Here’s a look at a few of my favorites from the past 10 years.. (Please make sure to enjoy the video in full, enjoy! Thank you).
UFC on Fox 6, Oct. 28, 2003
This match was on the biggest stage of the year, but it should never be forgotten. Gunnar Nelson has won three of his five UFC’s so far, and now is in the middle of his best UFC run since 2007. Nelson’s most memorable match was a dominant 5th round against Matt Hughes in a non-title fight on July 5, 2002, but by the end of that fight, it was a three-round stalemate against “Smokin’ Samoans,” Randy Couture and Ben Henderson. The fight became known as the most controversial match ever in Pride FC to that point, after Hughes scored a big TKO in the second round against Couture. The fight then quickly changed to a decision, with Nelson giving up just three points, and eventually lost in just four minutes, becoming the only fighter to ever lose the night’s main event by decision. Nelson is one of a few fighters on this list to win at least one UFC bout, and now boasts a record of 15-0 in the UFC, earning six of those wins by knockout, and a 3-1 career record. Nelson vs Couture, which lasted almost two hours, has to be one of the most impressive UFC fights to date, and is a must see of any Pride fan’s collection. Check out this video of this performance for a glimpse at Nelson vs. Couture’s unique combination of styles…
UFC Fight Night 48, Oct. 11, 2009
In a rematch of their Fight of the Year 2008 fight, Benson Henderson defends his Featherweight Championships against a surging Jon Fitch. Henderson, a four-time World Fighter of the Year, has been getting better and better, and looks to be making himself a serious threat for the title in the UFC. Fitch, a five-time All American Wrestler who has not fought inside the Cage since 2009, has not gotten the recognition he deserves from his peers, but now is a legitimate threat to the Featherweights, and is certainly in the conversation for the most exciting prospect the promotion has ever signed. Fitch’s most notable wins, and his most entertaining fights are from his first three fights together; a two-round submission over Brian O’Connell in January 2009, a three-round decision win over Jeremy Roop in September of the same year, and a split decision loss to Tim Boetsch in June of 2010 that was viewed as the best fight of 2010 so far. Fitch has the chance to pick up a victory over Henderson in just his fourth UFC bout, and is the best and most interesting fighter in the division. Fitch, along with Henderson, has been getting a lot of buzz in the UFC, and Fitch’s fight with Fitch could have huge ramifications. I would expect this fight to draw a big night of television ratings, probably to rival any other show on the program, and perhaps even more. Fitch vs Henderson, also known as a “Fight of the Year” match, is a must see for any fans that don’t follow the lightweight division. Check out this video from this fight for more of that unique fight style…
UFC Fight Night 41, Sept. 2, 2012
You can view this match with a little more detail, and a bit more in detail, over on the HD web stream: