Biggest MMA fight where both fighters never fought in the UFC neither before nor after the fight.

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  1. codfather

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    I'm thinking Fedor vs Brett Rogers
     
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    AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    Still thinking about the answer, but if the biggest fight DOES involve Brett "1 punch to Arlovski hype" Rogers, then it's quite sad.
     
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    AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    OK, I got 3 right answers for you!!!

    Shinya Aoki vs Joachim Hansen!
     
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    Askren vs Koreshkov/Lima
    Freire vs Straus/Weichel/Curran
    Caldwell vs Dantas

    Countless JMMA and ONE fights.
     
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    gina carano and kaityn young
     
  6. Setsuna

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    Biggest in tickets sold? Rickson vs. Takada/Funaki

    Biggest that would still be somewhat relevant today? The above responses look good, especially Hansen-Aoki and the Askren fights.

    There's not a ton of relevant fights where neither guy goes on to the UFC. Probably some stuff in the early flyweight/bantamweight (Pequeno v. Saito/Tokoro/Abe?) divisions from Shooto and I guess anything from strawweight but most people don't follow those divisions.

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    Rua/Sperry for igniting the Chute Box/BTT feud?
    Kawamura/Silva was hyped back in the day but not exactly high level even for the time.
    Horodecki/Schultz?
     
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    Biggest maybe Sapp vs Fujita or LeBanner?


    Edit: it's Sapp vs LeBanner, highest rated MMA fight ever in Japan, although it was mixed rules.
     
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    Aleks vs Sergei
     
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    manboy<3 don't card me bro

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    Just heavyweight division alone and including modern MMA only

    based on skills

    Fedor vs Arona
    Fedor vs Fujita
    Sergei vs Aleks
    Igor V vs Illukhine

    based on name

    Maeda vs Karelin (could never ascertain to what degree it was staged, it looked like part of the fight was real)
    Sapp vs Fujita
    Sapp vs Lebanner
    Takada's fights
    Giant Silva's fights
    Svetlana Goundarenko fights
    Shinobu Kandori fights
    Alexander Otsuka fights
    Akebono fights

    and many many many more

    Biggest fight based on fighter tonnage, name value and ratings but also with the lowest level of skill involved has to be

    Akebono vs bob sapp

    The formula for that fight is max(TV ratings)+Max(name value) + 1/MAX(skills)
     
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    I mean Mankowski-Khalidov had over 57.000 people in the arena in Poland. The fight was huge there as two of their biggest stars fought each other. Not a big fight in MMA overall though.
     
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    Hm....good question. Maybe Kazuo Misaki - Melvin Manhoef at a Dynamite event?? Big event... 46000 people, conclusion of SuperHulk tournament and a DREAM vs Sengoku theme
     
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    This is the fight that made me first worried about mma's longevity in Japan. I was traveling to SEA and was able to get a stopover in Japan for a few days to watch the NYE show.

    Of the few people I met who watched mma, they only wanted to talk about this fight or the Akebono/Sapp fight going down the same night. Was not a great show overall but holy crap were those two over huge. Yoshida was good and I always enjoyed his fights but Ogawa?
     
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    Rickson vs takada

    Hansen vs aoki

    Fedor vs Brett
     
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    Ogawa vs Yoshida was a grudge match. It was also the highest combined purse for an MMA fight at the time.

    Ogawa never really took to mma like Yoshida did, he looked decent against freaks but other than that he was a disappoinment.

    His judo accomplishments are undeniable though. He's GOAT tier in that sport.
     
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    Askren Sapo 2 (in fairness it didn't happen in ONE FC either)

    Warren Caldwell
     

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