To the blue corner we go for today’s 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. Going heads up will be the #3 seed, Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson 1, and the #6 ranked, Nick Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi.
In yesterday’s tournament matchup, the #3 Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes 2 went head-to-head againt #6 Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 3. With 21 total votes, Aldo vs. Mendes 2 tripled up on Edgar vs. Maynard 3, who received 7 votes. The other day we advanced The Edgar/Maynard sequel to Round 2, no such luck for the trilogy fight. Aldo vs. Mendes will go on to Round 2, where it will face the victor of the upcoming #4 seed Poirier vs. Zombie VS. the #5 ranked Alvarez vs. Gaethje matchup.
For today’s matchup, we have two bouts that were insane battles that will go down in MMA history as classic fights to watch... but is one of these deserving of the tourney title “The Greatest MMA Fight to Watch of All Time” - before the world ends? Place your votes today for one of the following:
Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson 1 was a Main Event UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Bout for UFC 165 back in September, 2013. A fight worthy of its induction into the UFC Hall of Fame, Jones and Gus waged war for five thrilling rounds and ended in a controversial decision that’s still debated to this day. Our Champion, Jones, was a huge favorite and our Challenger, Gustafsson, a massive underdog. They had an epic battle; Jones winning via Unanimous Decision with the judges scorecards coming in at 48/47, 48/47 and 49/46 . The results didn’t stop Gustafsson from being terribly proud of his performance and wanting an immediate rematch.
Stockton bad boy Nick Diaz vs. Takanori ‘The Fireball Kid’ Gomi was a Main Card bout at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming, back in February of 2007, that ended in a no contest — after having ended in a fantastic sub. Diaz was a moderate underdog and Gomi was a moderate favorite. As one of the “last great fights put on by the teetering Pride organization, it stands as an all-time MMA Classic.” The bout started off with wild punching exchanges, a hard shot to Diaz’ eye, Gomi punching himself into having arms like dead weight; and in the 2nd Gomi landed a crushing right to Diaz’ eye, opening a gash that almost resulted in a Doctor’s stoppage. But Diaz locked in a Gogoplata at the 1:46 mark after the restart - submitting the exhausted Gomi. Alas, ultimately Diaz tested positive for extremely high blood THC concentrations following the bout and had the win stripped from his record.
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