10 memorable UFC moments that went nowhere

A good caption or segment in MMA can be used to build an amazing fight. Chael Sonnen calling out Anderson Silva led to their incredible rivalry that will live on in MMA history. Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones sparring at a press conference ahead of their first fight helped set the stage for one of the biggest feuds in sports history.

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However, a great caption doesn’t always translate into something good. In fact, sometimes it does nothing at all. Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar almost got into a fight cfu 226 was a legendary moment that went nowhere, but it’s not the only example.

ten Jon Jones calls Brock Lesnar


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In the build-up to UFC 214, there was brief talk of Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight. When asked who a potential opponent might be, he noted that he would like to fight Brock Lesnar, who had returned the previous year. Asked, the former champion seemed open.

After Jones’ victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, “Bones” took the microphone and called out Brock Lesnar. Although there was some interest in making the fight happen, Jones tested positive for steroids weeks later, and his title reign as well as the hope of making this super fight takes place have ended.


9 Yoel Romero challenges Michael Bisping


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Michael Bisping was on the shelf due to injury, but that didn’t stop Yoel Romero from calling him up at UFC 205. Following his win over Chris Weidman, the Cuban called the middleweight champion of the UFC in a chilling promo. Bisping was shown onscreen and apparently accused Romero of using steroids.

This fight never happened due to mismatched timelines. Bisping failed to heal in time to face Romero, while the Cuban lost his upcoming interim title fight and thus missed out on a possible fight with the Briton.

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8 Michael Bisping takes on Robert Whittaker


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When Yoel Romero was scheduled to fight Robert Whittaker at UFC 213, it was pretty clear that the UFC and Michael Bisping expected the Cuban to win. The main reason was that the champ was cage side and seemingly ready to set the stage for a big grudge match with his nemesis.

Instead, Whittaker created an upset. Bisping then went to confront him in a bizarre callout, which knocked him out of the cage after yelling at the Aussie. That fight, as well as Romero’s, did not happen. This one didn’t happen because Whittaker got injured in his fight against Romero, and Georges St-Pierre won the title fight instead.

7 Mickey Gall calls Dan Hardy


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Mickey Gall’s early momentum in his UFC career is easy to forget. The youngster was winning fights and then calling his shot. He beat Mike Jackson and called out CM Punk. He beat Punk and called out Sage Northcutt. He beat Northcutt and then called recently unretired Dan Hardy.

This caption was his first miss, as Hardy downplayed the fight days later. As of 2022, he is still looking for his elusive comeback fight.


6 Jose Aldo calls out Conor McGregor


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When Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar was set for UFC 200, Conor McGregor was expected to face the winner later in the year. The promotion even placed the Irishman cage-side for the fight, giving fans one of the chilliest images in MMA history, as the dominating champion watched two contenders fight to be his next prey.

Aldo won the fight and then called out McGregor for a second meeting. They showed the champion on camera going back and forth with the Brazilian, but that was it. The rematch never happened as McGregor opted to gain weight.

5 Max Holloway/Khabib Nurmagomedov press conference


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The UFC 223 press conference was one of the biggest in MMA history and perfectly helped set the stage for their headlining bout. Max Holloway stepped in on six days notice for his first lightweight bout against undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Their press conference was a real highlight, as Holloway went back and forth with Nurmagomedov. The Russian attempted to state that the Hawaiian was in it for the money, while he instead stated that he was in it for the legacy. Sadly, this super fight never happened, as Holloway was kicked out by the New York commission due to his weight loss.

4 Leon Edwards/Jorge Masvidal Backstage Brawl


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Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal met backstage after their huge wins at UFC London. The situation quickly escalated after the Englishman interrupted the latter’s interview, leading to a brief brawl.

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Masvidal quickly became a star with his “three pieces and a soda” line after the fight. While the two were scheduled to fight at UFC 269 last year, they have yet to fight.


3 Michael Bisping and Colby Covington face off on air


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Following Colby Covington’s victory at UFC 225 to become interim UFC welterweight champion, he did an interview with FOX Sports. The interview quickly became a trash-talking masterclass by new champ and analyst Michael Bisping.

Bisping just lost the UFC middleweight championship to Georges St-Pierre and is yet to retire. Covington even mentioned fighting the former champion at 185 pounds, but the fight never happened or had much of a following. Bisping retired the following year.

2 Tony Ferguson calls “McNuggets”


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Tony Ferguson won interim UFC lightweight gold at UFC 216 by defeating Kevin Lee. He then took the mic to call out undisputed 155-pound champion Conor McGregor. Ferguson dubbed the champion “McNuggets” and told him to defend his title or quit.

Unfortunately, this title unification never happened. All dreams of that fight disappeared when Tony Ferguson tore his ACL in early 2016, forcing him to rescind his interim UFC gold.

1 The fight between Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier


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It was rumored that the UFC 226 main event winner between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic would fight Brock Lesnar next. The former UFC heavyweight champion was a free agent, was in talks with the UFC for a return and was cage side for the headlining bout.

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Cormier knocked out Miocic then took the mic to call out Lesnar. The former champion entered the cage and pushed the current champion, and the two engaged in a brief scuffle. That moment is still one of the biggest videos ever uploaded to the UFC YouTube channel, but the fight never happened as Lesnar returned to WWE.


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