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Old 02-04-2013, 08:01 PM   #16
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Default Re: MMA Primer?

You should pick this up. 100 Greatest fights, in their entirety (or really the 100 most important/impactful ) in UFC history. The thing's like 25 hours long and only $13.99. Can't beat that

It's probably missing some important ones from the old UFC era, but as far as this era goes it's everything you need to get up to speed

Disc One
100. UFC 80: Kelly vs. Taylor
99. UFC 31: Newton vs. Miletich
98. UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon
97. UFC Fight Night: Evans vs. Salmon
96. UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie
95. UFC 90: Sherk vs. Griffin
94. UFC 32: Penn vs. Thomas
93. UFC 78: Alves vs. Lytle
92. UFC 39: Penn vs. Serra
91. The Ultimate Fighter: Franklin vs. Shamrock
90. UFC 41: Penn vs. Uno
89. UFC 66: Jardine vs. Griffin
88. UFC 67: Edgar vs. Griffin
87. UFC 54: Liddell vs. Horn
86. UFC 45: Tanner vs. Baroni
85. UFC 49: Parisyan vs. Diaz
84. UFC 30: Rizzo vs. Barnett
83. UFC 49: Liddell vs. White
82. UFC 54: St-Pierre vs. Trigg
81. The Ultimate Fighter: Koppenhaver vs. Rollins

Disc Two
80. UFC 42: Franklin vs. Tanner
79. UFC 69: Serra vs. St-Pierre
78. UFC 76: Jardine vs. Liddell
77. UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin
76. UFC 42: Hughes vs. Sherk
75. UFC 1: Gracie vs. Gordeau
74. UFC 58: Franklin vs. Loiseau
73. UFC 52: St-Pierre vs. Miller
72. UFC 92: Mir vs. Nogueira
71. Ultimate Ultimate 96: Frye vs. Abbott
70. UFC 17: Williams vs. Coleman
69. UFC 34: Penn vs. Uno
68. UFC 84: Machida vs. Ortiz
67. UFC 31: Carter vs. Serra
66. UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn
65. UFC Fight Night: Fisher vs. Stout
64. UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral
63. UFC 50: Hughes vs. St-Pierre
62. UFC 72: Griffin vs. Guida

Disc Three
61. UFC 80: Penn vs. Stevenson
60. UFC 46: St-Pierre vs. Parisyan
59. UFC 91: Lesnar vs. Couture
58. UFC 38: Hughes vs. Newton
57. UFC 69: Huerta vs. Garcia
56. UFC 53: Franklin vs. Tanner
55. UFC 92: Evans vs. Griffin
54. UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Leben
53. UFC 64: Sherk vs. Florian
52. UFC 40: Liddell vs. Sorbal
51. UFC 88: Evans vs. Liddell
50. UFC 92: Jackson vs. Silva
49. UFC 71: Alexander vs. Jardine
48. UFC 35: Pulver vs. Penn
47. UFC 31: Liddell vs. Randleman
46. UFC 71: Jackson vs. Liddell
45. The Ultimate Fighter: Smith vs. Sell
44. UFC 83: St-Pierre vs. Serra
43. UFC 45: Hughes vs. Trigg
42. UFC 56: St-Pierre vs. Sherk

Disc Four
41. UFC 81: Nogueira vs. Sylvia
40. UFC 15: Couture vs. Belfort
39. UFC 84: Silva vs. Jardine
38. UFC 31: Couture vs. Rizzo
37. UFC 3: Gracie vs. Leopoldo
36. UFC 52: Liddell vs. Couture
35. UFC 48: Mir vs. Sylvia
34. UFC 84: Penn vs. Sherk
33. UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn
32. UFC 74: Couture vs. Gonzaga
31. UFC 75: Jackson vs. Henderson
30. UFC 46: Penn vs. Hughes
29. UFC 98: Machida vs. Evans
28. UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz
27. UFC 44: Couture vs. Ortiz
26. UFC 87: St-Pierre vs. Fitch
25. UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture

Disc Five
24. UFC 1: Gracie vs. Shamrock
23. UFC 65: St-Pierre vs. Hughes
22. The Ultimate Fighter: Huerta vs. Guida
21. UFC 43: Couture vs. Liddell
20. UFC 79: St-Pierre vs. Hughes
19. UFC 82: Silva vs. Henderson
18. UFC 47: Liddell vs. Ortiz
17. UFC 68: Couture vs. Sylvia
16. UFC 58: Stout vs. Fisher
15. UFC 85: Alves vs. Hughes
14. UFC 34: Hughes vs. Newton
13. The Ultimate Fighter: Sanchez vs. Guida
12. The Ultimate Fighter: Sanchez vs. Diaz
11. UFC 86: Griffin vs. Jackson
10. UFC 76: Griffin vs. Rua
9. UFC 70: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop
8. UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs. Parisyan
7. UFC 77: Silva vs. Franklin

Disc Six
6. UFC 64: Silva vs. Franklin
5. UFC 81: Mir vs. Lesnar
4. UFC 58: St-Pierre vs. Penn
3. UFC 52: Hughes vs. Trigg
2. UFC 79: Liddell vs. Silva
1. The Ultimate Fighter: Griffin vs. Bonnar
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:07 PM   #17
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Lemme break this down and hopefully keep this as collected and short as possible.

Originally Posted by fpliii
Where should I start?
If you want to get up to date fairly quickly and be able to watch some of the past and present stars, begin watching UFC around UFC 80.

Also check out some PRIDE events. You should start from PRIDE Shockwave 2005 and watch all the way to PRIDE 34, that way you get a chance to see most of the big names in JMMA and you can also see what went down until their last show.

The only big name you'll be missing in those shows from PRIDE is Kazushi Sakuraba who's probably the biggest name in JMMA history, but for Saku, I recommend you check out these fights:

Saku vs. Royler Gracie from PRIDE 8
Saku vs. Royce Gracie from PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals
Saku vs. Renzo Gracie from PRIDE 10
Saku vs. Ryan Gracie from PRIDE 12
Saku vs. Wanderlei Silva from PRIDE 13
Saku vs. Quinton Jackson from PRIDE 15
Saku vs. Wanderlei Silva from PRIDE 17
Saku vs. Wanderlei Silva from PRIDE Total Elimination 2003
Saku vs. Ricardo Arona from PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005
Saku vs. Royce Gracie from Dynamite!! USA
Saku vs. Ralek Gracie

As you can see I listed all of Saku's fights against the Gracie family because it's one of the biggest feuds in the history of MMA.

Other JMMA promotions you might want to keep an eye out for are HERO'S, DREAM and Sengoku.

HERO'S is a promotion hardly anyone talks about now, but that was really good. They had some big name fighters like KID Yamamoto, Saku fought there, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Bibiano Fernandes and some good fighters like Hideo Tokoro, Joachim Hansen and Caol Uno.

Some HERO'S fights you might want to check out are:

Joachim Hansen vs. Caol Uno from HERO'S 1
Hideo Tokoro vs. Alexandre Franca Nogueira from HERO'S 2
KID vs. Genki Sudo from HERO'S 4
Hideo Tokoro vs. Kultar Gill from HERO'S 5
KID vs. Kazuyuki Miyata from HERO'S 5
JZ Calvan vs. Hiroyuki Takaya from HERO'S 6
Hideo Tokoro vs. Kultar Gill from HERO'S 9

Some DREAM fights to check out:

Eddie Alvarez vs. Joachim Hansen from DREAM 3
Eddie Alvarez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri from DREAM 5
Hideo Tokoro vs. DJ.taiki from DREAM 8
Hideo Tokoro vs. Abel Cullum from DREAM 9
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya from DREAM 11

Some Sengoku fights to check out:

Jorge Santiago vs. Kazuo Misaki from Sengoku no Ran 2009
Masanori Kanehara vs. Chan Sung Jung from Sengoku 8
Hatsu Hioki vs. Masanori Kanehara from Sengoku 9
Masanori Kanehara vs. Michihiro Omigawa from Sengoku 9
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hatsu Hioki from Sengoku 11
Jorge Santiago vs. Kazuo Misaki from Sengoku 14

Originally Posted by fpliii
Who are the big stars today (or in its history)?
Heavyweight: Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum, Daniel Cormier, Alistair Overeem, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Josh Barnett
Light Heavyweight: Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua, Lyoto Machida, Dan Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson
Middleweight: Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort, Hector Lombard, Rousimar Palhares
Welterweight: Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Demian Maia, Jon Fitch, Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Carlos Condit
Lightweight: Ben Henderson, Anthony Pettis, Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, Michael Chandler, Eddie Alvarez, Jorge Masvidal
Featherweight: Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Hatsu Hioki, Clay Guida, Ricardo Lamas, Cub Swanson, Pat Curran, Patricky Pitbull, Daniel Strauss
Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz, Renan Barao, Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald, Eduardo Dantas, Kyoji Horiguchi
Flyweight: DeMetrious Johnson, Joseph Benavidez, Ian McCall, John Lineker, Jussier Formiga, John Dodson, Darrell Monteague, John Moraga

Heavyweight: Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Filipovic, Randy Couture
Light Heavyweight: Chuck Lidell, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Wanderlei Silva
Middleweight: Rich Franklin, Kazushi Sakuraba, Evan Tanner
Welterweight: Matt Hughes, Hayato Sakurai, Sean Sherk
Lightweight: BJ Penn, Jens Pulver, Din Thomas, Kenny Florian, Genki Sudo
Featherweight: KID Yamamoto, Alexandre Franca Nogueira, Mike Brown

Originally Posted by fpliii
Can someone give me a breakdown of the different fighting styles, and some examples of guys today (and in the sport's history) that best represent them?
There's a large variety of fighting styles. There's grappling styles like wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo.

There's striking styles like muay thai, kickboxing, boxing, karate and tae kwon do.

Most fighters mix more than one aspect of martial arts like BJJ, judo and muay thai or wrestling and boxing.

Originally Posted by fpliii
What are the big events? What's coming up soon that I should watch?
Most UFC numbers events are PPV and big events.

UFC on FUEL TV 7 and UFC 157 are 2 UFC events this month.

Bellator has events every Thursday on Spike TV, so you might want to check them out as they're fun and usually showcase a lot of MMA prospects.

Sorry for being so extensive, I've just been a pretty big MMA fans for year and enjoy discussing the sport with others.

Either way, that's quite a bit to read and watch, so yeah, enjoy, have fun.
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