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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.