Find out where UFC 273 is rated all the time in the list of Florida cards.
The 600th UFC event ever was so inundated with hype and hype that the promotion returned to Jacksonville, Florida for another stacked pay-per-view card that was expected to be delivered to the company.
We saw the emergence of a rising star in Chimayev’s hams, who scored 4-0 in the promotion, on a rise like no one has seen before. By turning No. 2 ranked Gilbert Burns over, Shemayev turned many heads and reassured the world that he was here for the long haul.
The co-main event saw Aljamain Sterling successfully defend his title in a close but controversial win against Peter Jan. Sterling did enough to secure a win over two judges’ scorecards, as they saw the fight 48-47 in favor of the Long Island, New York native.
Finally, in signature allure, Aleksandr Volkanovsky bested Chan Sung-jung (also known as the Korean Zombie) on his way to a successful third title defense and establishing himself as the best featherweight on the planet.
But how does this event rank among the top events to be held in Florida? For a long time and a short while, there are a few notable performances that should not be forgotten in the discussion.
Ranking all 18 Florida cards from worst to best
18. UFC 42: Surprise Impact
Rich Franklin’s appearance and successful title defense of Matt Hughes topped the UFC’s first stop in Florida in April 2003.
17. UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall 2
Plain and simple, Demetrius Johnson was that guy in 2012. Enough said.
16. UFC on FOX: Werdum vs. Brown
The future UFC Heavyweight Champion took on a budding prospect and won easily.
15. UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2
After the defeat of Donald Cerrone, no one knew how long the RDA era would last, but it was short-lived.
14. UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero 2
It’s been seven years since this fight happened and neither of the two men compete in the UFC anymore.
13. UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens
Two additional monarchs gave the USF Sun Dome something to cheer about in 2009.
12. UFC Fight Night: Stout vs. Fisher
One of the best competitions that no one remembers started in 2007.
11. UFC Fight Night: Evans vs. Salmon
Rashad Evans’ head kick for Sean Salmon was intimidating in the arena, as it’s one of the best highlight reels ever.
10. UFC on FOX: Teixeira vs. Evans
Glover Teixeira’s long road back to the title included Evans’ first KO round in the process.
9. UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens
Jeremy Stevens brought up a future featherweight contender in this evening’s headliner.
8. UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson
Jack Hermanson made a name for himself by defeating one of the best jiu-jitsu practitioners of his generation.
7. UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Watterson
The only bright spot on this card was Nico Price’s boost to victory. However, it was so impressive that we had to rank it higher.
6. UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixera
Anthony Smith broke his teeth during this fight and fought to the end of the fourth round before finishing in the fifth.
5. UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris
Legendary MMA Alistair Overeem’s last performance saw Walt Harris halted by Harris City.
4. UFC Fight Night: The Final Chapter Ortiz vs.
Turn the clock back to 2006 for this. The UFC was in the midst of the post-TUF boom era and needed a sprinkle of its biggest stars. Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock were two of the many and had their third fight in Hollywood, Florida, which Ortiz would win by KO/TKO to officially book the rivalry forever.
3. UFC 273: Volkanovsky vs. Korean Zombies
As mentioned earlier, this event was one of the best that Florida had the pleasure to see. Both parties kept their belts and a new star has officially arrived. Not much more epic, is it?
2. UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal 2
UFC 261 saw its first US fan event, and it didn’t disappoint. Fans got a glimpse of how good Kamaru Usman really is, as he fiercely knocked out Jorge Masvidal in a rematch to defend the welterweight title. In the co-main event, the strawweight title changed hands, with Rose Namagunas kicking then-champion and Yili Zhang to regain her title once. An all-encompassing and unforgettable night of battles transformed through dizzying turmoil and the foundation of greatness. Not to mention the sudden retirement of double champion and Olympic gold medalist, Henri Cejudo.
1. UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gethje
A surprise to some, but perhaps not a surprise to others. UFC 249 was in the midst of the biggest global crisis the world had ever seen, and for some people, they needed a little more normality while they were at home. The UFC was able to provide a distraction to fill the void, as Justin Gethje, Henry Segudo, Frances Ngannou, and Calvin Katar were just a few of the many performances that took place that night in front of arena-less fans.
This concludes the history of the UFC in Florida, where promotion will likely continue to make Sunshine State a priority for years to come.