In the brief history of Ultimate Fighting Championship, there have been several brilliant fights, great matches and bouts that went down in history for various reasons. Dan Severn / Ken Shamrock was historically bad, for example, but there aren't too many main events even close to that caliber of stink.
More often than not, the big fight of the night was important for various reasons, namely, it was a title defense or a bout to choose the next contender for the belt.
Some fights are glorious because of what went down inside the cage. In the build up to Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Rua, most fans and pundits were looking forward to a nice little slugfest between two legends of the sport. What we got was the unexpected fight of the decade.
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier was supposed to be a cool scrap between the rising hot prospect and a fun fighter who'd become a crowd favorite because of his seven-second knockout of Mark Hominick and first ever twister win over Leonard Garcia (and his other fight with Leonard). What we got was probably fight of the year and more "THAT WAS AWESOME!" moments than Mike Schiavello on commentary.
Other fights are iconic because of the build up, who the fighters are and what the fight means for the history of the sport and the legacies of the fighters.
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