MMA: 10 Slobberknockers You Must Show Every New Fight Fan
I'm sure every MMA fan can appreciate a good technical bout filled with minute nuances that determine the outcome of a fight. But deep down inside every fan has that natural instinct to watch fights like the ones on this list.
Now with MMA gaining new fans every day due to its mainstream exposure, a wave of people will be flocking to places like YouTube and FUEL TV to watch MMA fights. It takes time to understand the details that go into the grappling game but fans can easily grasp the concept of the striking exchanges.
These slobberknocker brawls involved a lot of striking that likely took years off the competitor's careers. A few had their moments of grappling but if you want any new MMA fan to become instantly hooked, load these up on the computer screen.
Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva I, II, & III
If the new fight fans are looking for pure violence they need not look any further than any of the fights between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Wanderlei Silva. Jackson is already one of the most recognizable figures in the sport so new fans will likely want to see B.A. Barracus in action.
But then they may have their hearts broken as they watch the Brazilian "Axe Murderer" simply wreck Jackson's face. The first two encounters ended in much the same way, with "Rampage" sprawled across the canvas after receiving a barrage of knees.
"Rampage" was able to win the third fight after dropping Silva with a thunderous counter hook in just as violent fashion.
There were good techniques displayed in all three fights but nobody remembers the bouts because of them.
Pete Sell vs. Scott Smith
Pete Sell and Scott Smith didn't have any bad blood coming into their fight on The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale but that didn't stop them from putting on a show.
The two engaged in a battle of attrition to see which man could take the most punishment. In one of the most stunning turn of events, Smith fell back staggering from a strike to the liver. As Sell looked for the final blow, Smith threw a wild haymaker punch that landed on "Drago."
Smith collapsed to the mat in pain after winging the punch but was declared the winner as Sell collapsed to the canvas.
This fight had everything fans could want, an exciting back-and-forth fight with a highlight reel ending.
Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
The battle between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira somehow managed to stay technical but bring all the excitement of a brawl into the ring.
Rua brought his flashy, overly aggressive muay Thai striking to counter Nogueira's boxing and jiu-jitsu. Both guys rocked each other multiple times and even mixed in a few exchanges on the mat. The fight became an instant classic in Pride history along with establishing both men as superstars in the promotion.
The fight also had some significance in Brazil as the two men were involved in one of the biggest MMA gym rivalries in the history of the sport.
Melvin Manhoef vs. 'Cyborg' Santos
This is one of the all time greatest brawls in MMA history. Neither Melvin Manhoef or his opponent 'Cyborg' Santos come into fights looking to use their grappling game.
No, their mission is to come into the cage/ring and walk through you with their feet and hands. If you had to liken their style to a team sport both Manhoef and Santos would be described as power run teams.
So when the two met each other at Cage Rage 15, fans knew they would be in for a good show. An intense staredown set the stage for an all out war between the two men. Manhoef throws some of the hardest kicks I've ever seen in MMA and Santos puts every ounce of his weight behind every strike.
Neither man accomplished a lot of great things in their MMA career but you can never say they've been in a boring fight either.
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida
Perhaps the best part of Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida's battle was that it happened on free TV for thousands of current and new MMA fans to witness. The two men had one of the most intense stare downs in UFC history that was a foreshadow of what was to come.
Both Sanchez and Guida rushed to the center of the Octagon but it would be Sanchez striking first. The (former at the time) Jackson's MMA fighter floored Guida with a head kick. Guida was able to recover but was met with a barrage of uppercuts from Sanchez.
The first round was nearly five full minutes of offense as Sanchez moved forward with Guida answering right back with strikes of his own. Guida was able to get some momentum going in the last two rounds but in the end it would be Sanchez who found his hand raised.
Chan-Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia
When both guys walk away from the fight looking like these two, you know it was a fun fight. Both Chan-Sung Jung and Leonard Garcia can say they left it all in the cage at WEC 48.
It was the American debut of "The Korean Zombie" and he didn't disappoint. The two fighters engaged one another at will over the course of 15 minutes. In the end Garcia was awarded the decision but many analysts and fans believe Jung should've had his hand raised.
The rematch didn't quite live up to the first one but it was also exciting.
I think what made this fight so great (besides the nonstop action of course) was that it embodied everything fans loved about the WEC. The WEC cards were always littered with a number of guys who weren't household names but put on some of the most exciting fights in MMA history.
Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva
New fight fans might not understand the historical significance of Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva finally facing off but they can definitely appreciate the action packed fight.
Both men believed they would knock the other out and came in with similar strategies, hit the other guy harder than he hits me. The fight didn't feature the most technical of striking exchanges but how can you not love seeing "The Iceman" and "The Axe Murderer" going toe to toe?
Although Liddell would find his hand raised there was a moment when Silva could've won after dropping Liddell. In an odd sense of irony, in one of the few times in the Brazilian's career, Silva played it conservatively and allowed Liddell the time to recover.
The fight happened years after both fighters were in their prime but it definitely lived up to all the hype surrounding both men.
Nick Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi
Takanori Gomi was Japan's top lightweight during most of his time overseas. Nick Diaz meanwhile seemed to be a troubled fighter looking to find a place to call home. His war with Gomi would ensure Diaz could find plenty of promoters willing to pay for him to fight.
The Japanese star had some success in the opening minutes but eventually succumbed to Diaz's superior striking game. Both fighters exchanged vicious blows with one another and the fight actually came to a halt at one point to check a cut under Diaz's eye.
I'm still not sure how Gomi was able to survive the last minute of the first round without dropping to the mat.
The second round went much the same way as the first round ended with Diaz outclassing Gomi on the feet. A failed takedown attempt from Gomi allowed Diaz to lock in a gogoplata and secure the tapout.
New fight fans may also want to take a listen to Diaz's rambling after the fight as well.
Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo
Two of the most exciting strikers in the heavyweight division were set to face one another in the main event for the UFC on Versus 4 card. Pat Barry appeared to be back to his normal self in his previous bout with Joey Beltran while Cheick Kongo seemed to be slowing down a bit after his draw with Travis Browne.
Fans wouldn't have to wait for long for the action to start.
Barry rocked Kongo early in the first round and nearly finished the fight with a flurry of punches. However, Kongo (who still couldn't stand up straight) was able to land a desperation right hand to the ear of Barry. One Kongo uppercut later and Barry was sprawled across the mat.
This fight would be perfect to show new fans not only because of the stunning ending but also due to the fact it didn't last that long either.
Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takyama
Did you really think this one wasn't going to make the list? This is by far, the most epic brawl in MMA history. Got a friend who thinks MMA is a bunch of guys hugging each other? Show them this fight.
Don Frye and Yoshihiro Takyama aren't known for their KO prowess which allowed them to continuously hit each other in the face for the majority of this bout. The two men engaged in a single-collar clinch that resembled a hockey fight more than a MMA fight.
The fight became one of the most memorable in MMA history for the fighter's complete disregard for their health and was eventually won by Frye.