ROUNDTABLE: Is Yair-Zombie Fight of the Year or Fight of All-Time?

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Nov 10, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Yair Rodriguez (blue gloves) elbows Chan Sung Jung (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Where would you place the Yair Rodriguez-Korean Zombie fight on either the all-time or 2018 best fight lists?

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s definitely among the all-time finishes. I really liked the fight itself but I think the finish is what makes it special. Until the final second, it would be considered a really good to great fight, varying by the person, but we’ve seen plenty of other awesome fights throughout the years. It would rank high on the list for 2018 Fight of the Year, that’s for sure. I don’t keep a list of my Top 10 or Top 20 fights of all-time but I would feel comfortable saying that it’s a Top 20 fight of all-time, and possibly a Top 10. That feels a little strong, to say it’s Top 10, so I’d stick with this being a Top 20 fight of all-time.

Christian Moore, MMATorch Contributor

I personally believe that this is definitely the fight of the year at this time. It ranks very high on best fight, but it didn’t have the overall excitement of a Johnson/Gaethje or Forrest/Bonnar fight that was a slugfest and non-stop action. It was a slower paced, pick your shot fight, except for the last 10 seconds. Definitely up there with the Barboza spinning kick KO for best KO though.


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

I think this fight is on the shortlist for Fight of the Year, and even on a longer list of the best fights of all time, but it doesn’t top either list for me. I would put it top three or four for the year. I personally loved the Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak fight from earlier this year. I tend to agree with Christian, that it was a slower pace than most fights that I would consider Fight of the Year. What it did have was the one of a kind finish and that will help this fight have a more lasting appeal. I’m sure in five or ten years we will still be talking about Yair-Zombie and not the aforementioned Magomedsharipov-Bochniak.

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