Mid-Year UFC awards

By | July 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm | No comments | MMA | Tags:

Now that we are a little over halfway thru 2011, I thought it was time to hand out the KnockOut Lounge trophies. I’m sure the picks will stir some debates, but this is the way the year has shaken out so far according to me.

Fighter of the Year: Jon “Bones” Jones. Seeing as how he has been the only fighter to win a belt this year it’s a no-brainer. With a win over then Top 10 LHW Ryan Bader, he followed that up a little over a month later against Maruicio “Shogun” Rua. In these 2 fights he not only won, but absolutely dominated in every phase of the fight. So far in 2011 there isn’t a fighter with a better resume.

Biggest Disappointment: Josh Grispi/Ryan Bader(Tie). When the WEC  and UFC merged on January 1st, the top 2 featherweights were Grispi and Aldo. In fact the two were scheduled to fight at the New Year’s Day card before Aldo was forced out due to injury. Grispi decided to fight on with a different opponent anyway when Dustin Poirier stepped in. Grispi was easily beaten and then followed that loss up with a KO by George Roop in June. Now many have dropped Grispi out of the Top 5 FW’s in the world.

Ryan Bader was considered by many to be a Top 5 LHW at the time of his fight with Jon Jones. There was even speculation that if he won that fight it would’ve been him getting the title shot against Shogun. He wasn’t able to capitalize and got dominated by Jones before coming back in July with a fight against veteran Tito Ortiz. He was quickly handled by Ortiz in dominant fashion and now many are asking if Bader’s undefeated run was just a fluke.

Fast-Rising Star: Demetrious Johnson. Already with 2 wins in the UFC, he is as exciting a fighter as you’ll find. His only loss came back in the WEC against Brad Pickett and since then he has run off 4 straight wins. His last win was his biggest to date against former WEC champ Miguel Torres. Don’t be surprised to see Johnson get the next shot at Cruz’s belt.

Fight of the Year: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard II(UFC 125) The rematch was all we had hoped for…..except for the outcome. While there may have been no clear winner, there was no doubt that the 2 fighters were as even as it gets. From Maynard nearly knocking out Edgar in the 1st round to Frankie using his outstanding ground game in the second half of the fight, it had all the fireworks and technique we expect from a main event. The good news for UFC fans? We get to see the final installment this fall.

So that’s my opinion. What’s yours?


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