Originally Posted by Greg (UK)
Some great fights from the old school UFC days:
Royce Gracie vs Kimo - The first fight to show Gracie was human and a brutal fight overall with Kimo getting his hair torn out and eventually arm barred for Royce's only win of UFC 3.
Oleg Taktarov vs Tank Abbott - Another gruelling fight leaving both fighters flat on their backs from exhaustion after 10min + of fighting. A lot of heart shown from both men which would see Tank succumb in the end to a rear naked choke.
Marco Ruas vs Paul Varelans - When striking and grappling finally combined in equal measures to win a UFC championship (Steve Jennum doesn't count). A brutal display of the underappreciated leg kick in this fight with Paul Varelans tumbling down in theatric sky scrapper fashion to Marco Ruas' crisp Muay Thai technique.
Dan Henderson vs Carlos Newton - Back and forth fight that could've gone either way between two talented MMA fighters who both went on to be champions within the sport. Henderson displays his famous granite chin in this contest taking some nasty shots from Carlos, whilst grinding out a decision win.
Bas Rutten vs Tsuyoshi Kosaka - A late flurry from Bas steals the win in his favour with barely any time left after repeated Kosaka takedowns throughout the fight were stifling his offence.
Frank Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz - The fight that Shamrock retired as undefeated UFC middleweight champion after winning the battle of attrition with Tito, finishing him late in the fight with strikes.
good call on those. i mentioned royce gracie though.