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Dana White Reveals His Favourite UFC Fight Of All Time

Dana White Reveals His Favourite UFC Fight Of All Time

Dana White has been cageside to a whole host of legendary slugfests but the UFC president's favourite ever fight came at UFC 52 way bay in 2005.

The fight in question was Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg for the welterweight title. It was the second time the two had done battle inside the Octagon and with such animosity between the pair, it made for an instant classic.

Trigg hit champion Hughes with a low blow that the ref did not spot and capitalised with some strikes before transitioning into a submission.

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Hughes looked to be done and dusted but somehow found the strength to reverse the maneuver and slam his opponent to the other side of the Octagon.

He then punished Trigg with a flurry of elbows and for the second time in the rivalry, made 'Twinkle Toes' tap out to a rear-naked choke.

The bout was the second fight to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and White speaks glowingly of what went down.

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Speaking in a UFC video, White said: "Matt Hughes vs Trigg II is my favourite fight ever. When I say my favourite fight ever, I mean MMA, boxing - it's my favourite fight.

"The backstory behind that one is I call Hughes up and he hates this guy. I said, 'You gotta fight Trigg again'.

"He's like, 'I hate him, I already beat him and I will never beat him more impressively than the first time I did. I'm not saying I'm not gonna fight him, I'm just saying it sucks.

"Tons of trash-talk and back and forth between these two to the point where in the face-off, Trigg walks out and literally touches Matt's face with his face. And Hughes pushes him backwards.

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"Trigg actually kicks Matt in the nuts and the ref doesn't see it. Then Trigg gets a rear-naked choke and Matt had said some stuff like, 'Who gets rear naked choked in a fight? You have to be like a white belt to get rear-naked choked' - and now Matt's getting rear-naked choked and it looks like the fight is over.

"I don't know how he did it, from laying on the ground he picks Trigg over his head, on his shoulder, and literally runs the entire distance of the Octagon. 17,000 people jumped out of their seats at the same time and the roof nearly came off that building.

"The greatest fight I have ever seen, ever been to. It was my favourite fight ever."

As for his favourite knockout in UFC history, White felt obliged to select Jorge Masvidal's stunning five second flying knee knockout at the hands of Ben Askren at UFC 239.

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During a Reddit AMA, White said: "When I give you this answer everyone is going to think it's because I don't like Ben Askren.

"And it's just not true at all. I do like Ben. But it's hard not to pick Masvidal vs Askren."

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Topics: UFC News, MMA News, UFC, MMA, Dana White

Josh Lawless

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