25 Best UFC Cards of All Time (2023)

Are you wondering what the best UFC cards of all time are?

While there have been over 600 UFC events to date (August 2022), these are the 25 best UFC cards of all time.

Best UFC Cards of All Time

What determines the best UFC cards of all time?

  • Great atmosphere
  • Stacked cards from top to bottom (not just the main)
  • Incredible commentary
  • Fights that overdeliver (unsuspecting great fights)
  • Build up, hype, and trash talk before the event
  • UFC records broken
  • Iconic moments: knockouts, submissions, Fight of the Nights

Most of the cards on here can be considered modern UFC cards, as despite there being many fans rating the earlier cards highly for nostalgia reasons, the quality of fights and production massively improved in the last 15 years (2008-2023), as opposed to the first 15 years (1993-2008).

This list features spoilers, so if you want a general overview you can read the event title and points underneath which give the PPV numbers, title fights, and amount of fights and finishes overall.

The best UFC cards of all time including weigh-ins and press conferences for all events listed below can be watched on UFC Fight Pass, and the events are in chronological order so they can be watched from start to finish.

UFC 40: Vendetta

>Date: November 22, 2002
>PPV Buys: 150,000
>Attendance: 13,265 – MGM, Las Vegas, Nevada
>2 Title fights
>8 Finishes in 8 Fights (6 first-round finishes)

In the 10 years since the UFC started in 1993, UFC 40 was the most important card for the future of the promotion. If it failed, there may not have been a UFC for much longer.

Instead, UFC 40 was an amazing card featuring the biggest and best fighters of the time, including Chuck Liddell, Robbie Lawler, welterweight champion, Matt Hughes, and former welterweight champion, Carlos Newton.

The biggest draw was between rivals Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz, promoted as the biggest fight in UFC history. This was the first fight of three in what became one of the biggest UFC rivalries of all time – the two hated each other’s guts.

UFC 40’s best moments were:

  • Tito Ortiz dominated Ken Shamrock for three rounds with knees in the muay thai clinch, takedowns, and ground-and-pound; resulting in Ken’s corner throwing in the towel at the end of the third round as he looked as if he’d taken a hammer to the face for 15 minutes
  • Baby-faced 20-year-old Robbie Lawler’s third UFC fight saw him knockout an onrushing and overconfident Tiki Ghosn with a right hook in just 90 seconds. The referee tackling Lawler and doing a front roll is also what makes this knockout so special – must-see TV
  • Former welterweight champion at just 24 years old, Carlos Newton made quick work of Pete Spratt in just under 2 minutes with a takedown and kimura submission
  • An absolutely huge 23-year-old Andrei Arlovski destroyed his opponent in round 1 with an inside leg kick, 3 right hooks, and an uppercut
  • No 1 light heavyweight contender, Chuck Liddell, knocked out Renato Sobral with a one-two, left head kick in round 1

Unfortunately, Matt Hughes’ first-round domination over 17-1 Gil Castillo ended prematurely by a doctor stoppage, despite the cut not being deep at all.

The event also had B.J. Penn make a guest commentary appearance for the Matt Hughes fight alongside Jeff Rogan and Mike Goldberg. Plus, a live interview by Rogan with friends Vin Diesel and heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez.

Overall, not the most competitive fights, but all the biggest names at the time were on one card, and every fight ended by finish. It’s a very quick watch (2.5 hours), and a very tense and entertaining one considering its importance to the UFC’s future.

It’s the event that introduced many to MMA and turned it mainstream thanks to the huge media coverage of the feud between Shamrock and Ortiz.

UFC 100: Lesnar vs. Mir 2

>Date: July 11, 2009
>PPV Buys: 1,600,000
>Attendance: 10,871
>2 Title fights
>5 Finishes in 11 Fights

UFC 100 produced 1.6 million PPV buys which was the record for 7 years until UFC 202 outsold it in 2016 – a testament to the number of legends at the event and how good it was.

UFC 100’s best moments were:

  • Brock Lesnar knocked out the interim champion, Frank Mir, in the second round to become the new undisputed heavyweight champion and secure his first title defense
  • Georges St-Pierre successfully defended his title against Thiago Alves in dominant fashion to a unanimous decision
  • The opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Season 9, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping, finally met after a lot of trash talk, resulting in Bisping being melted by a devastating right hook in round 2 for his first knockout loss
  • Fight of the Night between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Alan Belcher ended in a split decision win for K-1 Hero’s light heavyweight champion, Akiyama

While the best moments all came from the main card, the prelims were also decent. They featured a guillotine submission win from Jon Jones in his third UFC fight and submission of the night for Tom Lawlor who beat C.B. Dolloway by guillotine choke.

There were also fights such as Mark Coleman vs Stephan Bonnar, Jim Miller vs Mac Danzig, and Dong Hyun Kim vs the number one contender, T.J. Grant.

UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson

>Date: November 19, 2011
>PPV Buys: 290,000
>Attendance: 13,832 – HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
>0 Title fights
>7 Finishes in 12 Fights

Not as hyped as many other cards on the list due to not having title fights and not being as stacked, UFC 139 was a card that over-delivered on expectations.

The maximum capacity crowd was wild ahead of the first UFC event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California – the usual home for Strikeforce events.

UFC 139’s best moments were:

  • The main between Shogun and Henderson was a five-round war for the ages, described by Dana White as a top 3 MMA fight (by 2011)
  • Knockout of the Night by Michael McDonald on the prelims started with a beautiful overhand right and finished with multiple uppercuts against the fence moments later
  • Ryan Bader’s first-round right cross glanced the back of Jason Brilz’s ear and sent him head first into the canvas
  • Wanderlei Silva’s ferocious knockout of Cung Le in round 2 with relentless knees and punches
  • Chris Weidman’s round 1 d’arce choke leaving Tom Lawler unconscious and Submission of the Night for Urijah Faber’s guillotine choke of Brian Bowles in round 2

UFC 139 also included fights such as Stephan Bonnar vs Kyle Kingsbury, Gleison Tibau vs Rafael dos Anjos, and Seth Bacyzynski vs Matt Brown.

Up to 2011, this was easily one the best UFC cards, helped by the surprise element it had. While the action was great from start to finish, the final 3 fights stole the show, especially the main fight between Shogun and Henderson.

UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir

>Date: May 26, 2012
>PPV Buys: 560,000
>Attendance: 14,674 – MGM Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
>1 Title fight
>9 Finishes in 12 Fights

UFC 146 was the first UFC main card to feature all heavyweight bouts and it remains the only one to this day; so if you like heavyweight action full of quick finishes and devastating knockout power, this is the card for you.

UFC 146’s best moments were:

  • Undefeated 8-0 Junior Dos Santos’ title defense against Frank Mir was a kickboxing masterclass from start to finish, ending in a TKO
  • A quick nights work for Cain Valesquez who took Bigfoot down in 10 seconds and mauled him for the next 3 and a half minutes; leaving him a bloody mess and winning Fight of the Night
  • An overhand right hook haymaker knockout of Dave Herman by Roy Nelson in round 1
  • Undefeated Stipe Miocic (8-0) and Shane del Rosario (11-0) had an entertaining high-paced first round before Miocic secured an easy takedown and put Rosario away with relentless and powerful elbows
  • An expertly performed armbar by the 7 ft giant Stefan Struve who willingly pulled guard – you don’t see many submissions like this
  • Undefeated 10-0 Edson Barboza knocked out in the first round by the huge underdog, Jamie Varner, with heavy boxing and ground-and-pound

Not only this but the prelims featured Darren Elkins vs Diego Brandao, Dan Hardy vs Duane Ludwig, and the early prelims even had Glover Teixeira submitting Kyle Kingsbury in round 1 with an arm triangle choke.

Overall, it was a fast-paced and hugely entertaining card, with 7 first-round finishes, 6 knockouts, and 3 submissions.

UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor

>Date: July 11, 2015
>PPV Buys: 825,000
>Attendance: 16,019 – MGM Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
>2 Title fights – Interim and Undisputed
>6 Finishes in 11 Fights

The event generated a lot of excitement as the original headliner was a title fight between Conor McGregor and featherweight champion Jose Aldo, but Aldo pulled out through injury.

He was replaced by Chad Mendes, the number one featherweight contender and the first great wrestler Conor McGregor would face. Many wondered how McGregor would fair against a wrestler, so the excitement for the event remained sky high.

It was also the first and only UFC event to have live singers because of the magnitude of the event.

McGregor had Sinead O’Connor sing ‘The Foggy Dew’ and Chad Mendes had Aaron Lewis sing ‘Country Boy’, two of the best and extremely patriotic UFC walkout songs. With the live performances, it felt like an Ireland vs America showdown and the crowd was absolutely buzzing.

UFC 189’s best moments were:

  • Incredible live walkout songs and an amazing interim title fight between McGregor and Mendes, resulting in a McGregor TKO victory in round 2
  • Robbie Lawler’s first title defense against Rory Mcdonald produced one of the all-time great fights and the best fight of 2015; resulting in a Lawler TKO in round 5
  • 2 flying knee knockouts in the main card, by Jeremy Stephens and Thomas Almeida

The prelims featured Cody Garbrandt vs Henry Briones and Matt Browns’ guillotine submission over Tim Means. A lot of the fights were great, but the one criticism would be that there were too many decisions in the prelims and early prelims. 

However, the main card saw 5/5 finishes and the overall event is often talked about as one of the top 5 best UFC cards of all time because of the feelings and energy it carried throughout.

UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2

>Date: June 4, 2016
>PPV Buys: Undisclosed but estimated to be 320,000
>Attendance: 15,587 – The Forum, Inglewood, California
>2 Title Fights
>8 Finishes in 13 Fights, all knockouts

UFC 199 is another ridiculously stacked card, top to bottom. The main catch was the title fight and rematch between Rockhold and Bisping, where Rockhold won the previous fight after a lot of trash talk between the two

Bisping was lucky to get the fight as he was the number 4 ranked middleweight and only fourth choice for the fight. Just over 2 weeks before the event, Bisping took the fight after injuries to the preferred fighters had ruled them out.

UFC 199’s best moments were:

  • Fight of the Night and one of the best of 2016 between Marco Polo Reyes and Dong Hyun Ma in the first fight to set the precedent for the rest of the event. It was an absolute stand-and-bang slug fest with multiple momentum swings and knockdowns ending in a third-round knockout by Reyes – Joe Rogan said it was one of the most insane fights he’s seen in his life
  • Bisping knocked out an overconfident Luke Rockhold in round 1 with a left hook and follow-up punches against the fence to become the first English UFC champion
  • Henderson was under pressure in the first round against Hector Lombard, suffering a takedown and knockdown and turning it around in round 2 with an unprecedented combination; a right head kick and right back elbow for the knockout
  • A typical Dustin Poirier fight in the pocket, exchanging shots and talking to each other, before dropping Bobby Green with a left hook to the jaw and finishing with ground-and-pound in round 1
  • In an extremely close fight that could’ve gone either way on the judge’s scorecards, Brian Ortega took the fight into his own hands by delivering a beautifully timed knee to Clay Guida with just 24 seconds left (KO)

You know it’s a great card when Max Holloway’s domination over Ricardo Lamas and Dominick Cruz putting on a clinic against Urijah Faber in their trilogy fight doesn’t make the best moments.

There was also Beneil Dariush knocking out James Vick, Jessica Andrade knocking out Jessica Penne, and Sean Strickland defeating an undefeated Tom Breese on the early prelims – just an absolutely stacked card that over-delivered.

UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2

>Date: August 20, 2016
>PPV Buys: 1,650,000
>Attendance: 20,427 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
>0 Title Fights
>9 Finishes in 12 Fights

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor 2 is the most anticipated rematch in UFC history. In the first, featherweight champion McGregor suffered his first UFC loss and his 15-fight win streak ended when he was submitted by Nate Diaz at welterweight (170 lbs), 2 divisions above his weight class.

In the rematch, a lot of people questioned whether McGregor could cope at welterweight, but Conor said he had time to pack on more muscle and that he wouldn’t be undersized in the second fight.

UFC 202 was also the first event produced by the new owners of the UFC, WME-IMG, so many fans were hyped to see if there would be any changes, good or bad. They didn’t disappoint, as things were left how they’d always been and UFC 202 delivered an unbelievably stacked card from start to finish.

UFC 202’s best moments were:

  • Fight of the Night between Diaz and McGregor for producing a 5-round bloody war that more than lived up to the hype, ending with McGregor getting his revenge. The fight was also the 2nd best fight of 2016
  • Anthony Johnson’s devastating uppercut knockout of Glover Teixeira in the co-main, in just 13 seconds of the first round. It was so powerful, that Glover wrestled Dan Miragliotta on instincts after waking up
  • Donald Cerrone’s beautiful knockout, started with a 4-strike combination, left jab, right jab, and left hook to the body, finished with a right head kick and follow-up punches for the TKO
  • UFC debutant Mike Perry knocked out Lim Hyun-Gyu after knocking him down three times, capped off with Tim Means’ patient and calculated picking apart of Sabah Homasi for a TKO victory

While the main card stole the show, the prelims also featured great moments and fighters.

Fans got to see Cody Garbrandt earn a TKO win over Takeya Mizugaki, and on the early prelims, we saw Colby Covington and Marvin Vettori win by finish, as well as Lorenz Larkin defeating Neil Magny with elbows for a TKO.

Overall, the card was a great night for knockouts and one of the fights which ended via decision was one of the best fights of the year – a must-see card.

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

>Date: November 12, 2016
>PPV Buys: 1,300,000
>Attendance: 20,427 – MSG, New York City
>3 Title Fights
>5 Finishes in 11 Fights

A hugely built-up and promoted card, described as the UFC’s biggest card in history by Dana White. 

It featured many former champions and 3 title fights, the biggest of which was featherweight champion, Conor McGregor, vying to become the first UFC double champ by beating UFC lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez.

It was also the first UFC event to be held in New York City after the state became the last to legalize MMA in 2016, meaning there was an unbelievable buzz and excitement in the crowd and in the city, only adding to how great the card was.

UFC 205 also took the record for the biggest gate in UFC history – $17,700,000 which was an average ticket price of $866

The event remains the biggest gate to date and it also set the UFC record for attendance. The weigh-ins had an attendance of 15,480, while the 20,427 fans at MSG set the record for most fans at an American MMA event.

UFC 205’s best moments were:

  • Conor McGregor smashed Alvarez in round 2 to become the first UFC double champ in history
  • Fight of the Night between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson in the co-main which ended in a draw and meant Woodley retained his title
  • Another Joanna Jzedrzejczyk domination and fourth title defense of her strawweight title in an all-Poland showdown against Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Yoel Romero obliteration former middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, with a flying knee
  • Finishes from Vicente Luque, Tim Boetsch, and Khabib Nurmagomedov all on the prelims

There were also great fights on the prelims between Frankie Edgar and Jeremy Stephans and Jim Miller and Thiago Alves. Raquel Pennington beating former champion Miesha Tate in the first fight on the main was also great.

With multiple records set, a stacked card with huge performances, and the first double champ crowning in UFC history, UFC 205 goes down as a must-see event.

UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre

>Date: November 4, 2017
>PPV Buys: 875,000
>Attendance: 18,201 – MSG, New York City
>3 Title fights
>9 Finishes in 11 Fights

UFC 217 featured 3 title fights, Bisping vs GSP, Rose Namajunas vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and Cody Garbrandt vs T.J. Dillashaw. In the run-up to the title fights, there was plenty of trash talk and intense moments at the weigh-ins and press conferences which only upped the ante.

Not only this but Garbrandt and Jedrezcyzk were undefeated UFC champions, and GSP was returning from a 4-year break to go up a weight division to challenge middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, after dominating the welterweight division for years.

UFC 217’s best moments were:

  • GSP submitted Bisping via rear-naked choke to become the middleweight champion
  • Rose became one of the youngest UFC champions after knocking out Joanna in round 1
  • Dillashaw knocked out his former teammate and overconfident Garbrandt in round 2 via knee and punches.
  • Ovince Saint Preux, who was losing the fight 2 rounds to 0, knocked out Corey Anderson in the third round with a highlight reel roundhouse head kick.
  • Spinning back elbow knockout by Ricardo Ramos.

On top of the title fights, UFC 217 was stacked and also featured Stephen Wonderboy, the BMF Jorge Masvidal, Paulo Costa, Ovince Saint Preux, Aleksei Oleinik, and Curtis Blaydes.

The card also saw Walt Harris disqualified for a late head kick after the referee had called time because Walt had connected an illegal groin kick to his opponent Mark Goodbeer.

Overall, UFC 217 witnessed three titles exchanging hands and along with the other sensational moments, the event is sure to be a top 5 UFC card.

UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2

>Date: December 2, 2017
>PPV Buys: 230,000
>Attendance: 17,587 – Little Ceasars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
>1 Title fight
>9 Finishes in 13 Fights

The whole card was stacked top to bottom, even the early prelims. Despite having only 1 title fight, the main card and prelims were full of former and future UFC champions.

The main attraction was the title fight between featherweight champion Max Holloway and former featherweight king, Jose Aldo.

UFC 218’s best moments were:

  • Max Holloway produced a masterclass to defend his belt for the first time.
  • Ridiculous uppercut knockout by Francis Ngannou over Alistair Overeem
  • Eddie Alvarez’s spectacular knee knockout over Justin Gaethje
  • Paul Felder beating Charles Oliveira via elbow TKO – the last time we saw Charles lose before dominating and becoming lightweight champion
  • Henry Cejudo earned a unanimous decision against Sergio Pettis

If this wasn’t enough, the prelims also included Yancy Medeiros knocking out Alex ‘Cobow’ Oliveira, while the early prelims had Dominick Reyes and Abdul Razak Alhassan both winning with finishes.

UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor

>Date: October 6, 2018
>PPV Buys: 2,400,000
>Attendance: 20,034 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
>1 Title fight
>8 Finishes in 12 Fights

The biggest UFC card in terms of PPV numbers, it will be remembered as a great for many years. It also set the record for the biggest MMA attendance in Nevada, with 20,034 fans generating a live gate of $17.2 million.

The grudge match title fight between Khabib and McGregor was one of the most highly anticipated in UFC history, fueled by plenty of trash talk before the event. 

McGregor worked his magic by exciting fans in the press conferences and Khabib played his part too, declaring to the crowds, “I’m going to smash your boy!”.

UFC 229’s best moments were:

  • Khabib’s first lightweight title defense against the former lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, ended in a submission win for Khabib
  • Post-fight brawl started with Khabib going after Dillon Danis (McGregor’s BJJ coach) –  getting both himself and McGregor suspended
  • An amazing bloody war between Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis ended in a TKO victory for Ferguson in round 2 after Pettis broke his hand
  • Derrick Lewis knocked out Alexander Volkov with just 11 seconds left in a fight he would’ve lost by decision
  • Dominick Reyes’ dominant performance over OSP extended his MMA record to 10-0 and 4-0 in the UFC
  • Vicente Luque KO and two head kick and punch finishes on the early prelims by Nik Lentz and Anthony Rocco Martin

Overall, the anticipation was huge and it could be felt in the crowd and through the commentary team. The fights delivered, and the post-fight brawl was like nothing seen before in the UFC – one of the best UFC cards of all time.

UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington

>Date: December 14, 2019
>PPV Buys: Unreleased
>Attendance: 16,811 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
>3 Title fights
>7 Finishes in 13 Fights

The last UFC PPV of the decade delivered an absolutely stacked card from top to bottom and is one of the most underrated UFC cards ever, featuring 3 title fights and many other former and future UFC champions.

The main event saw Usman’s first title defense against bitter rival Colby Covington which produced an absolute must-see five-round war and the second-best fight of 2019.

UFC 245’s best moments were:

  • Five-round war between Usman and Covington resulted in a broken jaw for Covington and a TKO finish for Usman in the fifth
  • One of the greatest featherweight bouts between challenger Alexander Volkanovski and current champion Max Holloway, resulted in a unanimous decision victory for Vokanovski, ending Holloway’s 15-fight win streak.
  • Petr Yan knocked down Faber 3 times in round 2 before knocking him out in round 3 with a head kick. This became Faber’s last MMA fight as he turned his attention to coaching
  • Geoff Neal head kick and punch TKO victory over Mike Perry in round 1

The main card also had Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight title for the fifth time against the inaugural bantamweight champion, Germaine de Randamie, to become the female in the UFC with the most wins (12).

Marlon Moraes’ split decision victory over Jose Aldo in a close-fought, tactical striking showdown that could’ve gone either way.

Not only this but the early prelims featured Brandon Moreno vs Kai Kara-France, Chase Hooper’s TKO of Daniel Teymur, and Punahele Soriano’s KO of Oskar Piechota.

An amazing card overall.

UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2

>Date: April 24, 2021
>PPV Buys: 700,000
>Attendance: 15,269 – VyStar Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
>3 Title fights
>9 Finishes in 13 Fights (2 decisions in early prelims and 2 in the prelims)

This was the first UFC event to have a major attendance since covid had kept fans away while events took place on Fight Island or at the UFC Apex. For this reason, there was a lot of excitement, hype, and anticipation in the crowd and around the world, and the UFC delivered everything and more with this card.

UFC 261’s best moments were:

  • Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal with one punch which made it Masvidals first knockout loss in the UFC and only the second in 50 MMA fights
  • The recrowning of Rose Namajunas as the strawweight champion after she knocked out Zhang Weili with a head kick and follow-up punches
  • Dominant Valentina Shevchenko easily dispatched Jessica Andrade with elbows in the crucifix position
  • Chris Weidman’s leg break and Jimmy Crute’s perennial nerve injury

The prelims were also stacked with a lot of the UFC’s future talent, such as Pat Sabatini, Dwight Grant, Randy Brown vs Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira, and Brendan Allen vs Karl Roberson, which saw an ankle lock submission, a rear-naked choke, and two closely fought wars going the distance.

Overall, the fighters were energized and wanted to put on a performance for the first event to have a huge crowd back – and it showed. It was a great card with 3 title fights and Chris Weidman’s disgusting leg break stealing the show.

UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2

>Date: November 6, 2021
>PPV Buys: 700,000
>Attendance: 20,715 – MSG, New York City
>2 Title fights
>7 Finishes in 14 Fights

One fight between Usman and Covington wasn’t enough, so it was run back the second time to the delight of UFC fans. Not as great as the first fight but not far off it, combined with other crazy fights and amazing quality throughout, UFC 268 is easily one of the best because of the matchmaking.

UFC 268’s best moments were:

  • Usman and Covington fought tooth and nail from the first round to the end in an extremely close fight that could’ve gone either way, but most are in agreement that Usman had done enough to defend his belt
  • Marlon Vera’s front kick knockout of Frankie Edgar in round 3
  • 6 knockouts in a row leading into the Fight of the Night between Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson in a back-and-forth war of attrition that also won 2021 fight of the year
  • Alex Pereira’s UFC debut saw him win in stunning fashion, with a flying knee and punch TKO win over Andreas Michailidis in round 2
  • Chris Barnett’s spinning wheel kick TKO over Gian Villante in round 2 on the prelims
  • Second best fight of the night between two highly entertaining scrappers, Shane Burgos and Billy Quarantino delivered a stand-and-bang classic

There were many more great moments and the fights also included Bobby Green vs Al Iaquinta, Dustin Jacoby vs John Allen, Chris Curtis vs Phil Hawes, and of course the co-main and second title fight of the night, Rose Namajunas vs Zhang Weili. This fight might be considered the one fight to underdeliver because of its huge expectation – nevertheless, it was still 5 rounds of high-quality female MMA.

Overall, the quality of all three cards was ridiculous and it felt like three separate main cards thrown together in one of the best UFC cards of all time.

UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall (UFC London)

>Date: March 19, 2022
>PPV Buys: N/A
>Attendance: 17,081 – O2 Arena, London
>0 Title Fights
>9 Finishes in 12 Fights

This was the first UFC event back in London since Darren Till fought Masvidal in 2019, and the UK fans were extremely hyped to welcome back the UFC and support 9 UK fighters all on one card.

The fights were insane from start to finish, and while there wasn’t a Fight of the Night bonus awarded, this card made the record for the most amount of Performance of the Night bonuses awarded, with 9 – given to every fighter on the night who secured a finish.

Dana White must’ve been happy that night, and when you see the crowd’s excitement and the fights throughout, you can understand why.

UFC London’s best moments were:

  • British prospect Jai Herbert made a great start in round 1 against the undefeated Ilia Topuria, but in round 2 Ilia caught him flush with a one-punch right hook knockout to continue his streak to 12-0
  • Molly McCann destroys Luana Carolina with a spinning back elbow knockout out of nowhere
  • Paddy Pimblett’s sensational walkout and dominant performance against Kazula Vargas, ending with a rear-naked choke in round 1
  • Arnold Allen blitzed Dan Hooker in round 1 with punches and elbows to get the knockout and continue his UFC streak to 9
  • In Tom Aspinall’s biggest test yet, he dominated Volkov from start to finish with beautiful takedowns and ground-and-pound, finished by a sneaky straight arm bar

The prelims also featured Jack Shore, Makwan Amirkhani, and Paul Craig. Overall, the energy at this event was outstanding and was much better than many PPVs in 2022.

10 Interchangeable UFC Cards

If the above list wasn’t enough, here are 10 more UFC cards with short descriptions that could’ve easily made the list and can be interchanged depending on individual preferences.

UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 – 1 interim title fight and 1 undisputed title fight, 8/10 fights by knockout, Quinton Jackson’s left hook knockout of Wanderlei Silva

UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen – An incredible title fight comeback win for Silva against Sonnen with a triangle armbar in the fifth round. Wins also from Jon Fitch, Matt Hughes, Junior Dos Santos, Phil Davis, Johnny Hendricks, and a great knockout comeback by Stefan Struve

UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields – Set the new UFC attendance record with 55,724 and was the first event in Ontario, Canada. 2 Title fights featuring GSP and Jose Aldo, as well as an incredible Lyoto Machida crane kick KO over Randy Couture

UFC 140: Jones vs Machida – Iconic finishes from Jon Jones and Frank Mir, as well as one of the fastest knocks in UFC history by The Korean Zombie

UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez – Flying knee knockout from Yoel Romero on his debut, 1 punch overhand right knockout from Myles Jury, TJ Dillashaw head kick and punches for TKO, DC’s debut and win over Frank Mir, and Matt Brown vs Jordein Meir Fight of the Night in an absolute war

UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso – A ridiculously stacked card featuring a Demetrious Johson title fight, Donald Cerrone, Eddie Alvarez, Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Yoel Romero, Cat Zigano knocking out Amanda Nunes, and the prelims had Dominick Cruz, Jorge Masvidal, Stephen Thompson, and Kevin Lee

UFC FN Sydney: Rockhold vs Bisping – The first UFC event to have a 100% finish rate and the most finishes on one card with 11/11 (4 submissions, 7 knockouts). It was a lighting-paced violent UFC event with the best finishes from Whittaker (knee and punches), Smolka (side kick to the chin), Rockhold (head kick and guillotine), and Brimage (head kick)

UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirer 2 – 2 fights of the year in Max Hollaway vs Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya vs Kelvin Gastelum (early prelims can probably be avoided)

UFC 244: New York City – UFCs 500th event featuring the BMF title fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, a Kevin Lee head kick KO, and Corey Anderson’s TKO of Johnny Walker

UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno – The main between Moreno and Figueiredo was incredible and won the 2nd best fight of 2020. Also featured Charles Oliveira vs Tony Ferguson, Cyril Gane vs Junior Dos Santos, Kevin Holland vs Ronaldo Souza, Rafael Fiziev, Cub Swanson, and Billy Quarantillo

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