Fighter of the Year?

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  1. delbosque

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    For the sake of argument, I am assuming the following:

    1. Each of the fighters listed herein will win their next fight.

    2. "Fighter of the Year" for 2013 will include the results of the December 14 UFC On Fox 9 card, which includes Pettis v. Thomson and Brown v. Condit.

    3. Results from the December 29, 2012, UFC 155 card (featuring JDS v. Velasquez II) will be included in the analysis for Fighter of the Year for 2013.

    All of this being stipulated to, let's get to the nominees and their resumes....

    Cain Velasquez
    Dec. 29, 2012: Defeats JDS via UD, wins title
    May 25, 2013: Defeats Antonio Silva via KO/TKO, defends title
    Oct. 19, 2013: Beats JDS, defends title

    Junior Dos Santos
    Dec. 29, 2012: Loses to Velasquez via UD, loses title
    May 25, 2013: Defeats Mark Hunt via KO/TKO
    Oct. 19, 2013: Defeats Cain, wins title

    Jon Jones
    Apr. 27, 2013: Defeats Chael Sonnen via TKO, defends title
    Sep. 21, 2013: Defeats Alexander Gustaffson via UD, defends title

    Chris Weidman
    Jul. 6, 2013: Defeats Anderson Silva via TKO, wins title

    Georges St. Pierre
    Mar. 16, 2013: Defeats Nick Diaz via UD, defends title
    Nov. 16, 2013: Defeats Johny Hendricks, defends title

    Johny Hendricks
    Mar. 16, 2013: Defeats Carlos Condit via UD
    Nov. 16, 2013: Defeats GSP, wins title

    Matt Brown
    Apr. 20, 2013: Defeats Jordan Mein via TKO
    Aug. 17, 2013: Defeats Mike Pyle via KO
    Dec. 14, 2013: Defeats Carlos Condit

    Anthony Pettis
    Jan. 26, 2013: Defeats Donald Cerrone via TKO
    Aug. 31, 2013: Defeats Benson Henderson via submission, wins title
    Dec. 14, 2013: Defeats Josh Thomson, defends title

    Jose Aldo
    Feb. 2, 2013: Defeats Frankie Edgar via UD, defends title
    Aug. 3, 2013: Defeats Chan Sung-Jung via TKO, defends title

    Renan Barao
    Feb. 16, 2013: Defeats Michael McDonald via submission, defends interim title
    Sep. 21, 2013: Defeats Eddie Wineland via KO/TKO, defends interim title

    Demetrious Johnson
    Jan. 26, 2013: Defeats John Dodson via decision, defends title
    Jul. 26, 2013: Defeats John Moraga via submission, defends title

    Now let's get into the general criteria for determining Fighter of the Year....

    1. Number of wins. Normally, a Fighter of the Year tends to have at least three wins in a calendar year. This year's a bit different, however, so I won't cut those with only two wins. One win is not enough to make Weidman Fighter of the Year, however. He's cut. JDS, even if he beats Cain, still has a loss to Cain in the same calendar year. Cut.

    2. Quality wins. Matt Brown's been doing well, but only beating gatekeepers. Even a win over Condit likely won't put him over the top. Cut. GSP = too many decisions. Cut.

    3. Wow factor. Jones's, Aldo's, and Johnson's wins this year have been pretty workmanlike. Cut.

    This leaves Cain, Hendricks, Pettis, and Barao as our potential fighters of the year. Barao is done for the year with only two wins. If Hendricks beats GSP, he also will have only two wins, but they will be over Condit and GSP. Extremely impressive. If Cain and Pettis each win their next fight, they will have both won a title and defended the title against quality opponents.

    Who ends up Fighter of the Year? Have at it.
     
  2. BrainLeakage

    BrainLeakage Red Belt

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    If Cain/Pettis wins their next fight in 2013, I'd choose one of them. Probably Cain, first.
     
  3. Westbrick

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    Brown, Pettis or Cain.
     
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    Pettis, though Weidman would hold 2 wins over Silva, which will probably get him awards. IMO, winning over a variety of opponents is more impressive due to match-ups.
     
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    If Weidman defends his belt on the 28th Dec, I really can't give it to anyone but him. If not Pettis I think would make most sense.
     
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    i believe in eli
     
  7. Cyantist

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    Weidman if he wins (two silva wins holy fuck) or Pettis if he wins.

    Pettis returns from injury, gets a good win that earns him a title shot, opts for a lower weight class title, gets injured, looks like his chances of title shot are ruined, heals quickly and returns to win the title, then goes on to defend it against a very very good contender.
     
  8. 5H3RD0G

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    Pettis, Hendricks, and the HW's for me so far depending on outcomes of course.
     
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    Hard not to give it to Weidman. A knockout win over the middleweight goat goes a long way.
     
  10. The5thgod

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    I'd say Pettis if he beats Thompson.
     
  11. ayiio

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    The answer is obviously Chael Sonnen .
     
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  13. youngda9

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    Cain if he wins. Then pettis if he wins. Finally Hendrix if he manages deliver via GPS.
     
  14. Non

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    If Pettis beats Thomson, then its him.
     
  15. Killroy

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    I hate to say it because I don't really like the guy but Pettis
     
  16. L0ki

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    No one really stands out.

    Pettis might have a slight edge.


    They should really go Pride style and get people to fighting 4 times a year.


    Top guys with 1, maybe 2 fights a year?
     
  17. delbosque

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    Weidman doesn't fight Silva until late December. Fighter of the Year will already be given out by then. Weidman-Silva II has to count toward 2014, not 2013. That makes Weidman's odds much lower.
     
  18. giovanni002

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    Prolly Pettis, he's a strong contender for fighter OTY
     
  19. Free_MMAson

    Free_MMAson Banned Banned

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    No mention of Conor McGregor? What kinda fekking shite is this?
     
  20. TM

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    Grappling with strippers doesn't improve your rankings that much?
     

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