Fights where 2 future UFC champions fought

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  1. Skylako

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    I'm trying to think of examples of fights where both fighters would eventually touch UFC gold, but at the time, neither of them were champs/former champs in the UFC.

    I'm sure there are a lot of examples from the PRIDE days when UFC and PRIDE were competing for top talent, but I am curious about weird ones early on in careers like Lyoto vs Franklin.

    Examples:

    Anthony Pettis vs Benson Henderson 1
    Bas Rutten vs Frank Shamrock 1, 2, and 3
    Bas Rutten vs Maurice Smith 1 and 2
    BJ Penn vs Matt Serra
    Chuck Liddell vs Murilo Bustamante
    Chuck Liddell vs Vitor Belfort
    Dave Menne vs Carlos Newton
    Forrest Griffin vs Shogun Rua 1
    GSP vs Sean Sherk
    JDS vs Fabricio Werdum
    Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler 1
    Luke Rockhold vs Michael Bisping 1
    Lyoto Machida vs Rich Franklin
    Rampage Jackson vs Chuck Liddell 1
    Randy Couture vs Vitor Belfort 1
    Rashad Evans vs Michael Bisping
    Shogun Rua vs Rampage Jackson
     
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    Like Bisping rashad?
     
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    Forrest vs Chael (People's Champ)
     
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    Nvm Maynard never won
     
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    BJ was a former champ then

    Good one
     
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    Shogun-Forrest 1
     
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    JDS Vs Werdum
     
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    I see what you did there
     
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    I'm gonna add to the list in the OP thanks for contributing
     
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    Couture vs Belfort 1.

    Couture got the belt from Mo Smith in his next fight.

    Belfort eventually got the belt from Couture, though only via Couture's scratched eye.

    Belfort had won a UFC 8 man tourney already when he fought Couture.
     
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    good one. and yeah I wont count the tournament belts for this
     
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    Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler 1
    Vitor Belfort vs. Chuck Liddell
    Vitor Belfort vs. Randy Couture
    Rampage Jackson vs. Chuck Liddell
     
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    Bas vs Frank (three times)
    Bas vs Maurice Smith (twice)
    Randleman vs Maurice Smith
    Randy vs Vitor 1
    Ricco vs Arlovski
    Chuck vs Vitor
    Chuck vs Bustamante
    Chuck vs Rampage 1
    Newton vs Menne
    Machida vs Franklin
    Shogun vs Rampage
    Shogun vs Forrest
    Rashad vs Bisping
    Benson vs Pettis 1
    Werdum vs Cigano
    Rockhold vs Bisping 1


    Soon to be added:
    Hendo vs Newton
    Hendo vs Bustamante 1
    Hendo vs Cormier
    Overeem vs Chuck
    Overeem vs Shogun (twice)
    Overeem vs Werdum (twice)
    Khabib vs Rafa
     
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    Dustin Poirier vs Max Holloway.

    Just wait.
     
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    damn you found a lot, adding to the list

    edit: I didn't add Randleman vs Smith because Smith beat Coleman for the title before he faught Randleman
     
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