McGrath’s top 25 fights in UFC history: Part 2 (16-20)

By David McGrath, MMATORCH contributor

We’re back with our countdown of the top 25 fights in UFC history. Be sure to check out part 1 if you missed it.

20. Jose Aldo Vs. Chad Mendes – UFC 179, Oct. 25, 2014

If Aldo returning home to his native Brazil to fight one his greatest opponents ever, in Chad Mendes doesn’t get your juices flowing, you’re simply not an MMA fan. After an intense back and forth battle that left Mendes bloody and the champion swollen, Aldo survived to defend his featherweight title in his home country.

19. Eddie Alvarez Vs. Justin Gaethje – UFC 218, Dec. 2, 2017

In a fight that was guaranteed war from the time it was first announced, the ”Underground King” showed up huge. In a fight of the year canidate, Alvarez and Gaethje showed why they are considered two of the best battlers in UFC history. Alvarez eventually finished Gaethje in the 3rd round by TKO, but no one, especially the fans, really lost.

18. Georges St. Pierre Vs. BJ Penn – UFC 58, Mar. 4, 2006

The greatest lightweight of all time and the greatest welterweight of all time clash in this epic battle at UFC 58. St-Pierre and Penn, in their physical primes, battled to a tough split decision win for the Montreal native. Seriously, stop reading this and go watch this fight now.

17. Georges St Pierre Vs Johny Hendricks UFC 167 – Nov. 16, 2013

This fight had it all. Post fight drama, some bad judging and a seriously beaten up St-Pierre and post fight presser. Hendricks threw everything at St-Pierre, rocking his face with straight lefts and cutting the champions so badly he was barely recognizable after. Not without controversy, the judges awarded the fight to St-Pierre in a tough 5 round decision for Hendricks.

16. Ronda Rousey Vs. Liz Carmouche – UFC 157, Feb. 23, 2013

This fight was not terribly competitive. However, it was extremely important for the UFC in terms of commerce and commencing a long awaited women’s division. Rousey destroyed Carmouche and became the firt UFC women’s champion, and the biggest female star in MMA history.

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