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The Top Five Biggest Moments in UFC History — According to Google

By CagePotato contributor Jason Moles

During the illustrious eighteen-year history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, we’ve witnessed countless brutal beatings, killer knockouts, and spectacular submissions. Simply put, we’ve witnessed a ton of holy $&*% moments!

I’m sure you have your favorites that you’ll share with your grandkids when you’re sitting in the old man’s chair. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself which moments in the past two decades were the biggest on a large scale? Well I did and I went to the largest scale imaginable: the almighty Google and here’s what I found. Remember, Google doesn’t have emotional or monetary interest at stake here. These moments are the ones that have generated the most web traffic via searches, not which ones impacted the sport the most.

5.) St. Pierre Beats Shields at UFC 129 – 04/30/2011

Why it’s ranked: Jake Shields left Strikeforce as champion so essentially casual fans and mainstream media alike viewed this as the first major inter-promotional, champion vs. champion fight. Georges St. Pierre, reigning UFC Welterweight champion and winner of nine straight came out on top of Shields who was riding a fifteen-fight win streak over the past five years.

The UFC went all in on this one hyping this event with the normal Countdown shows in addition to a pretty sweet commercial, the Primetime series, and a flyer in my mailbox reminding me to order the PPV. It was a huge moment in both men’s career primarily because it was the first tough competition either had faced in quite some time up to that point.  The underlying reason this mattered so much is that we all wanted to see the GSP vs. Silva super fight.

4.) Lesnar Submits Carwin at UFC 116 – 07-03-10

Why it’s ranked: This was Brock Lesnar‘s first fight since giving Diverticulitis the F5. (Too bad it was only a two count.) No one knew what to expect. How much cage corrosion would Lesnar have? What about his cardio? Would Shane Carwin win another fight in the first round? That was all answered in the first five minutes as ‘The Engineer’ laid out the blue print for not only how to beat the UFC heavyweight champion, but also what a 10-8 round looks like.

Looking back, it was such a noteworthy night because it capped off, or so we thought, the trials and tribulations of the biggest draw in MMA and left us all with a warm fuzzy feeling. Not Shane, though, he was still sucking wind worse that Roy Nelson a few weeks ago. Regardless, the first round and the shocking result raised a lot of eyebrows, hence it’s spot on the list.

3.) UFC – WEC Merger Announced – 10/28/10

Why it’s ranked: Finally! Something that actually deserves to be on this list, right? I know, I know, settle down scooter.  Remember, Google analyzes what EVERYONE is searching for, not just the hardcore fans that spend their free time commenting on a niche website trying to provoke a flame war. Now where was I? Oh yeah, this is the first moment that actually has long-term significance to most of us.

The WEC was home to some of the best fighters in the game today and sadly, they were gobbled up by the UFC like the last piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Usually when one promotion is consumed by another, much larger and well known promotion, heads turn and people seek out any little nuggets of truth they can. It marked the beginning of a new chapter for the mma world as a whole. Little did we know at the time that the WEC was just the appetizer.

2.) Anderson Silva Stops Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 – 02/05/11

Why it’s ranked: Honestly, I think it’s high on the list merely because some crackpot former pseudo badass named Steven Seagal claimed to have taught UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva the single most lethal front kick in all of combat sports. Seriously, WTH? It was a joke. No, no it wasn’t. It was just a media stunt to get more attention. For real now, I most definitely taught him that kick and to prove it I trained my dragon to do the same thing.

This is a classic example of what a holy $&*% moment is because when you first see it your instinct is to yell out “Holy $&*%!!!” and then look at the guy next to you and repeat. Unforgettable moment + delusional B-list Hollywood celeb = mass hysteria.

The single biggest moment in UFC history according to Google is (drum roll please)…………..

1.) UFC 100 – 07-11-09

Why it’s ranked: UFC 100 was the biggest, baddest, most heavily promoted fight card up to that point and it smashed records left and right including gross revenue, tickets sold, and PPV buys. Two title fights including transcendent fighters Brock Lesnar and GSP plus the culmination of Michael Bisping writing a check his chin couldn’t cash after an entire season of trash talking Dan Henderson on The Ultimate Fighter. Everyone and their mother heard something about the epic event thanks to ESPN and others mentioning it leading up to fight night. Oh yeah, there was that little incident after the main event that got a little attention too.

It seemed like the mma community was stricken with an ailment that prevented the poor soul from acknowledging anything outside of UFC 100 the week of and after the event. We just couldn’t help ourselves. It was our Super Bowl, granted it didn’t kick0ff an annual pop-cultural mega event, but it was significantly larger than anything else we had seen. There’s just something magical about the number 100. We did it, err, they did it. They fought the politicians, PPV blackouts, and the economy while nearly going bankrupt in the process. MMA soared out of the shadows and boldly announced its presence that night putting everyone on notice; in case you weren’t aware, MMA is here to stay.

I know. You know. I know you know. I know you know I know. Don’t get all pissy at me, I didn’t make the list.  All I did was try to make sense of what the data said and make you laugh in the process. Double fail, right? But go ahead; tell me what should have been on this list in the comments. Do you want a follow up with what CagePotato thinks are the biggest moments in UFC history? How about the biggest moments in PRIDE FC’s history? Strikeforce? Ah, who am I kidding? You stopped reading after you saw Steven Segal mentioned.

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DangadaDang- June 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm
Theres also a lot of questions about abortion on google's how much search, which I think says a lot about the internet in general.
Kim Couture is a cunt- June 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm
OR say the accumulitive annhilation of PRIDE's stars at the hands of UFC fighters......exposing the myth.....this coming from a severe PRIDE nuthugger.
Kim Couture is a cunt- June 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm
OR say the accumulitive annhilation of PRIDE's stars at the hands of UFC fighters......exposing the myth.....this coming from a severe PRIDE nuthugger.
Kim Couture is a cunt- June 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm
How bout the aquisition of PRIDE ending the longest standing MMA org fued.....It was the first sign Zuffa cant be fucked with.
Kim Couture is a cunt- June 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm
LOL, I guess Forrest VS Boner didnt happen, or Chuck Vs Wandy (Boner wasnt a mistake either.) Ahh the Uneducated idots making lists....never gets old.
MrMcmachoman- June 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm
UFC 100 was awesome no doubt, but shouldn't be thought of as the biggest or most memorable moment in UFC history. I understand that Google says it had the most traffic or inquiries but thats no damn near reason enough. Just off the top of my head, the Silva / Damian Maia incident was more controversial. and How about when Silva Ko'ed Griffin, or Machida's Crane kick to end the career of Randy.
Theres tons of bigger moments.
Kid Clam Curtains- June 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm
I'm surprised "Arianny Celeste's gaping asshole" wasn't in the top 5.
Bighouse- June 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm
I typed "How much n" into google and the first thing to come up was "How much NyQuill do I need to get high?" Google knows what the people want.
Buster Hyman- June 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm
"It was a huge moment in both men’s career primarily because it was the first tough competition either had faced in quite some time up to that point."

hendo hates it when you shit on him
Mofo- June 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm
@Jason Moles -
You're not gonna mention your methodology? What did you do, type UFC into google? You need to shed some light on what it means to "ask google".
SnackDaddy- June 7, 2011 at 11:35 am
I agree with the first and last one, the rest were not the most groundbreaking UFC moments for me. Lesnar vs. Carwin was over-hyped and did not live to expectation just like any other event Lesnar is part of- i just don't get the appeal. I think Valasquez beating Lesnar, on the other hand, and becoming the first Mexican UFC champion, the Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar second match witch was a draw and the Forrest and Bonnar TUF finale all deserve to be on the list instead. The last one especially.
Smackdaddiest1- June 7, 2011 at 11:26 am
@knucklesamich - I chuckled. Good stuff.
ProfessorMMA- June 7, 2011 at 11:00 am
UFC 100 still my favorite UFC ever.
mmaandrew34- June 7, 2011 at 10:47 am
the only things that belong on here are ufc 100 and the merger(if that)
Get Off Me- June 7, 2011 at 10:24 am
"Jake Shields left Strikeforce as champion so essentially casual fans and mainstream media alike viewed this as the first major inter-promotional, champion vs. champion fight."

No, Rampage v. Hendo was the first champion v. champion fight, for fuck sakes they even called the PPV champion v. champion.

five biggest moments in UFC
1.Griffin v. Bonnar(started the fire)
2.Couture v. Sylvia (saved the HW division)
3.Zuffa acquires SF
4.UFC 100
5.UFC 129
google- June 7, 2011 at 9:56 am
sorry guys, did my best.
Me likey- June 7, 2011 at 9:26 am
a whole article about a google search.
O Chan- June 7, 2011 at 9:22 am
Interesting read. I'd like to see if they had SF and Pride data as well.

I know Google really wasn't around for the majority of the pre-Zuffa era, but I'd like to see that too.

Just sayin'.
AllinYourGrill- June 7, 2011 at 9:17 am
Understandable. Frank Mir is the best mixed martial artist... of all time.
PERPATRAITOR- June 7, 2011 at 9:14 am
I figured it would be when they introduced the beautiful chandella as a new ring girl. Hmmm weird.
WK- June 7, 2011 at 9:08 am
UFC100 was pretty huge. 1.6million friggin buys.
Jason Moles- June 7, 2011 at 9:04 am
I was quite surprised that the Strikeforce purchase wasn't on there. Google must have been napping.
Nut Puncher 9000- June 7, 2011 at 9:00 am
FACT: Any top 5 is just wrong without the inclusion of the Griffin/Bonnar slugfest.

- This list is ridiculous.
El Famous Burrito- June 7, 2011 at 8:49 am
How about a top 5 most heavily criticized features on CagePotato?
knucklesamitch- June 7, 2011 at 8:40 am
Cage potato thinks the biggest moment in UFC history was when Joe Rogan called our friend Cunty even though we think she is nice.