Eight Incredible MMA Fights You May Have Forgotten

We broke down eight incredibly amazing MMA fights you may have forgotten about.

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.In today’s MMA world, it’s easy to get caught up in a prisoner-of-the-moment-type of thinking, especially when there are high-level fights on just about every weekend. That makes it harder and harder to keep track of the truly great fights in MMA history.

Fret not, LowkickMMA has you covered.

We delved through the MMA universe to bring you the eight of the most incredible fights you probably forgot about.

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Mark Hunt vs. Antônio Silva 1

We waste no time getting this list going with this heavyweight war. Did you forget about this fight already?

Mark Hunt and Antônio Silva collided at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The two heavyweights fought tooth and nail in this back-and-forth five-round war that ultimately ended in a draw. These two would meet up again just about two years later but the “Super Samoan” would easily knock out the injury-laden “Bigfoot” in that meeting.

Hunt has given MMA fans some of the most thrilling knockouts the sport has ever seen. Although he was unable to land the walk-off shot on Silva in their first meeting, the Australian fans were left with one of the greatest heavyweight fights the sport has ever seen.

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10 Times MMA Stars Confronted Their Hecklers

If anyone is foolish enough to try to heckle MMA stars, then they’d best prepare themselves to be on the receiving end of a verbal beatdown – if not worse. The trash-talkers in this article discovered the hard way! Chael Sonnen vs. Regional Fighter At a Q&A session during the UFC Fan Expo in 2013, […]

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If anyone is foolish enough to try to heckle MMA stars, then they’d best prepare themselves to be on the receiving end of a verbal beatdown – if not worse.

The trash-talkers in this article discovered the hard way!

Chael Sonnen vs. Regional Fighter

At a Q&A session during the UFC Fan Expo in 2013, Chael Sonnen found himself coming under fire from a regional fighter called Bill Smallwood, who apparently had a chip on his shoulder.

“I’m trying to figure out why people are asking your opinion when you haven’t had your hand raised in two years?” Smallwood said after queuing up to ask Sonnen a question.

As Smallwood continued to ramble on about ‘real talk,’ the state of Oklahoma, and fighters from that area who deserved a title shot more than him, Sonnen finally lost his patience and began to fire back with both barrels.

“Spit it out brother, you’re putting everybody to sleep, man, and I’m about to come over there and whip your *** in a second just to give people something to look at!” Sonnen bellowed at him.

“Here’s real talk dummy. If you don’t get to the end of the line, I’m going to come down there and warm up on you before I talk care of LeBron [James] later tonight, so take those stupid sunglasses off your head, because we’re in a dark room, dummy!”

Smallwood was running out of material fast but kept going anyway.

“I sell *** whoopings, son, not memberships,” he retorted.

“You don’t sell anything, stupid,” Sonnen informed him. “You sell ***-whippings? What is your name again? Who are you?”

Smallwood didn’t respond to that, perhaps because no one had a clue who he was, and the reality was that he only had a 2-3 record in MMA at the time (a record that several years later now stands at just 4-7).

“Tell my room of fans what real talk means,” Sonnen mocked him to cheers and applause from the crowd. “Beat it!”

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Video: Jose Aldo Offered Donald Cerrone For Lightweight Debut

Jose Aldo offered Donald Cerrone in a lightweight scrap.

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Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo apparently came very close to headlining the upcoming UFC Fight Night in Brasil when Glover Teixeira pulled out of the main event against Jimi Manuwa.

Speaking with the media in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday (Sept 11, 2018), Aldo detailed how he was offered a lightweight fight with Donald Cerrone for the main event of UFC Sao Paulo. Aldo’s team decided against a short notice scrap with Cerrone.

Aldo explained to Brazilian reporters how he is only interested at taking title fights at featherweight at this point in his career. And more importantly why Aldo feels it imperative to fight on the same card as Max Holloway and Brian Ortega.

Transcript via MMA Fighting:

It’s been a while since your win. What are the plans for your next fight? How is the talk going between the UFC and your manager?

“Right after the fight, Dana talked about the big possibility of fighting on Dec. 8, in Canada again,” Aldo explained. I’ve had already asked for that fight, I said I wanted to be on that event. I really enjoyed fighting in Canada, where I made my UFC debut, and I hope to fight there again. It’s up to ‘Dede’ now, he’s looking into that and talking to the Dana and Sean to get my next fight done.”

When they mentioned the Toronto card, did they say any specific opponent? You mentioned Pettis’ name earlier.

“Pettis was a request from fans, I got many messages saying he would be a great fight for me next. They also asked me to fight in Sao Paulo, but there was not enough time to get it done at lightweight.” Aldo continued, “They even put me to fight Cerrone, but it wasn’t done. I’m waiting for ‘Dede’ now, talking to him, and when he finds a good name and they agree to it, we’ll fight.”

Cerrone was someone offered to you by the UFC?

“Exactly, the UFC (offered). When Glover pulled out and they had no main event, they asked if there was a possibility for me to fight. We accepted, depending on the opponent, and they offered Cerrone right after, and he had already agreed, and ‘Dede’ didn’t think it would be good because there wasn’t enough time,” explained Aldo. “We needed some time to rest before we started another camp again, so it didn’t happen. But now we’re waiting for ‘Dede’ to talk to them again so we know who we’re fighting.”

Cerrone is fighting currently at 170, not 155. Would it be at 170, or would Cerrone move down to 155?

“It was actually funny. Sean called ‘Dede’ talking about the fight, and ‘Dede’ asked who would be the opponent, and they called back moments after offering Cerrone. It would be 155 for sure, right? No way it’s 170, it’s too heavy, said, Aldo. “But it was tough because we didn’t have enough time to prepare, especially against Cerrone, a very tough guy, someone who fights hard in his losses, so there was no possibility. Maybe the possibility of fighting in Brazil got me overexcited, I said it was possible, but thinking clearly there was no way we could fight, especially someone like Cerrone. I have to be very well trained to fight him.”

After ruling out Sao Paulo, which is next week, you mentioned Toronto. Looking at the options in the featherweight division, who would be a good option for you at 145, or maybe fight at 155 while you wait for Holloway vs. Ortega, which could also take place at that card?

“That fight between Holloway and Brian is booked, and I hope it happens. I hope Max is okay and can put on a great fight and let the division move. To me, I don’t care if it’s at featherweight or lightweight, what matters is fighting at that card. I had already asked for it before that fight was booked, so for me it’s great because we know that if anything happens, we can fight for the belt, so I will get ready. No matter the weight, 145 or 155, I’ve earned a title”

Being at the same card, wouldn’t it be the ideal scenario for you to fight at featherweight since you would already be cutting weight to fight at 145?

“I don’t cut weight, so it’s no problem for me to fight at lightweight. I only cut weight during fight week, and I wouldn’t be too heavy because it’s not my characteristic,” said Aldo. “I know nobody pulls out on fight week. If you have to pull out it would be before, when you’re training harder and that possibility exists. But I think about myself first, being on that card. That was my idea to begin with, to go there and fight, and if I have the opportunity to fight at featherweight I will be ready because I only cut weight from Monday to Friday.”

Some featherweights mentioned your name recently, like Renato Moicano and Zabit Magomedsharipov. Who would you think it’s the ideal for you?

“I can’t say there’s an ideal guy at featherweight because they’re all behind me, they are all trying to promote themselves to get to a title fight, and they all know I’m ahead of them. Especially if Brian wins, if he wins there’s no other option. That’s what we’re waiting for. There’s no reason for me to fight (them) now. In the future, yes, I want to fight them all because that’s how I have always was, fighting the best. If they are the best, I want to fight the best.”

You don’t think it makes sense for you to fight anyone ranked below you, right?

“Exactly, yes. They are below me and it doesn’t make sense. For them to move up in the division they have to fight me, but that’s not my idea now. My idea is to fight for the belt as soon as possible.”

So, there’s basically no fight for you at featherweight…

“There is. The belt.”

Besides the belt, obviously, there’s no one else since you’re ahead of everyone.

“Yes. There’s only Brian ahead of me, so he’s the guy I want to fight, and I know that. I’m waiting for that.”

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Max Holloway Says He Learned of UFC 231 Fight on the Internet

Max Holloway is gearing up to make a triumphant return to the Octagon after being forced to withdraw from UFC 226, where he would have defended his featherweight championship against Brian Ortega. The causes of the concussion-like symptoms that hospita…

Max Holloway is gearing up to make a triumphant return to the Octagon after being forced to withdraw from UFC 226, where he would have defended his featherweight championship against Brian Ortega. The causes of the concussion-like symptoms that hospitalized Holloway and made him inactive are still unknown, but the doctors have given Holloway the […]

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Max Holloway Is Cleared To Fight But His Return Is Not Finalized Yet

Max Holloway cleared to return.

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Hawaii stand up! Max Holloway is cleared to fight but nothing official for UFC 231 yet.

It took the doctors some time, but it appears reigning featherweight champion Max Holloway’s health concers are no more.

Holloway, 26, was pulled from his title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 last July (2018). The reason for Holloway’s removal is still not completely understood. ‘Concussion-like symptoms’ would be the verdict.

Just two short months later and “Blessed” is in the clear as he revealed on the latest episode of UFC Tonight.

Injury

“The good thing is all the concussion experts and stuff, they said that I’m clear and free from all of that,” explained Holloway. “We saw some doctors about my health with my potassium levels and stuff was great so we can cut out that whatever weight cut thing that people was saying.”

“The great thing is we don’t really have an answer but at the end of the day, they’re clearing us to fight. The big things that everybody was worried about, it’s not that so I’m excited. It’s time to get back to work, where I belong in that Octagon and can’t wait to get back to what I love.”

Rumors

Rumors have been swirling that Holloway is set to defend the featherweight strap at UFC 231. Ortega himself went on record and stated that he had been offered a contract to fight the Hawian at said event. However, Holloway was quick to point out that he hasn’t signed any contract yet.

“We’ll see what happens,” Holloway said about what’s next for him. “As everybody saw, I found out the same way that everybody found out about some fight in Toronto. I found out from the internet. Some media guy texted me ‘hey congrats on the fight, champ, when do you want to talk about it? Let me know’. I was like what fight, I didn’t text him back, I went on the internet and saw the news going crazy.”

“I guess the UFC is doing the right thing. They know they don’t need to tell me about any fight, they just send me over the contract and your boy’s ready.”

Watch Max Holloway on UFC Tonight here:

The Ortega fight may not be official yet, but it feels imminent. With the champ back and ready to go its just a matter of time before these two featherweights face off for what many people believe will be the first of several fights.

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Brian Ortega Says Bout With Max Holloway Could be “Fight of the Year”

Brian Ortega says he can sense a “Fight of the Year” award coming. A recent report claimed that a title bout between Ortega and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight title holder Max Holloway was agreed upon for UFC 231. Ortega…

Brian Ortega says he can sense a “Fight of the Year” award coming. A recent report claimed that a title bout between Ortega and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight title holder Max Holloway was agreed upon for UFC 231. Ortega later confirmed that at the very least it’s a done deal on his side. UFC […]

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