The Ultimate Fighting Championship would debut in the 1990s but would take many years to really find its footing. The promotion would struggle for survival as many states banned the matches as they sought an active audience. Eventually, the financial troubles would end and the company would become a phenomenon.
The promotion tries to load each of their cards with interesting match-ups across all weight classes. Obviously, championship bouts take on an added significance. The UFC, now on card 241, has had a number of amazing championship bouts. Below is a list of the greatest title fights in the promotion’s history.
Ortiz/Shamrock UFC 40
After years of middling financial results, UFC 40 was the card that really improved the company’s financial standing. And the fight that drove that card was the one between Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz.
The two men sold the fight well and anticipation was high for the bout. After a spirited fight, Shamrock’s corner stopped the fight in the 3rd round. The fight was a major success for the UFC and each event seemed to get bigger as the years went on.