Memorable Moments in the UFC Part 3 of 3
This is the conclusion to our three part series looking at some of the most memorable moments in the UFC. Enjoy!
Matt Hughes TKO’s Royce Gracie at UFC 60
Then reigning welterweight pound for pound king Matt Hughes agreed to fight one of the most dangerous jiu jitsu fighters of all time in Royce Gracie. That in itself is a win. It wasn’t Matt’s dominance in the bout that made this such a memorable moment. What set this apart, what really made this special was the electricity and polarity of the fans. Discussions were everywhere on who was going to win. Gracie was remembered by the fans just coming back to the UFC as the greatest of all time. Modern MMA fans knew the strength and well rounded skills of UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes and the problems they would pose. The interest in the UFC was up and mainstream media picked up on this fight uncharacteristically. Despite the first round TKO finish and one sided victory for Hughes it was a fight that is still talked about today. Oh, and Gracie did tap
Robbie Lawler gets knocked out by Nick Diaz at UFC 47
I will admit that I thought Nick Diaz was going to get his face pounded in by Robbie Lawler at UFC 47. Lawler was known for being one of the most aggressive and brutal fighters on the planet going in to this fight. Diaz was known for a decent ground game, and a big mouth in all seriousness. Not only did the Cesar Gracie jiu jitsu prodigy beat Lawler at his own game he did it in style. He taunted, baited, and simply out performed Lawler, eventually sending him to the canvas and putting the KO in Diaz’s “W” column.
Randy Couture topples Tim Sylvia to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 68
I was at this event and it was electric. Rich Franklin had won his fight with Jason MacDonald via TKO earlier in the night sending the Ohio crowd in to a frenzy. By the time Randy Couture walked out to the Octagon the crowd was ready to explode. Enter the current UFC Heavyweight Champion at that time. Tim Sylvia is possibly the most hated UFC Champion of all time and no one can truly figure out why or pinpoint an exact moment that he became a villain. His music hit and a loud round of boos raised the roof off the building. In this fight Randy did the unthinkable – he beat Tim at his own striking game. He took the giant down at will and made him pay for it. At the end of the fifth and final round the clock showed ten seconds left and simultaneously the crowd started counting down and it was deafening for a good seven minutes after it was over. I agree with Randy Couture who was 43 at the time with another belt around his waist, “Not bad for an old man”.