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50. Lyoto Machida crane-kicks Randy Couture into retirement [UFC 129, April 30, 2011]. 

Leading up to his meeting with the 47-year-old Couture, Machida had suffered a tough 2010 that saw him lose back-to-back fights, including dropping his light heavyweight title to Mauricio Rua. Meanwhile, Couture rolled in on the heels of three straight victories, capped by a second-round tapout of former heavyweight boxer James Toney at UFC 118.

If there was any notion that Machida was damaged goods, however, he put those concerns to rest at the beginning of the second round, when he cracked off one of the most spectacular knockouts in UFC history. The flying kick The Dragon used to separate Couture from his senses was a thing of beauty (video above). Couture announced his retirement in the cage following the bout, and we never saw him in the Octagon again. (CD)

49. Forrest Griffin ruins Shogun Rua's UFC debut with upset victory [UFC 76, September 22, 2007]. 

There was supposed to be a difference between TUF fighters and the best in the world. That was the storyline heading into Griffin vs. Rua. After all, one had split his last four fights, while the other had won 12 out of 13; one was a TUF champ, while many considered the other to be the best light heavyweight in the world.

So much for conventional wisdom.

Showing the resolve that would become his trademark in a career of overachievement, Griffin turned the match into one of attrition and took over when Rua tired, locking in a rear-naked choke to win a shocker that still ranks as one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. (MC)

48. Dana White gives TUF's most memorable speech [TUF 1, 2005]. 

UFC President Dana White, lover of the F-bomb, became famous in his own way during the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. The bombastic fight promoter was just as big a part of the reality show's inaugural season as the fighters or coaches Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell. The crescendo of White's star turn came early in the season when, sensing a lack of commitment from some cast members, he gathered the group to give a speech that was half-pep talk, half-challenge to their manhood.

White's gist was this: The fighters on TUF had been given a unique challenge, and he wanted to know how many would seize the brass ring—or whether they would just let the chance of a lifetime slip through their fingers. The rant reached its zenith when White let fly perhaps the most unforgettable quote of his entire tenure as UFC boss: "Do you wanna be a f--kin' fighter?!?" (BO)

47. Robbie Lawler completes Cinderella story and wins welterweight title [UFC 181, December 6, 2014]. 

Lawler exited the UFC in 2004 after back-to-back losses and spent the next eight years finding mixed results as a middleweight in promotions such as Strikeforce, the IFL and EliteXC. In February 2013 he made his return to the Octagon—this time as a welterweight—with an emphatic first-round TKO over Josh Koscheck at UFC 157.

Little did anyone realize he was just finding his form as a mature fighter. During the next 18 months, Lawler put up a record of 5-1 and fought twice for the UFC 170-pound title. He lost that first championship opportunity to Johny Hendricks at UFC 171 but fared much better in a rematch with the Oklahoman at UFC 181.

Once again the two men put on five rounds of back-and-forth action, but this time it was Lawler who squeaked by with the split-decision win. Chalk it up as a feel-good moment for one of the sport's longtime fan favorites. (NM)

46. Frank Shamrock stops Tito Ortiz to establish himself as first great light heavyweight [UFC 22, September 24, 1999].

When these two all-time greats met up during the fall of 1999, their fight was for what was then known as the UFC "middleweight" title—though once modern weight classes were introduced, it would come to be called the light heavyweight strap. The bout was also widely seen as one that would determine the best MMA fighter on the planet.

It did not disappoint. For nearly four complete rounds—another fairly newfangled invention at the time—Ortiz and Shamrock engaged in a back-and-forth brawl. Ortiz scored with his trademark takedowns, but Shamrock's advanced ground skills allowed him to survive the exchanges on the mat. On the feet, Shamrock scored with his kickboxing arsenal, eventually forcing Ortiz to tap out to strikes late in the bout.

At the time, it was considered one of the greatest MMA fights of all time. After the victory, Shamrock was also regarded as the UFC's first great 200-pound fighter, though he soon left the promotion, citing a lack of competition. (CD)

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2647674-ufc-200-primer-ranking-the-200-biggest-moments-in-ufc-history

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