I wanted to take a crack at making a list of the top 10 fights to show anyone who hasn't experienced MMA yet. I tried to incorporate all the best things about MMA. I encourage you all to discuss and suggest better ones in the comments section below.
A perfect example of pure striking and a great example of someone being completely outclassed (my personal favorite fight)
Anderson Silva vs Ryo Chonan
I wanted this fight to serve as the example of a 0ne-big-mistake type of fight ending. It's also spectacular so that doesn't hurt either. I'd be curious to see what YOU would suggest for the 'one big mistake' fight.
This is the perfect example of what jiu-jitsu is. It's pretty much a straight jiu-jitsu match, but there are some strikes in there just to keep the opponent on their game. I can;t think of a better way to introduce someone to BJJ.
This serves as a good example of someone nullifying what the other is good at, a great example of wrestling and a great example of a comeback all in one.
A perfect example of striking, a comeback and the 'one big mistake' cliche, as well as an AWESOME display of patience and picking one's shots. This is also one of my favorite fights.
Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera vs Bob Sapp
The perfect example of the little man triumphing over a much bigger, stronger man. I think this one illustrates it even better than Gracie/Leopoldo. This fight is amazing. The beating Minotauro takes is enormous.
Don Frye vs Yoshihiro Takayama
A perfect example of a 'classic' fight. Not the best ever, but this one should grab a new fan's attention quite well.
This is another example of a classic. It's also a knock-down-drag-out slugfest. AND showcases turning the tides, gassing and if you want to explain some history while youre at it, this was the first-ever 5 round NON title fight.
A great example of pressing the pace to make your opponent gas. A great example of striking, wrestling AND jiu-jitsu as well as seizing an opportunity in the blink of an eye. Also could serve as the one big mistake,
How could you not show them this fight? It's a classic, shows amazing striking, take downs and TDD. It goes to decision as well so it proves not all decisions have to be boring.
The only thing I think I may have missed is a good, exciting showcase of wrestling. I considered Edgar vs Griffin, but it just wasnt fast paced enough, not enough scrambles. Can you think of one?
Like I said, this is MY list. I'm wondering what you would change, or especially if you can think of any other BETTER examples of what I was trying to illustrate! Thanks for reading!