June was arguably the best month of UFC action in 2022 so far. The world’s premier MMA promotion held three Fight Night events and a pay-per-view in June, featuring incredible matchups that went down on all fronts.
We even witnessed a “fight of the year” contender, but more on that later.
Across four UFC fight cards in June, fans were treated to memorable bouts, many of which were short, explosive bouts while others were highly competitive five-round affairs.
Here are the top five fights of June 2022.
#5. Jack Della Maddalena vs. Ramazan Emeev – UFC 275
Jack Della Madallena’s UFC career got off to a flying start in January earlier this year with his exquisite striking display against Pete Rodriguez at UFC 270. The Aussie finished Rodriguez in the very first round with his boxing skills nets standing out as its best asset.
In his second fight inside the famous octagon, Maddalena faced Russian welterweight Ramazan Emeev. Experienced wrestlers like Emeev tend to pose huge problems for attackers and this was undoubtedly the toughest test of Della Maddalena’s career so far.
The 25-year-old started the fight hesitantly, likely wary of the threat of Emeev’s takedowns. Just over two minutes into the fight, the 170-pound Aussie was in a tight head and arm choke and his head was apparently starting to turn purple.
Out of nowhere, Della Maddalena escaped from the chokehold and forced his Russian counterpart to his feet. He backed Emeev into the fence and unleashed a barrage of precise hooks, finishing him off with a powerful body shot.
While the fight only lasted two and a half minutes, the back-and-forth nature and the sequence of dramatic moments before the finish made it quite memorable.
Della Maddalena showed incredible determination to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, and with his latest performance, expect this fighter from Down Under to break into the rankings at some point.
#4. Julian Marquez vs. Gregory Rodriguez – UFC Austin
As soon as the Julian Marquez vs. Gregory Rodriguez fight was announced for UFC Austin, fans knew they were in for a guaranteed barn burner. More often than not, Marquez fights with reckless abandon and enjoys pressuring his opponents, while Rodriguez’s precise striking often leads to entertaining fights.
Gregory Rodriguez started strong, pushing Julian Marquez into the fence before landing power shots. “Robocop” looked on point from the start of the fight and barely missed one of his strikes.
Two minutes into the fight, Marquez rallied and caught Rodriguez with a few strikes. However, ‘Robocop’ was able to recover quite quickly and turned up the heat. Seconds later, the Brazilian landed a thunderous right hook, forcing the referee to intervene as Marquez collapsed.
The victory over Julian Marquez marked Gregory Rodriguez’s third victory in the octagon, and the Brazilian is now 3-1 in the UFC. On the other hand, it was Marquez’s second loss in the promotion.
#3. Michael Trizano vs. Lucas Almeida – UFC Vegas 56
At UFC Vegas 56, unranked contenders Michael Trizano and Lucas Almeida squared off in a featherweight bout. Trizano has been on the roster for over four years and boasted a 9-2 professional record before the fight against Almeida, who held a 13-1 record prior to their clash.
With the two well-rounded featherweights looking to get a little closer to entering the rankings, this was always going to be a fight to remember.
Lucas Almeida’s striking looked phenomenal in the opening minutes of the fight. He put Michael Trizano aside on the feet and even stuffed the American’s takedown attempts. With just 30 seconds left in the opening frame, Almeida was dropped with a hard-hitting left hook and as such, Trizano stole the round.
Almeida bounced back impressively in the second frame, returning the favor and dropping Trizano with the same strike that caught him. The Brazilian followed his counterpart on the ground and racked up tons of control time, winning the round in the process.
With the scorecards more than likely at 1-1 heading into the third and final round, the featherweight duo came out blazing. Almeida showed tremendous heart to withstand a series of hard punches and landed a massive hook, which floored Trizano. After a few hard knocks to the ground and the pound, the referee stepped in.
Lucas Almeida took his professional record to 14-1 with his win over Michael Trizano and is among the most intriguing unranked fighters at 145 pounds. Both featherweights walked away with the “Fight of the Night” bonus for their efforts.
#2. Arman Tsarukyan vs. Mateusz Gamrot – UFC Vegas 57
The upper echelons of the UFC lightweight division are notoriously tough to break into.
With Charles Oliveira, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, Islam Makhachev, Michael Chandler and Beneil Dariush occupying the top of the 155-pound rankings, the next wave of promising lightweights need wins to break into the public consciousness. .
Arman Tsarukyan and Mateusz Gamrot may not be well known to casual fans, but they are, without a doubt, the future of the lightweight division. Both fighters are extremely well balanced, making their five-round headliner at UFC Vegas 57 an absolute treat to watch.
Arman Tsarukyan started strong, catching Gamrot with several body kicks that echoed around the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It seems Tsarukyan’s youth gave him the edge early in the fight and he won the first two rounds, according to all three judges.
The grappling exchanges in particular were amazing to watch as both fighters possess explosive jamming abilities and takedown defense. Additionally, both lightweight contenders have solid stand-ups, making this fight an extremely technical chess match, with disastrous physical consequences.
Gamrot showed his experience over the next three rounds, relying heavily on his struggle and Tsarukyan’s inexperience in five-round fights. The Polish national won a unanimous decision after a hotly contested five-round affair.
This highly technical fight is probably not a candidate for “Fight of the Year”. Nonetheless, it was a showcase for the future of the lightweight division, and more importantly, a fine display of high-level mixed martial arts.
#1. Glover Teixeira vs. Jiri Prochazka – UFC 275
UFC 275 turned out to be one of the most impressive pay-per-view events in recent memory. From top to bottom, the fight map delivered the goods, producing multiple jaw-dropping moments and unforgettable fights.
The main event largely stole the show, as light heavyweights Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka squared off with UFC gold on the line.
The title fight was a rollercoaster from start to finish, with both fighters enjoying moments of success before finding themselves in precarious positions. Glover Teixeira’s wrestling and submission threat was strong throughout the first four rounds, as was Jiri Prochazka’s undeniable late fight power.
Texeira was seemingly ahead in round five as the Brazilian champion dominated the first four minutes of the final frame. With a minute left in the fight, the 42-year-old got a full mount and rained down heavy ground and pound strikes.
Somehow Prochazka managed to step on the wall and reverse the position. Out of nowhere, with just 28 seconds remaining in the fight, the Czech challenger descended into a rear-end choke and forced the tap to become the new light heavyweight champion.
Dana White was not present at the Singapore Indoor Stadium to witness the barnburner’s astonishing back-and-forth. The UFC president‘s live reaction to Prochazka’s ending went viral on social media, highlighting how insane the final streak was.