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  • 11-03-2012, 03:00 AM
    SwordofAres
    Gray Maynard- When he knocked out Frankie Edgar in the first round of their second fight and became the light weight champion.

    You did say in our minds right? That's how it happened in my mind and as long as I never rewatch the fight and draw a little belt on my TV every time Gray fights, I never have to believe otherwise.
  • 11-03-2012, 12:26 AM
    LefthookStcrook
    Fedor- Deffinetly the CC fight. The way he shut down CC's kicks was amazing. Two legends at their prime.

    Jones- We he ran through Shogun like he did. Im a huge Shogun fan and Shogun didnt do a single thing becuase Jones didnt let him, Thats when I started to think that this guy might be for real.

    Chuck Liddel- Tito Ortiz at UFC 47, The very first PPV I ordered. I knew all about Chuck/Randy/Tito at the time but watching Chuck go into full "Beast Mode" and destroying who (I thought) was the best at that time let me know Chuck would be around forever. The most consecutive UFC KO record started here, and is still standing.

    Anderson Silva- Rich Franklin 1. Its one thing to run through Chris Leben, But when they gave Anderson the title shot against Rich I was super stoked to see Rich get the win. Eventho I've seen Anderson before, I never knew he'd be so great up untill this moment when he absolutley destroyed Rich.

    GSP- Matt Hughes 2. When Matt couldnt get GSP down in the 1st round it was looking good. When GSP rocked Hughes with the left hook at the end of the 1st round I knew it was over. 2nd round comes to an end by a flashy GSP headkick followed by some vicious elbows. I knew we'd have a champ for a long time.

    Frankie Edgar- Bj Penn 2. Alot of people (not me) thought that Penn got robbed in the first fight, so this was the chance for Penn to prove he was the best LW, or Edgars chance to prove it wasnt a fluke. Edgar dominated Penn in a way few men have, especially at LW.

    Theres obviously lots of other fighters who've earned that "great" status like Hendo, Penn, Couture etc etc but this is just what came to mind.

    Quote Originally Posted by end it with a left View Post
    Personally I think Nick Diaz's fight against Robbie Lawler was a legendary fight. At the time he was known for being a bjj fighter and not so much for his striking and than for him to totally pick him apart and finish with a ko was huge. He may never hold yhe ufc gold or make it to the hall of fame but because of that fight he will always be a legend to me.
    I Like!

    I remember this fight so clearly. Robbie Lawler was a vicious KO guy who swung with emotions and reckless abondonment, Nick Diaz was a "Cesar Gracie Jui Jitsu Fighter" lol. All the makings for a striker vs grappler amirite? Nope, Diaz hits hit him a stiff jab and drops him in for the KO. I loved it.

    This is more of a "fights that made you fan" though lol.

    If I was going to choose Diaz's moment of "greatness" it would be when he outboxed and outclassed Bj Penn. That fight let me know he could "hang" in the UFC just fine.
  • 11-02-2012, 11:46 PM
    TheDoucheyWun
    Call it what you will but I call Maia legendary.

    In todays mma to bust into the UFC and get 4 subs in a row should get u that status but the 5th was just nuts the way he subbed Chael.
  • 11-02-2012, 11:42 PM
    TheDoucheyWun
    What about Gracie UFC 1?? If just one fight I'd have to say beating Severn made him legend.

    Sakuraba- Gracie??

    Shogun- Noguiera or Arona?

    Babalu- taking one hell of a beating from Chuck x2.
  • 11-02-2012, 11:37 PM
    kalebarker
    Quote Originally Posted by cnlclink View Post
    To comment on Anderson Silva...for me the fight was his first against Franklin...that dropped my jaw.

    Wandy...his destruction of Rampage twice but esp (the second fight I think) when he left Rampage unconscious hanging in the ropes.
    Definitely agree on Wandy. If isn't wasn't for the stipulation in their fight would end up a draw unless their was a stoppage, Wandy getting the best of Crocop would have been the fight that made him a legend.
  • 11-02-2012, 09:47 PM
    kalebarker
    For Mark Coleman is was winning the 2000 grand prix.

    For Keith Hackney

  • 11-02-2012, 09:31 PM
    Thamob
    I don't know if anybody will agree with me but Aldo's destruction of Faber. Faber was WEC's golden boy and Aldo just made him look like he was nothing.

    Anderson Silva picking apart Franklin the second time.

    GSP after beating Hughes the second time was one thing but coming back and destroying the guy that beat him in Sera was what put him up there for me.
  • 11-02-2012, 03:48 PM
    rivethead
    I was just kind of talking about this the other day: I think Tito had already damaged his reputation by the time he peaked. I'd put his biggest win as stopping Shammy the first time...but he was already getting a reputation for ducking Chuck by that point. I was talking about how getting a reputation for talking tons of smack and then backing it up only lasts as long as you can back it up...once you fail, you're just a douche who talked smack. By the time Couture spanked him, he was on the decline.

    I think Couture's win over Tito--replete with the spanking--put him on the map, and his wars with Chuck put both them and MMA into a place where TUF could work a couple years down the road.

    Conversely, when Chuck KO'd him the second time, Liddell's legend was cast into stone.

    Also, I don't know that I consider either of these guys even close to HOF material, but I'm surprised nobody commented that rampage cemented his legend by KOing Liddell when it still meant something. He'd beaten him earlier in PRIDE, obviously, but coming into the house that Chuck built and taking his rep in the cage was an iconic moment, and one he'll never recapture.

    I also think Machida cemented his status when he KO'd Thiago Silva. It completely reversed his reputation. Until that point, he was reviled by casual fans as a fighter who ran, who couldn't finish a sandwich, etc. A lot of fans were hoping Silva would kill him, because they appreciated the brawling style more than Lyoto's elusiveness. Five minutes later, that tide turned. It helped that he was next in line to face Rashad, who everyone hated on anyway...then when he went on to KO Evans it was gravy on his train.

    Quote Originally Posted by end it with a left View Post
    Personally I think Nick Diaz's fight against Robbie Lawler was a legendary fight. At the time he was known for being a bjj fighter and not so much for his striking and than for him to totally pick him apart and finish with a ko was huge. He may never hold yhe ufc gold or make it to the hall of fame but because of that fight he will always be a legend to me.
    That fight drove me crazy for the next 5 years, as Nick was developing his striking and was chasing KO's against guys who he could have beaten if he'd just have stuck to his grappling. It was a beautiful punch, but I still think it took him years to get his career back on the rails afterwards. He should have been lighting guys up like Sherk, Sanchez, Riggs, etc. All of the fights were close enough to be controversial, but he always had the skills to win them decisively. The first Noons bout specifically was like bamboo shoots under my finger nails to watch. I think his gogo of Gomi did as much to cement his legend as the Lawler KO.

    rh
  • 11-02-2012, 03:26 PM
    johnny Boom
    Quote Originally Posted by Flou View Post
    Actually I think this is what made Bisping a legend:
    Is it wrong that watching that makes me smile
  • 11-02-2012, 02:38 PM
    Kimbo> Rampage
    Anderson vs. Franklin

    Fedor vs. Nog

    Jones vs. Shogun

    GSP vs. Hughes 2
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