Best Fights of 2021 So Far

It is not even the end of May yet, but it feels like we have had nearly an entire year’s worth of amazing UFC fights – with plenty more to come. From rematches for championships to fights going the distance. Here are what we think are the best fights (in no particular order) of 2021 so far. 

Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal II – UFC 261

Every time Kamaru Usman steps into the octagon, it is must-watch television – and the main event at UFC 261 was no exception. This fight showed why many believe Kamaru Usman is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC as he dismantled Jorge Masvidal in the rematch (the first fight went all five rounds at UFC 251). Everything Usman does now inches him closer to history – as this marked his 14th  consecutive win in the UFC (now only two behind Anderson Silva’s record of 16).

Kamaru Usman bs. Gilbert Burns – UFC 258

Like we said – any time Usman fights, it is going to be electric. This fight lasted a little longer than his next title defence – but still proved he is an absolute seismic force in the welterweight division. Usman took home the “performance of the night” for his win against Burns at UFC 258.  

Stipe Miocic vs. Francis N’Gannou II – UFC 260

This fight checks so many boxes, and it has to be included on the list. Rematch for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Check. The loser of the first fight coming out victorious in the rematch. Check. Plans for a trilogy fight already in the works. Of course. We may not get the trilogy – but at least this fight was fun.  

Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor II – UFC 257

Did this fight live up to all the hype? Well, it certainly was entertaining enough we are getting a third iteration at UFC 264. And even if it only lasted until the second round – it was fun to watch McGregor back in the octagon and watch Dustin Poirier’s meticulous strategy to bring down the former champion. 

Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar – UFC on ABC 1

The UFC’s return to network television did not disappoint – producing possibly the best fight of 2021 so far. The two featherweights went the distance to cap off the night – with Max Holloway beating Calvin Kattar by unanimous decision. It was the eighth fight (of the ten) that night that went to the judges’ table. 

Mike Davis vs. Mason Jones – UFC Fight Island 8

Pure energy and non-stop action made this fight one of the most entertaining of 2021. Mike Davis and Mason Jones combined to land 225 strikes in the fight – with no slow down from the first second to the final minute. Davis pulled out the victory by unanimous decision – but it was a close fight overall and a hell of an entertaining one. We hope they can schedule a sequel bout between the two somewhere in the back half of 2021. 

Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera – UFC Vegas 20

Watching Rivera take the punishment he did from Munhoz’s leg kicks and still pull out the fights makes this one of the most improbable victories of 2021. The sequel to a great fight a few years ago certainly did not disappoint – and has many clamouring for a third act between the two 135-pounders. 

Vicente Luque vs. Tyron Woodley – UFC 260

It is hard to find a better four minutes of action in the UFC this year. Hard grappling and clinching, a near-knockout by Tyron Woodley, and a recovery by Vicente Luque to submit Woodley with a minute left in the first round. It was a frantic few minutes and everything you want in a fight that does not make it to the first bell. 

Upcoming Fights We are Excited for

While reminiscing about previous fights is fun – getting excited for upcoming bouts is even better. For the rest of 2021 – these are announced and speculated fights we are most excited for.

  • Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier III (the rubber match in the trilogy could set UFC records for most buys).
  • Deivseon Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno II (the two ended in a draw back in November, after they both fought on the card three weeks earlier).
  • Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou (this could be the biggest fight ever, but will the UFC ever give into Jones’ demands).

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