10) Brian Kelleher defeats Ode Osbourne via submission – UFC 246
Brian Kelleher made a statement when he submitted Ode Osbourne.
9) Angela Hill defeats Hannah Cifers via TKO – UFC Fight Night 166
Wanting to start the new year out strong, Angel Hill returned to her striking roots when she was able to batter Hannah Cifers for the TKO win.
8) Aleksei Oleinik defeats Maurice Greene via submission – UFC 246
Aleksei Oleinik continues to demonstrate that despite being at the ripe old athletic age of 42, he can still win, this time against Maurice Greene.
7) Cristiane Venâncio TKOs Julia Budd – Bellator 238: Budd vs. Cyborg
Looking to accomplish a unique feat, Cristiane “Cyborg Venâncio accomplished just that when she defeated Julia Budd, becoming the first woman to win the Strikeforce, Invicta Fighting Championship, UFC and Bellator MMA Women’s Featherweight Championships.
6) Darrion Caldwell defeats Ádám Borics via submission – Bellator 238
Darrion Caldwell punched his ticket into the Bellator Featherweight Tournament’s Semifinals when he submitted Ádám Borics and ended his undefeated career, but now has a challenge in undefeated A.J. McKee.
5) Conor McGregor defeats Donald Cerrone via TKO victory – UFC 246
Returning to the Octagon for the first time in over a year, Conor McGregor pulled a win against one of the best in Donald Cerrone.
4) Carlos Diego Ferreira defeats Anthony Pettis via submission victory method – UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy – Upset of the Month
Carlos Diego Ferreira pulled probably the most significant win of his career when he tapped Anthony Pettis in his lightweight division return.
3) Sergio Pettis defeats Alfred Khashakyan via technical submission victory – Bellator 238: Budd vs. Cyborg – Submission of the Month
Making his Bellator MMA promotional debut, Sergio Pettis didn’t disappoint as he submitted Alfred Khashakyan before he could even tap. The younger Pettis made a statement for challenging for the vacant Bellator MMA Bantamweight Championship.
2) Curtis Blaydes defeats Junior dos Santos via technical knockout – UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos – Knockout of the Month
Curtis Blaydes has continued to rise through the heavyweight rankings and this latest victory against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos only elevates him towards a possible title shot in the future.
1) Roxanne Modafferi defeats Maycee Barber via unanimous decision victory method – UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy – Fight of the Month
This fight was clearly nothing but heart as the mid-fight injury to Maycee Barber did nothing to deter her fighting spirit against the continually improving veteran in Roxanne Modafferi who still had to work for it.