So far, 2016 has been one of the best years in UFC history. From amazing fights to record breaking performances to huge underdog wins, 2016 has had its fair share of greatness. With a fighter card almost every few weeks, it is understandable if you miss some. In case you did, here are the three best cards of the year so far. You’ll notice these are mostly fairly recent cards and that is because the month of December 2015 was unbelievable, and thus the beginning of 2016 suffered a bit as a result.
1. UFC 198
This was a great fight card with a headlining bout of Stipe Miocic vs. Fabricio Werdum for the Heavyweight championship. Miocic won the fight with a brilliant KO in the first round, capping off a fantastic night. The last three fights of the card ended with first round knockouts and the card was supplemented with other great fights such as Demian Maia’s thrilling submission win over Matt Brown and the back and forth brawl between Jon Lineker and Rob Font.
2. UFC 196
This was one of the most highly anticipated UFC card in recent memory, and lived up to that hype. While the hard was fairly top heavy with the main and co-main event being far and above the best fights, they were both unreal. In the co-main, Miesha Tate schoked the world when she came back to win a fight against Holly Holm by submission, but the biggest reason this card lands in this article is the main event. In that fight, Nate Diaz pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UFC history when he not only defeated Conor Mcgregor, but submitted him in the second round after rocking him with a flurry of punches.
3. UFC 199
This card just took place under a week ago, but in my mind, it is the clear best fight card of the year and one of the best I have ever seen period. The night featured two title fights as well as a number of other big names. From top to bottom, nearly every single fight on the card was spectacular. There was amazing exchanges, big comebacks, back and forth action, knockouts and upsets. There really is nothing more you can ask from a fight card that you didn’t get here.