10) Vinny Magalhares defeats Brandon Halsey via technically knockout – PFL 5: High vs. Schulte
Vinny Magalhares is finally breaking out in the Professional Fighter’s League and his win against Bellator MMA and M-1 Global veteran Brandon Halsey.
9) Darrion Caldwell defeats Noat Lahat via knockout victory – Bellator 204: Caldwell vs. Lahat
While Noat Lahat may not be an elite level featherweight, he was the first test for Darrion Caldwell in his move up from bantamweight. It does seem however that Caldwell is planning on pulling a Mcgregor and defend two belts.
8) Ranato Moicano defeats Cub Swanson by submission victory – UFC 228: Dillashaw vs Garbrandt 2
Ranato Moicano is just the latest Brazilian to rise against a veteran like Cub Swanson and it might be the end.
7) TJ Dillashaw defeats Cody Garbrandt technically knocks out – UFC 228: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2
If TJ Dillashaw proved anything it’s that Cody Garbrandt is talented but doesn’t have the skills to defeat him.
6) Kayla Harrison defeats Jozette Cottton via technical knockout – PFL 6: Cooper III vs. Kusch
Kayla Harrison made her name in judo but in this fight proved she has developed other skills for MMA. This first was significant because it led to the Professional Fighters League’s decision to start a women’s lightweight division.
5) Justin Gaethje defeated James Vick via knockout victory – UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick
Some were questioning whether Justin Gaethje could continue in the UFC but he silenced any such critics.
4) Ricky Bandejas defeats James Gallagher via knockout victory – Bellator 204: Caldwell vs. Lahat
James Gallagher was being touted as a the next Conor McGregor but that was not the case after his knockout.
3) Natan Schulte defeats Jason High via technically submission – PFL 5 – Submission of the Month
Fights that result in unconsciousness show how good of a submission it was and Natan Schulte did exactly that against Jason High was a favorite going into the season. However, anything can happen in MMA.
2) Maurice Greene KOs Przemyslaw Mysiala – The Ultimate Fighter 28 – Knockout of the Month
Maurice Greene earned the first win of the season when he knocked out Przemyslaw Mysiala for Team Gastelum. It also allowed Greene to get a good start and rest.
1) Henry Cejudo defeats Demetrious Johnson via split decision – UFC 228 – Fight/Upset of the Month
This was the closest fight that Demetrious Johnson has had since becoming the first UFC Flyweight Champion. It also showed how far Henry Cejudo has come despite the literal misstep in the first round of the match.