What about most improved/breakthrough fighter of the year? A completely different category than fighter of the year in general.
Nate Diaz would be a good candidate for that. Seems like yesterday he was dropping decisions to guys like Joe Stevenson. Now he has become a true contender and has fought for the title. Tim Boetsch would also be a good choice.
Psalm 30:5 "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
Top 3 Favorite Fighters
1. Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
2. Glover Teixeira
3. Demian Maia