Most Epic Fights in UFC History
The term "epic" is often beaten around the bush or used too lately in the world of mixed martial arts.
In fact, while as fans we've witnessed the one-punch knockout blows, the heart-wrenching submissions, and the grueling decisions, few fights have earned the right to be classified as "epic".
Much like a solar-eclipse, epic is rare and the term shouldn't be tossed around easily.
Many of MMA's world class athletes have taken it upon themselves and have set the standard for what is epic and what is not.
So, without further ado, the following slides display the 10 most epic fights in UFC history.
Let's take a look.
10. UFC 116: Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
Shane Carwin found himself fighting for the UFC heavyweight title after winning the first 12 fights of his career.
The only problem, he was yet to face a wrestler with the skill set of Brock Lesnar.
But, it wasn't Lesnar's wrestling skills that allowed him to outlast Carwin but a full-dose of heart and a will to succeed.
In the opening minutes of Round 1, Lesnar was absolutely demolished by Carwin as he curled into a ball as Carwin began to tee off on the former WWE superstar.
Lesnar was saved by the bell as the first frame came to a close.
The second round brought cheers and thanksgiving as Lesnar would place Carwin on his back and began to wear down the unbeaten heavyweight.
At the two minute mark, Lesnar would connect on an arm-triangle choke that would allow him to reign supreme in his fourth consecutive fight.
9. TUF 4 Finale: Pete Sell vs. Scott Smith
Pete Sell and Scott Smith were slated to take part in your casual meeting between two average fighters.
But, as Sell and Smith demonstrated, average can sometimes translate into greatness as once again it was the Las Vegas crowd who has the privilege of witnessing one of the most epic finishes in UFC history.
In Round 2, Sell connected on a mouth-dropping body shot that clearly hurt Smith, as he remained on his feet with rigorous pain.
Sell sensed Smith's pain and began to enter in on his opponent only to be dropped in one punch by the injured Smith.
Smith, injured and all, jumped on Sell as the bout was stopped at 3:25 of the second round.
8. TUF 9 Finale: Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida
What do you get when you enlist two of the UFC's craziest fighters in a lightweight showdown?
An epic staredown?
Correct. But, also an epic battle.
In what would result in the 'Fight of the Year' Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida exchanged grueling strikes, powerful takedowns, mind-boggling grappling, and much more.
In fact, this bout-to-remember was so close, that even the judge's couldn't make up their minds.
After an electrifying all-out type of brawl, Sanchez and Guida awaited a controversial decision.
In the end, it was Sanchez who's hand would be raised by a close split decision victory.
7. UFC 125: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
When a fighter is down and out, that usually means they are seconds away from being finished off by their opponent.
Unless however your name is Frankie Edgar.
Edgar met Gray Maynard in a thriller for the ages at UFC 125 to kickoff the new year in style.
With hopes of capturing the UFC lightweight title, Maynard held complete control of the opening round as many believe Edgar was literally one strike away from being dethroned.
After an unbelievable showing of heart and determination, not only did Edgar continued to battle but he would steal the very next round.
After a back-and-forth brawl, both Edgar and Maynard capped off an historical night on their feet as they awaited a judge's decision.
48-46 Maynard, 48-46 Edgar, and 47-47 declaring this bout a draw.
Bummer but epic.
6. UFC 69: Georges St-Pierre vs. Matt Serra
In what would result in arguably the biggest upset of all time, Georges St-Pierre entered the Octagon at UFC 69 for a championship bout that would last all but 3:25.
St-Pierre, along with the rest of the world went into shock as they saw one of the greatest martial artists of all time fall from a series of strikes from Serra.
In amazement, fans watched as Serra pounced on St-Pierre and began to swing his way towards UFC gold.
Then, after being given every last chance, the welterweight title match was stopped allowing Serra to endure his first championship in his MMA career.
5. UFC 79: Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva
It didn't seem to matter to Chuck Liddell that he entered UFC 79 on the worst losing streak of his career when he met the "Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva.
As expected, Liddell and Silva circled the Octagon in the opening minutes as each showed an interest in finishing their opponent.
However, despite questionable chins from both martial artists, a finish never came as the Las Vegas crowd was beginning to become a part of history.
Liddell would land a huge right that pushed Silva back but it was never enough to finish the fan-favorite.
After a complete slug-fest, the epic showdown would wind down as fans began to witness "hey-makers" to the finish line.
In the end, it was Liddell who escaped with a unanimous decision victory.
4. UFC 52: Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II
During his prime, it was rare to ever see Matt Hughes dominated the way he was in his second meeting with Frank Trigg at UFC 52.
After losing their first square off at UFC 45, Trigg returned to the Octagon to take care of some unfinished business.
While Trigg certainly got close to taking care of that business, he was unable to as Hughes escaped an extremely tight submission attempt.
In result, Hughes captured the back of Trigg as fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena couldn't believe what was unfolding before their eyes.
Then it happened.
With just less than a minute remaining in the first round, Hughes submitted Trigg via rear-naked choke.
3. UFC 117: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
Anderson Silva approached the Octagon with confidence as it was supposed to be just another day at the office.
But, Silva's parade got rained on when he found himself on the receiving end of one of the worst beatdowns the UFC has ever seen.
It was the first time in his Octagon career that Silva was unable to defend himself as he was enduring vicious ground and pound to the point where many felt the bout should have been stopped.
However, that didn't happen as Silva would continue to battle back and battle back.
Unfortunately for Silva, Chael Sonnen never slowed down as he was just a little over two minutes away from dethroning a man who's been nearly untouchable.
Untouchable indeed as Silva placed Sonnen in a triangle armbar allowing him to remain the UFC middleweight champion in historical fashion.
2. UFC 139: Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
In the midst of a mediocre fight card, or what was supposed to be at UFC 139, Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua took the Octagon for an evening we'll never forget.
It was Henderson who ruled action early by nearly crushing the Brazilian legend just minutes into the first frame.
After escaping by the skin of his teeth, Rua once again would escape a grueling round two with the will-power the UFC's never seen before.
When the third round began, it was Henderson who continued to pummel his opponent and held the clear advantage heading into the first of two championship rounds.
But, to the surprise of many, the tides had turned as Rua battled back to display one of the greatest comebacks in the history of MMA.
After nearly stunning Henderson, the main event was off to the fifth and final round.
The pace didn't rest as Rua once again dominated the round, allowing many to believe he did enough to earn himself a draw.
Unfortunately for Rua, Henderson was declared victorious via unanimous decision in a bout that those in attendance and watching won't ever forget.
1. TUF 1 Finale: Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar
After battling through the thickness of Season 1 of the Ultimate Fighter, Forrest Griffin made his way to the Octagon to take on Stephan Bonnar is the organization's first finale showdown.
Griffin and Bonnar stole the show from the get-go as the two engaged in a series of punches that escalated into an all-out brawl.
With blood flying and fists swinging, Griffin and Bonnar made their way to the third and final round for a chance to be crowned the first Ultimate Fighter champion.
Griffin held the advantage over his opponent after two rounds but it didn't stop Bonnar from plugging away as a six-figure contract was just minutes away.
The two young superstars remained on their feet as the Las Vegas crowd roared in excitement for what would turn out to be the 'Fight of the Year'.
After an unbelievable battle of strikes, Griffin was declared victorious via unanimous decision while Bonnar was also rewarded a contract with the UFC.