Originally Posted by jtaylor42
I meant to pick Rampage but chose Randy by clicking too fast.
You know, you could make a good case for Randy, considering the fact he came back at 43 to beat a heavily-favoured world champion and then defended his title against a man many thought would maul him.
Gonzaga's win over Cro Cop has lost some lustre since Mirko's mess against Kongo, but Randy was still considered an underdog, by many.
I'd say the three finalists would have to be...
1. Anderson Silva
2. Quinton Jackson
3. Randy Couture
...and a tough call between Anderson and Rampage for the win. I voted Silva at first, but now I'm leaning toward Rampage.
Forrest's win over Shogun was very impressive, but in my mind it's not enough for Fighter of the Year status. Getting a decision against Hector Ramirez is nice, because Hector's a tough guy, but not a top-level fighter at this point. Anderson, Randy and Quinton's wins are mostly against upper-tier fighters in championship fights.