As a promotional piece for the upcoming UFC 205 event in New York next month, the UFC has released what they consider the top ten events in the organisation’s history, and as you would expect Conor McGregor features heavily.
The 28-year-old’s meteoric rise through the UFC is built on the careers of those before him and their contribution to a sport stretching back over 20 years.
From the spectacle that was UFC 1: The Beginning in 1993, to the most recent UFC 204 in Manchester, England earlier this month, the premier MMA promotion is more mainstream now than ever, and McGregor, in particular, has played his part.
The Irishman’s interim featherweight title win over Chad Mendes at UFC 189, his emphatic featherweight title win over Jose Aldo at UFC 194, and his most recent split-decision win over Nate Diaz at UFC 202 all feature on the list, along with some other household names.
Check out the UFC’s top ten events in chronological order below:
- UFC 1 – November 12, 1993 (Royce Gracie vs. Gerard Gordeau)
- UFC 31 – May 4, 2001 (Randy Couture vs. Pedro Rizzo 2)
- UFC 87 – August 9, 2008 (Georges St-Pierre vs. Jon Fitch)
- UFC 100 – July 11, 2009 (Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir 2)
- UFC 116 – July 3, 2010 (Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin)
- UFC 129 – April 30, 2011 (Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields)
- UFC 189 – July 11, 2015 (Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes)
- UFC 194 – December 12, 2015 (Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo)
- UFC 200 – July 9, 2016 (Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes)
- UFC 202 -August 20, 2016 (Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2)
On November 12, McGregor will look to add UFC 205 to the stellar list of events when he faces Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at Madison Square Garden arena.
If the brash Dubliner is victorious, he’ll become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two division titles simultaneously.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena
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