2008
2008 in the UFC.
UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 from December 27, 2008. It’s the ultimate event of the year with the original Ultimate Fighter, Forrest Griffin defending his title against “Sugar” Rashad Evans. Then the Ultimate Fighter coaches face off as Interim World Heavyweight Champion, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira takes on former heavyweight champion, Frank Mir. Plus, two of the hardest hitting light heavyweights go toe-to-toe when Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva battles former light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
UFC Fight Night: Fight for the Troops
UFC Fight Night: Fight for the Troops from December 10, 2008. Part fundraising & all crowd-pleasing! The Octagon went to North Carolina to host UFC: Fight for the Troops, a live event headlined by Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida for an all US military audience to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar
UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar from November 15, 2008. It's the biggest fight in mixed martial arts history! 3-time UFC Heavyweight Champ Randy "The Natural" Couture returns to the Octagon and puts his title on the line against the biggest opponent of his career, wrestling powerhouse Brock Lesnar. Can the legend successfully defend his title?
UFC 90: Silva vs Cote
UFC 90: Silva vs Cote from October 25, 2008. The best pound-for-pound fighter in the world comes to Chicago! After nearly 4 million people witnessed his stunning 1-minute victory over larger opponent James Irvin on Spike, Anderson "The Spider" Silva returns to the Octagon to defend the UFC Middleweight Title against French-Canadian contender Patrick "The Predator" Cote. Plus, Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez takes on Thiago "Pitbull" Alves, who is fresh off a win over the legendary Matt Hughes.
UFC 89: Bisping vs Leben
UFC 89: Bisping vs Leben from October 18, 2008. Returning to England for UFC 89, national hero Michael Bipsing faces his sternest test yet as he takes on Chris Leben in a middleweight battle to see which fighter will move up the ranks of the competive division.
UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer
UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer from September 17, 2008. At UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer, The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz, in his first headlining role, would take on gritty Octagon vet Josh Neer in a Fight of the Night lightweight war. Also in action, TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig against Clay Guida.
UFC 88: Breakthrough
UFC 88: Breakthrough from September 6, 2008. A tale of two fighters: Chuck Liddell was once the Light Heavyweight Champion who looked invincible during the height of his reign. Rashad Evans is the undefeated young gun who received his start on The Ultimate Fighter show.
UFC 87: Seek & Destroy
UFC 87: Seek & Destroy from August 9, 2008. Georges "Rush" St-Pierre defends the Welterweight Championship at UFC 87: SEEK AND DESTROY, as number one contender Jon Fitch steps up to take on the newly crowned champion. Then, hometown hero Brock Lesnar returns to the Octagon to seek redemption in the Heavyweight Division at the expense of "Texas Crazy Horse" Heath Herring. Plus, in what could end up being the matchup of the year, lightweight contenders face off as Kenny "KenFlo" Florian battles Roger "El Matador" Huerta.
UFC Fight Night: Silva vs Irvin
UFC Fight Night: Silva vs Irvin from July 19, 2008. Yeah, but what can he do at light-heavyweight? At UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin, undefeated inside the Octagon and the 3x defending UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva tested the waters at 205 pounds against one-shot knockout artist James Irvin.
UFC 86: Jackson vs Griffin
UFC 86: Jackson vs Griffin from July 5, 2008. The world is watching as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Quinton "Rampage Jackson, and perennial fan favorite Forrest Griffin spend 13 weeks as competing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Now, the time comes for these two mixed martial arts masters to go to war. On Saturday, July 5th, Griffin challenges Jackson for the most hotly contested title in the UFC – the Light Heavyweight Championship. Also on the card, knockout artist Patrick Cote faces jiu-jitsu ace Ricardo Almeida.
The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale
TUF 7 Finale from June 21, 2008. The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest saw the crowning of the season 7 middleweight winner as well as a main event clash between former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner and TUF 3 winner Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove.
UFC 85: Bedlam
UFC 85: Bedlam from June 7, 2008. To become a legend, you must beat one. Former two-time UFC welterweight champion MATT HUGHES begins his run for an unprecedented third title against a young gun eager to take his place near the top of the 170-pound ladder in Brazilian slugger THIAGO “PITBULL” ALVES. Plus, Michael “The Count” Bisping, Brandon “The Truth” Vera, Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum, Mike “Quick” Swick, “Sugar” Rashad Evans, Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis and James “The Sandman” Irvin.
UFC 84: Ill Will
UFC 84: Ill Will from May 24, 2008. The fight game can get very personal. But the war of words between UFC lightweight champion "The Prodigy" BJ Penn and former champ Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk has taken personal to a whole new level. On Saturday, May 24th, the talking will stop and the real competition will begin as these two men step into the Octagon to determine the undisputed king of the 155-lb. division. Plus, the controversial "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz returns to the UFC to face undefeated Karate master Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida. Then, vicious strikers face off as Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva goes one on one with Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine.
UFC 83: Serra vs St-Pierre II
UFC 83: Serra vs St-Pierre 2 from April 19, 2008. UFC comes to Canada for the first time ever on Saturday, April 19th! One year ago, Matt "The Terror" Serra shocked the world by defeating Georges "Rush" St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Now, after defeating Matt Hughes in December, St-Pierre enters the Octagon as the Interim Welterweight Champion to face the man who took his title - this time, in his home province of Quebec. Can Serra beat St-Pierre for a second time?
UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon
UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon from April 2, 2008. The Octagon returns to Colorado! At UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon, the ultra-talented lightweight division takes center-stage as Frankie Edgar faces Gray Maynard and, in the main event, Joe Lauzon battles Kenny Florian.
UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
UFC 82: Pride of a Champion from March 1, 2008. On Saturday, March 1, one of the biggest questions in all of mixed martial arts will be answered - who is .the greatest middleweight fighter in the world? UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva will take on PRIDE 185 lb. champion Dan Henderson in a pivotal battle to determine the undisputed king of the middleweights. Plus, two men who have fallen to Silva this year will square off in a battle for redemption, as Rich "Ace" Franklin once again takes to the Octagon in his home state to battle a returning Travis Lutter.
UFC 81: Breaking Point
UFC 81: Breaking Point from February 2, 2008. On the night before the biggest football game of the year, UFC takes center stage with an immense night of hard-hitting heavyweight fight action. At UFC 81, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will put wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar to the ultimate test, as Lesnar makes his move from the squared circle into the Octagon to prove that he is for real. Then, the new UFC heavyweight king will be decided as Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia faces Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Title.
UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman
UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman from January 23, 2008. At UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman, fight fans saw a range of Octagon action from submissions as Nate Diaz fought Alvin Robinson to knockout punches as Drew McFedries faced Patrick Cote, and Mike Swick made his welterweight debut against Josh Burkman.
UFC 80: Rapid Fire
UFC 80: Rapid Fire from January 19, 2008. UFC's first show of 2008 will take place in Newcastle, England - and the year will start off in explosive fashion as "The Prodigy" BJ Penn faces Joe "Daddy" Stevenson for the Interim World Lightweight Championship. Plus, two powerful heavyweight forces will collide when Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga returns to the Octagon to take on submission expert Fabricio Werdum.
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