The 2017 Heavies Awards - Fighter of the Year - Winner: Robert Whittaker

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Who is the 2017 Fighter of the Year?

Poll closed Jan 22, 2018.
  1. Demetrious Johnson

    11.8%
  2. Max Holloway

    32.8%
  3. Robert Whittaker

    35.0%
  4. Rose Namajunas

    9.6%
  5. Volkan Oezdemir

    2.9%
  6. Other

    8.0%
  1. MMACroatia

    MMACroatia Brown Belt

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    Max Holloway totally.
     
  2. Chris John

    Chris John He's got festing black lungs.

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    Another vote for Whittaker here.
    2 very tough guys back to back.
     
  3. Kung Fu Tze

    Kung Fu Tze Skin that Smokewagon !!! Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    They all had amazing years... Went with the dark horse.. Volkan. Guy destroyed ranked fighters to get a title shot in 2018.
     
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  4. fortheo

    fortheo Gold Belt

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    But he was taken down multiple times. Why do people keep saying he stuffed ALL his takedowns?
     
  5. Kinger85

    Kinger85 Gold Belt

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    Holloway get my vote.

    Horiguchi should be on the honorable mention list IMO. I personally have him way ahead of Rose, Volkan, and Felder
     
  6. Candy Routure

    Candy Routure Brown Belt

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  7. jei

    jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator Senior Moderator Administrator

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    I agree completely, and I'll remedy that. He might not have beaten the top of top fighters, but he did beat five fighters this year.

    There we are.
     
  8. Rea_ctor

    Rea_ctor Brown Belt

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    Where my Conor, he schooled Maywedda for 4 round, he's my man.
     
  9. krjayhawk79

    krjayhawk79 Purple Belt

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    No Conor? He went toe to toe with Mayweather for 10 rounds AND did not lose a single MMA fight all year! I kid, I kid.


    I don't want to take anything away from knocking out the FW GOAT twice in one year but for me I have to go with Robert Whittaker. I thought Souza would murder him...nope. Romero for sure was going to murder him...nope. The guy just keeps surprising me and winning big fights.
     
  10. Buff

    Buff Trash Belt Degenerate

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    I got Whittaker... Those were 2 enormous and unexpected wins.
     
  11. tjumper78

    tjumper78 Brown Belt

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    whittaker gets my vote because he defeated jacare and yoel.
     
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  12. Rampage_Jackson

    Rampage_Jackson Black Belt

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    Because when you are fighting a world class wrestler and stuff more than you are taken down its impressive and as time goes on people begin to use hyperbole and remember certain details of fights. Sure, he didn't literally stuff every single takedown but on that night his defensive wrestling was better than Yoel's offensive wrestling which is astounding. Plus he did it on a bum knee.
     
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  13. OMGstreetfight

    OMGstreetfight I like money

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    This is a tough choice. Jesus...

    Rose or Whittaker........ Why do I have to choose????
     
  14. Gambit MMA

    Gambit MMA Black Belt

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    love rob but went w holloway...beating aldo 2x is impressive
     
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    Ozze Black Belt

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    Jacaré and Romero to win the belt.

    Can't top that.
     
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    Kymbo White Belt

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    Whittaker.
    As many have said already, beating jacare and Romero back to back is impressive.
     
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    grinderman Gentlemen, this is democracy manifest!

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  18. fartsniffer

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    Jon Jones.
     
  19. Miiiiiiighty

    Miiiiiiighty Silver Belt

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    Whittaker for me.
    Then N'Gannou
     
  20. IsNormal

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    1. Volkan - Comet career of the year. First UFC fight in February 2017. God damn, he OSP, Cirkunov and Manuwa in 6 months :eek:

    2. Whittaker - Jacare and Romero is about as close to it gets as two solid wins

    3. Holloway

    4. TJ - just 1 fight but it was the best grudge match of the year. Fought against his entire former team. Bonus points for being serious about challenging Mighty Mouse.

    5. Rose - upset of the year. NO ONE thought she would finish Joanna, who was looking pretty dominant. Also a neat moral victory. Watterson is also a decent win.

    6. I hate to say it, but Woodley is one of the most active champs and completely nullified the game of the top contenders Maia and Wonderboy.

    7. Francis

    8. MM has had a great career, but I don't think this year was anything exceptional just cause he hit the record title defenses. (That's not an accomplishment of this year in particular that's been built up) One of the best subs of the year though
     

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