2013 was an amazing year for mixed martial arts, specifically in the UFC. There were a ton of great fights put on by some amazing fighters, such as Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva, Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson and several others. Out of all of the fights this year, the three fights listed below were some of the best.
3) Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva 1: This bout is great for so many reasons. The fact that we saw Silva get finished was very shocking, but even more so due to the fact that Weidman was able to finish Silva standing, which is what Silva is the best at. He may have clowned a lot in the fight, but that is simply how Silva fights. Only this time he payed the price in the worst way, allowing Weidman to dethrone a champ that hasn’t lost in nearly seven years. That alone makes this one of the best fights this year.
2) Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva: Leading into this fight, both heavyweights were known for their power, and it was expected that this fight wouldn’t last more than a round. Surprisingly, this bout went all five rounds in what was one of the most entertaining, back and forth fights to ever take place in the octagon. Silva and Hunt threw down, each landing their own heavy shots. The bout was so close that the judges ultimately scored it a majority draw. It’s a fight that we will all remember forever in the heavyweight division.
1) Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson: Jones has been one of the best fighters to ever compete in the MMA. Some even believe he could beat Anderson Silva if they ever had a super-fight with each other. But Gustafsson was blocking out all of the naysayers, hoping to deliver an upset, and he delivered one of the best performances of his career. Even though he lost a decision to Jones, he proved he can compete with one of the best, and he showed that Jones is indeed human.
Gustafsson even took Jones down and thwarted almost all of his takedown attempts, which has never happened to Jones at any point in his career. Jones would rally back, however, landing some good strikes, such as his signature spinning elbows, which had Gustafsson rocked in the later rounds. It was a back and forth bout, which proved that Jon Jones is not superhuman.