UFC news: The 22 greatest title fights in history have been ranked

  • Alex Batt

Nothing gets UFC fans going like a big championship fight.

You can have all the big names in the company fighting on one night, but what the fans truly want is championship fight after championship fight after championship fight.

There’s nothing quite like it when a title is on the line, and two men or women go to war for it.

So what are the greatest championship fights in the history of UFC? Well, luckily for us, they’ve been named and ranked by New Arena.

To be more specific, they have ranked the 22 greatest championship fights in the history of the company, and the list is absolutely stacked with unbelievable fighters and memorable fights.

So, no more talking, let’s get down to finding out what’s been ranked as the greatest title fight in UFC history.


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

21. Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua (UFC 104)

20. Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz II (UFC 66)

19. Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor (UFC 194)

18. Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks (UFC 167)

17. Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard II (UFC 125)

16. Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson (UFC 82)

15. Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort (UFC 187)

14. Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga (UFC on Fox 8)

13. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha (TUF 23 Finale)

12. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen (UFC 148)

11. Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit (UFC 154)

22-11 Summary

Have you spotted your favourite championship fight yet?

Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz II back at UFC 66 felt huge at the time, and rightfully so comes in at 20, but what about number 19.

Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor… surely that could have come in higher just for the magnitude of the fight and the shock of it?!

As you can see, a lot of these fights were from a while back, bar the Aldo/McGregor encounter at UFC 194.

Does that mean the top 10 is stacked with more recent fights?


10. Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson I (UFC 205)

9. Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate (UFC 168)

8. Cody Garbrandt vs. Dominick Cruz (UFC 207)

7. Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm (UFC 193)

6. Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson II (UFC 204)

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

4. Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir (UFC 100)

3. Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture III (UFC 57)

2. Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald (UFC 189)

1. Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez (UFC 205)

10-1 Summary

So. Many. Memories.

What a stacked top 10 of fights that is with some of the biggest names to ever step foot inside the Octagon.

Tyron Woodley, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Michael Bisping, Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar, Liddell, Randy Couture, Eddie Alvarez and, of course, McGregor.

Of course the number one spot had to go to Notorious, and can you argue with it here? What an iconic night it was back at UFC 205 when the Irishman became the ‘champ champ’.


Now, of course, there are going to be some fights you feel have been missed off, and that’s rightfully your opinion, but this is the 22 greatest UFC championship fights as voted for by the people over at New Arena.

It’s worth noting that the rankings could have been done a while back, missing most recent championship fights, but still, it’s hardly a weak 22 list!

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