UFC End of the Year Awards 2015
It’s the end of the year and with that comes award season. Here’s my picks for UFC’s best of awards.
Fight of the Year- Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald II
In a year filled with amazing fights Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald delivered a performance that will live on forever. The icon image of these two standing face to face at the end of the fourth round, will be unforgettable for everyone that watched that fight. Not only was this fight one of the bloodiest fights this sport has ever seen, but it had all the makings of a classic. Amazing stand up exchanges, back and forth momentum shifts and a champ finishing the fight when he was down in the cards. Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald both lost years of their lives in this fight, no doubt about it. When Lawler spit out a mist of blood and stared down the emotionless Rory MacDonald I knew this fight was destined to be Fight of the Year and nothing was about to come close to the massive bar this fight set.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson
Gustafsson was on the losing end of the two greatest 205 pound title fights. His split decision loss against Daniel Cormier was the definition of mixed martial arts that showcased every aspect of the sport.
Knockout of the Year- Holly Holm knocks out Ronda Rousey
In what was dubbed the “KO Heard Round the World” Holly Holm kicked Ronda Rousey into unconsciousness. What made this the knockout of the year is the aura of invincibility that the media and Rousey herself built around her. Rousey was at the top of the world, appearing all over the talk show circuit and convincing the world over that she was unbeatable. Then Holm shows up, picks her apart with left hand straights to the face making Rousey look mortal in the first round. The second round starts and Rousey makes a desperate lounge and leaves herself open to Holms left high kick. The photo of Holms left foot striking Rousey’s face become iconic and lands it’s spot as the KO of the Year.
Honorable Mention: Stephen Thompson spinning wheel kicks Jake Ellensberger. What’s crazy is that he hit Ellenberger with two spinning wheel kicks in one fight.
Submission of the Year: Ronda Rousey’s 14 second arm bar.
Cat Zingano finally got her chance to fight Rousey for the title and man did she not make the most of it. The fight started and Zingano rushed at Rousey. They fall to the ground and Rousey rolls and locks in an unconventional arm bar. This fight showcased Rousey’s absolutely phenomenal ground game. Her ability to convert an arm bar out nowhere while she tumbles around was insane.
Honorable Mention: Fabricio Werdum guillotine chokes Cain Velasquez
All it took was two and a half rounds for Werdum to sink in a guillotine choke on the gassed Velasquez and secure the Heavyweight Championship.
Fighter of the Year- “ The Notorious” Conor McGregor
McGregor started the year facing Dennis Siver and ended it with the Featherweight Belt around his waist. McGregor’s popularity exploded this year to unpredictable levels. When people said he talked his way to a title shot and never faced a real wrestler, he shut them up by knocking out Chad Mendes. He then spent the next few months trashing Jose Aldo with some of the most straightforward trash talk in MMA. Then delivered on everything he said by knocking out Aldo in 13 seconds, who hadn’t lost in 10 years.
He blew away Fox Sports 1 ratings numbers. Dominated MMA news cycles and even broke into the mainstream media. As divisive as he is, McGregor brings in the numbers and backs up every word he says. With Ronda Rousey falling to the wayside 2015 is the year of McGregor.
Honorable Mention: Holly Holm
A perfect 3-0 year and the decimation of the once “invincible” Ronda Rousey. Yeah that’s a pretty good year.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/11970-2/https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/501171956.jpg?fit=1024%2C657&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/501171956.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AnalysisCombat SportsMMARecent PostsAwards,Cat Zingano,Conor McGregor,Holly Holm,Jose Aldo,MMA,Robbie Lawler,ronda rousey,Rory MacDon,UFCIt's the end of the year and with that comes award season. Here's my picks for UFC’s best of awards. Fight of the Year- Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald II In a year filled with amazing fights Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald delivered a performance that will live on forever. The...Michael GomezMichael Gomezmichaelgom3@gmail.comEditorMichael Gomez grew up on a healthy diet of sports and video games and has continued to enjoy both throughout his life. A student of California State University Channel Islands, Michael is majoring in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis. Naturally the combined interests in writing and sports lead to his involvement in sports media. When he's not meticulously following the NBA season, he's working on his fiction story, playing video games or enjoying a bite to eat. Follow him on twitter @MichaelGom3MyFantasySportsTalk