Over the next few days, Bloody Elbow is going to ask for your opinion on some of the best things that have happened in the MMA world over the course of 2015. There will be a total of eight different categories you’ll be asked to vote on. For the sake of simplicity we’re going to stick with high-level and relevant MMA stuff in these posts. While I’m sure there was a ludicrous knockout in an unscheduled MMA event at The Lumberyard strip club in Des Moines, or an insane pancreas lock submission on an obscure ZST! card in Japan, let’s just stick to stuff a lot of us have seen, okay? (If that spiel looked familiar, it’s because I’ve used the same one for five years in a row. Originality? What originality?)
It’s pretty simple. I’ll post 5-10 options in a category, you vote for what you think was the best. If you think I left something really important off my list, post it in the comments and we can add it to the poll if it’s deemed worthy. I can almost guarantee you won’t like all my suggestions, but narrowing down these lists is tough.
You can still vote on the first six categories – Best Submission, Biggest Debacle, Biggest Upset, Biggest Robbery, Rookie of the Year, and Best Fighter.
The second-to-last award will look at the event of the year. Some had amazing main cards. Some were great top-to-bottom. Others were memorable for one or two huge results. Let’s take a look at the nominees.
UFC 194 – Five finishes. Some great action in the decision fights. Two new champions. A real changing of the guard night. And the biggest gate in Vegas history for the promotion.
WSOF 25 – Some aren’t fan of one-night tournaments, and this had its share of issues early. But it ended with a great storyline, and featured a few really good fights along the way.
UFC Fight Night 68 – This one was a bit off the radar, but 10 finishes in 12 fights, all six finished on the main card (including five TKO/KOs), and a war between Tavares and Ortega made this a lot of fun.
UFC 189 -The first half of the card was ho-hum. But starting with the featured fight of the prelims, the last six fights were one of the best stretches of fights in the promotion’s history. Knockouts. Submissions. One of the fights of the year. The crowning of a new (interim) champion. It was crazy.
UFC 193 -The upset. That could be enough right there. But the stadium show featured six other finishes, a dominant title defense by Jedrzejczyk, and an epic battle between Rosholt and Struve. Okay, I was kidding about the last one.
UFC 187 – Another one defined by the main card. A heavyweight war between Arlovski and Browne. Cerrone breaking Makdessi’s jaw. Belfort getting beaten down. And Cormier winning the LHW title.
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