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Fertitta Breaks Down The Most Important UFC Battles In History | UFC NEWS

The UFC has its fair share of memorable moments unforgettable icons. But where do these historic fights stack up in the eyes of UFC owner, Lorenzo Fertitta? Dave Deibert of Postmedia News shared his top ten list with Fertitta at UFC 148 to get his opinion on these 10 historic fights that helped define the greatest sport in the world.

10. FRANK SHAMROCK VS. TITO ORTIZ, UFC 22

Fertitta: “Anybody who watched that fight I think saw the transformation of the sport being from athletes that maybe had one discipline and were very onedimensional to full-fledged mixed martial artists.”

9. QUINTON JACKSON VS. CHUCK LIDDELL, UFC 71

Fertitta: “That fight was a culmination really of the buildup of PRIDE (Jackson) and UFC (Liddell). You had many years of fans, the hardcore fans, arguing which promotion was better, which fighters were better.”

8. CHRIS LEBEN VS. JOSH KOSCHECK, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 1

Fertitta: “Once again, there’s a common theme here. Things that generate interest, fights that generate interest, are typically ones that come with some sort of rivalry.”

7. CHUCK LIDDELL VS. RANDY COUTURE, UFC 43, UFC 52  AND UFC 57

Fertitta: “Definitely the one that will go down in history as our version of Ali-Frazier.”

6. BROCK LESNAR VS. FRANK MIR, UFC 100

Fertitta: “It really was our first what I’ll call ‘mega event’ that shot way past over a million buys, which is really the benchmark for whether or not a fight is a mega event.”

5. CHUCK LIDDELL VS. TITO ORTIZ, UFC 66

Fertitta: “Tito was the champion. Chuck was a guy that was a faithful friend but at the same time Tito had what he wanted, which was the belt. He made no bones about it. Tito took it very personally. And a rivalry was born.”

4. JOHN MCCAIN VS. UFC

Fertitta: “That’s really what drove UFC to becoming the sport that it is today. Guys like John McCain and other politicians holding the previous owners’ feet to the fire. You had to have to structure around it. That was an obvious tipover point with UFC. We’re glad John McCain won that one.”

3. TITO ORTIZ VS. KEN SHAMROCK, UFC 40 , UFC 61, THE FINAL

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Fertitta: “A lot of it had to do with their personalities – (Ortiz) was young, he was brash, he was irreverent. Ken Shamrock was a guy who was well-respected, had accomplished a lot in this sport.”

2. ROYCE GRACIE VS. THE WORLD, UFC 1, UFC 2, UFC 3, UFC 4, UFC 5

Fertitta: “Probably did more for martial arts in those series of fights than had been done for martial arts in the previous 500 years.”

1. FORREST GRIFFIN VS. STEPHAN BONNAR, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 1

Fertitta: “It’s one of those perfect storms.”

 

Get the full article from The Star Phoenix: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/life/owner+reflects+bouts/6944072/story.html#ixzz20zglkk5Q

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3 Comments to Fertitta Breaks Down The Most Important UFC Battles In History | UFC NEWS

  1. John says:

    I actually agree with this list. Maybe not exactly in this order but I definitely agree with the Forrest vs. Bonnar ranking. Personally I hadn’t heard much of UFC and was flipping through channels and I saw it. Couldnt take my eyes off 2 guys throwing every bit of their will at each other and just refusing to back down. However many years later and I’m more and more a fan after pretty much every event. Fact is you can’t script things like sports and the UFC/MMA personifies that

  2. Mike cannon jr. says:

    Wasn’t Randy champ when Tito and chuck had their first fight?… Is it me… Or did this guy prove he don’t know jack shit.. About the UFC..

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