While waiting for the most epic matches inside the Octagon this 2016 (Who’s not waiting for McGregor vs. dos Anjos?), let’s look back at some of the greatest fights of UFC last year.
Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
— Mike Johnston (@MikeyJ_MMA) July 12, 2015
Many people believe that this fight is one of the greatest fights in UFC history. The two stunned the audience with a bloodbath, and in the end, Lawler turned out to be the victor. MacDonald, though badly beaten and injured, still thought the match was the greatest moment in his life. Following the match, the two respectable athletes were pictured together, when Lawler visited MacDonald in the hospital.
Travis Browne vs. Andrei Arlovski
Behind the match worth watching were two pals who had no choice but to beat each other up because it’s their job. Arlovski was literally crying when he explained how he talked to his friend after winning the match, apologizing for having to beat him up.
Brown reportedly responded, “Don’t ever f***ing say you’re sorry. You understand? I love you man. You better go get that strap now, you hear me? It’s your job.”
Brian Ortega vs. Thiago Tavares
Ortega and Tavares put on a great show that was consistently high paced, with impressive grappling exchanges.
Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey
These two proved that women deserve as much spotlight in UFC as their male counterparts. Holm and Rousey made time stand still as they grappled each other in a truly epic match. The much hyped fight resulted to a head-kick KO, making Holly the first fighter to beat the long time UFC champ Ronda Rousey.
Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes
McGregor’s most challenging fight in UFC so far would probably be the one with Mendez. In one of his interviews, he revealed that months before the fight, he had suffered an ACL injury. Mendes was able to take down the Irish fighter a number of times, but shockingly, Conor turned out to be the victor through TKO.