In light of the recent debate about whether or not the partially announced UFC on FOX 5 card is 'too stacked',as well as the 151 debacle,I decided to try and put together a list of the top five most stacked events that Dana, Joe Silva, and co have put on in their time as UFC big wigs. I've tried to weed out my choices based on name value and hype leading up to the card, as well as the quality of the fights when the cage door closes and the men start swinging. It was difficult, tiring, and I definitely screwed up on some of my choices, as many of you will surely tell me in the comments section! But without further ado, here it goes.
Number.5- UFC Fight Night 19:Diaz vs. Guillard
Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce
Chris Wilson vs. Mike Pyle
Nate Quarry vs. Tim Credeur
Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard
I recently purchased the UFC's Ultimate 2009 DVD. Off the top of my head, they have included roughly 20 of the best fights from all of 2009 into this excellent DVD set. out of those 20, three were from this card. All from the four fight main card, to be exact. That is insane. What is even more amazing is the fact that each fight deserves to be there.
From Nate Quarry and Tim Creduer putting on a surprising fight of the year candidate, to a young Carlos condit surviving the first round of his soft-more UFC fight and coming back to win against a debuting Ellenburger, all the way to Nate Diaz's crafty submission win over a Game Guillard - DAYUM. And the one fight on the main card that didn't make it onto the best of 2009? Well it consisted of the highly anticipated return of the aspiring movie star ( and at the time 20-2-1) Roger Huerta in a back and forth battle against undefeated Gray Maynard.
This card went off perfectly for the UFC; heck, even the prelims featured some interesting scraps. And the fact that it was on free tv? Man, the only reason this event wasn't higher up on my list was its lack of star power at the time. Despite that slight short coming, it definitely belongs in the top 5.
Number.4- UFC 129
Fight Card- Prelims:
Benson Henderson vs. Mark Bocek
The UFC's first trip to Toronto was the perfect model for success when it comes to top of the line fight cards; two title fights, propped up by an intriguing featured bout (Courture's retirement) and two other fights that had a high probability of entertainment.Not to mention that these were the craziest prelim fights I have ever seen. Finishes by a spinning back fist, standing elbows, triangles (flying and non-flying), and a highlight real KO, all topped off with Rory's big brother beat down on Nate ensured that the under card did what it was supposed to do. And the excitement continued right into the ppv segment. Henderson and Bocek went to war on the feet and the mat, the Janitor clean up in under a minute with a stellar ko, and Machida proved that he still had the moves that made him a champion against Captain America.
Then came the title fights, and I must say, I have never screamed so loud at a tv . Aldo and Hominick put on a striking clinic the likes of which I had never seen until then. The Machine would score with his speed and footwork, only to be repeatedly dropped by Aldo's power punches. When the fourth round ended, an Aldo victory was all but guaranteed. So when our fellow Canadian put the exhausted champ down and proceeded to beat on him for the entire round, the living room EXPLODED with unheard encouragement. It was too little too late, but MAN what a fight.
the only reason this fight isn't in the top three or two is due to the stinker of a main event. No matter how stellar a card looks, everyone shows up for the main event, and it is the featured fight of the evening that leaves the final and lasting impression on all those watching. To be quite frank shields was, in terms of finishing ability, the least threatening opponent GSP had ever faced in the UFC, and the champ still didn't deliver (I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT EYE POKES), so number four for 129 it is!
Now feel free to come at me, and my next one will feature numbers 3 and 2. Thanks guys!