Tuesday Top Ten

Tuesday Top Ten: First Round Finishes in UFC History

This past weekend at UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs Moreno there were a record of seven first round finishes. So today we are going to look at the top ten first round finishes that have happened in the UFC’s history. This list is debatable so feel free to give out your own opinions on what is the best first round finish or if you know one that is not on this list that should be. So here are my top ten:

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#10. Rampage Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva III

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva had two prior matchups back in Pride with both being won by Silva. Rampage was able to finally return the favor with a vicious first round knockout that put Silva to sleep and gave him the number ten spot on this list.

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#9. Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeria

This bout was to determine who would face Daniel Cormier next for the UFC light heavyweight championship. It only took mere seconds for Anthony Johnson to land just one powerful uppercut to put Glover Teixeria away and get the win.

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#8. Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Mirko Cro Crop

It was the kick heard around the world. Mirko Cro Crop was known for landing head kick knockouts left and right. That’s what made it even more surprising when Gabriel Gonzaga landed a head kick that knocked out Mirko Cro Crop in one of the scariest knockouts of all time.

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#7. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II

Dana White has stated on multiple occasions that this is his favorite fight of all time, and for good reason too. Frank Trigg put Matt Hughes in a vulnerable position when he had him trapped in a rear naked choke. Hughes, however, was able to turn it around and delivered and iconic slam before putting Trigg in a choke of his own to defend his welterweight title.

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#6. B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes

When B.J. Penn was put up against Matt Hughes, many people were writing him off because of his frame and stature. It only took Penn one round to put Hughes in a choke to take the welterweight championship.

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#5. Frank Mir vs. Antonio Nogueira

In this classic one round battle, Antonio Nogueira was messing up Frank Mir on the feet and nearly put him away. However, Nogueira tried to beat Mir at his own game on the ground. This would backfire horribly as Mir was able to break Nogueira’s arm as a result.

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#4. Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva

The rushing combo that Vitor Belfort landed on Wanderlei Silva is that of legend today. With one shot after another in rapid fury, Belfort was able to destroy Silva in less than a minute.

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#3. Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano

Ronda Rousey was known for an ultra fast finishes when she was the queen of MMA. Her fastest win was via submission against Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds when Zingano ran into an armbar.

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#2. Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo

The most memorable moment in Conor McGregor’s career came when he captured the undisputed featherweight championship from Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. Aldo came running in, as he usually does, and ended up running into a cross counter by McGregor that ended his nearly decade long winning streak.

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#1. Anderson Silva vs. Vitro Belfort

Possibly the most iconic knockout to have ever happened in the UFC was when Anderson Silva landed a front kick to the face of Vitor Belfort. It highlighted Silva’s dominant title reign and is considered to be the greatest first round finish of all time.

Tuesday Top Ten

Tuesday Top Ten: Jon Jones Performances

Jon Jones has had an incredible comeback story as of late after finally recapturing the gold at UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2. His performance in that fight was just one of many that he has showcased for nearly a decade. This list will highlight some of his most impressive wins inside the octagon. The ranking is determined by how dominant Jones was in the fight, who the opponent was, how important the fight was for Jones, and how the win was achieved.

#10. Brandon “The Truth” Vera

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In this often overlooked bout, Jones was able to take Brandon Vera down with a beautiful takedown to gain top control. Vera would then land two illegal upkicks to Jones’ face while his knees were down. This angered Jones as he then was able to land a vicious elbow strike that put Vera in a vulnerable spot for Jones’ ground and pound. The fight was then stopped as Jones was able to pick up the victory in brutal fashion.

#9. Ryan “Darth” Bader

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Ryan Bader was undefeated in 12 straight MMA pro fights when he fought Jon Jones a UFC 126. Jones was able to use his reach advantage to outstrike him untill Bader pulled guard. Jones was then able to get a guillotine choke from the top position to give Bader his first ever loss.

#8. “Suga” Rashad Evans

 

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Jon Jones and Rashad Evans had a heated rivalry that saw the two finally meeting for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Evans was clearly outmatched as Jones was able to do just about everything he could do only better. Jones schooled Evans in every possible way and was able to get the decision victory and retain his UFC title.

#7. Vitor Belfort

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Vitor Belfort felt the power of Jon Jones’ incredible striking and grappling in this fight. He was unable to get much done in this fight due to Jones’ huge reach advantage. Finally a gassed Belfort succumbed to an Americana by Jones. Submitting a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is never easy which is why this win was so impressive for Jones.

#6. Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson

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In what was considered a fight of the year, Jon Jones showed his determination and resiliency against one of his most evenly matched opponents. Alexander Gustafsson has a lengthy frame similar to Jones and has great striking and grappling as well. He was also able to take down Jones for the first time ever in this bout. Some still debate that Gustafsson did win this fight because of ho close it was. Either way, this was one of Jones best performances because of how hard he had to dig to retain his championship.

#5. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

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Jon Jones became the first person to stop Rampage Jackson in this crucial fight in his career. He kept Rampage on the outside with his striking and was then able get him to the mat to secure a rear-naked choke for the win. It was a clear message that no matter the opponent, Jones was able to put them away regardless.

#4. Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen

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When Jon Jones met the brash Chael Sonnen, he finished him in his fastest UFC title fight to date. Jones was able to take Sonnen out with a collection of elbows and punches to retain his title. The quickness of this bout is what makes it so impressive seeing how Sonnen was able to bring the fight to Anderson Silva in the past. It just shows that Jones is always looking to finish the fight as quickly as he can.

#3. Shogun Rua

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This is the fight that crowned the youngest UFC champion in history. Jon Jones absolutely destroyed Shogun Rua in what was one of the most one-sided title performances in UFC history. It is pretty brutal to watch if you’re a Shogun fan. The fight was a beat down by Jones who put Shogun away with a few well placed knees and then follow-up strikes.

#2. Daniel “DC” Cormier

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Many questioned whether Jon Jones still had it in him to get the win against the incredibly tough Daniel Cormier. He answered that questioned when he was able to knockout Cormier with a perfectly timed and well placed kick that sent Cormier stumbling to the mat which ended his title reign in dramatic fashion. It was an incredible performance by Jones who managed to make a long-awaited comeback after facing so many demons throughout his life. But it is not his best performance…

#1. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida

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Jon Jones dropped Lyoto Machida to the mat in spectacular fashion, and it wasn’t due to strikes either. Of course, he did hurt the karate black belt but it was a standing guillotine that put Machida to sleep. The iconic image of Jones walking away from Machida’s unconscious body was a highlight of Jones’ career and is the number one best performance in his incredible career.