If someone is an MMA fan, they most likely don’t know anything about UFC. UFC is the largest MMA promotion in the world. UFC has been promoting MMA for far too long. With over three decades still to come this November, there are far too many moments to count. But let’s take a look back at the 10 most iconic UFC octagon moments that were so good they had to make the list.
10. Randy Couture beats up Tito Ortiz
Randy Couture is not only a brilliant fighter, but he also has a fantastic sense of humor. Randy challenged Tito Ortiz for the light heavyweight title at UFC 44 and won convincingly. Tito attempted a leg lock at the end of the fight to earn the win after coming from behind. Tito’s decision to go for the leg lock exposed almost all of Randy’s buttocks, so Couture chose to spank him.
9. GSP dethrones Matt Hughes
When Georges St-Pierre faced Matt Hughes in the second fight, Hughes was widely considered the best welterweight in the world. Matt already had a GSP win, as did almost every other key member of the division. Few believed Georges had a shot at a rematch for the title, but St-Pierre dominated the fight and won by TKO in the second round. The game represented a changing of the guard, with one legend falling and another rising.
8. Brock Lesnar is furious after beating Frank Mir
After suffering his first loss to Frank Mir, Brock Lesnar got his revenge at UFC 100, beating Mir by TKO in the second round. However, for the enraged Lesnar, winning the fight wasn’t enough. After the fight, Brock made matters worse by kicking Frank in the face and yelling at him. Lesnar then attacked a UFC sponsor and made vulgar remarks about his wife during the post-fight interview. It was a bad show of sportsmanship, but it was an unforgettable moment.
7. Rashad Evans is KO’d by Lyoto Machida
Rashad Evans is no stranger to tormenting his opponents in the cage and it once bit his A$$. Evans faced Lyoto Machida at UFC 98, attempting to defend his light heavyweight title for the first fight. Machida obviously won the fight and was superior to Rashad in every respect, and Evans tried to irritate Lyoto with some head plays in the second round.
Evans poked fun at Lyoto’s punching power after Machida completed a clean combo. Machida knocked him out immediately afterwards. Not only is it notable because it was a great fight, but also because it was the inspiration for this hilarious Rashad photo that every MMA fan has probably seen at least once.
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6. Anderson Silva scored the first-ever front kick knockout in UFC history
5. Vitor Belfort won the UFC tournament at the age of 19
At the age of 19, Vitor Belfort became the youngest-ever winner of a UFC tournament at UFC 12. The evening was notable not only for Belfort’s record but also for his dominance in the bouts he took part in. Vitor defeated both of his opponents in less than two minutes. Belfort’s groundbreaking performance at UFC 12 brought him a lot of attention and admirers.
4. BJ Penn becomes champion in two weight divisions
Winning a UFC belt is a challenging endeavor in itself. It’s practically unthinkable to win two. BJ Penn defeated Joe Stevenson to secure the vacant UFC 80 lightweight championship, becoming only the second man in UFC history to do so. The fight was historic because Penn won the championship, but it was also one of the most brutal losses ever seen in the Octagon.
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov destroys Conor McGregor
The UFC 229 event will be remembered for what happened that night, both in terms of what happened in the ring and the humiliating incidents that were witnessed afterwards that were unsportsmanlike to say the least. In the main event in Las Vegas, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who attempted a knockout with a great performance in the first round, defeated Conor McGregor with a sensational chokehold in the fourth round to retain the lightweight championship. This fight was significant because Conor disregarded Khabib and his religious beliefs during the pre-match press conference.
2. Jon Jones knocked Lyoto Machida unconscious
Jon Jones used a guillotine from Hell to defeat Lyoto Machida from a standing position on December 10, 2011. While this is just another routine championship defense for Jones, it is the most brutal conclusion of his career. Jones started the fight the same way he normally does and decided to beat his opponent at his own game, standing alongside the deadly karate striker. He would ground the fight in the second round after holding his own before bouncing back and surprising Machida with a vacuum-sealed choke to the fence. Machida would pass out in Jones’ hold and complete the guillotine finish.
1. Brock Lesnar shoves Daniel Cormier
This is by far the best moment in the UFC octagon as Brock Lesnar knocked Daniel Cormier out of nowhere. After a spectacular event in Las Vegas, there was still time for a moment of madness. The main event of UFC 226 was a heavyweight match between then-champion Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.
Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis competed in the co-main event. Many predicted that the fight would end in the first round when the winner would meet the winner of the fight Miocic/Cormier. Cormier beat Miocic in the clinch in the closing seconds of round one to become a two-division champion.
What followed was simply amazing. In the run-up to UFC 226, there were rumors of a possible return for former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
The incarnate beast happened to be present. Cormier then called out Brock in the post-fight interview. During the interview, Lesnar entered the cage and shoved Daniel in classic WWE fashion.
Cormier remarked after the jab, “Now push me, you’re going to sleep later, Brock!” Security was immediately dispatched to tell the duo apart. Many people expected a brawl to ensue after the classic deployment. But it did not work. But this is still the most beautiful moment that has ever happened in the octagon.
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