The Edgar-Penn fight this weekend--and to a greater extent, the divided opinion of esteemed MMA journalists, bloggers, and well-informed fans (e.g. BE followers) that followed--inspired me to research (I use that word liberally; I really just spent about 10-15 min on the Sherdog FightFinder) the last 10 UFC title fights that went to the judges' scorecards (it would certainly change the rankings to peer back further, but to be honest, my memory for how these earlier fights were perceived is much less strong). I wanted to see how many other title fights were viewed as being perhaps closest to a draw. Here are my rankings according to how I perceived the MMA world as perceiving it, not necessarily how I perceived it (although I won't claim to have eliminated any bias, it was my intention to be objective).
|1||Frank Edgar def. B.J. Penn||UFC 112||4/10/2010|
|2||Lyota Machida def. Mauricio Rua||UFC 104||10/24/2009|
|3||Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson||UFC 86||7/5/2008|
|4||Tim Sylvia def. Andrei Arlovski||UFC 61||7/8/2006|
|5||Quinton Jackson def. Dan Henderson||UFC 75||9/8/2007|
|6||Randy Couture def. Tim Sylvia||UFC 68||3/3/2007|
|7||Tim Sylvia def. Jeff Monson||UFC 65||11/18/2006|
|8||Georges St. Pierre def. Jon Fitch||UFC 87||8/9/2008|
|9||Anderson Silva def. Thales Leites||UFC 97||4/18/2009|
|10||Sean Sherk def. Kenny Florian||UFC 64||10/14/2006|
*I haven't watched either of the two Sylvia victories since they originally aired, nor have I heard many references to these fights in some time. Consequently, my ranking for these two fights certainly deserves the most scrutiny.
Some might see the Machida-Rua fight as deserving a #1 ranking since a much greater portion of experts and fans viewed Rua as the rightful victor. This is precisely why I chose to rank this fight #2. It seems to me that Rua was much more worty of earning the decision than Penn was last weekend.
In my own opinion, I felt the Jackson-Griffin fight was much closer then either of these, but it doesn't seem that opinion prevails universally. Irregardless, I think it should be agreed that this top 3 is just, however one chooses to arrange them.
The Sylvia-Arlovski fight should end up somewhere toward the middle-spot, simply because the bottom 5 were much closer to one-sided affairs.
The most difficult fight for me to rank, from a fan's point-of-view, was the Sherk-Florian fight. I'm a tremendous Florian fan and I remember how frustrating it was to watch Florian on his back for 25 minutes desperately attacking with elbows, praying for a TKO by cut. He showed heart, but it didn't seem that anything, save a cut, could stop Sherk from winning each and every round.
I hope this topic encourages discussion. Please feel free to adjust these rankings to fit in earlier contests or adjust these rankings to a similar but different criteria.
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