As usual de UFC website has listed what they’ve considered to be the top 5 UFC fights so far this year as part of the UFC unofficial half year awards. These fights kept me on the edge of my seat and are the main reason I love MMA.
5 – Edson Barboza (BRA) vs Anthony Njokuani (NIG)
In a fantastic display of the Art of Eight Limbs, a.k.a Muay Thai, Barboza and Njokuani showed octagon fans what Muay Thai is all about in UFC 128 back in March. In epic a fight that was decided by close, but unanimous decision, the Brazilian Edson Barboza won his second straight UFC fight. Barboza is now 8 for 8 in his professional career.
4 – Kyle Kingsbury (USA) vs Fabio Maldonado (BRA)
These two fighters put one of the most exciting final bouts of The Ultimate Fighter has ever seen. In season TUF 13 season finale Kingsbury and Maldonado clashed in a grueling, blood spilling and spit flying brawls fight that kept me shouting and cheering through out the 15 minutes of fight. Despite a controversial unanimous decision Kingsbury took home gold but his face was so wrecked that he earned himself a six month injury due to a rupture on his left eye ball.
3 – Diego Sanchez (USA) vs Martin Kampman (USA)
This fight can be summarized by the simple fact that Dana White gave a bonus of $160,000 bonus to both fighters for such a marvellous display of determination and skills that kept the audience on the edge of their seats from start to finish. When Kampman opened Sanchez face with a precise strike everybody thought he was on his way to victory but “The Dream” didn’t back down and made an incredible come back with relentless attack that no only inflicted damage on Kampman, but earned him the victory by unanimous decision.
2 – Dominick Cruz (USA) vs Urijah Faber (USA)
In the title fight of UFC 132, bantamweights Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber fired all their tricks in a frenetic, high paced 25 minute fight to remember that ended with Cruz’ victory by unanimous decision. Now the scores are even between the top two batamweights which sets the hopes for a third and decisive bout. For now Dominick Cruz is the current UFC Bantamweight Champ.
1 – Frankie Edgar (USA) vs Gray Maynard (USA)
It is not very often that we see a fight that ended up in draw been chosen as the best fight of the first semester. But for those of you who watched the UFC 125 title will know that this fight established the standards for 2011 on New Year’s Day. After dominating the first round when “The Bully” nearly ended the fight, “The Answer” made a remarkable come back and after 25 minutes of fight both fighters and the public were disappointed by the split decision. Maynard retained his title but this war is far from over and a rematch is due anytime soon.
You can watch all these fights at the UFC website but unfortunately you will have to pay for most of them.