Who are your winners for 2013? MMA End of the Year Awards
Thread for you to make a post giving credit where you feel credit is due in the world of Mixed Martial Arts for 2013, and what a crazy year it was.
Have some fun and award whatever you see fit.
Here are mine:
Fighter of the Year - Vitor Belfort. One doesn't simply deliver three epic and brutal main event head kick finishes in one year and not win Fighter of the Year.
Runner up: Demetrius Johnson.
HW of the year - Travis Browne, not Cain. Cain won every fight like he was expected to, with utter and complete doimination. Travis won in devastating fashion three time, and few were expecting him to crumple Barnett and Overeem like he did. He's come a long way form nothing, 2014 should be interesting.
Runners Up: Cain, Hunt, Minakov
LHW of the year - Emanuel Newton. The guy had a huge year plain and simple. Four wins including a BFC Tourney and title interim title match, a KO of the Year candidate in one of two wins against Mo Lawal where he was both times a heavy dog. This guy has been a surprise no doubt.
Co-Runners up: Gustafsson and Glover
MW of the Year - Vitor Belfort. Yeah Weidman beat Silva twice, that is ludicrous, but Vitor's three head kick mauling KO wins are instantly legendary on another level. That is the kind of stuff people should always be talking about similar to the mystique of Crocop's head kick lethality from a decade ago.
Runner up: Chris Weidman
WW of the Year - Robbie Lawler. Feel good story of 2013. No one did it better at WW this year then Robbie, a pleasure to watch him work his game to success.
Runners up: Matt Brown and Dong Hyum Kim
LW of the Year: Anthony Pettis, just edges out Nurmagomedov. He didn't fight much, but was decisive in the big fights he did have. He might meet Khabib this coming year.
Runners up: Khabib Nurmagomedov and Eddie Alvarez
FW of the Year: Chad Medes and Cub Swanson. Both of these guys had a whirlwind 2013. Mendes won more fight, Swanson won better fights, both were exciting and dominant though throughout. Hopefully they will make good fights fo Aldo this year if he gets by Lamas.
Runner up: Daniel Strauss
BW of the Year: No contest here, Ol' butt chin himself is without a doubt the BW fighter of the year. He choked out 3 top guys and went 15 with another. He still has a lot left in his tank and a title shot is a gaurantee for next year.
Runners up: Renan Barao
Fly of the Year - The Champion, Demetrius Johnson. His fight with Dodson was one of the best of the year. He was almost finished yet managed to comeback and find way to win and even be dominant as the fight went on, add a KO and Sub in his other two big fights and it was a hell of a year.
Runners up: John Dodson and Ali Bagautinov
Womens fighter of the Year: Alexis Davis. Pretty big year. Started it off by tapping Baszler, then got the call to the UFC and lit up Sexton in a great fight and stifled Carmouche. Hope she is the one...
Runners up: Jessica Aguilar.
Fight of the Year - Wanderlei vs Stann. This was a very good year for great fights, but the true measure of greatness for me is how on the edge of my seat I am in a fight, how high I jump when something crazy happens, how loud I yell when more crazy happens and how hard my heart beats when the tension of the fight is at it's highest. Silva vs Stann pushed all of those to the limit.
Runners up: Chandler vs Alvarez II and Grice vs Burmudez
KO of the Year: Bigfoot obliterates Overeem. Obliterates doesn't begin to describe the savagery of Bigfoot's finish on the Reem. Annihibliterate works way better.
Runners up: Hunt KO Struve, Newton KO Lawal, Woodley KO Koscheck, Saunders KO Amaya
Sub of the Year - In only here 2nd pro fight, Rose Namajunas flying arm bar against Kathina Catron was a thing of beauty.
Runners up: Pettis Arm Bars Henderson, Burkman Chokes Out Fitch, Faber Chokes out McDonald.
Card of the Year - UFC 166 Cain vs JDS III. Lots of excitement on this card. The two HW fights in the Main Event and Co-Main Event were true displayes of MMA at it's finest, a bona-fide Fight of the Year candidate in Sanchez vs Melendez, Main Card knockout finishes from flyweight to heavy, and a preliminary full of entertaining competitions and finishes. All around a great card.
Runner up: UFC on FOX 7
Upset of the Year: Travis Browne vs Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett. I gave him a heavyweight punchers chance in both, he won with more then what I thought he could, first with heart and fortitude to stay compsed against Reem and find his offense to finish, then by using a defensive knee to make extremely quick work of Barnett. Unreal.
Runner up: Emanuel Newton KO Mo Lawal
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