Fighting sports have proven popular since ancient Rome when Gladiators would battle it out in the Colosseum. After all, audiences take delight in watching two talented athletes go head-to-head in a bid for victory.

While you will thankfully not need to watch men go against lions, some sporting moments have amazed audiences throughout the years, especially in mixed martial arts. Here are some of these craziest MMA fights of all time.

Mayweather vs. McGregor

Mayweather vs. McGregor brought together two of the most exceptional talents in boxing and UFC for the ultimate bout. It could, however, be argued that Mayweather entered the ring with an advantage, as Connor McGregor wasn’t able to perform any of his MMA moves, other than jabs, uppercuts, and punches to the body. However, to win, he would have to defeat one of the finest boxing technicians on the planet, Floyd Mayweather.

While many UFC fans were firmly in McGregor’s corner, it came as no surprise to boxing fans that Mayweather delivered the knockout blow at the T-Mobile Arena on August 26, 2017. You only need to take a look back at the big money numbers to see why both pros chose to take on the fight.

Heath Herring vs. Yoshihiro Nakao

If you can cast your mind back to New Year’s Eve 2005, you might remember the fight between Heath Herring and Yoshihiro Nakao. After listening to the referee’s instructions, both fighters closely stared at each other. However, audiences were shocked when Nakao gave Herring a quick kiss on the lips. While Herring was initially stunned by the action, he soon responded with an all-mighty punch to Nakao’s face. The right hook hit Nakao’s chin and sent him directly to the canvas. The blow was so hard that the kissing fighter had to be removed from the ring on a stretcher.

While fans thought that was the end of the brawling, they were amazed to learn a fight broke out backstage between Nakao’s cornermen and Herring. While Herring was initially disqualified from the battle, it was later changed to no-contest as both fighters had committed fouls.

Bob Sapp vs. Kinniku Mantaro

The fight between Bob Sapp and Kinniku Mantaro baffled MMA fans across the world. While Bob Sapp was willing and able to fight almost anyone in the ring, he chose to face Kinniku Mantaro, who is a fictional character from the anime Kinnikuman Nisei. To make his fighting dream a reality, Akihito Tanaka, an amateur wrestler, dressed up as Kinniku Mantaro, wearing a superhero outfit with a lucha libre mask.

So, if you want to YouTube some crazy moments from MMA history, the above fights are an excellent place to start.

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