Thanksgiving can be a trying time for us all. Surrounded by family (and your creepy uncle) and eating endless amounts of food non-stop all day, you need something besides football to pass the time. So, we've picked some legendary MMA fights to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.
There are plenty of amazing fights that you can watch on UFC Fight Pass during your four-day weekend while your dear Aunt Mildred regales you with her recent visit to the foot doctor.
Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2 - UFC 189
I had the pleasure of watching this one live from cageside, and boy was it a barn burner. It's still, to this date, my all-time favorite fight, and I promise you will NOT be disappointed. Warning — it's really bloody, so best not to watch while gathered 'round the family dinner table.
Cris "Cyborg" Justino vs. Charmaine Tweet - Invicta 11
The first time I experienced the wonder that is "Cyborg" was this fight, and I quickly learned why she is all the rage. I won't spoil it for you, but don't blink.
Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley - Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley
The crowd alone was absolute fire for this fight. Everyone knew going in that Daley was either going to blast Diaz with his fearsome fists, or the welterweight champ Diaz would have his way with Daley on the ground. It's arguably the best single round in MMA history.
Wanderlei Silva vs Cro Cop - Pride: Final Conflict Absolute
The second fight between the two legends of MMA after they fought to a draw four years previous. This is considered a classic for good reason — the action is non-stop and the finish. Oh, the finish.
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - UFC 165
This is Jon Jones at his peak, before the drugs, before the car wrecks and before the doping violations. This was invincible Jon Jones being put to the absolute test in a fight that some believe Gustafsson won.
John Castaneda vs Gustavo Lopez - Combate Americas Empire Rising
When Combate Americas traveled to New York they hosted one of the biggest rivalries in the promotion. Castaneda missed weight ahead of the fight, which threw a wrench his title hopes — but still fought like a champ. Make sure you savor his talent because Combate released him after he refused to rematch Gustavo after this fight.
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - Strikeforce Tate vs. Rousey
This is where it all began. 'Nuff said.
Just watch the birth of one of the greatest women in MMA.
Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2 - UFC 202
I know this was recent, but it's worth a re-watch. Get out your notepad and try to score this fight to see if the judges got it right or wrong. Every time I watch it I get a different result!
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