10) Jimmy Crute beats Paul Craig via submission – UFC Fight Night 142
This was a quick submission at a UFC Fight Night event and it went well.
9) Lyoto Machida defeats Rafael Carvalho via decision – Bellator 213
Lyoto Machida has a tendency to fight close matches and this was the case in his Bellator MMA debut against promotion veteran Rafael Carvalho.
8) Edson Barboza TKOs Dan Hooker – UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2
It was a return to form for Edson Barboza who won via technical knockout. It was very impressive that he finished Dan Hooker with a body strike.
7) Ilima-Lei Macfarlane submits Valerie Letourneau – Bellator 213
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane had a great victory in front of her hometown crowd in the first major MMA event in a while and Bellator MMA’s first visit.
6) Michael Chandler defeats Brent Primus via decision – Bellator 212
The title rematch at Bellator 212 demonstrates that Michael Chandler‘s ankle sprain in his previous meeting with Brent Primus was a fluke.
5) Thiago Santos KOs Jimi Manuwa – UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega
Thiago Santos pulled off one of the better knockouts of the fight card and earned a Performance of the Night bonus with his knockout performance.
4) Jessica Eye defeats Katlyn Chookagian via split decision victory method – UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega – Comeback of the Month
This was a comeback as Jessica Eye was trailing after the first round but clearly made it a close fight as one of the judges disagreed with the others.
3) Michael Chiesa defeats Carlos Condit via submission (kimura) victory – UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 – Submission of the Month
Michael Chiesa pulled off one of the more impressive kimura submission attempts with a one hand execution and his welterweight debut victory. Carlos Condit is now in a tough situation but Chiesa is now in a good stop.
2) Amanda Nunes knocks out Cristiane “Cyborg” Venancio – UFC 232:
Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 – Knockout of the Month/Upset of the Month
It was shocking to see Amanda Nunes unseat the women’s MMA queen of a decade with her own game but Cyborg‘s reign has finally come to an end. Nunes is now the third person to hold two championships at the same time.
1) Max Holloway TKOs Brian Ortega – UFC 231 – Fight of the Month
These two fighters of heart brought it and only the doctor could stop it. Max Holloway was on top form and Brian Ortega found himself unable to respond. However, both fighters are still young and Ortega can come back.