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UFC 217 Was Great, But It Wasn’t The Best Card Ever (Editorial)

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We like to live in a world where the latest was the greatest.

With social media as popular as ever, it is easy to throw something out there and have it take off.

Saturday’s UFC 217 event just might have been the best of 2017 with three title changes and the return of Georges St-Pierre, but it was far from the best card the UFC has ever put together.

Maybe, maybe you could say since the Fertitta brothers sold the company to WME that it is the best of the “WME Era,” but you are going to need to make a much better argument than title changes and GSP fighting at Madison Square Garden to get me to put it above, say, UFC 92 for instance.

Go back with me to December 2008 and the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Rashad Evans scored the UFC light heavyweight title over Forrest Griffin with a third round finish in a meeting of former Ultimate Fighter winners.

The co-main event – yes, the co-main event – saw Frank Mir win the interim heavyweight title with a second round stoppage victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Also, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson finished Wanderlei Silva in the first round with a straight shot in a bout that many had waited years to see again.

On the prelims that night, future UFC title contender Yushin Okami fought and won, Matt Hamill picked up a victory and Pat Barry finished Dan Evensen with nasty leg kicks.

That not do it for you?

What about the historical UFC 100 card in 2009?

Brock Lesnar successfully unified the heavyweight titles when he finished Mir in the second round that night in the main event, with St-Pierre topping Thiago Alves to remain welterweight champion.

That card also featured the incredible knockout by Dan Henderson on Michael Bisping, along with Jon Fitch scoring a main card victory.

What sets that event apart from others was the prelims.

Mark Coleman, a former champion, bested Stephan Bonnar, and future UFC champion Jon Jones picked up a submission win over Jake O’Brien in the second round. Jim Miller, Dong Hyun Kim and Tom Lawlor all had prelim victories, as well.

So yes, while UFC 217 was great and really showed what the promotion can do when they are able to keep fights together, it falls short of being crowned No. 1 at this time.