A pair of rematches headline a UFC doubleheader this Saturday, November 19, as #GegardMousasi heads to Belfast, Northern Ireland for a second go at #UriahHall, while #RyanBader and #AntonioRogerioNogueria clash in São Paulo, Brazil, six years after their initial booking.
And in honor of Saturday's double dose of mixed martial arts, we take a look at some of the UFC's greatest rematches.
UFC 202: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2
With Diaz filling in for an injured #RafaelDosAnjos on short notice at #UFC196, McGregor accepted the welterweight bout, and ultimately suffered his only loss inside the Octagon, tapping out to a second-round rear-naked choke.
The fight, which sold an estimated 1.6-million pay per views, set up one of the greatest rematches in UFC history, as McGregor and Diaz returned to Las Vegas for #UFC202.
With their disdain for on another already reaching epic proportions, McGregor and Diaz fanned the flames on their rival during the buildup to UFC 202, culminating in the, now infamous bottle throwing incident.
On August 20, 2016, McGregor got his shot at redemption winning majority decision after bout that is on the short list for Fight of the Year. The rematch was later heralded as the UFC's best selling pay per view of all time.
Immediately following McGregor's historic #UFC205 win, in which he captured his second UFC title, coach John Kavanagh began campaigning for a trilogy bout, this time at lightweight.
UFC 148: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2
Sonnen, one of the greatest trash talkers to ever grace the promotion, verbally attacked Silva throughout the pre-fight buildup, berating everything from his family to his home country of Brazil. Unfortunately for the "American Gangster," Silva was unphased by the rhetoric, and capitalized on an ill-advised Sonnen spinning back fist before finishing the fight via second-round TKO.
UFC 204: Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson 2
#MichaelBisping's UFC career is an incredible story of patience, determination and sheer talent. However, prior to winning the middleweight title over #LukeRockhold at #UFC199, there was always one blemish on his resume that the English fighter wanted to right: the devastating highlight reel knockout he suffered at the hands of #DanHenderson at #UFC100.
The loss was a tough one to swallow, so for his for order as champion, Michael Bisping took on Henderson at #UFC204, for the chance to avenge his most devastating loss and defend his title at the same time.
A back-and-forth affair, Bisping vs. Henderson 2 went the distance, with the champion retaining his belt and winning on all three judges' scorecards, despite the challenger connecting on several vicious knockdown punches.
UFC 189: Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2
Considered by many to be the greatest welterweight title fight of all time, the second pairing between #RobbieLawler and #RoryMacDonald earned Fight of the Night honors at #UFC189 and was dubbed by many as the 2015 Fight of the Year.
Following their first booking at #UFC167, a bout Lawler took by split decision, the pair was partnered for a second time, serving as the co-main event to McGregor's interim title fight against #ChadMendes.
Both Lawler and MacDonald demonstrated sheer heart and warrior spirit throughout the contest. And with MacDonald up three rounds to one heading into the fifth, the two refused to break from a heated staredown following the fourth period.
In the fifth, Lawler came back to finish MacDonald via punches; the fight continues to be celebrated an all-time great.
UFC 168: Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate 2
One of the greatest rivalries in WMMA, #RondaRousey and #MieshaTate first met inside the #Strikeforce cage in 2012, with "Rowdy" claiming her first major mixed martial arts championship via first-round armbar.
Assuming she had put her foe behind her after the UFC absorbed the Strikeforce roster, Ronda Rousey was surprised to learn that Tate had earned a rematch at #UFC168, after original opponent #CatZingano was forced from their bout with a torn ACL. The former UFC bantamweight champion learned of the second booking while filming the eighteen season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Much like their first bout, Rousey took the second contest via armbar, although Tate took the champion to the third round before tapping out.
Beyond this weekend's doubleheader and these legendary rematches, the remainder of the 2016 UFC schedule features two other notable second bookings.
More Notable UFC Rematches
- UFC 52: #ChuckLiddell vs. #RandyCouture 2
- UFC 66: Chuck Liddell vs. #TitoOrtiz 2
- UFC 132: #DominickCruz vs. #UrijahFaber 2
- UFC Fight Night 38: Dan Henderson vs. #ShogunRua 2
- UFC 63: #MattHughes vs. #BJPenn 2
- UFC 179: #JoseAldo vs. Chad Mendes 2
- UFC 100: #BrockLesnar vs #FrankMir 2
- UFC 61: #KenShamrock vs. Tito Ortiz 2
- UFC 71: #RampageJackson vs. Chuck Lidell 2
- UFC 65: Matt Hughes vs. #GeorgesStPierre 2