We are in the red corner today for our BE’s BADDEST Tournament Series to figure out what is the single Greatest MMA Fight Of All Time — that one to watch before the world ends. Today we have the #4 seed, Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann, squaring off with the #5 ranked, Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi.
In our last tournament matchup, the blue corner saw #3 Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje throw down with the #6 Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero 2. The end result was a draw, with both matches earning 11 votes each. It was time for a tie-breaker bout and the immediate rematch saw an upset. WIth a total of 26 votes, Whittaker vs. Romero 2 defeated Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje with just 21 tallies. Whittaker/Romero 2 will now move on to face the winner of the upcoming #4 Griffin vs. Bonnar 1 VS. Kongo vs. Barry matchup.
For today’s matchup, we will enjoy a savage light heavyweight slugfest taking on a frenetic featherweight firefight. One of them ended late in the second round, and the other one saw action for a full 15-minutes.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann was the main event for UFC on FUEL TV 8 back on March 2, 2013. Wanderlei was back in Japan and came to put on a show in the Saitama arena he made a name for himself in. As for Stann, well this became the final fight of his MMA career and boy was he was up for a good ol’ fashioned shootout. This fight had tons of haymakers, loads of heart, and plenty of knockdowns. It even had a definitive ending with Silva pulling off the gritty second-round knockout.
Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi was part of the UFC 206 PPV main card and happened on December 10, 2016. Cub rocked Choi. Doo Ho hurt Swanson. Both men left everything in the cage that night in a poetic display of heart and courage. These warriors were swinging even when their gas tanks ran dry, and their chins held up until the final bell. When the dust had settled, it was Swanson who took home the hard-earned decision.
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