It’s been over 20 years since the UFC held their first ever event in front of almost 8,000 fans in Denver, Colorado.
Fittingly named ‘The Beginning’, fans saw Royce Gracie submit his way to victory which included a 57-second win over Ken Shamrock in the semi-finals.
Since then, there have been 374 more events, and we have been treated to some epic fights along the way, with plenty of stars dominating the sport at various stages.
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With another record-breaking event coming our way on November 12, which just so happens to take place on the same date the first ever UFC event was held, in Madison Square Garden, the UFC have compiled a list of the 10 greatest events that have taken place since the inception of the company.
It comes as no surprise as to who features on the list three times.
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They’ve listed the second encounter between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz as the best, making UFC 202 the organisation’s greatest event in history.
THE TOP 10
The official statement on the website read: “No list of the biggest events in UFC history would be complete without UFC 202.
“After their first fight came together quickly and burned hot for two weeks straight, the rematch between McGregor and Nathan Diaz has a slow, steady build that reached a fever pitch by the time the two hit the Octagon to close out the show.
“McGregor got a measure of revenge, winning a unanimous decision over his rival from Stockton and the fans got a second outstanding fight from the two gutsy competitors.
“They also got Anthony Johnson showing off his scary power with a 13-second knockout of Glover Teixeira, who previously hadn’t been finished in over a decade.
"Donald Cerrone going Street Fighter II on Rick Story, Cody ‘No Love’ starching Takeya Mizugaki and calling out Dominick Cruz as the bantamweight champion watched from the broadcast booth and plenty more.”
It’s difficult to argue with their choice, as the trash talk was turned up a notch and we were treated to some magnificent fights, drawing in more fans than ever before.
UFC 200 came in at number two despite all of the issues surrounding it, with Amanda Nunes dethroning Miesha Tate. McGregor took the third spot with UFC 194 and his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo and snatched fourth as well with his victory over Chad Mendes at UFC 189.
Georges St-Pierre took the fifth spot for his win over Jake Shields at UFC 129, before Brock Lesnar takes places six and seven, for wins over Shane Carwin and a victory over Frank Mir at UFC 116 and 100 respectively.
Rounding off the top 10 we have GSP again for his UFC 87 win over Jon Fitch, Randy Couture’s title win over Pedro Rizzo in their first fight at UFC 31 and the list wouldn’t be complete without the final match of UFC 1, as Gracie defeated Gerard Gordeau.
With more stacked cards coming our way before the end of the year, including the return of Ronda Rousey, more fights are surely going to knock some out of the list.
Which events are you surprised to see in the top 10? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.
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