Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei and another 6 MMA fights with unforgettable starts

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Faixa-preta de Jiu-Jitsu de Carlson Gracie, Vitor Belfort celebra após nocautear Wanderlei no UFC de São Paulo, em 1998. Foto: Juca Martins/Arquivos GRACIEMAG.

Vitor Belfort celebrates after knocking out Wanderlei at 1998 UFC in São Paulo. Photo: Juca Martins/GRACIEMAG archives.

In the wake of the success of “5 Jiu-Jitsu matches with unforgettable starts,” follows up with a fistful of MMA classics that had fans spring out of their chairs in the early action.

Revisit the fights and comment after, gentle reader. What’s your favorite start to an MMA fight?

Fabricio Werdum vs Fedor Emelianenko – Strikeforce – 2010

Vitor Belfort vs Wanderlei Silva – UFC 17,5 – 1998

Royce Gracie vs Ken Shamrock – UFC 1 – 1993

Mauricio Shogun vs Quinton Jackson – Pride GP – 2005

José Aldo vs Cub Swanson – WEC 41 – 2009

Renzo Gracie vs Oleg Taktarov – Mars – 1996

Heath Herring vs Yoshihiro Nakao – K-1 Dynamite!!! – 2005

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