Top 10 Best UFC Fights of the 21st Century

The 21st century has seen countless memorable UFC fights, with fighters showcasing their skills and leaving lasting impressions on fans around the world.

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From stunning knockouts to epic bouts of skill and will, these bouts have made an incredible mark on MMA history. Join us as we witness the breathtaking action, unforgettable moments and sheer determination of the fighters who entered the octagon.

Top 10 Best UFC Fights of the 21st Century

10. Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum (UFC 236)

This interim middleweight title fight between Adesanya and Gastelum was an all-out war. Both fighters showed tremendous heart and skill in a back-and-forth contest. Adesanya emerged victorious from a bitter five-round bout, cementing his status as one of the sport’s rising stars.

9. Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier (UFC 2018)

Gaethje and Poirier fought a match that will be remembered for its non-stop action and incredible exchanges. Both fighters showed their willingness to engage in a firefight by firing heavy shots throughout the fight. Poirier secured the win with a TKO in the fourth round, but Gaethje’s performance earned him respect from fans and fighters alike.

8. Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson (UFC 192)

Cormier and Gustafsson fought an intense light heavyweight title fight that went the distance. The fight showcased the technical skills and heart of both fighters, with Cormier ultimately winning via split decision. The fight was a testament to the competitive nature of the division and the talent of both athletes.

7. Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz II (UFC 202)

This much-anticipated rematch between McGregor and Diaz exceeded all expectations. The fight was a back-and-forth with McGregor seeking redemption after his previous loss to Diaz. McGregor won a majority decision in a thrilling contest that showcased the skill and determination of both fighters.

6. Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald II (UFC 189)


This welterweight title fight is remembered for its sheer brutality and the incredible heartiness of both fighters. Lawler and MacDonald fought a five-round war that left both men battered and covered in blood. Lawler eventually secured the win with a TKO in the fifth round, but MacDonald’s performance was just as impressive.

5. Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson (UFC 165)

Considered one of the greatest light heavyweight fights in UFC history, Jones and Gustafsson fought for five grueling rounds. The fight was incredibly hard fought, with both fighters showing their skill and tenacity. Jones ultimately won by unanimous decision, but Gustafsson pushed him to the limit.

4. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen (UFC 117)

This middleweight title fight showcased the incredible heart and resilience of both fighters. Sonnen dominated Silva for four and a half laps with his wrestling and ground control. However, Silva made an impressive comeback in the last round and secured a triangle armbar submission to retain his belt.

3. Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva (UFC 79)

This duel between two legendary strikers was highly anticipated by the fans. Liddell and Silva fought back and forth, delivering heavy shots throughout the fight. Liddell eventually emerged victorious by unanimous decision, cementing his status as one of the greatest light heavyweights of all time.

2. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II (UFC 52)

This fight is a welterweight title rematch and will be remembered for its high stakes and dramatic ending. Trigg got Hughes in trouble early in the first round, but Hughes managed to escape and later secured a rear-naked choke to win the fight in the second round while retaining his title.

1. Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar (The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale)

This fight is often credited with bringing the UFC into the mainstream. Both Griffin and Bonnar showed incredible displays of heart, determination and skill in a three-round war that left fans in suspense. Griffin emerged victorious, but both fighters earned respect and a place in UFC history.

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