Top 5 UFC Trilogies That Defined MMA

"Epic UFC Trilogies: A Triple Clash!"
5. Hughes Meets His Match: The BJ Penn Saga

BJ Penn’s journey from a promising lightweight champion to his struggles at the end of his career often overshadows his brilliance in the octagon. Among his notable achievements was his rivalry with Matt Hughes, marking one of the UFC’s most memorable trilogies. Their first clash saw Penn stunning Hughes with a first-round submission. Although Hughes managed a comeback in their second fight, Penn sealed their trilogy with a decisive 21-second knockout, reminding fans of his exceptional talent.

4. GSP Triumphs Over Hughes

Matt Hughes found himself on the losing end of another trilogy, this time against Georges St-Pierre (GSP). Their first encounter ended with Hughes dominating GSP with a submission. However, GSP avenged his loss spectacularly in their subsequent matches, including a submission victory in their trilogy fight. This victory kick-started GSP’s legendary streak in the welterweight division, solidifying his status as one of the greatest welterweights of all time.

3. A Heavyweight Bloodbath: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos

The trilogy between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos was marked by intense battles that left both fighters with lasting scars but also cemented their status as fan favorites. Dos Santos initially knocked out Velasquez early, but Velasquez returned with a vengeance, dominating their next two fights, including a knockout in their final showdown. This trilogy is a testament to the brutal yet captivating nature of heavyweight MMA.

2. Miocic vs. Cormier: The Ultimate Heavyweight Trilogy

The rivalry between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier stands as the pinnacle of UFC heavyweight trilogies. Each fight unfolded differently, showcasing the evolution of both fighters. Cormier’s historic win in their first match made him a dual-division champion, but Miocic adjusted his strategy in their rematch to reclaim victory with a barrage of body shots. Their final bout, a grueling five-round decision, solidified Miocic’s legacy in the heavyweight division.

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1. Poirier and McGregor’s Bitter Rivalry

Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor’s trilogy is arguably the most high-profile in UFC history, beginning with McGregor’s swift knockout win en route to the featherweight title. Their rivalry intensified over the years, culminating in a trilogy match that ended disastrously for McGregor with a leg injury. Despite the abrupt finish, this trilogy remains a highlight in MMA history, showcasing the intense competition and drama that define the sport.


BJ Penn: “In their first encounter, Penn managed to submit Hughes in the first round.”

Georges St-Pierre: “In the trilogy match, St-Pierre proved his dominance with an impressive submission.”

Cain Velasquez: “In the rematch, Velasquez utterly dominated Dos Santos for five rounds.”

Stipe Miocic: “In their rematch a year later, it looked to be another dominant win for ‘DC’ until Miocic adjusted his strategy.”

Conor McGregor: “In the trilogy match, Poirier appeared to be the sharper fighter, but the match came to an unfortunate end when McGregor broke his leg.”

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