2016 left us with some good fights despite some injuries to some key matchups in the final quarter.
Let’s take a look at the most memorable contests of the year.
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This is our top 13 fights of 2016, brought to you by Renaee’s Cakes.
In no particular order.
This was the UFC’s choice for “best” fight and was probably the “Rocky Balboa” fight of the year. Two guys going toe-to-toe and brining some excitement to a card that was lacking star power on paper. Toronto badly needed this fight.
An almost flawless performance by the challenger in Garbrandt and a valiant performance by the champion who was overmatched. This is Cody’s coming out party and he will have to change his nickname in 2017 to “All Love.”
Who won this one? It was fascinating watching the styles of these two play out. Maybe we’ll see this one again in 2017.
A memorable end to the career of Hendo. Bisping faced the man who knocked him out famously at UFC 100 and overcame.
Perhaps the “fun” fight of 2016. We need more of these in 2017, two guys going for it and Brunson especially, throwing caution to the wind.
WOWZERS! Ryan Bader with a BRUTAL knee knockout!!https://t.co/v10zCQa4iI
— Punters Lounge (@punterslounge) September 4, 2016
What a year for Bader. That knee was like a thud to all the criticism (justified) of his inability to finish opponents and the lay-and-pray wins. He was an exciting fighter in 2016, keep it going “Darth” in 2017.
This one is obviously still fresh, but it should remain memorable for some time, as it may be the last we see Rousey in the octagon for awhile.
Seeing Anthony Pettis beg off while Holloway was pounding away was shocking. An end of an era for “Showtime” and the coming out party for the new and improved “Blessed.”
This was the first time we saw Condit dominated from start to finish. An eye-opener to see how dominant Maia can be on the ground.
The big money rematch of the year. Need I say more? Thanks Conor and Nate for raising the bar.
What a grudge match. Joanna looked like she was going down until Claudia ran out of gas and Jedrzejczyk dug deep. Maybe a rematch in 2017?
Bisping probably owns two shockers of the year. Beating Anderson Silva was one thing, but laying out Rockhold in the first round? Unbelievable.
El peleador Fabricio Werdum se encuentra a Miocic tras bastidores y le comenta sobre una revancha. pic.twitter.com/QfUokUW18Q
— Noti UFC (@Noti_UFC) September 11, 2016
Let the record show it was Miocic that brought the first pro championship first to Cleveland in ages and not LeBron James and the Cavaliers. I still remember Werdum chasing Miocic and getting caught.
ANTHONY JOHNSON VS GLOVER TEIXEIRA – UFC 202
— Alex (@batindi) January 1, 2017
Who can forget that knockout? Wow!
NEIL MAGNY VS HECTOR LOMBARD – UFC FIGHT NIGHT 85
Another “fun” fight. I didn’t think Magny had it in him to come back and take out Lombard like that.
NATE DIAZ VS CONOR MCGREGOR – UFC 196
The first big money match of 2016. And it lived up to expectations, so much so that a rematch was scheduled.
ROBBIE LAWLER VS CARLOS CONDIT – UFC 195
The “Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald” fight of 2016. A real back and forth scrap.