5 of the best singles matches in UFC history

There is nothing better than a long war in UFCs octagon, as the latest clash between Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje. But there is also something to be said for a fantastic fight that does not last that long.



Over the years, we’ve seen a number of huge fights in the UFC that somehow ended in the first round, usually with some serious violence.

To this day, UFC President @DanaWhite refers to the revenge between Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg as his favorite fight of all time.

At times, those fights featured wild exchanges while others saw crazy comebacks, but anyway, they were among the most entertaining clashes in UFC history.



With this in mind, here are five of the best singles fights in UFC history.


# 5: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir – UFC 140

Frank Mir made an exciting comeback to send Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira into a one-round classic at UFC 140
Frank Mir made an exciting comeback to send Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira into a one-round classic at UFC 140

Frank Mirfirst clash with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92 in December 2008, was memorable for several reasons.



It represented the culmination of Mir’s comeback after a serious leg injury, and it was also the first time Nogueira was ever stopped by strikes.

But as good as that fight was, their second, which took place in December 2011 at UFC 140, was far superior. A decade later, it’s still one of the UFC’s biggest singles rounds ever.

Early on, the fight looked like it would belong to Nogueira. Unlike in their first match, ‘Minotauro’ looked sharper than Mir on the feet, and when he rocked his opponent with a hard blow, it looked like the beginning of the end.

But instead of trying to finish Mir standing, Nogueira decided to release a guillotine in search of a submission.

It turned out to be a big mistake. Mir could somehow get away from the hold and after a wild exchange of positions, he rolled through and locked Nogueira’s arm in a tight kimura.

What is the greatest submission of all time? # 7 Seed: Frank Mir and Minotauro Nogueira met in a clash of BJJ heavyweights for an unforgettable back and forth ground war that ended in a Kimura win for Frank Mir – and a painful loss for Big Nog. https://t.co/4ZHqnpDbz3

‘Minotaur’ tried to fight the grip, only for Mir to apply more torque and clasped his arm completely in a sick vision. The stop was academic, making Mir the first man to also send Nogueira into a fight.

With a wild comeback and one of the best grappling exchanges in the UFC’s heavyweight history, this was a stone-cold one-time classic.


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