If you want to sell MMA to someone that appreciates a good fight, but has yet to watch the sport; you could pop in a tape of Matt Grice and Dennis Bermudez's epic battle at UFC 157 as an awesome example.
Bermudez emerged victorious by split decision, but both men should cause UFC fans' eyes to light up as they appear on future event cards.
Both men had their chins, wills and hearts challenged in this fight. But Grice's resolve had to impress anyone that witnessed this battle.
In the first round, he was mounted with Bermudez trapping his right arm between his legs. Sitting atop Grice, he rained down seemingly endless power shots on Grice's head.
Somehow, Grice escaped the barrage, and later in the ring he dropped Bermudez with a picture-perfect left hook.
I honestly don't know how Bermudez got back up after the shot, but he seemed to bounce to his feet showing little effect from the huge blow.
Where would you rank Bermudez-Grice amongst best fights of the year?
In the second round, Grice controlled the only round that wasn't worthy of a highlight reel. When action picked up again in third and final round, the back-and-forth was straight out of a movie.
I'm not talking about a realistic MMA film like Warrior; I'm referring to a film with choreographed action scenes to make the fight more dramatic.
But this was all real, folks.
Bermudez secured the win with repeated uppercuts, well-placed knees and hard straight right hands. To Grice's credit, he went the distance despite eating a number of shots that nearly caused referee Herb Dean to stop the fight.
Many on Twitter appreciated the fight as well.
Nobody wanted to lose that fight. Matt Grice & Dennis Bermudez put together an early candidate for Fight of the Night at #UFC157— UFC (@ufc) February 24, 2013
If you missed the incredible Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice fight on FX, go ahead and slap yourself in the face. YOU BLEW IT. #UFC157— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) February 24, 2013
I thought Bermudez deserved the decision, but win or lose, both men improved their reputations with this performance.
I'll be watching intently to see Grice and Bermudez the next time they are in action.