UFC: Best Fourth of July Cards

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The UFC has put on several amazing cards on the Fourth of July weekend.  With UFC 213 on the horizon, we rated the top Independence Day cards in UFC history.

The headliners for UFC 213 have been finalized and it is another stacked event for Fourth of July weekend.  This year, Amanda Nunes will be making her second straight headlining appearance on the card when she faces Valentina Shevchenko for the second time.

On the undercard, she will be joined by Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker in a bout expected to provide fireworks as they compete for the interim middleweight championship.  Other notable fights will be Robbie Lawler vs Donald Cerrone and Fabricio Werdum vs Alistair Overeem.

The history of the UFC and Fourth of July has been on-going for several years.  Boxing has long ruled on the weekends of May 5th and September 16th, but mixed martial arts has taken over Independence Day weekend with annual blockbuster events for the last several years.

The Fourth of July cards have traditionally always been the marquee event of the year, although there have been instances where a New Year’s Eve card has provided stiff competition.  Most often, it is the summer card that provides the storylines that will play out in December.

There is a formula in place for what makes the annual card such a blockbuster event.  One of the main ingredients is an appearance by a superstar in the sport.  Traditionally, grudge matches have also done well.  Combined with a stacked undercard, those events usually deliver on pay-per-view and, most importantly, dominate conversation in the following weeks which provides a retroactive effect of increased interest in MMA.

With several memorable events over the years, here are the top six Fourth of July cards in UFC history.

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