The fights are done, the holidays are in full swing, and it’s time to take a look back.
The 2015 combat sports campaign was a delightfully interesting year for mixed martial arts (MMA) … for better or worse. Belts changed hands, legends fell from grace, Reebok happened and more. We’ve done our best to whittle things down and, as we do every year, offer our Five Top 5s, breaking down the greatest moments of the year.
We start by taking a look at the best MMA and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events of 2015.
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5. UFC on FOX 15
This card, which took place in April, started slow with a mediocre clash between Chris Dempsey and Eddie Gordon, but then it quickly found its groove. The “Prelims” undercard alone featured, among other things, Aljamain Sterling’s terrifically-slick arm-triangle against Takeya Mizugaki, Gian Villante’s comeback knockout against Corey Anderson, and Ovince St. Preux’s uppercut finish of Patrick Cummins.
Paige VanZant opened the main card by giving Felice Herrig a thorough drubbing, after which Max Holloway had himself a breakout performance by beating down and submitting Cub Swanson.
The co-main event was something of a foregone conclusion as “Jacare” Souza easily submitted Chris Camozzi for the second time, but Luke Rockhold stole the show in the main event by thrashing Lyoto Machida with startling ease.
Not a bad set of fights at all.
4. UFC on FOX 14
Not every fight was a winner (cough, cough Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis, cough), but the card provided a goldmine of excellent moments, from Mairbek Taisumov’s savage beating of Anthony Christodoulou to Makwan Amirkhani’s eight-second thumping of Andy Ogle to Kenny Robertson’s knockout of Russian standout Sultan Aliev.
And that was all on the “Prelims” undercard.
On the main card, Sam Sicilia scored a thunderous ….View full article
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