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Old 12-03-2008, 07:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The most important fight in ufc history

I was thinking about this the other other day and thought id post it on here too see what you guys think. I personally believe the most important fight was Griffin V Bonner because of how many new fans watched the tuf and the display these two guys put on was great. I think this fight took the ufc into mainstream (along with the tuf1)
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was thinking about this the other other day and thought id post it on here too see what you guys think. I personally believe the most important fight was Griffin V Bonner because of how many new fans watched the tuf and the display these two guys put on was great. I think this fight took the ufc into mainstream (along with the tuf1)
I'd probably have to agree with you there but if I had to pick something other than the obvious choice of Bonnar vs Griffin...I'd go with Rampage vs Henderson or maybe even Hughes vs Gracie or 2nd GSP fight, I dunno there's a lot of good choices really. Couture vs Belfort 2 maybe in the top 5.
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The most important fight in UFC history is always the next one, just listen to Goldberg and Rogan!

Kidding aside I think that Griffin vs Bonner gets my vote as well. Their fight definitely vaulted the UFC into popularity. I also think that Royce's early fights against bigger, stronger men inspired many people to look at fighting in a different way. A lot of fighters tribute their interest in MMA to Royce being their introduction to BJJ.
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd have to say Spencer Fisher vs Sam Stout @ UFC 58. Not the most memorable fight you've seen, but it was the first lightweight fight in the UFC after it was originally disbanded in '04. The reinstatement of the lightweight division is probably the best decision the UFC has ever made. That weightclass has it all.
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd say the early Royce fights were important beacuse they showed how technique triumphed over power.

Hughes - Gracie then showed how much the sport had evolved and how you needed to be not only more well rounded but a true athlete to succeed in modern MMA.

Griffin - Bonnar 1 gets my vote though TBH as it was really the first big step the UFC took towards the mainstream and according to Dana the company was leaking money up until then aswell.
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Chuck and Tito the first time is up there i'd say,after all the crap they talked,it really hyped it up.

Also the other one id maybe go for is Hughes vs Gracie,just signalled to me a sort of changing of the guard.
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Tito vs Ken was also a gigantic fight...Both the third one and the first one. The third one was huge cuz of the 2nd one's controversial stoppage, and because it ended up killing in the tv ratings as one of the most viewed sports events in tv history or something along those lines, and the first one was the biggest PPV seller until Hughes vs Gracie if I'm not mistaken.
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Dana says Griffin/Bonnar....so i defer to him.
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The Griffin vs Bonnar fight is very important. The trilogy between Liddell and Couture was very important as well.
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Tito vs Wandy. If Wandy won he might not have made it over to Pride, but Tito won and became the face of the UFC for a few years, the "dark years".
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