It was back to the red corner for our most recent matchup in 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... but the battle which involved the #2 ranked, Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum, colliding with the #7 seed, T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz - was an epic nail-biter and ultimately, it ENDED IN A TIE!
Both of our bouts were high stakes five-round decisions. One was for the UFC’s interim middleweight title, and the other was for the UFC bantamweight belt.
Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum went down at UFC 236 in Atlanta, Georgia back in 2019, with the promotion’s interim middleweight title up for grabs. Gastelum went right at Izzy, throwing hard combos in the pocket. Adesanya recovered from being rocked to get the fight back on his side, and managed to drop Gastelum a bunch of times in the final round of the war. All of the toughness was in this fight!
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz took place at UFC Boston back in January of 2016 and was for the promotion’s bantamweight championship. Both men showcased top shelf technique in terms of striking, grappling, and footwork — and they both had the athleticism to stay after it until the fifth and final bell.
Today is your chance to tip the scales with your votes. Do you want that #2 seed to advance on to Round 2 where that bout will face #1 Lawler vs. MacDonald 2? OR - do you want the upset? Should the #7 seed advance to Round 2 instead? If that were to happen, would it even stand a chance against that infamous Lawler vs. MacDonald 2 bout? Only you can decide. Make your voices heard and vote now for the tie-breaker!
Next up after this has all been sorted out, we will see what happens in a bout that pits #2 Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 2 up against #7 Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero... but for now, let’s break that tie!
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To vote for Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum write: Vote - Adesanya vs. Gastelum
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Voting is open for 21 hours, so get your votes in now.
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