So far this year we’ve already had some absolutely crazy fights. We’ve seen lots of knockouts, two title fights, and a whole lot of submissions as well so far this year.

I’m going to take a look at the best fights of the year so far, explain why they were so great and why you should go back and watch them. I’ll rank the best overall fights, the best submissions, and the best KO’s from 2022 so far.

Best Fights: Honorable Mention

When it comes to rating overall fights, I normally look for wars that go the distance. My honorable mention for best fight is Whittaker vs Adesanya 2.

Best Fights

Whittaker vs Adesanya 2 was extremely competitive

This was a great fight that had Adesanya take the first round, and the rest of the rounds remained close. Whittaker worked his jabs and takedowns while Adesanya world on the legs more. Some thought it was boring but I saw two of the best Middleweight fighters to ever live having a beautiful chess match.

Best Fights

Number 3: Kattar vs Chikadze

Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze faced off in the first main event of 2022. They gave us an absolute war which saw Kattar exact his revenge on Giga, making up for the beating that Kattar received from Max Holloway a year earlier.

Photo: Giga Chikadze, Calvin Kattar share moment at hospital after UFC on ESPN 32 war

The aftermath of this fight shows Chikadze (left) visibly more damaged than Kattar (right)

While both fighters looked impressive, Kattar put on an absolute clinic. Giga showed incredible heart just by staying on his feet for the majority of the fight. Absolute banger.

Number 2: Lawrence vs Martinez

Some may have forgotten this fight, but my goodness was it absolutely crazy. Lawrence dominated most of the first two rounds, earning himself a 10-8 on two judges scorecards. There were a total of five knockdowns throughout the fight, including two for Martinez and three for Lawrence.

In the third round Martinez dominated Lawrence and almost ended up finishing him. In the end, one judge gave both fighters a 10-8. It was a crazy fight that had great pace and excitement.

Number 1: Figureido vs Moreno 3

It couldn’t be any other fight, could it? Moreno and Figureido have now had three all out wars, and the third one was the best and closest in my opinion.

Best fights

In a close competition, the judges awarded the fight to Deivison Figureido

Many people scored the fight 48-47 for Moreno, while others had it 48-47 Figureido. I feel either score is good but the fight was so phenomenal and amazing they’ll have to make a fourth fight.

I scored rounds two, four, and five for Moreno but I understand scoring it for Figureido. It was a monster fight with multiple knockdowns, takedowns, and crazy scrambles on the ground. Certainly my best fight of 2022 so far.

Best Submissions: Honorable Mention

My honorable mention submission belongs to Douglas Silva de Andrade against Sergey Morozov. Morozov was a huge favorite and as the second round begun, Andrade began landing heavy on Morozov. 

Andrade then took him down, climbed on his back, and choked him out like a true Brazilian.

Absolutely electric.

Best Submissions:

Number 3: Mckinney vs Ziam

Terrance Mckinney made his UFC debut last year with a seven second knockout of Matt Frevola. He returned last week against Fares Ziam as a +105 underdog.

Terrance McKinney shows off grappling in quick submission of Fares Ziam

Mckinney controlled Ziam on the ground before finishing him

He immediately shot for a takedown and completed it. He controlled Ziam on the ground for the remainder of the fight before finishing him with a side rear-naked choke. Mckinney was +700 to win by submission.

Number 2: Daukas vs Pickett

Kyle Daukas fought Jamie Pickett on February 19th. Daukas was heavily favored, but Pickett is a good wrestler and posed a threat. Daukas was able to manage Picketts power and wrestling and ended up trapping him in a D’arce choke.

UFC Fight Night 201 video: Kyle Daukaus taps Jamie Pickett at the horn

The moment that Daukas realized Pickett tapped before the bell

As the clock counted down the final seconds of the first round, daukas maintained his d’arce hold around Pickett’s neck. With only one second remaining, Daukas squeezed and forced Pickett to tap. The fight was called at 4:59 into the first. Buzzer Beater D’arce.

Number 1: Nurmagomedov vs Stamann

Word of advice for Cody Stamann and anyone else who has this opportunity: do not wrestle with guys named Nurmagomedov.

This fight was exciting, and honestly I expected Stamann to perform better. Early on Stamann shot for a takedown, and it looked like he would complete it. Nurmagomedov instead adjusted his positioning and attempted to lock up a guillotine.

His grip wasn’t tight enough so he turned to face Stamann who was on his legs, and adjusted his grip to a RNC grip. This allowed him to lock up the submission.

WATCH! Said Nurmagomedov execute a memorable guillotine choke UFC 270 » FirstSportz

Nurmagomedov finished Stamann via Ninja Choke

He then rolled backwards, sweeping Stamann over his own head, then caught Stamann’s leg with his own. The result of this is a guillotine that is followed by an incredible reverse somersault sweep, ending in a tapout from Stamann.

One of the cleanest and most technical submissions in recent memory.

Best Knockouts: Honorable Mention

Phil Rowe vs Jason Witt is my Knockout honorable mention. Rowe was a small favorite to win the fight, but many thought Jason Witt would take him down and hold him there for three rounds.

After being wrestled to the ground in the first round, Rowe made sure to not get taken down again. He tightened up his defense, and then threw a beautiful three strike combination that landed flush and ended the night for Jason Witt. Rowe only needed a total of eight strikes on the night to finish Witt.UFC Fight Night 200 video: Phil Rowe seizes moment, TKOs Jason Witt

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Number 3: Onama vs Benitez

Last year David Onama made his debut on short notice against Jack Shore. It was an impressive performance, but still a loss.

Onama earned his first UFC victory by finishing Gabriel Benitez last Saturday. Onama landed a five or six strike combination with just under a minute left. Benitez was almost out on his feet, and Onama continued delivering brutal blows until the referee stopped him.

It was a crazy impressive knockout from a guy in his first UFC fight with a full camp.

Number 2: Njokuani vs Barriault

Chidi Njokuani and Marc-Andre Barriault fought each other on February 5th of this year. Chidi’s brother Anthony had fought for the UFC from 2011 to 2014.

Barriault opened as a favorite and would close as a much smaller favorite. People were excited to see what Njokuani could do, and he showed them.Knockout! Watch Chidi Njokuani spark Marc-Andre Barriault in 16 seconds - UFC Vegas 47 -

Barely 10 seconds into the fight, Njokuani threw a perfect 1-2 over the top that dropped his Canadian foe. He followed up with four or five strikes on the ground until Barriault was out cold. It was an incredible performance in Njokuani’s UFC debut.

Number 1: Tuivasa vs Lewis

Derrick Lewis is the UFC’s knockout king. He has the most KO’s in UFC history, and had only lost to title challengers or champions in his career.

That changed on February 12th. Lewis and Tuivasa had a slow fight to start off, but got to swinging like mad men in the second round. Tuivasa was taken down at one point and worked his way back to his feet, eating many heavy shots from Lewis.

In the end it would be a few short elbows from Tuivasa that made Lewis freeze like a statue and topple over like one as well. It was perfectly timed, incredibly beautiful, and a hell of an opponent to put away the way he did.Tai Tuivasa KO Derrick Lewis GIFS | Sherdog Forums | UFC, MMA & Boxing Discussion

Tai “Bam-Bam” Tuivasa would then go on to do his signature- A shooey, which is when someone drinks a beer out of someone else’s shoe. What a savage.


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