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LobsterMobster
Oct 29, 2009

"I was being quiet and trying to be a good boy but he dialed the right combination to open the throw-down vault and it was on."

"Walter Foxx is ten times brighter than your bulb at the bottom of the tree merry xmas"


A massive 7 ballots were turned in for the 2021 MMA awards. Hup hup and huzzah for all!

[x] First place votes
(x) Total points

1st place votes received 3.03 points, 2nd place votes received 2.02 points, and 3rd place votes received 1 point to help with tie-break scenarios.

And aaaaaawaaaaay we go!

Fighter of the Year

1. Charles Oliveira [4] (16.16)
2. Kamaru Usman [2] (12.12)
3. Max Holloway [1] (3.03)



“Do Bronx” solidified himself as an upper echelon fighter this year, winning and defending the UFC Lightweight title with a pair of stoppage wins. In May, Charles put away the hard-hitting Michael Chandler early in the second round, a fight that may see some more awards down the line. He closed out 2021 with a third round submission of Dustin Poirier. That performance not only earned Oliveira a title defense signifying ruby on his belt, but it also extended his UFC record for most submission wins (15) and most finishes (18). Truly 2021 was the year of Do Bronx.

Favorite Fighter

1. Max Holloway (7.04)
2. Tai Tuivasa [1] (5.05)
3. Charles Oliveira [1] (5.03)



The Blessed Express is back, baby. Max Holloway is one of the most entertaining fighters in the entire sport, and he doesn’t appear to be a crime-doing rear end in a top hat, which helps a lot.

Fight of the Year

1. UFC Vegas 25 - Jiri Prochazka vs Dominick Reyes [2] (10.08)
2. UFC 268 - Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler [1] (9.07)
3. UFC 266 - Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega [2] (7.06)



It might be a testament to the limited number of ballots submitted, but it is incredibly rare for a fight that didn’t even hit the 10-minute mark to be called the Fight of the Year. Prochazka vs Reyes was just that wild and violent.

Worst Fight of the Year

1. UFC 261 - Uriah Hall vs Chris Weidman [1] (5.05)
2. UFC Vegas 43 - Ketlen Vieira vs Miesha Tate [1] (4.03)
3. *TIE* UFC 259 - Aleksandar Rakic vs Thiago Santos [1] (3.03)
3. *TIE* PFL 4 - Claressa Shields vs Brittney Elkin [1] (3.03)
3. *TIE* PFL 10 - Abigail Montes vs Claressa Shields [1] (3.03)



Usually, the worst fight of the year is reserved for a tepid, boring decision that’s a slog to watch. This year, people felt that Chris Weidman shattering his leg in 15 seconds was more painful to watch than Ketlen Vieira and Miesha Tate exchanging pawing jabs and interminable clinches. Though, you could probably chalk that up to people choosing to stop watching Vieira vs Tate after a few minutes, and letting the memories slip away. There’s no way to stop remembering Weidman’s leg all floppy.

Also, just want to add that it’s hilarious that both of Claressa Shields’s horrible fights made the cut.

Performance of the Year

1. UFC on ABC 1 - Max Holloway vs Calvin Kattar [5] (16.15)
2. UFC 263 - Brandon Moreno vs Deiveson Figueiredo [2] (11.10)
3. UFC Vegas 25 - Jiri Prochazka vs Dominick Reyes (4.04)



“I’m the best boxer in the UFC, baby!” Jerome Max Holloway shouted that at the commentary team, while no-look slipping a punch from Kattar, and responding with his own strikes. Max put on an absolute striking clinic in January to return to his winning ways with a vengeance.

Holloway landed 445 significant strikes, nearly 3.3 times more than Kattar did. He took the decision 50-43 x2, 50-42. It was a masterful performance of punches.

Knockout of the Year

1. UFC Vegas 18 - Cory Sandhagen vs Frankie Edgar - Flying Knee [2] (10.10)
2. Invicta FC 44 - Emily Ducote vs Danielle Taylor - Head kick and punches [2] (6.06)
3. UFC 261 - Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal - Punch [1] (6.03)



Flying knees loving rule. Especially when it’s at the start of the fight and it catches the opponent off-guard and BAM they get loving obliterated. Cory Sandhagen laid Frankie Edgar out cold early into the first round, cementing the number one spot.

Submission of the Year

1. UFC 265 - Vicente Luque vs Michael Chiesa - D’arce choke [3] (9.09)
2. UFC 269 - Julianna Pena vs Amanda Nunes - Rear naked choke (4.04)
3. *TIE* UFC 262 - Andre Muniz vs Jacare Souza - Armbar [1] (3.03)
3. *TIE* UFC 258 - Anthony Hernandez vs Rodolfo Vieira [1] (3.03)
3. *TIE* Open Fighting Championship 2 - Mateus Santos vs Alexander Volodin - Brock Lock [1] (3.03)



Luque seems pretty good at this whole D’arce choke thing, having nabbed 4 in the UFC, and this one against Chiesa was his 2nd in a row. Slick stuff from the Silent Assassin.

Best Major Show of the Year

1. UFC 261 [2] (13.12)
2. UFC 264 [2] (9.08)
3. UFC 269 [1] (5.05)



UFC 261 was a massively stacked card, with 3 titles on the line. Every main card fight ended inside the 2nd round, though that does include 2021’s Worst Fight of the Year, the 17-second shin snap of Chris Weidman. The title fights were good, though! Valentina Shevchenko out-muscled Jessica Andrade en-route to a crucifix elbows stoppage, Rose Namajunas used the power of American jingoism to fell Zhang Weili with a headkick, and Kamaru Usman obliterated Jorge Masvidal with a massive right cross.

Worst Major Show of the Year

1. UFC Vegas 43 - Vieira vs Tate [3] (9.09)
2. *TIE* UFC Vegas 28 - Rozenstruik vs Sakai (2.02)
3. *TIE* UFC Vegas 40 - Ladd vs Dumont (2.02)



How does 8 decisions in a row, only one finish, for a total of 10 out of 11 fights going the distance sound? Bad, right? Yup, you got it. Nobody liked Vieira vs Tate, but also nobody seems to like these lovely Vegas Apex cards with a bunch of fighters nobody has heard of. Well, too bad, because that’s what we get now. Just an endless stream of Contender Series dinks angrily and meatily slapping at each other, until the end of time.

Round of the Year

1. UFC 266 - Merab Dvalishvili vs Marlon Moraes - Round 1 [4] (13.12)
2. UFC 268 - Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler - Round 1 (10.10)
3. UFC 269 - Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier - Round 1 [1] (4.03)



While I personally am sad to see the further decline of My Main Man Marlon “Magic” Moraes, his battle with Merab Dvalishvili was pretty rad. Marlon had Merab hurt a few times in the opening frame, but was unable to put the ultra-tough Georgian away. As usual, Moraes gassed, and Dvalishvili took advantage.

Breakout Fighter of the Year

1. Jiri Prochazka [3] (9.09)
2. Islam Makhachev [2] (8.08)
3. Giga Chikadze [1] (7.05)



Is it the weird top-knot? The adherence to BUSHIDO? Nah, it’s probably the cool spins and violence he does. Jiri only had one fight in 2021, but he made an impact, not just on Dominick Reyes’ brain, but on the hearts of fight fans. Now let’s see if he can do what the 2019 and 2020 Breakout fighters couldn’t do, and win the belt the following year.

Most Improved

1. Glover Texeira [2] (6.06)
2. *TIE* Francis Ngannou [1] (5.05)
2. *TIE* Julianna Pena [1] (5.05)
2. *TIE* Brandon Moreno [1] (5.05)



Glover Texeira has aged like a fine wine. I’m not sure if he’s greatly improved his skill set, which I think has always been “tough, heavy hands, good wrestling, suffocating top game”, but he won the UFC Light Heavyweight title days after his 42nd birthday, congrats to him!

Upset of the Year

1. UFC 269 - Julianna Pena vs Amanda Nunes [7] (21.21)
2. Bellator 272 - Sergio Pettis vs Kyoji Horiguchi (5.04)
3. UFC 258 - Anthony Hernandez vs Rodolfo Vieira (3.02)



Amanda Nunes had not lost since 2015. She had won 12 in a row, including 9 bouts to either win or defend a title. She was a -1125 favorite. Julianna Pena, at a +700 underdog managed to not get knocked out by Nunes’ power, and instead, hurt the Lioness with “Wine Mom Boxing” (Copyright Jack Slack) and choke out a wilting champion. Dear lord.

Comeback of the Year

1. UFC 262 - Charles Oliviera vs Michael Chandler [3] (13.13)
2. Bellator 272 - Sergio Pettis vs Kyoji Horiguchi [1] (9.09)
3. UFC 259 - Kennedy Nzechukwu vs Carlos Ulberg [1] (3.03)



The Year of Oliveira almost got stopped before it started. Chandler dropped Do Bronx in the 1st round and pounced, looking to finish the fight and capture UFC gold. Charles maintained his composure, avoided the majority of Chandler’s swarming punches, and survived to the horn. That kind of stuff just makes Oliviera mad, and he won the fight and the belt 19 seconds later.

Foul of the Year

1. UFC 259 - Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling - Knee to the head of a grounded opponent [6] (18.18)
2. UFC 269 - Priscila Cachoeira vs Gillian Robertson - Repeated eye gouges (6.06)
3. UFC Vegas 21 - Leon Edwards vs Belal Muhammad - Eye pokes (2.00)



The Big One, the Foul that was Foretold, the Moron’s Knee. Petr Yan saw Jon Jones smash Anthony Smith with a knee that nearly lost him the title, and the Russian decided to go for the brass ring, destroying Aljo’s head.


Judging Incompetence

1. UFC 259 - Ron McCarthy having the fight 29-28 for Sterling prior to the illegal knee
2. *TIE* UFC Vegas 32 - Sal D’Amato and Dave Hagen both scoring the fight 29-28 for Maycee Barber over Miranda Maverick. All 20 media members on MMA Decisions and Chris Lee had the fight 29-28 for Maverick [1] (3.03)
2. *TIE* Sal D’Amato’s general ineptness [1] (3.03)



Ron somehow gave the first round to Aljamain, which is all it took to put Sterling ahead on the cards going into the fourth round. Ultimately, it didn’t matter, as Aljo took the belt home, along with a nasty concussion, thanks to Yan’s inability to understand the rules.

Best Division

1. Lightweight [2] (11.10)
2. Featherweight [1] (8.07)
3. Bantamweight [2] (8.06)



The 155-pound division is now a four-time winner and now a back-to-back champ of Best Weightclass. The top of the division is a shark tank if the sharks were made out of chainsaws, as anyone is capable of tearing their opponent apart on a given night. The UFC champ is riding a 10-fight win streak, with 9 stoppages. The only real blemish on the top of the division is Conor McGregor, who hasn’t won a fight in 2 years, or a fight in the division going on 6 years. Bellator’s 155ers are solid too, with their own unbeaten Nurmagomedov knocking on the door of title contention, a hard-punching Brazilian Pitbull Brother holding the belt, and some solid competition.

Worst Booking

1. UFC 261 - Allowing 15,000 people into an arena during an ongoing global pandemic [2] (6.06)
2. UFC 259 - Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson [1] (5.05)
3. *TIE* UFC creating the first consecutive-fight trilogy for Moreno vs Figueirdo, also making it the fastest turned around trilogy in UFC history [1] (3.03)
3. *TIE* UFC making Gane vs Lewis an interim title fight barely 4 months after Francis Ngannou won the undisputed belt, and was not injured or suspended [1] (3.03)



Covid-19, corona virus, the thing that would not die. Just over a year into the pandemic, with barely a few weeks after the first vaccines became widely available, UFC decided to cram over 15,000 people in Jacksonville, Florida to witness UFC 261.

Worst Coaching Gameplan

1. UFC 259 - Petr Yan’s corner advising him to throw an illegal strike [3] (9.09)
2. UFC Vegas 38 - SBG ruining Johnny Walker [1] (5.05)
3. UFC 263 - Marvin Vettori being told to run face-first into Israel Adesanya’s punches and kicks (2.02)



“Yes, kick him!” were the words that echoed through the arena as Petr Yan looked to his corner. With Aljamain Sterling on the ground in front of him, Yan followed his instruction and lost himself the Bantamweight title with one strike. Excellent work, men.

Dumbest Career Move

1. Cody Garbrandt drops to Flyweight [1] (9.09)
2. UFC 259 - Petr Yan illegally knees Aljamain Sterling in the face, losing his Bantamweight title [2] (6.06)
3. *TIE* Claressa Shields decides to become a MMA fighter [1] (3.03)
3. *TIE* UFC 264 - Conor McGregor throws full-force low kicks with an allegedly micro-fractured shin [1] (3.03)



Yearly contender for MMA’s Dumbest Boy Alive, Cody Garbrandt, 1-4 in his last 5 bouts at Bantamweight, including a string of 3 straight knockout losses, decided to take his shaky chin and hamper it even further by dehydrating his fragile brain to 125 pounds. Shockingly, Garbrandt lost his Flyweight debut by 1st round knockout.

Referee Incompetence

1. UFC 263 - Al Guinee watches Jamahal Hill crawl around with a floppy, broken arm and get punched repeatedly by Paul Craig before stopping the fight [3] (9.09)
2. UFC 259 - Mark Smith appears baffled at what to do following Petr Yan’s illegal knee to Aljamain Sterling [1] (5.05)
3. Herb Dean - Yearlong efforts at being bad at his job (4.02)



This was a rough one to watch. Hill is clearly compromised to an extent that nothing he is doing can be reasonably considered “intelligent defense”. Al Guinee desires more violence, and urges the fight to continue, to everyone’s shock and disgust.

Best Insult/Trash Talk

1. UFC 264 - “Karma’s not a bitch, it’s a mirror” Dustin Poirier to a shrieking, broken legged Conor McGregor [3] (9.09)
2. UFC on ABC 1 - “I’m a freshman? I’m the best boxer in the UFC!” Max Holloway to Calvin Kattar [1] (7.07)
3. UFC 259 - Tim Elliott confronting Jordin Espinosa about Espinosa allegedly being an abuser mid-fight, as Elliott punches and bleeds onto Jordin’s face (5.04)



Much respect to Dustin for not just walking over and punching the already down and compromised McGregor in the head. Instead, Sluggin’ Dusty P dropped an excellent line and walked off with his wife.

Best Post-Fight Interview

1. UFC Vegas 45 - Derrick Lewis dances after defeating Chris Daukaus, declares that to be for Rodney King, states that him throwing his cup into the crowd will somebody become a NFT, and he will only take another title fight if the 5-round rule is abolished for 3 rounds. [2] (8.08)
2. UFC 268 - Chris Barnett does a butt-slamming front flip after knocking out Gian Villante with a Big Beefy Boy Wheelkick [1] (6.05)
3. UFC 264 - “Karma’s not a bitch, it’s a mirror” Dustin Poirier to a shrieking, broken legged Conor McGregor [1] (3.03)



It’s another in a long line of iconic post fight moments for Derrick Lewis. He lamented about how tiring it is to fight for more than 15 minutes (though this bout ended in the 1st round), he did something to reference his hot balls, and he stunted on a cop. Bless this man.

Worst MMA Hype

1. *TIE* Conor McGregor in general [1] (3.03)
1. *TIE* Eddie Alvarez insisting he's undefeated in 2021 after getting the poo poo kicked out of him twice [1] (3.03)
1. *TIE* Cheyanne Buys threatening Montserrat Ruiz that she’ll “follow u home, bitch”, having lost the fight after spending roughly 14 minutes stuck in scarf hold position [1] (3.03)



Conor’s lost his spark, Alvarez is delusional, and Buys just wanted someone to hold her tight that wasn’t JP.

Most Overhyped and Underperformed

1. *TIE* UFC 269 - Amanda Nunes [1] (3.03)
1. *TIE* UFC 257 - Conor McGregor [1] (3.03)
3. *TIE* Anthony Pettis (2.02)
3. *TIE* UFC on ABC 1 - Calvin Kattar (2.02)



As detailed in the Upset of the Year entry, Amanda Nunes was an unstoppable wrecking machine. She hadn’t lost in years, she’d beaten every single woman that had ever held a UFC title at both Bantam and Featherweight. She was a -1125 favorite to win. And she just didn’t.

Conor McGregor was more polite going into his UFC 257 rematch with Dustin Poirier, but he still had to throw out some trash talk. Conor claimed he would win in 60 seconds. Instead, he got his legs chewed up with calf kicks and was finished by strikes for the first time in his career in the 2nd round.

Comedy in MMA

1. UFC 264 - Conor McGregor sitting on the ground with a broken leg, hurling insults at Dustin Poirier [3] (9.09)
2. UFC 264 - Tai Tuivasa doing shoeys, hollering, having a great time [1] (5.05)
3. *TIE* UFC 261 - Chris Weidman breaks his leg like how he broke Anderson Silva’s leg [1] (3.03)
3. *TIE* UFC 268 - Chris Barnett doing flips and making the most of his time in the spotlight after his cool KO win [1] (3.03)



“YER WOIFE’S IN ME DMS!” screeched the horrible little goblin man, his foot flopping at a jaunty angle.

Schadenfreude in MMA

1. UFC 264 - Conor McGregor sitting on the ground with a broken leg, hurling insults at Dustin Poirier [4] (12.12)
2. Conor McGregor in general [1] (5.05)
3. UFC 261 - Jorge Masvidal claims Kamaru Usman has no punching power, gets knocked out for just the 2nd time in his career, having gone 13 years without being stopped via strikes (4.04)



his foot went funny, lol

Best Social Media Presence

1. @AngieOverkill - Angela Hill [2] (6.06)
2. @TheBeast_UFC - Derrick Lewis [1] (5.05)
3. *TIE* @JonnyBones - Jon Jones [1] (3.03)
3. *TIE* @StyleBender - Israel Adesanya [1] (3.03)

Whether she’s calling out neckbeards for being literal under-the-bridge dwelling trolls, creating egg-art, or giving betting advice as Angie A. Smith, Angela Hill is hilarious online.

2022 Predictions

quote:

ROIDTECH

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Five UFC title changes, one high-profile departure for Bellator, Demetrious Johnson retires

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Dana White will book a match to decide an interim interim titleholder

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- max's chin will finally crack and it will be a sad decline
- fighters will begin getting charged to rent octagon time for their fights, no serious efforts will be made to push back against this
- aj mckee continues whomping people to perhaps just my own delight
- there shall be no more superfight/champ-champ fights in 2022

quote:

--At least 3 other name UFC fighters will try to box Jake Paul, and because Jake is on Tour de France-level gear they will all lose
--Francis Ngannou will be released after the Gane fight as a casualty of the CAA/WME row
--Gaethje beats Oliveira
--As much as we love him as champ, Glover is violently defeated by Jiri
--Jon Jones gets arrested again
--Valerie Loureda finally fulfills her social media wish, becomes a WAG of an NFL player (as to whom, I predict it'll be either Chase Claypool or one of the Bengals' WRs)
--Rose ends the year 115 champ
--Joanna comes back at FlyW and takes Shev to a decision

LobsterMobster fucked around with this message at 16:10 on Jan 20, 2022

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LobsterMobster
Oct 29, 2009

"I was being quiet and trying to be a good boy but he dialed the right combination to open the throw-down vault and it was on."

"Walter Foxx is ten times brighter than your bulb at the bottom of the tree merry xmas"


Past Results!

Fighter of the Year

2013: Chris Weidman
2014: Robbie Lawler
2015: Conor McGregor
2016: Cody Garbrandt
2017: Max Holloway
2018: Daniel Cormier
2019: Israel Adesanya
2020: Deiveson Figureirdo
2021: Charles Oliveira

PSP's Favorite Fighter

2013: Mark Hunt
2014: Mark Hunt
2015: Mark Hunt
2016: Mark Hunt
2017: Demetrious Johnson
2018: Max Holloway
2019: Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie)
2020: Dustin Poirier
2021: Max Holloway

Fight of the Year

2013: UFC Fight Night 33 – Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
2014: UFC 171 – Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler
2015: UFC 189 – Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
2016: UFC 206 - Cub Swanson vs Doo Ho Choi
2017: UFC 218 - Eddie Alvarez vs Justin Gaethje
2018: UFC Fight Night 139 - Yair Rodriguez vs Chan Sung Jung
2019: UFC 236 - Kelvin Gastelum vs Israel Adesanya
2020: UFC 248 - Weili Zhang vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk
20221: UFC Vegas 25 - Jiri Prochazka vs Dominick Reyes

Worst Fight of the Year

2017: UFC 209 - Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson 2
2018: UFC 226 - Derrick Lewis vs Francis Ngannou
2019: UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ 9 - Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou
2020: UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ 36 - Colby Covington vs Tyron Woodley
2021: UFC 261 - Uriah Hall vs Chris Weidman

Performance of the Year

2015: UFC 193 – Holly Holm def. Ronda Rousey
2016: UFC 206 - Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz
2017: UFC 218 - Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo 2
2018: UFC 232 - Amanda Nunes vs Cris Cyborg
2019: UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2 - Charles Oliviera (vs David Teymur)
2020: UFC 249 - Justin Gaethje vs Tony Ferguson
2021: UFC on ABC 1 - Max Holloway vs Calvin Kattar

Knockout of the Year

2013: UFC 162 – Chris Weidman KO Anderson Silva
2014: UFC Fight Night 52 – Mark Hunt KO Roy Nelson
2015: UFC 194 – Conor McGregor KO Jose Aldo [Punches]
2016*TIE*: UFC 206 - Lando Vannata KO Jon Makdessi (Spinning wheel kick)
2016*TIE*: UFC 199 - Dan Henderson KO Hector Lombard (Back elbow)
2017: UFC 219 - Francis Ngannou KO Alistair Overeem (Uppercut)
2018: UFC Fight Night 139 - Yair Rodriguez vs Chan Sung Jung (Upwards Elbow)
2019: UFC 239 - Jorge Masvidal KO Ben Askren (Flying knee)
2020: UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ 37 - Joaquin Buckley vs Impa Kasanganay (Spinning Back Kick)
2021: UFC Vegas 18 - Cory Sandhagen vs Frankie Edgar (Flying knee)

Submission of the Year

2013: UFC 164 – Anthony Pettis SUB Benson Henderson via Armbar
2014: UFC Fight Night 49 – Ben Saunders SUB Chris Heatherly via Omoplata
2015: UFC 186 – Demetrious Johnson SUB Kyoji Horiguchi [Armbar]
2016: UFC on Fox 18 - Ben Rothwell SUB Josh Barnett (Gogo choke)
2017: UFC 216 - Demetrious Johnson SUB Ray Borg (Suplex armbar)
2018 *TIE*: UFC 228 - Aljamain Sterling SUB Cody Stamann (Kneebar)
2018 *TIE*: UFC 228 - Zabit Magomedshapirov SUB Brandon Davis (Kneebar)
2019: UFC on ESPN 7 - Bryce Mitchell SUB Matt Sayles (Twister)
2020: Bellator 253 - AJ McKee SUB Darrion Caldwell (Neck Crank)
2021: UFC 265 - Vicente Luque SUB Michael Chiesa (D’arce choke)

Best Major Show

2013: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2
2014: UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso
2015: UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor
2016: UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor
2017: UFC 217: Bisping vs St-Pierre
2018: UFC 229: Nurmagomedov vs McGregor
2019: UFC 236: Holloway vs Poirier 2
2020: UFC 249
2021: UFC 261

Worst Major Show

2013: UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson
2014: UFC Fight Night 36: Machida vs. Mousasi
2015: UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier
2016: Bellator 149: Shamrock vs Gracie 3
2017: UFC 208 - Holm vs De Randamie
2018: Golden Boy MMA 1 - Ortiz vs Liddell 3
2019: UFC 240: Holloway vs Edgar
2020: Bellator 237
2021: UFC Vegas 43 - Vieira vs Tate

Round of the Year

2013: UFC on Fuel 8 – Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann ~ Round 1
2014: UFC Fight Night 40 – Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva ~ Round 1
2015: UFC 187 – Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne ~ Round 1
2016: UFC 206 - Cub Swanson vs Doo Ho Choi ~ Round 2
2017*TIE*: TUF 25 Finale - Michael Johnson vs Justin Gaethje ~ Round 2
2017*TIE*: UFC Fight Night 120 - Dustin Poirier vs Anthony Pettis ~ Round 2
2018: UFC 229 - Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis ~ Round 2
2019: UFC 239 - Israel Adesanya vs Kelvin Gastelum ~ Round 5
2020: UFC 256 - Deivison Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno ~ Round 5
2021: UFC 266 - Merab Dvalishvili vs Marlon Moraes ~ Round 1

Breakout Fighter of the Year

2013: Chris Weidman
2014: Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw
2015: Holly Holm
2016: Cody Garbrandt
2017*TIE*: Francis Ngannou
2017*TIE*: Robert Whittaker
2018: Israel Adesanya
2019: Jorge Masvidal
2020: Kevin Holland
2021: Jiri Prochazka

Most Improved

2013: Robbie Lawler
2014: Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw
2015: Holly Holm
2016: Michael Bisping
2017: Rose Namajunas
2018: Henry Cejudo
2019: Jorge Masvidal
2020: Jan Blachowicz
2021: Glover Texeira

Upset of the Year

2013: UFC 162 – Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva
2014: UFC 173 – TJ Dillashaw def. Renan Barão
2015: UFC 193 – Holly Holm def. Ronda Rousey
2016: UFC 199 - Michael Bisping def. Luke Rockhold
2017: UFC 217 - Rose Namajunas vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk
2018: UFC 227 - Henry Cejudo vs Demetrious Johnson
2019: UFC Fight Night 143: Henry Cejudo def. TJ Dillashaw
2020: UFC 246 - Roxanne Modafferi vs Maycee Barber
2021: UFC 269 - Julianna Pena vs Amanda Nunes

Comeback of the Year

2020: UFC on ESPN+ 32 - Derrick Lewis vs Alexei Oleinyk
2021: UFC 262 - Charles Oliveira vs Michael Chandler

Best Division

2013: Lightweight
2014: Welterweight
2015: Welterweight
2016: Lightweight
2017: Men's Featherweight
2018: Lightweight
2019: Men's Featherweight
2020: Men’s Lightweight
2021: Lightweight

Worst Booking Decision

2013: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
2014: Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado
2015 *TIE*: UFC books Jon Jones, Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort in main events after failing pre-fight drug tests, with all results being withheld until after their fights or longer for reasons no one can seem to explain.
2015 *TIE*: WSoF books a rematch of disabled retiree Matt Hamill vs shitlord Thiago Silva, who had previously had one of the worst fights of all time. After a late injury Hamill is replaced by unknown Teddy Holder who was scheduled to fight on the undercard who proceeded to KO shitlord Thiago Silva.
2016: RIZIN FF throws a grandma in against Gabi Garcia
2017: UFC Women's Featherweight division
2018: Chuck Liddell unretires to face Tito Ortiz
2019: Tito Ortiz vs Alberto El Patron (Combate Americas 51)
2020: Tyron Woodley vs Colby Covington being booked years after it was relevant or worthwhile
2021: UFC 261 allowing 15,000 people into an arena during an ongoing global pandemic

Dumbest Career Move

2013: Cyborg hires - of course - Tito Ortiz as her manager
2014: CM Punk joins the UFC & trains at Roufusport
2015: Jon Jones' wild night
2016: JON JONES
2017: JON JONES
2018: JON JONES
2019: TJ Dillashaw
2020: Jon Jones doing a lot of dumb stuff (breaking quarantine, aligning with a right wing militia, etc.)
2021: Cody Garbrandt taking his already shaky chin and dehydrating down to Flyweight

Award for Refereeing Incompetence

2013: TFC 26 – White vs. Babcock – Rusty Sullivan watches a KO and doesn't call off the fight.
2014: RFA 14 – Tom Johnson allows fight to continue after Junior Maranhao collapses unconscious between rounds and is revived.
2015: UFC-FN 62 – Leandro Silva vs. Drew Dober – Eduardo Herdy calls a submission victory for Silva from a guillotine that Silva did not have sunk in and had already given up on while Dober was clearly still conscious and had not tapped.
2016*TIE*: UFC FN 85 - Neil Magny vs Hector Lombard. Referee Steve Percival for not stopping the fight during the second round despite Magny landing around 100 unanswered shots
2016*TIE*: EFN 50 - Fedor Emelianenko vs Fabio Maldonado. Fedor's hand picked referee for not stopping the fight in the first round
2017: UFC 210: Gegard Mousasi vs Chris Weidman. Dan Miragliotta stops the fight for a perceived illegal knee. Dan isn't allowed to check the replay, but is told the knee was legal. Weidman is given a five minute recovery period, then declared to have lost via TKO
2018: UFC Fight Night 136: Khalid Murtazaliev vs CB Dolloway. Herb Dean letting Clarence Byron Dollaway get punched a million times on the ground without moving, letting the round end, then telling CB that if he doesn't get up, he would stop the fight
2019: UFC Fight Night 161: Joanna vs Waterson - Andrew Glenn, for not stopping the fight on 5 different occasions in Mike Davis vs Thomas Gifford
2020: Jason Herzog, not stopping the Smith vs Texeira fight sooner & role in the Daniels/Stanonik DQ
2021: Al Guiney letting Jamahal Hill’s flop around brokenly far too long

Award for Judging Incompetence

2013: UFC on Fuel 8 – Diego Sanchez vs. Takanori Gomi ~ Two Judges score for Sanchez
2014: UFC Fight Night 42 – Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson ~ Two Judges score for Sanchez
2015: UFC-FN 59 – Cathal Pendred vs. Sean Spencer ~ Unanimous Decision for Pendred
2016: EFN 50 - Fedor Emelianenko vs Fabio Maldonado. Two judges score first round only as 10-9 for Fabio, and give fight overall to Fedor
2017: UFC Fight Night 103 - Joe Lauzon vs Marcin Held, Two judges score it 29-28 for Lauzon, a decision even Joe disputes
2018: UFC 227 - Henry Cejudo vs Demetrious Johnson. Two judges score the fight 48-47 for Cejudo
2019: UFC Fight Night 146: Lewis vs dos Santos - 2 Judges give Round 3 to Blagoy Ivanov (vs Ben Rothwell)
2020: Nunes vs Spencer not having more than one round scored a 10-8
2021: Ron McCarthy scoring the fight 29-28 for Sterling prior to the foul, UFC 259

Worst Coaching Gameplan of the Year

2020: UFC 246 - Letting Maycee Barber continue to fight despite clearly having a damaged knee
2021: UFC 259 - Petr Yan’s corner yelling “Yes, kick him!” while Sterling was on his knees

Foul of the Year

2014: Every Fight – Jon Jones eye gouges EVERYONE!
2015: ONE-FC 28 – Ze Wu's acrobatic testicle stomp
2016: Bellator 149 - Royce Gracie's non-called knee to the groin
2017: UFC 208 - Germaine de Randamie, Late Punches After the Bell
2018: UFC 222 - Hector Lombard lands late punches, knocks out CB Dolloway and loses by disqualification
2019: UFC on ESPN 6: Reyes vs Weidman - Greg Hardy using an inhaler between rounds without permission from the commission
2020: Raymond Daniels, spinning backick to opponents groin
2021: UFC 259 - Petr Yan’s knee to the head of a grounded Aljamain Sterling

Best Insult/Trash Talk Line

2019*TIE*: Angela Hill mocking Greg Hardy vs Ben Sosoli (saying "Hardy's police report had more significant strikes recorded than that fight")
2019*TIE*: Israel Adesanya mocking Jon Jones' hit & run following win at UFC 243
2020: "If I wanted a black belt I'd wrap my dick around my waist" - Israel Adesanya (after KO'ng Paolo Costa)
2021: “Karma’s not a bitch, it’s a mirror” - Dustin Poirier to a broken legged Conor McGregor, UFC 264

Best Post-Fight Interview

2013: UFC on Fuel TV 8 – Mark Hunt
2014: Bellator 121 – James Thompson
2015: UFC on Fox 17 – Nate Diaz
2016: UFC 196 - Nate Diaz
2017: UFC 210 - Daniel Cormier
2018: UFC 229 - Derrick Lewis
2019: None (forgot to be included, blame Mekchu)
2020: Wallid Ismail speaking on behalf of Deiveson Figueiredo
2021: UFC Vegas 45 - Derrick Lewis throws his cup to the crowd, proclaims he doesn’t want to get Rodney King’d

Worst MMA Hype

2019: UFC 245 - Chase Hooper saying he's going to M&M World
2020: UFC focusing on Aniah Blanchard's murder in an attempt to promote Walt Harris' upcoming fight
2021: *TIE* Conor McGregor
2021: *TIE* Eddie Alvarez insisting he's undefeated in 2021 after getting the poo poo kicked out of him twice
2021: *TIE* "i'll follow u home, bitch" - cheyenne buys to monserrat ruiz, having lost the fight while being stuck in scarfhold for roughly 99% of the bout.
2021: *TIE* Claressa Shields in general

Most Overhyped/Underperformed

2013: Alistair Overeem
2014: Renan Barão
2015: Ronda Rousey
2016: Ronda Rousey
2017: Conor McGregor
2018: Conor McGregor
2019*TIE*: Greg Hardy
2019*TIE*: TJ Dillashaw
2019*TIE*: Colby Covington
2020: Dominick Reyes
2021: *TIE* Amanda Nunes
2021: *TIE* Conor McGregor claiming he was going to beat Dustin Poirier in less than 60 seconds, then proceeding to get beat the gently caress up and losing in round 2 - UFC 257, January 23rd 2021

Best Twitter Account

2013: @danawhite – Dana White
2014: @teamKhabib – Khabib Nurmagomedov
2017: @Thebeast_ufc - Derrick Lewis
2018: @Thebeast_ufc - Derrick Lewis
2019: @AngieOverkill - Angela Hill
2020: @AngieOverkill - Angela Hill
2021: @AngieOverkill - Angela Hill

Comedy in MMA

2015: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz – The fight. The drug failures. The trials. The dick pills. The prank call. Everything.
2016: Kimbo Slice vs Dada 5000
2017: Andrei Arlovski fights a giant baby in a diaper
2018: Everything surrounding UFC 223. Tony Ferguson tears his knee while wearing sunglasses indoors, Khabib confronts Artem Lobov in a hotel, Conor flies to New York to throw a hand truck at a bus, NYSAC weighs Al Iaquinta's underpants
2019: Johnny Walker injuring his arm in his UFC 235 celebration (UFC 235)
2020: Tara La Rosa's whole 2020, losing her home in a trailer fire, aligning with the Proud Boys organization then later getting kicked out for attempting to form a female version called Proud Girls
2021: Conor sitting with a broken ankle, fighting back angry tears while screaming incoherent insults at an indifferent Poirier who is leaving victorious with his wife - UFC 264

MMA Schadenfreude of the Year

2016: UFC 207 - Ronda Rousey vs Amanda Nunes
2017: JON JONES
2018: UFC 229 - Conor McGregor conducts a whisky-fueled media campaign against Khabib, his father, and his manager. Khabib drops Conor with a punch, then submits him. Khabib leaps the fence to attack Conor's cornerman, while Khabib's friends fight Conor inside the cage.
2019: UFC 245 - Colby Covington losing to Kamaru Usman via TKO after months/years of MAGA style poo poo talk
2020: Tara La Rosa getting kicked out of the Proud Boys for attempting to form an all female wing
2021: Conor sitting with a broken ankle, fighting back angry tears while screaming incoherent insults at an indifferent Poirier who is leaving victorious with his wife - UFC 264

CommonShore
Jun 6, 2014

A true renaissance man




Thanks for doing the work, LobsterMobster! I enjoy the results even if participation is low. Next year I'll make a point of hollering more at people and browbeating everyone to submit ballots.

CarlCX
Dec 14, 2003



This rules rear end and you rule rear end for doing it. Holloway simultaneously yelling at the commentary team and slipping punches he wasn't even looking at will long remain the craziest poo poo I've ever seen.

graph
Nov 22, 2006

aaag peanuts



CarlCX posted:

This rules rear end and you rule rear end for doing it. Holloway simultaneously yelling at the commentary team and slipping punches he wasn't even looking at will long remain the craziest poo poo I've ever seen.

just looked this up and holy gently caress

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Would you be my new best friends?



Great work Lobster, and a really good read. I'll do my best to keep better track of stuff for my ballot next year, I ended up having to leave half of mine blank because I simply didn't recall anything that fit some particular categories.

CarlCX posted:

Holloway simultaneously yelling at the commentary team and slipping punches he wasn't even looking at will long remain the craziest poo poo I've ever seen.

Absolute king poo poo, just the best.

CommonShore
Jun 6, 2014

A true renaissance man




Jerusalem posted:

Great work Lobster, and a really good read. I'll do my best to keep better track of stuff for my ballot next year, I ended up having to leave half of mine blank because I simply didn't recall anything that fit some particular categories.

Absolute king poo poo, just the best.

For keeping track, whenever anything interesting happens, post in the nomination thread even if you're not sure what for or you're not sure if it'll actually be able to win. That's also a good way to let people know that osmething cool happened.

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Would you be my new best friends?



That's how I was able to complete the half I did fill out! :)

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PONEYBOY
Jul 31, 2013



This is always a really cool read, thanks for doing it. I started filling it out while watching Kattar-Chikadzee last weekend but around the halfway mark I realised I'd been including kickboxing and muay thai and didn't want to redo all the answers.

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