10 forgotten UFC fights that immediately followed a classic
Every time someone buys a cfu pay-per-view event or watch a free event on TV, fight fans hope to see a fight that will be talked about for years to come. Whether it’s two brawlers sharing punches with no regard for their own safety, or grapplers locking down submissions and opponents refusing to give up, battle fans live for back-and-forth battles .
The UFC has no shortage of legendary fights. With events happening almost every week, a roster of over 500 fighters and 12 weight classes, exciting and memorable fights are bound to happen. However, fights that take place after legendary fights, are often difficult to follow and end up being forgotten.
ten Frank Shamrock vs. Jeremy Horn
With so many legendary fights, the UFC has included a fighting wing in its hall of fame. One of the first fights to be inducted was a heavyweight bout between Mark Coleman and Pete Williams at UFC 17 in 1998.
The event was originally supposed to feature Coleman in the main event, but injuries forced the card to change. As a result, UFC light heavyweight champion Frank Shamrock fought Jeremy Horn in the main event. With a Hall of Fame fight taking place before the main event, Shamrock’s title defense is largely forgotten.
9 Mark Kerr vs. Dwayne Cason
Mark Kerr and Dwayne Cason are two largely forgotten names in the world of mixed martial arts, but that may soon change with a biopic about Kerr’s life in the works. In 1997, at UFC 15, both heavyweights made it to the one-night heavyweight tournament finale.
Before Kerr and Cason fought in their second fight of the night, UFC legends Randy Couture and Vitor Belfort met for the first time. Couture would win the fight via technical knockout and receive a heavyweight title opportunity. In 2004, the two legends would fight twice more, with each fighter picking up a victory.
8 Ricco Rodriguez vs. Pete Williams
One of the most impressive performances in UFC history came at UFC 34 in 2001. That night, future UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn defeated Caol Uno by knockout in just 11 seconds. Highlights of this fight are shown in nearly every Penn video package.
Unfortunately, heavyweights Ricco Rodriguez and Pete Williams had to follow Penn’s legendary performance. Even with Rodriguez picking up a second-round TKO victory, the fight was nowhere near as memorable or classic.
7 Rich Franklin vs. Ken Shamrock
The light heavyweight fight between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar at the first ultimate fighter The finale is arguably the most legendary UFC fight of all time. When the first ultimate fighter The finale is discussed, Griffin and Bonnar’s fight is usually the only fight discussed, but it wasn’t the main event.
In the main event, UFC legend Ken Shamrock fought Rich Franklin in a light heavyweight bout. Franklin won the fight and earned a title shot. Despite Franklin’s win over Shamrock earning him the UFC middleweight title, the fight was completely overshadowed by Griffin and Bonnar.
6 Alastair Overeem vs. Junior dos Santos
In 2015, two of the best heavyweights in UFC history fought when Alastair Overeem fought former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. Even with Overeem picking up a knockout victory, the fight was overshadowed by the fight that took place prior to this heavyweight encounter.
Before Overeem fought Dos Anjos, a light fight between Nate Diaz and Michael Johnson took place. Diaz picked up a decision victory and cut a legendary promo that led him to become one of the UFC’s top stars. After his victory, Diaz called out Conor McGregor and one of the best rivalries in UFC history was born.
5 Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes
Almost nothing about Conor McGregor’s UFC career is forgettable. However, at UFC 189 McGregor was forced into one of the best fights in UFC history.
In the co-main event of UFC 189, Robbie Lawler defended the UFC welterweight championship against Rory MacDonald. This legendary battle saw MacDonald put in one of his best performances in the cage before being knocked out in the final round. While McGregor winning an interim title was a memorable moment, the fight is largely forgotten.
4 Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown
When a fight between Donald Cerrone and Matt Brown was announced for UFC 206, fight fans assumed they were going to see a Fight of the Year contender. However, the fight that took place before Cerrone and Brown completely overshadowed the welterweight fight.
In a featherweight bout, Cub Swanson fought Doo-ho Choi in a bout that would later be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Swanson and Choi fought for three rounds, with Swanson earning a decision win.
3 Henry Cejudo vs Sergio Pettis
At UFC 218 in 2017, fight fans expected an exciting fight between former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje, and both fighters did not disappoint. In the third round of the fight, Alvarez landed a devastating knee that ended the fight.
A pivotal flyweight bout between Sergio Pettis and Henry Cejudo was forced to follow the classic lightweight battle between Alvarez and Gaethje. While Cejudo’s decision win over Pettis earned him a title shot, the fight itself is not memorable.
2 Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier 2
In 2019, at UFC 236, an interim lightweight title fight between Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway was booked for the main event. Poirier and Holloway were known to have some exciting fights and many fans were anticipating a classic fight. However, most fans couldn’t have predicted one of the greatest MMA fights of all time in the co-main event.
In the co-main event of UFC 236, an interim middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum took place. While Adesanya picked up a decision win, the fight also won numerous Fight of the Year awards.
1 Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero
In 2020 at UFC 248, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya successfully defended his title against Yoel Romero in the main event. Adesanya picked up a hard-fought victory that ended up being eclipsed by one of the best women’s MMA fights in history.
In the co-main event of UFC 248, Zhang Weili successfully defended her UFC women’s strawweight championship against former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Both fighters shone throughout the fight, but in the end Weili picked up a split decision victory.
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