez. The two went to war in quite easily one of the greatest fights in UFC history.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/gilbert-melendez-vs-diego-sanchez-ufc-166

368. Sweet Caroline! – UFC Liverpool: The entire night had been a giant build up to the hometown hero, Darren Till making his way to the Octagon and when he did he did it to the tune of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” The crowd shook the arena with the ovation and karaoke jam.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-liverpool-2018

367. Gustafsson proposes – UFC Stockholm: It was most definitely Alexander Gustafsson’s day on April 14, 2012.  He defeated Thiago Silva, pushed his record to 14-1 and proposed to his girlfriend after the fight. All in front of his hometown crowd.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/alexander-gustafsson-vs-thiago-silva-ufc-fight-night

366
Dana White’s Fedor rant – 2011

After talking about mosh pits, Tito Ortiz, UFC 133 and others, UFC President Dana White came into his interview with Ariel Helwani with a printed piece of paper to use as ammunition to explain why Fedor Emelianenko is NOT the best in the game.

365. Adesanya’s big night – UFC 243: 18-0 Israel Adesanya’s presence has been felt since he first stepped foot in the Octagon at UFC 221. With a Donald Cerrone type of fight output, Adesanya found himself in a title fight at UFC 243 against Robert Whittaker and bringing home the belt in front of 57,000 fans. The most in UFC history.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-243

364. Cain Velasquez’s debut – UFC 83: A man who is most definitely in the conversation of greatest heavyweight of all time, Cain Velasquez made his debut at UFC 83 in his first round TKO victory over Brad Morris.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/cain-velasquez-vs-brad-morris-ufc-83

363. Joe Lauzon vs Jamie Varner – UFC on Fox: Anybody who wasn’t a fan of Joe Lauzon before was after his fight with former WEC champion, Jamie Varner. Lauzon was eating some of the best shots Varner had to offer, pushed pressure, put himself into a guillotine but rallied back to score a miraculous triangle.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/joe-lauzon-vs-jamie-varner-ufc-fight-night

362. Zuffa’s first big show – UFC 40: Andrei Arlovski, Robbie Lawler, Carlos Newton, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz all did what they do best and showed Dana and the Fertittas why they put their livelihood on a product once deemed “too hot for TV.”
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/vendetta

361. Kimbo’s debut win – TUF 10 Finale: As if heads weren’t turned enough when Kimbo Slice walked through the door at TUF 10, it was an even bigger moment when Kimbo Slice defeated Houston Alexander for his first Octagon win.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/kimbo-slice-vs-houston-alexander-tuf-10-finale

360. Jon Jones’ debut – UFC 87: UFC 87 marked the debut of Jon “Bones” Jones. Jones defeated Andre Gusmaro by unanimous decision in front of the Minneapolis crowd before becoming one of the biggest names in UFC history.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/jon-jones-vs-andre-gusmao-ufc-87

359.
Arlovski’s 15 second KO – UFC 55

Beginning with his debut at UFC 28, there was a long period of time where the most feared name in the heavyweight division was Andrei Arloski. But if the interim turned undisputed champ was only 10-3 and 26 years old, what did fellow heavyweights fear, exactly? What he did at UFC 55 to Paul Buentello.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/andrei-arlovski-vs-paul-buentello-ufc-55

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358. BJ Penn and Caol Uno fight to a draw – UFC 41: After a first round that was all BJ Penn and a second-round rally by Caol Uno, the third round was too close to call in the lightweight title fight and judges declared it a draw.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/bj-penn-vs-caol-uno-ufc-41

357. Coleman’s cakewalk – UFC 11: Mark Coleman took out Julian Sanchez in only 45 seconds for his quarterfinal win before a standard 2:20 verbal submission to strikes victory in the semifinals. His finals opponent, Scott Ferrozzo, however, was taken a full 18 minutes with Tank Abbott and forfeit before the finals starting, making Mark Coleman champion by default.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/the-proving-ground

356. Well, it can’t get worse – UFC 33: Eight fights, six submissions, a pay per view cut off and one unhappy Dana White, UFC 33 had it all because it had basically nothing.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/victory-in-vegas

355. Frank Shamrock makes history – UFC Japan: Frank Shamrock made his successful MMA debut at Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament against Bas Rutten in 1994. It was only a matter of time before he would come make history in the UFC and he did just that when he won the inaugural UFC light heavyweight title in his 16-second victory over Kevin Jackson.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/frank-shamrock-vs-kevin-jackson-ultimate-japan-1

354.
Matt Hughes and Jens Pulver’s debuts – UFC 22:

UFC 22 saw stars like Frank Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell and more but it was also the debuts of two of the biggest names in MMA history. Matt Hughes and Jens Pulver.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/there-can-be-only-one-champion

353. Don’t forget protection – UFC 14: Thanks to Tank Abbott and heavy pushback from mainstream media UFC 14 would be the first event to require padded gloves to be worn in the Octagon.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/showdown

352. Cub Swanson vs Doo Ho Choi – UFC 206: The first round was the best round of the card, the second round was better than the first. Cub Swanson showed he was one of the most feared brawlers in the division and Choi proved it was going to take the best effort by one of the best strikers in the game to hold him down in 2016’s Fight of the Year.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/cub-swanson-vs-doo-ho-choi-ufc-206-holloway-vs-pettis

351. Rashad and Rampage finally meet – UFC 114: What may have been the most fun rivalry in UFC history that fortunately unfolded over the entire course of TUF 10 and beyond finally came to a head when Rashad and Rampage finally stepped into the Octagon at UFC 114.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/rampage-jackson-vs-rashad-evans-ufc-114

350. TUF 1 vs TUF 2 – UFC 92: Nobody wanted to see either man lose when undefeated TUF 2 winner Rashad Evans took on TUF 1 winner for his light heavyweight belt in the first ever TUF vs TUF fight.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/rashad-evans-vs-forrest-griffin-ufc-92

349. Rothwell submits Barnett – UFC on Fox: You read that right and yes, we mean Ben Rothwell. Heavyweight submission artist Josh Barnett had little to say after losing by submission for the first time in his career to Ben Rothwell. To put that in perspective for you, Josh Barnett was the youngest heavyweight champion of all time with 18 career submission victories. That’s a bad night.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ben-rothwell-vs-josh-barnett-ufc-fight-night

348.
“It’s like f****** anarchy here” – TUF 5

TUF 5 could best be summed up with just this one scene. When Jens Pulver opted to pick the first fight, the pick of the first fighter went to BJ Penn and instead of just picking the fighter like every coach had no problem doing for the past four seasons, Penn demanded anybody who wanted to be on his team, raise their hand. When Dana White finally got a hold of the situation, Pulver chimed in, encouraging anybody who wanted to be with BJ to keep their hand up and they can be on his team. It was the most unnecessarily long and chaotic team picking in the history of TUF. By a large margin.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-501-its-like-anarachy-in-here

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347. Matt Serra wins TUF 4 – TUF 4 Finale: Matt Serra, Din Thomas, Shonie Carter and others who had seemingly been chewed up and spit out by the UFC duked it out in the Comeback season of The Ultimate Fighter with Matt Serra defeating Chris Lytle by split decision earning himself a title shot against GSP scheduled for UFC 69.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/matt-serra-vs-chris-lytle-tuf-4-finale

346. Bruce Buffer debuts – UFC 10: What would the UFC be without Bruce Buffer? After multiple attempts at finding the perfect, golden voice for the UFC the search was over. The UFC found their man. With torn ACL’s, 360’s and suits that would make Craig Sager drool, it’s hard to imagine a UFC without Buff.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/the-tournament

345. Don’t boo Al Iaquinta – UFC Halifax: After a split decision victory over Jorge Masvidal, the displeased crowd let Raging Al Iaquinta hear it. And he let them hear it too. With a blood trickle from just below his eye that appropriately resembled a tear, Iaquinta shouted, “I fought my a** off!” along with many, many other things at the crowd before abruptly deciding he was done with the interview.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/al-iaquinta-vs-jorge-masvidal-ufc-fight-night

344. Till smashes Cowboy – UFC Gdansk: Undefeated Darren Till went from rising star to sure-fire title contender when he ran through Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in dominant, first round TKO.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/darren-till-vs-donald-cerrone-ufc-fight-night

343.
Colby ambushes Dana – Pre-UFC 235

After injuries plagued Colby Covington’s title shot with Tyron Woodley, Covington felt Kamaru Usman had unfairly jumped the line at UFC 235 when he was given the title shot Covington felt was rightfully his. How was it handled? Ambushing Dana at a casino mid-hand with a camera.

342. Coleman comes home – UFC 100: Mark Coleman’s early career was a smash success by, hopefully, anyone’s standards. After winning UFC 10 and 11 tournaments, he defeated Dan Severn for the very first UFC heavyweight title at UFC 12. Coleman shipped off to Japan to fight for Pride before coming back to his original stomping grounds and defeating Stephan Bonnar for his first Octagon win in nearly twelve years.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/mark-coleman-vs-stephen-bonnar-ufc-100

341. Justin Gaethje’s debut – TUF 25 Finale: Very few debuts have been as anticipated as Justin Gaethje’s. After making a name for himself in WSOF for over three years, the undefeated brawler came to the UFC with intentions of swing hard and climb to the top. In quite possibly the most satisfying promotional debut, Gaethje proved that’s exactly what he was going to do.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/justin-gaethje-vs-michael-johnson-the-ultimate-fighter-25-finale

340. Sylvia and Arlovski’s one round war – UFC 59: Not many in the building gave Tim Sylvia a shot at UFC 59. Arlovski submitted him previously at UFC 51, he stood at the feared, undisputed champ and was an all-around threat. Both men threw, both men saw the ground and Tim Sylvia avenged his UFC 51 loss, taking home the heavyweight title.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tim-sylvia-vs-andrei-arlovski-ufc-59

339. Mighty Mouse becomes first flyweight champion – UFC 152: Demetrious Johnson would set in motion a reign of dominance that is still untouched by defeating Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/demetrious-johnson-vs-joseph-benavidez-ufc-152

338.
Brian Ortega steals our hearts – UFC Fresno

After the BJJ ace had gone undefeated in his first five fights in the UFC, he received a step up in competition. Ortega squared off against Cub Swanson in his first main event effort. Ortega won with a guillotine choke that would make the entire Gracie family tip their hats. Forgoing the opportunity to call for a title shot or call out a money fight, Ortega grabbed the microphone and share a heartfelt urge to save troubled youth.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/brian-ortega-vs-cub-swanson-ufc-fight-night

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337. I’m yellin’ timber – UFC London: Everybody watching knew something exciting was about to happen when they saw Marc Diakiese’s creative shots flying. They got their wish in less than a minute when Teemu Packalen caught a right hand to the chin that resulted in a collapse the whole arena felt.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/marc-diakiese-vs-teemu-packalen-ufc-fight-night-manuwa-vs-anderson

336. Dana White’s Mario Yamasaki rant – 2018: Michael Chiesa’s rant about Mario Yamasaki was definitely good but put that same anger in Dana White and watch out. First ballot hall of fame rant right there on Fox.

335. Uriah Hall’s broken toe – UFC 175: After a blow at the two-minute mark of the first round Uriah Hall came up limping and between rounds retreated to his corner where the camera showed a badly misdirected toe. After the final horn, Hall stood up and limped to his corner before being announced winner by unanimous decision.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/uriah-hall-vs-thiago-santos-ufc-175

334. Tony Ferguson wins TUF 13 – TUF 13 Finale: Brock Lesnar called his shot when he told Dana White that Tony Ferguson would be going home with the six-figure contract. After his KO victory against Ramsay Nijem, Tony would not only win the contract but drop down to lightweight and go on a storybook run that’s still unfolding in front of fight fans everywhere.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tony-ferguson-vs-ramsey-nijem-tuf-13-finale

333. Poirier vs Holloway 1 – UFC 143: 4-0 Max Holloway came into the UFC with buzz and a hint of “it’s too early to tell” when he was matched up with 12-1 Dustin Poirier in the climax of the UFC 143 prelims. Fans watching were treated to a quick submission win for Poirier and the setting of the table for their high stakes rematch 7 years later.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-143-prelim-dustin-poirier-vs-max-holloway

332. Arlovski becomes baddest heavyweight – UFC 51: At UFC 51, Andrei Arlovski went from the dude you didn’t want to see on the way up the division to the guy you had to see when he submitted Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/andrei-arlovski-vs-tim-sylvia-ufc-51

331. Georges St-Pierre’s debut – UFC 46: GSP began his MMA career undefeated fighting in Canadian promotions. The brass at the UFC knew “Rush” to be a fan favorite but the number of fans that St-Pierre brought and the skill he possessed made him one of the biggest stars in MMA history.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/georges-stpierre-vs-karo-parisyan-ufc-46

330. Diego, Stephan and the asparagus – TUF 1: Beyond every shove, punch, full on fight or shouting match, it’s still hard to top the original when Diego Sanchez was hogging all the asparagus and Stephan Bonner confronted him.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-102-team-challenges

329. Abu Dhabi 1 – UFC 112: Not only was it the UFC’s first outdoor stadium show, but it was in such high demand that it was built for one event only in the UFC’s first trip to the Middle East.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/invincible

328. Good eye, Mazzagatti – Ultimate Fight Night Silva vs Irwin: At UFN: Silva vs Irwin, there was a very repetitive formula. One that could have and should have been avoided.
Round one: Poke to the eye led Anthony Johnson to shoot for a takedown that halted the rest of the round.
Round two: Two pokes to the eye led Anthony Johnson to shoot for a takedown that halted the rest of the round.
Round three: Poke to the eye led Anthony Johnson to collapse and effectively lose the fight.
While it led to a rematch that “Rumble” Johnson won, it was a hard way to accept a loss. Mazzagatti even managed to make the hand raising at the end of the fight look difficult.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/kevin-burns-sv-anthony-johnson-ufc-fight-night

327. Dana White’s Oscar De La Hoya rant – 2018: After Golden Boy MMA’s inaugural show snagged the trilogy match nobody wanted between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, Golden Boy promoter, Oscar De La Hoya took to the airwaves to throw stones at Dana White who called into UFC Unfiltered and rain down boulders on the former boxer.

326.
Cro Cop defeats his biggest fan – UFC 115

Mirko Cro Cop was almost every heavyweight’s favorite fighter and 5-1 Pat Barry didn’t muddy the water at all when it came to his admiration for the Pride legend. At the UFC 115 press conference Barry was smiling ear to ear openly admitting he’s looking for the right time to ask for an autograph and that he can’t figure out whether to “use the bathroom or throw up.” Cro Cop, a man of few words and even fewer emotions couldn’t help but crack a smile at Barry’s giddy approach to the biggest fight of his career.
Full press conference here:
Full fight here:
https://www.ufc.tv/video/mirko-cro-cop-vs-pat-barry-ufc-115

 

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325. Yamasaki DQ’s Erick Silva - UFC 142: After Erick Silva dropped Carlo Prater in the main card of UFC 142, a barrage of hammer-fists led to referee Mario Yamasaki waving off the fight. After Silva’s celebration Yamasaki informed him that due to blows to the back of the head, Silva was being disqualified. With careful examination Joe Rogan is seen making no effort at hiding the “WTF??” expression on his face when asking Yamasaki, “Really?!”
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/carlo-prater-vs-erick-silva-ufc-142

324. The UFC 137 web – UFC 137: Nick Diaz was scheduled to take on Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title, but the fight was cancelled due to Diaz dodging media obligations. The replacement fight would be GSP vs Carlos Condit but was cancelled when GSP injured his knee. Solution? Put Nick Diaz back in the main event against BJ Penn. When all was said and done it was clear that Nick Diaz was more than ready for his title shot against GSP.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/nick-diaz-vs-bj-penn-ufc-137

323. First European Champion – UFC 20: MMA legend Bas Rutten stopped by the UFC briefly to become the first European champion in UFC history, opening the door for future European stars to make their mark in the Octagon.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/bas-rutten-vs-kevin-randleman-ufc-20

322. Cris Cyborg’s debut – UFC 198: In the world of women’s MMA there were few names the UFC didn’t have but one of them was Cris Cyborg. After years of jabs at Ronda Rousey and the UFC, Cris Cyborg finally answered the “what-ifs” when the UFC created an entire weight class for her to fight at UFC 198.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/cristiane-justino-vs-leslie-smith-ufc-198

321. Tito takes out Wanderlei – UFC 25: Long before Chuck Liddell finally got the fight with Wanderlei he had always wanted, Tito Ortiz stepped into the Octagon with him at UFC 25 and battled his way to a decision victory. Read that back if you need to. Tito Ortiz defeated Wanderlei Silva.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tito-ortiz-vs-wanderlei-silva-ufc-25

320. Lightweight title is back – UFC 64: Before Anderson Silva’s famous nose shattering knee of Rich Franklin, Sean Sherk and Kenny Florian reminded the MMA world that there was in fact a lightweight title after BJ Penn and Caol Uno fought to a draw at UFC 41. Sherk would go on to defeat Florian by unanimous decision.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/sean-sherk-vs-kenny-florian-ufc-64

319. Couture rains on Gonzaga’s parade – UFC 74: After Gonzaga landed the head kick heard around the world, he was 8-1 and across the Octagon from heavyweight champion Randy Couture. The fairytale would dictate he shocks the world again and takes home the title. Unfortunately his story led him under a flurry of Couture punches and that was it.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/randy-couture-vs-gabriel-gonzaga-ufc-74

318. Joe Rogan and Vitor Belfort’s debut – UFC 12: UFC 12 saw the debut of two people who changed the UFC forever. Belfort, who was responsible for a number of the greatest fights in UFC history and Joe Rogan... Well, no explanation needed.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/judgement-day

317. Edgar ends Penn’s reign – UFC 112: After a historic run that earned BJ Penn a sure-fire place in the UFC Hall of Fame, Penn was pitted against the 13-1 up and rising star, Frankie Edgar. While the majority of the buzz was who Penn would fight on the other side of UFC 112, Frankie Edgar put a halt to that and effectively BJ Penn’s reign altogether.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/frankie-edgar-vs-bj-penn-ufc-112

316. Bisping goes blue – UFC 127: After weeks of taunting by way of words, dances and songs, Jorge Rivera had to face the music and step in the Octagon with a disgruntled Michael Bisping. Everybody in the crowd was treated to a second round TKO while everybody in Rivera’s corner was treated to expletives and spit.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/michael-bisping-vs-jorge-rivera-ufc-127

315.
Sinead O’Conner’s live walkout performance – UFC 189

Conor McGregor sells out arenas, sells out press conferences and sells out weigh ins. He sells out MMA and boxing venues. It’s almost ridiculous the star power he comes with. At the height of his popularity it was nearly impossible to imagine him even more polarizing. Dropping Notorious B.I.G. and replacing it with Sinead O’Connor rising up from the tunnel to sing “The Foggy Dew.” Team McGregor or not, it’s hard not to get goosebumps watching “Notorious” turn to salute Sinead on his way to the Octagon.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/conor-mcgregor-vs-chad-mendes-ufc-189

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314. Shawn Jordan’s hook kick KO – UFC New Orleans: Shawn Jordan’s biggest UFC moment came at UFC New Orleans when he took on Derrick Lewis and delivered a second round hook kick knockout that would make Edson Barboza tip his cap. Well maybe not but fun nonetheless.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/shawn-jordan-vs-derrick-lewis-ufc-fight-night-1

313. Mike Perry’s broken nose – UFC Uruguay: Vicente Luque and Mike Perry both came to burn the barn down at UFC Uruguay. As if the slugfest wasn’t already on pace to steal the show, Luque landed a late knee in the final round before immediately attempting a guillotine submission. With Perry’s face down, the crowd could see a mysterious pool of blood forming underneath Luque. When Perry broke free of the choke the camera focused on a horribly, horribly broken nose on the face of Mike Perry that took twitter by storm.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/vicente-luque-vs-mike-perry-ufc-fight-night

312. Romero’s flying knee – UFC 205: It wasn’t necessarily the prettiest flying knee of all time but when Yoel Romero landed that giant knee to Chris Weidman’s face everybody watching couldn’t help but cringe.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/yoel-romero-vs-chris-weidman-ufc-205

311. Korean Zombie and the blood Diamond – UFC on Fuel TV: It was the kind of fight that regardless of who loses, both fighters gain stock in the division. Fight of the Year candidate to say the least when Korean Zombie edged out Dustin Poirier live on Fuel TV.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/chan-sung-jung-vs-dustin-poirier-ufc-fight-night

310. Romero’s a kisser – UFC 221: So, good news, bad news, bad news for Luke Rockhold at UFC 221. The bad news is he lost to Yoel Romero. Good news is Romero missed weight so Rockhold retained his title. Bad news is he had to stand there very awkwardly and uncomfortably while Romero gave him a congratulatory kiss on the cheek.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/yoel-romero-vs-luke-rockhold-ufc-221

309. Another Jon Jones bombshell – UFC 200 Vlog Series Episode 5: UFC 200 was set to be the biggest card in the history of the UFC headlined by Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier 2 until Dana dropped the bomb to Daniel Cormier. Jon Jones failed a drug test and was bowing out of the event despite the begging and pleading of Cormier. The raw reaction is enough to break anybody’s heart.
Full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVndLB0VXK4

308. Silva is also a kisser – UFC 162 weigh-in: Before taking on Chris Weidman for his millionth title defense Anderson Silva weighed in, walked across the stage and engaged in a stare down that went from intense to awkward when their lips pressed against each other.
 

307.
Conor coins “red panty night” – UFC Go Big Press Conference

When Rafael dos Anjos was hypothetically asked if he’d pull out of his fight with Donald Cerrone ahead of UFC on Fox to fight Conor McGregor. As you guessed, Conor answered for him. Before all was said and done, McGregor had told almost everybody except Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm he’d change their lives. “A fight with me would change your bum life.”

306. Dana White’s Steve Mazzagatti rant – UFC 161: It’s hard to know where to begin with this one. It’s the greatest rant of all time. We’ll start there. Every base seemed to be covered before Dana would continue and make us laugh all over again. The way the rant kicked off was all you need to know to want to tune in. “Does anybody here disagree with me that Mazzagatti is a f****** toolbox.”

305. UFC hits SI – May 2007: Another leap into mainstream approval came when Roger Huerta was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated marking the first mixed martial artist to receive Sports Illustrated honors.

304. Diarrhea hits UFC 35 – UFC 35: Impossible to tell from the naked eye, but most of the fighters on the card of UFC 35 admitted to flu-like symptoms. Predominantly diarrhea. Kevin Randleman went as far as letting a healthy amount slip during his fight against Renato Sobral. Not a good way to make friends when there are still five fights after you.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/throwdown

303. Submission so nice, had to sink it twice – UFC 37: The UFC middleweight title was on the line twice at UFC 37. Well, kind of. The champion, Murilo Bustamante, locked in an armbar that caused Matt Lindland to tap out. John McCarthy broke up the action before declaring it a mistake and that the two would need to resume action, potentially causing Bustamante the title. Thankfully, Bustamante finished the fight AGAIN in the third round with a guillotine choke.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/murilo-bustamante-vs-matt-lindland-ufc-37

302. Herpes – TUF 9: If there was ever an unlucky TUF contestant, it would be John David Shackelford. Before fighting for a spot on the team, doctors noticed a blister of some sort on the forehead of John David Shackelford who said it first appeared the previous weekend. One test later, Dana White informed Shackelford he had a herpes lesion on his forehead, and he was to leave the house.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-902-scars-and-stripes

301. Koscheck attacks medic – TUF 12: After Koscheck referred to team St-Pierre’s medic as a male nurse and medic, Brad Tate, told him he rose to fame from being on the losing end of classic bouts, Koscheck ran out of verbal options, got up and grabbed Tate by the throat.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-1208-kos-in-a-commotion

300.
Chael vs Wanderlei: The Sandals and Jeans Throwdown – TUF Brazil 3

Chael Sonnen, the ultimate bad guy showed up in full Chael Sonnen form in the middle of TUF Brazil 3. The notoriously aggravating “American Gangster” gave opposing coach, Wanderlei Silva a healthy shove. Equipped with thong sandals and jeans, Sonnen landed a takedown on Silva and both men exchanged punches from the ground before teammates broke up the fight. It took close to every man from both teams to break the two up and the season had us hooked all over again.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-tufbrazil-306?episode=true&catid=1160

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299. Khabib’s 21 takedowns – UFC 160: To be fair, Khabib did miss weight by almost three pounds but his 21 takedowns over Abel Trujillo almost became painful to watch. Especially when a demoralized Trujillo began looking to the ref to stop Khabib from taking him down.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/khabib-nurmagomedov-vs-abel-trujillo-ufc-160

298. TUF 5 airs – 2007: It’s hard to deny TUF 5 as one of the greatest TUF seasons to date. With Joe Lauzon, Nate Diaz, Gray Maynard, Manny Gamburyan, Cole Miller and many more, more classic TUF moments stemmed from this season than any other before or after.
Episode 1 here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-501-its-like-anarachy-in-here

297. Cowboy breaks (more) records – UFC Denver: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone adds his name, again, to the record books by winning his 21st UFC fight in a submission victory over “Platinum” Mike Perry.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/donald-cerrone-vs-mike-perry-ufc-fight-night

296. Tony Ferguson vs Everybody – TUF 13: Nearing the end of TUF 13, the cast was letting loose with some drinks to celebrate the season when Tony Ferguson went full “El Cucuy.” Beer was poured on his head and what started as a drunk wrestling match turned into a drunk fight and turned into an ugly mincing of words when Ferguson taunted fellow contestant, Charlie Rader for not having seen his son in over a year.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-1309-then-it-turned-ugly

295. Diego Sanchez becomes first Ultimate Fighter – TUF 1 Finale: It wasn’t exactly the fight the UFC or the fans wanted but it was exactly the fight Diego Sanchez wanted. “The Nightmare” took out Kenny Florian in under three minutes in the first round becoming the first Ultimate Fighter winner.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/diego-sanchez-vs-kenny-florian-tuf-1-finale

294. Korean Zombie Take it On, Take it Over! – UFC 140: Chan Sung Jung may have had the greatest first pair of fights in UFC history. Fight number one he sinks a twister in and fight number two he knocks out Mark Hominick in seven seconds. Here for a good time, not a long time!
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/chan-sung-jung-vs-mark-hominick-ufc-140

293. Benavidez used to what?? – TUF 24: Not Joseph Benavidez’s finest moment when he challenged opposing coach, Henry Cejudo to a sparring of words and said one of the most famous lines in TUF history. “I used to f*** guys like you in high school.”

292. Hug it out, knock it out – UFC 206: Donald Cerrone and Matt Brown put it to the floor in the co-main event of UFC 206. Entering the third and final round, the two showed what the essence of mixed martial arts was by smiling and embracing before the round. It was all business afterwards as Cerrone landed a head kick KO just over thirty seconds later.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/donald-cerrone-vs-matt-brown-ufc-206-holloway-vs-pettis

291. Paul Daley’s sucker punch – UFC 113: After faking an illegal knee, pre-fight chatter and getting bested for three rounds by Josh Koscheck, Paul Daley made the most costly decision of his life when he ran over and sucker punched Koscheck long after the final horn had sounded. Dana White announced at the post fight press conference that Daley would be cut immediately.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/josh-koscheck-vs-paul-daley-ufc-113

290.
UFC 216’s heartfelt opening – UFC 216

6 days following the Route 91 shooting the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was set to host UFC 216 and the tragedy wouldn’t go unaddressed. Upon the opening of the show, Dana White appeared on screen with a message to the people affected by the tragedy. “Don’t be afraid. Don’t let fear stop you,” White told the crowd as he assured everybody tragedies like this would only strengthen us all. 6 people affected directly were given the spotlight while Everlast sang America the Beautiful before the opening bout.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-216

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289. Conor and “that dork in the park” – UFC 196 Press Conference: McGregor was in his element, as usual, at the UFC 196 press conference when he was asked about weaknesses he saw in Nate Diaz’s game. McGregor kicked out an impressive song and dance before the unphased Diaz interrupted, criticizing McGregor’s lack of team talent and that while Diaz is training with warriors, McGregor is knocking out “midgets” and playing “touch-butt with that dork in the park.”
Full press conference here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-196-pre-fight-press-conference-2

288. El Cucuy vs Showtime – UFC 229: There’s no doubt that going into UFC 229 the focus was on Conor vs Khabib. There’s also no doubt that for very public reasons the focus is still on Conor vs Khabib. But any true fight fan will tell you that Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis stole the show at the UFC’s most “Notorious” event.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tony-ferguson-vs-anthony-pettis-ufc-229

287. Record setting gate – UFC 243: 57,127 piled in to Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium to watch Robert Whittaker defend his middleweight title against Israel Adesanya at UFC 243 edging out the previous record of 56,214 set at UFC 193.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-243

286. Derrick Lewis’ Octagon Interview – UFC Nova Scotia: Derrick Lewis completely removed his filter in his Octagon interview after his knockout of Travis Browne. From his uncensored thoughts on Travis Browne to the state of his bowels.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/derrick-lewis-vs-travis-browne-ufc-fight-night-lewis-vs-browne

285. UFC meet Las Vegas – UFC 33: While UFC 33 was a huge bust and still referred to as the worst event in company history, something good came from “Victory in Vegas.” The UFC had stuck their flag into Las Vegas for the first time.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/victory-in-vegas

284. Josh Barnett becomes youngest UFC champion – UFC 36: Josh Barnett defeated Randy Couture by TKO to become UFC heavyweight champion at age 24.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/josh-barnett-vs-randy-couture-ufc-36

283. Jorge Rivera rattles the cage – UFC 127: Jorge Rivera was betting on himself when he made comments, videos even songs mocking Michael Bisping ahead of their fight at UFC 127.
Full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLTniiY8BVc
Full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNUJTFjT4iY
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/michael-bisping-vs-jorge-rivera-ufc-127

282.
Wanderlei wants to what?? – UFC 61

In an attempt to promote a dream bout between Pride legend Wanderlei Silva and Chuck Liddell, Dana White brought Wanderlei into the Octagon to make one thing very clear. He wants to fight Chuck Liddell. Unfortunately what came out was that he wants to.. Well… just watch.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/bitter-rivals

281. Covington goes to the White House – 2018: A patriot, if nothing else, Colby Covington set out to present President Donald Trump with the interim welterweight title. With some help from Dana White, Colby got to do just that on August 2, 2018.
25 Years in Short: “Combatant in Chief” here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/combatant-in-chief-the-story-of-donald-trumps-history-in-combat-sports

280. Stipe defends in Cleveland – UFC 203: Some fighters are just tied to their city. It’s part of their identity for some reason or another. One of the best examples of that is Stipe Miocic. It’s no secret at all that his heart is attached to Cleveland so when Stipe made his first title defense at home against Alistair Overeem it immediate became a moment the whole city would remember for years to come.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/stipe-miocic-vs-alistair-overeem-ufc-203-miocic-vs-overeem

279. Teemu goes Timber – UFC 242: Poor Teemu Packalen. Four fights in the UFC, only one win and twice has been on the wrong end of highlight reel knockouts. What Ottman Azaitar knocked his body stiff and he ate the mat he handed Azaitar a performance bonus in his UFC debut.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ottman-azaitar-vs-teemu-packalen-ufc-242

278. Clayton McKinney’s misdiagnosis – TUF 11: MMA is already one of the hardest things to master. Doing it on a broken leg? Why even try? On TUF 11, Team Ortiz contestant, Clayton McKinney, had been suffering from nagging leg pain that was shown no mercy at all. When the doctor came in and told him it was only a contusion, McKinney felt forced to power through. A second opinion showed a fracture in the aching leg.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-1102-suck-it-up

277. John McCarthy’s debut – UFC 2: The longed tenured onscreen figure for the UFC, “Big” John McCarthy easily passes as one of the best MMA referees in the game but also very pivotal figure in the evolution and legalization of mainstream MMA. A saving voice, on screen staple, a man who had his hand in almost every rule in modern MMA and a solid referee. Few have had a bigger impact on the UFC than McCarthy.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/no-way-out

276.
Forrest’s retires Tito – UFC 148

After going 1-7-1 in his last nine fights, Tito Ortiz gave it one more shot and fought Forrest Griffin at UFC 148. Griffin edged out Ortiz and sent him off by conducting the Octagon interview himself. While the retirement didn’t last, it would be the last time “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” would fight in the UFC. Also, it was the last time Forrest Griffin would conduct an Octagon interview.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/forrest-griffin-vs-tito-ortiz-ufc-148

275. Lights out, Overeem – UFC Boston: “+188 underdog” meant nothing to Travis Browne when he took on Alistair Overeem at UFC Boston. After surviving a long series of fight ending blows, including a Yamasaki overlooked illegal knee to the head, Browne managed to get up to his feet and land a kick to the head that shut the lights out of Overeem after being completely dominated.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/travis-browne-vs-alistair-overeem-ufc-fight-night

274. Steve Montgomery’s seizure – TUF 21: A cry for help is a rare moment among mixed martial artists so when deafening cries could be heard, all the contestants knew something serious was going on. Steve Montgomery was having a seizure and all efforts were being made to make sure he wouldn’t hit his head, die or bite his tongue off. It was one of the most frightening moments in TUF history.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/episode-2104-boiling-point

273. Covington’s presidential phone call – UFC Newark: After getting the president’s sons to watch him defeat Robbie Lawler in five straight rounds at UFC Newark, Colby Covington got a congratulatory phone call from President Donald Trump, himself.
Full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPeAIl3njR4

272. Fingerless gloves – UFC 6: It’s not easy to believe that Tank Abbott introduced the only real protective requirements for an athlete in the cage but that’s exactly what happened. Tank Abbott was the first to wear protective, fingerless gloves when he debuted at UFC 6.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/clash-of-the-titans

271. “Where you at, Georges?!” – UFC 137: After brutalizing UFC Hall of Famer, BJ Penn, for five rounds, Nick Diaz was given the microphone and set his sights on Georges St-Pierre in one of the most famous Octagon callouts of all time.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/nick-diaz-vs-bj-penn-ufc-137

270.
Leben becomes a bit much – TUF 1

It was only a matter of time before the out of control Chris Leben rubbed somebody the wrong way. When it did, it was a verbal sparring so harsh between Leben, Koscheck and Southworth that Dana White took the Cool Hand Luke approach and put Koscheck and Leben in the Octagon for the next fight.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-105-uncaged

269. 36 minutes of Royce and Ken – UFC 5: To anybody preparing to watch UFC 5, hopefully you like Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie. The two met in the Superfight main event and fought for 36 long minutes before being declared a draw.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/royce-gracie-vs-ken-shamrock-ufc-5

268. Best Damn .5 event Period – UFC 37.5: Last-minute pop-up show, UFC 37.5 was a small card that was held to promote Fox Sports’ program The Best Damn Sports Show Period with the intention of airing the best fight on cable television. While the event wasn’t available for pay per view, the best fight of the night would become the first MMA bout to hit US cable television. Of course, Robbie Lawler was the man to steal the show.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/as-real-as-it-gets

267. Return of Tank Abbott – UFC 41: A lot had changed from the days of Tank Abbott bringing the pain in the UFC. He found that our when he made his return and fell to Frank Mir in only 46 seconds.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/frank-mir-vs-tank-abbott-ufc-41

266. Forrest steps up – UFC 59: It was the first time the UFC chose to test the man who might have single-handedly saved the UFC when TUF 1 winner, Forrest Griffin was given a fight against Tito Ortiz. As usual, Forrest brought his all and was given the decision loss much to the chagrin of the fans.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tito-ortiz-vs-forrest-griffin-ufc-59

265. Mark Hunt’s walk off KO – UFC 127: Fighting out of Sydney, Australia and fighting in Sydney, Australia, the pressure was on Mark Hunt to put on a show for the audience at UFC 127 and he did just that with his very first walk off knockout.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/mark-hunt-vs-chris-tuchscherer-ufc-127

264.
Mike Perry busts a move – UFC Fort Lauderdale

As if Mike Perry and Cowboy Oliveira didn’t have enough personality on their own, put them in the Octagon together and try not to let a fight get in the way of a good show. After dancing his way to the Octagon as only “Platinum” Mike Perry could, Cowboy Oliveira danced out as only Cowboy Oliveira could… Until cameras showed Mike Perry in the Octagon. Apparently, he wasn’t done dancing. Perry won the dance off as well as the fight that interrupted it.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/mike-perry-vs-alex-oliveira-ufc-fight-night

263. Iaquinta’s 24-hour notice – UFC 223: Booking the main event for UFC 223 almost seemed to be more work than necessary after an injury pulled Tony Ferguson from the fight, then Max Holloway pulled, then Pettis disappeared. It was up to Al Iaquinta to save the day and on around 24 hours’ notice, Iaquinta found himself in a five round main event against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/khabib-nurmagomedov-vs-al-iaquinta-ufc-223

262. “His jaw is in trouble” – TUF 7: In the first seven seasons of TUF there had been countless altercations in the house, dangerous weight cuts, star building fights and the damage to go with it all. The sound that came from Dan Simmler after having his jaw broken by Matthew Riddle was new to the show as well as most of the fighters in the TUF gym.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ep-702-down-to-business?episode=true&catid=1137

261. Benson Henderson proposes – UFC on FOX: After a split decision victory that the fans booed mercilessly, Benson Henderson laid his championship belt down, dropped to a knee and proposed to his girlfriend in the middle of the Octagon.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/benson-henderson-vs-gilbert-melendez-ufc-fight-night

260. Robbie’s return – UFC 157: After making a splash in the UFC in 2002, Robbie Lawler fell on hard times and left the promotion to find high levels of success and popularity elsewhere before making his highly anticipated return against resident instigator Josh Koscheck. After controlling the fight stemming from an early takedown, Koscheck found himself on the wrong end of a Robbie Lawler left hand.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/robbie-lawler-vs-josh-koscheck-ufc-157

259. So who won? – UFC on Fox: After a scoring discrepancy, Demetrious Johnson was declared the winner of the flyweight tournament. The decision was later overturned to a draw which was supposed to result in an extra round. However, the error wasn’t noticed until later in the night.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/demetrious-johnson-vs-ian-mccall-ufc-fight-night

258. 2 of America’s most wanted – UFC 241: Nate Diaz made his return to the Octagon after three long years to take on Anthony Pettis at UFC 241. After defeating “Showtime,” Diaz was asked who he wanted to fight next. Most fans were wondering if he would call out Conor, Khabib, possibly Kamaru Usman, Diaz threw a curveball and called out the only other gangster left. Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/anthony-pettis-vs-nate-diaz-ufc-241

257. Chris Leben with the upset – UFC 116: With only one previous UFC submission, sharps weren’t exactly putting heavy money on Chris Leben submitting Japanese ground specialist, Yoshihiro Akiyama. Somehow, that’s exactly what he did with a triangle choke with 20 seconds remaining.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/chris-leben-vs-yoshihiro-akiyama-ufc-116

256. 10th anniversary celebration – UFC 45: The UFC turned 10 years old at UFC 45. With stars both old and new the UFC celebrated with the first two inductees of the UFC Hall of Fame, Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock and handing out Viewer’s Choice Awards to Gracie, Shamrock, Randy Couture, Tank Abbott, Mark Coleman, Pat Miletich, Marco Ruas, Dan Severn, Don Fry and Oleg Taktarov.
Full event here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/revolution

255. The Heavyweight title is born – UFC 14: The 6-7 kickboxing specialist Maurice Smith fought Mark Coleman for 21 minutes in 1997’s Fight of the Year to steal the UFC heavyweight championship from the previously undefeated Mark Coleman.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/maurice-smith-vs-mark-coleman-ufc-14

254. Welcome to Slam-rock - UFC 16: It took 16 seconds to win the title and it took 22 seconds to defend it when Frank Shamrock slammed Igor Zinoviev unconscious for his first defense at UFC 16.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/frank-shamrock-vs-igor-zinoviev-ufc-16

253.
Vitor gone wild – UFC Brazil

Vintage Vitor Belfort was an absolute specimen. Coming into the UFC at 19 willing and able to run through any man in his path, he was a knockout machine never needing more than a handful of seconds to finish his opponents. At 5-1, it took an 8-minute fight with Randy Couture to hand him his first loss he bounced back with a submission win against Joe Charles and made his way to UFC Brazil. IVC animal Wanderlei Silva found himself quickly being laid to waste by Vitor with a TKO in less than a minute.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/vitor-belfort-vs-wanderlei-silva-ufc-ultimate-brazil

252. Jens cemented in gold – UFC 30: Jens Pulver fought with Miletich instilled aggression and striking that few of the lighter fighters had ever brought before. “Lil Evil” etched his name in UFC history with his majority decision win over Caol Uno for the very first UFC lightweight championship at UFC 30.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/jens-pulver-vs-caol-uno-ufc-30

251. Big Nog steals the W! – UFC 81: The long time Pride heavyweight draw, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira got his first shot at UFC gold. The submission specialist took damage early and often. Enduring a knockdown strike along with heavyweight ground and pound and failed takedowns before fighting through bloody eyes and weary legs to lock in the third-round guillotine submission making him the first man to hold a Pride and UFC title.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/minotauro-nogueira-vs-tim-sylvia-ufc-81

250. Tito visits Slam-rock – UFC 30: Not known for having KO power, it took a vicious slam from Tito Ortiz to put Evan Tanner to sleep at UFC 30.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tito-ortiz-vs-evan-tanner-ufc-30

249. Koscheck’s trash talk fail – TUF 12: Ahead of Team Koscheck’s long-shot fight between their number 6 pick, Aaron Wilkinson and Team St-Pierre’s number one pick Michael Johnson, Koscheck was already visualizing his celebration if it went their way. “If we can pull this out, man… I’m going to run over there, you know, get in Georges’s face and motorboat his ass!” Complete with vocal simulation.
Full episode here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-tuf-1203

248. Ortiz and the Fountain of Youth – UFC 132: With the better days of his career behind him, Tito Ortiz was looking for his first win in over five years. Unfortunately, he found himself matched up against 12-1 Ryan Bader. Inside the first two minutes, Ortiz sunk a guillotine that earned Submission of the Night honors.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/tito-ortiz-vs-ryan-bader-ufc-132

247. Down goes Wineland – UFC 165: Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson weren’t exactly in jeopardy of losing Fight of the Night to Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland but the other fighters who landed KO finishes knew where Knockout of the Night was going when Barao landed a spinning back kick to put a stamp on his bantamweight title defense.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/renan-barao-vs-eddie-wineland-ufc-165

246. GSP’s Walkout – UFC 129: The largest audience in UFC history at the time, UFC 129 hosted 55,724 in Toronto’s Rogers Centre and there’s no doubt they were all there for one man. Georges St-Pierre. The giant card had all the excitement you could ask for already, but when St-Pierre’s music came on and he came out of the tunnel, everybody in Toronto had hair standing straight up.
Full fight here: https://www.ufc.tv/video/georges-stpierre-vs-jake-shields-ufc-129