UnderGround Forums What was the biggest UFC fight.....on paper?

5/5/13 2:12 PM
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With what appears to be without question the biggest fight in the history of the UFC on the horizon (Jones/Silva), it got me thinking what has been the most anticipated/hyped fight ever in the UFC on paper. I know the actual fights don't always live up to the anticipation. What do you think are some of the biggest UFC fights the UFC has ever had on paper? Here are some of mine:

Gracie - Shamrock II
Penn - St. Pierre I
Penn - Hughes I
Gracie - Hughes
Silva - Sonnen II
5/5/13 2:23 PM
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Liddell - Wanderlei

Liddell - Ortiz

 

Those were really big.

5/5/13 2:29 PM
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Shamrock Ortiz 1
5/5/13 2:42 PM
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Was there just not much hype at the time behind Hendo vs Rampage and Hendo vs Anderson? Seems like the title unifications from that time would hold a place on this type of list. Phone Post 3.0
5/5/13 3:05 PM
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Emmanuel Yarborough vs. Keith Hackney, 900 lbs. of humanity right there.
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5/5/13 3:12 PM
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Liddell vs couture 3
Penn vs St pierre 2

These are the correct answers. Phone Post 3.0
5/5/13 3:14 PM
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Jones and Rashad was hyped for years.

They really built it up well.

Tito vs Shamrock was also pretty huge. Phone Post
5/5/13 3:15 PM
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tito lidell fights as well. Phone Post
5/5/13 3:19 PM
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Silva vs Sonnen 2 had a lot of hype.
JDS vs Cain 1 on fox was a pretty big deal.
5/5/13 3:21 PM
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Tito vs Liddell
Silva vs sonnen Phone Post 3.0
5/5/13 3:30 PM
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Silva Sonnen 2
Ortiz Shamrock
Liddell Ortiz
Lesnar Mir
Lesnar Carwin
GSP Penn
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Chuck vs Wand and in a strange way Nog vs Couture even though there was no title on the line and Liddell vs Ortiz...Also Tito vs Shamrock 2 was huge

5/5/13 4:08 PM
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Silva v Sonnen 2 Phone Post
5/5/13 4:10 PM
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1) UFC 100 - 1,600,000 buys
 
 
 
July 21, 2009
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
 
Attendance: 10,871
Gate: $5,128,490
 
Main Events:
 
UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification: Brock Lesnar (champ) vs Frank Mir (interim)
UFC Welterweight Championship: Georges St-Pierre (champ)  vs Thiago Alves
Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping
 
 
 
2) UFC 116: Lesnar vs Carwin - 1,116,000 buys
 
July 3, 2010
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
 
Attendance: 12,740
Gate: $2,053,990
 
Main Event:
 
UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification: Brock Lesnar (champ) vs Shane Carwin (interim)
 
 
 
3) (tied) UFC 66: Liddell vs Ortiz II - 1,050,000 buys
 
December 30, 2006
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Paradise, Nevada
 
Attendance: 13,761
Gate: $5,397,300
 
Main Event:
 
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Chuck Liddell (champ) vs Tito Ortiz
 
 
 
3) (tied) UFC 121: Lesnar vs Velasquez - 1,050,000 buys
 
 
October 23, 2010
Honda Center
Anaheim, California
 
Attendance: 14,856
Gate: $2,237,000
 
Main Events:
 
UFC Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar (champ) vs Cain Velasquez
Jake Shields vs Martin Kampmann
Tito Ortiz vs Matt Hamill
 
 
 
5) UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar - 1,010,000 buys
 
5/5/13 6:07 PM
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I've seen every UFC. There's been so many fights, its easy to forget some of them.

Couture - Belfort I

Superfight feel....Belfort was destroying everyone and Randy just took it to him.

It's funny how a lot of these fights were pretty much one sided even though they were the "biggest" fight during the time they happened.
5/5/13 7:11 PM
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How did UFC 116 do such a low gate? It's half of the other Vegas shows listed. Phone Post 3.0
5/5/13 8:03 PM
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ThickS0lid N Right - Tito vs Liddell
Silva vs sonnen Phone Post 3.0
This guys=spot on. Phone Post
5/5/13 8:04 PM
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It didn't get much hype but Randy vs. Nog was HUGE for veteran MMA fans Phone Post
5/5/13 8:30 PM
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GSP24 - Liddell vs. Ortiz 2004
Liddell vs. Couture 2006
Liddell vs. Ortiz 2006
Liddell vs. Silva 2007
Lesnar vs. Couture
St-Pierre vs. Penn 2009
Lesnar vs. Mir 2009
Lesnar vs. Carwin 2010
Lesnar vs. Velasquez 2010
Silva vs. Sonnen 2010
Silva vs. Sonnen 2012

Just to name a few. Phone Post 3.0

Agree with this but 117 wasn't a big deal til after

5/5/13 8:52 PM
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i remember halloween -

Liddell - Wanderlei

Liddell - Ortiz

 

Those were really big.

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5/5/13 8:54 PM
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Coming from someone who's been around since the beginning (no big deal), I would definitely say Gracie vs. Shamrock II. Phone Post 3.0
5/5/13 9:13 PM
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liddel ortiz was the first fight to come to mind.
5/5/13 9:24 PM
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I'd have to say hype wise...
Brock v Carwin
Silva v Sonnen 2
Shad v Rampage
Lyoto v Shogun 2 Phone Post 3.0
5/5/13 9:25 PM
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Honorable mention to Brock v Overeem Phone Post 3.0