The 2018 Heavies Awards - Breakout Fighter of the Year - WINNER: Israel Adesanya

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Breakout Fighter of the Year?

Poll closed Jan 9, 2019.
  1. Aaron Pico

    8.3%
  2. Anthony Smith

    11.1%
  3. Israel Adesanya

    60.7%
  4. Ray Cooper III

    1.7%
  5. Tatiana Suarez

    3.9%
  6. Zabit Magomedsharipov

    14.4%
  1. jei

    jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    The 2018 Heavies Awards - Breakout Fighter of the Year
    Welcome to the 2018 Heavies Awards! Last year's went great, so let's do it again. This time, fewer categories, so make them count!

    These are some fighters largely considered to be up for Breakout Fighter of the Year - they have managed to create decent buzz around themselves in the media, and coupled that buzz with some top wins. They've managed to use 2018 to rise through the ranks quickly and become their divisions' premier fighters. There have been plenty of excellent moments and great stories this year, but it's up to you to see who wins!

    You have one vote, and voting will be open for five days! Be sure to tell us why you voted for who you did! Thanks for voting!


    Nominees
    Aaron Pico: 4-1, 3-0 in 2018
    Bellator
    Wins in 2018: Shane Krutchen (TKO), Lee Morrison (TKO), Leandro Higo (TKO), Totaling 5:06 of Cage Time
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    Anthony Smith: 31-13, 3-1 in 2018
    UFC

    Wins in 2018: Rashad Evans (KO), Mauricio Rua (KO), Volkan Oezdemir (Sub)
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    Israel Adesanya: 15-0, 4-0 UFC
    UFC

    Wins in 2018: Rob Wilkinson (TKO), Marvin Vettori (SD), Brad Tavares (UD), Derek Brunson (TKO)
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    Ray Cooper III: 17-6, 4-1 in 2018
    PFL

    Wins in 2018: Jake Shields (TKO), Pavel Kusch (TKO), Jake Shields again (TKO), Handesson Ferreira (TKO), PFL WW Tourney Semifinalist
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    Tatiana Suarez: 7-0, 2-0 in 2018
    UFC

    Wins in 2018: Alexa Grasso (Sub), Carla Esparza (TKO)
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    Zabit Magomedsharipov: 16-1, 2-0 in 2018
    UFC

    Wins in 2018: Kyle Bochniak (UD), Brandon Davis (Sub - Suloev Stretch)
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  2. BiGWHOMPS

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    Israel.

    He will claim gold in 2019.
     
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  3. europe1

    europe1 It´s a nice peninsula to Asia

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    Isn't it a bit strange to put Ray Cooper in there after he lost the finals to Magomedkerimov.
     
  4. VinceArch

    VinceArch Venom in the veins.

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    Israel or Tatiana IMO.
     
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    jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    I'd tend to agree since Magomedkerimov went 5-0 this year and beat Cooper in the finals, but people still don't know his name. The stories aren't really focused on Magomedkerimov winning, and instead about Cooper losing. It's really quite bizarre.
     
  6. Sweater of AV

    Sweater of AV Brown Belt

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    Hard to not say Israel.
     
  7. dawzz

    dawzz Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    I was about to say Colby but he weas 2017 breakthrough fighter . I would like to see him nominated for the fighter of the year tho.
     
  8. jei

    jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    I'm shocked you brought up Colby Covington in a thread that did not contain him at all. Shocked!

    Well not that shocked.
     
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    Should have been on the list
     
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  10. reddhelium

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    came down to israel and zabit for me. in the end, i voted israel.
     
  11. DougieJones

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    For me it came down to Pico / Stylebender. Went with Pico.
     
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    Got to be Israel. He went from a complete nobody to a legit top ten in A year, looking more impressive with each fight. Reminds me of Jones' meteoric rise.
     
  13. Espresso

    Espresso Khabib, "The mad, backwards kunt"

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    Pico, just because hes a beast
     
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    FrankieNYC "My balls was hot!" Platinum Member

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    Voting for Anthony Smith should be punishable by ban imo

    Picked Adesanya but was real close to picking Pico
     
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    I'll take Smith here, seeing he has accomplished the most, as he will be fighting Jon next.
     
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    Gotta be Adesanya
     
  18. jei

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    Volkan was ranked 2 and coming off a title fight, and Shogun was 8 when Smith beat them.

    Meanwhile, Brunson was 6 and Tavares was 8 when Adesanya schooled them.

    Smith did lose, but moved up in weight to turn into something else. Smith may potentially fight for a belt next, depending on what Jones does, whereas Adesanya still has to get through another fighter (Anderson Silva) for a title shot.

    It was a tough call.
     
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  19. EndlessCritic

    EndlessCritic Gold Belt

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    Tatiana Suarez won TUF in 2016. How on earth can she win breakout fighter of the year?

    For PFL, Schulte arguably deserves the nod more than any of the tournament winners.
     
  20. The Witcher

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    Adesanya went from UFC nobody in January 2018 to title contender by December 2018
     
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