As we pass the midpoint of 2018 it’s best to look back and decide what were some of the best brawls of the year.
1) Gaethje VS Poirer
Two of the greatest warriors to ever grace the confines of the octagon did not disappoint when they decided to throw down heavy leather in Glendale Arizona back in April. It was sheer violent chaos for 12 minutes. Surely one of the best fights in UFC history.
2) Kiefer Crosbie VS Josh Plant
A fight I personally attended in Dublin Ireland. The Dublin crowd are not known for their quietness and this was evident in the 3Arena in May. Conor McGregor arrived at the arena and crowd started screaming at a near deafening level, as McGregor signed autographs and took photos of the greatest fights ever took place. Kiefer
3) Whittaker VS Romero
The encore to one of 2017 best fights lived up to the hype, it involved five rounds of sheer violence where two middleweight kingpins went to war with each other.
4) Ovince St Preux VS Tyson Pedro
In the build up to the UFC Singapore card this was a fight nobody really gave any attention to. It was simply a little sprinkle on the Donald Cerrone VS Leon Edwards cake but it was one incredible sprinkle. Although it only lasted three minutes; it was one of the greatest three minutes ever as OSP amounted a remarkable comeback.
5) Stephens VS Emmet
Jeremy Stephens is an incredibly vicious and entertaining fighter and he once again showed why he is one of the most impressive finishers in the featherweight division when he took on the tough heavy hearted Josh Emmet.
6) Edgar VS Ortega
Brian Ortega a jiu jitsu guy did the unthinkable when he knocked “The Answer” out of this galaxy back in March. A fight that would cement Ortega place as a real contender in the division.
7) Magomedsharipov VS Bochniak
Heading into this fight, Zabit Magomedsharipovs name was one being whispered by the elites of the MMA world, he recived acclaim from some of MMAs biggest personalites such as Luke Thomas, Ariel Helwani and even his coach Duke Rufus. The hotly tipped prospect put on a striking showcase when he battled the American Kyle “Crash” Bochniak
8) Kai Asakura VS Manel Kape
Although most people salivate over Rizins excellent JMMA nostalgic inducing production they do manage to put on some ridiculously good fights like when Kai Asakura fought Manel Kape in May. Kape is known for his lunatic-esque persona inside and outside the ring whilst Asakura is more of a good technical brawler with shoot the lights out knock out ability. When they scraped at Rizin 10; sheer unfiltered chaos ensued.
9) Tai Tuivasa VS Cyril Asker
Who doesn’t love Tai Tuivasa? The man is the king of shoeys and seems to have the potential to be one of the biggest personalitys in the sport. At UFC 221 he let his knees and elbows do the talking as he elbowed Cyril Asker to oblivion.
10) Kyoji Horiguchi VS Ian McCall
Amongst hard-core MMA fight fans this fight was being touted as having the ability to be one of the best of the year. Horiguchi was primed to be entering the peak of his athletic career whilst Ian McCall seemed motivated and charged to destroy the Japanese fan favourite. It only took “The Guuch” 13 seconds to finish McCall in one of MMAs most shocking fights of 2018.