10 Most Iconic UFC Octagon Moments

There have been too many moments to count but some memories can never be faded away. So, here is the list of the top 10 most iconic UFC octagon moment.

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By Blesson Daniel | May 16, 2023 | 5 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

If anybody is a fan of MMA then by no chance he may not know about UFC. UFC is the biggest MMA promotion in the world. UFC has promoted MMA for way too long now. With over 3 decades to finish this November, there are way too many moments to count. But let’s look back at the 10 most iconic UFC octagon moments which were so good, that they had to make the list.

10. Randy Couture spanking Tito Ortiz

Randy Couture is not only a brilliant fighter, but he also has a fantastic sense of humor. Randy challenged Tito Ortiz for the light heavyweight belt at UFC 44 and won convincingly. Tito tried for a leg lock at the conclusion of the bout in an attempt to pull off the come-from-behind victory. Tito’s decision to go for the leg lock exposed almost all of his buttocks to Randy, so Couture chose to spank him.

9. GSP dethroning Matt Hughes

When Georges St-Pierre faced Matt Hughes for the second bout, Hughes was widely regarded as the finest welterweight in the world. Matt already had a GSP victory, as did almost every other major member of the division. Few thought Georges had a chance in a rematch with the title, but St-Pierre dominated the bout, winning by second-round TKO. The match represented a changing of the guard, with one legend falling and another rising.

8. Brock Lesnar goes irate after winning against Frank Mir

After suffering his first-ever defeat at the hands of Frank Mir, Brock Lesnar exacted his vengeance at UFC 100, beating Mir by second-round TKO. Winning the fight, though, was insufficient for an enraged Lesnar. After the fight, Brock made matters worse by getting in Frank’s face and yelling at him. Lesnar then attacked a UFC sponsor and made vulgar remarks about his wife during the post-fight interview. It was a bad display of sportsmanship, but it was an unforgettable moment.

7. Rashad Evans getting knocked out by Lyoto Machida

Rashad Evans is no stranger to tormenting his opponents inside the cage, and it once bit him in the a$$. Evans faced up against Lyoto Machida at UFC 98, attempting to defend his light heavyweight title for the first fight. Machida was obviously winning the fight and outclassing Rashad in all aspects, and Evans sought to irritate Lyoto in the second round with some head games.

Evans mocked Lyoto’s punching power after Machida completed a clean combo. Machida punched him out immediately after that. It’s remarkable not just because it was a terrific fight, but also because it inspired this funny Rashad photo, which any MMA fan has probably seen at least once.

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6. Anderson Silva scoring the first-ever front kick knockout in UFC history

5. Vitor Belfort won the UFC tournament at just the age of 19

At the age of 19, Vitor Belfort became the youngest-ever winner of a UFC tournament at UFC 12. The night was remarkable not just for Belfort’s record, but also for his dominance in the fights he participated in. Vitor defeated both of his opponents in under two minutes. Belfort’s breakout performance at UFC 12 earned him a lot of attention and a lot of admirers.

4. BJ Penn becoming champ in 2 weight-classes

Winning one UFC belt is a challenging undertaking in and of itself. It’s practically unheard of to win two. BJ Penn defeated Joe Stevenson to claim the vacant lightweight championship at UFC 80, becoming only the second man in UFC history to do it. The battle was historic because Penn won the championship, but it was also one of the most vicious beatdowns ever seen inside the Octagon.

3. Khabib Nurmagomedov destroying Conor McGregor

The UFC 229 event will be remembered for what transpired on the night, both in terms of what happened in the ring and the humiliating incidents observed afterward, which were unsportsmanlike, to say the least. In the main event in Las Vegas, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who sought a KO from the first round with a magnificent performance, demolished Conor McGregor in the fourth round with a sensational choke grip to retain the lightweight championship. This bout was significant because Conor disrespected Khabib and his religious beliefs during the pre-match press conference.

2. Jon Jones blacked out Lyoto Machida

Jon Jones used a guillotine from hell to submit Lyoto Machida from a standing position on December 10, 2011. While this is simply another routine championship defense for Jones, it is the most violent conclusion of his career. Jones began the battle in the same manner as he normally does, choosing to beat his opponent at his own game by standing with the deadly karate striker. He would take the fight to the ground in the second round after holding his own, before taking it back to the feet and surprise Machida with a vacuum-sealed choke against the fence. Machida would pass out in Jones’ hold, completing the guillotine finish.

1. Brock Lesnar shoving Daniel Cormier

This is by far the best moment in the UFC octagon as Brock Lesnar pushed Daniel Cormier out of the blue moon. There was still time for a moment of craziness after a spectacular event in Las Vegas. The main event of UFC 226 was a heavyweight fight between then-champion Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.

Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis squared off in the co-main event. Many predicted that the battle would end in the first round, with the winner facing the winner of the Miocic/Cormier bout. Cormier knocked Miocic out in the clinch in the last seconds of the first round to become a two-division champion.

What followed was simply astonishing. There were rumors of a possible return for former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar leading up to UFC 226.

The Beast Incarnate happened to be in attendance. Cormier then called Brock out in the post-fight interview. During the interview, Lesnar entered the cage and, in a classic WWE manner, pushed Daniel.

Cormier remarked after the push, “Push me now, you go to sleep later, Brock!” Security was immediately dispatched to keep the duo apart. Many people expected a brawl to happen after the classic callout. But it didn’t work. But that is still the finest moment to ever take place inside the octagon.

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