The 2018 Heavies Awards - Fight of the Year - WINNER: Whittaker vs. Romero 2

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2018's Fight of the Year?

Poll closed Monday at 5:47 AM.
  1. Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero

    29.1%
  2. Chris Weidman vs Ronaldo Souza

    2.5%
  3. Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje

    15.8%
  4. Aung La N Sang vs Ken Hasegawa

    0.7%
  5. Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis

    13.5%
  6. Rory MacDonald vs Douglas Lima

    0.5%
  7. Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Kyle Bochniak

    1.2%
  8. Max Holoway vs Brian Ortega

    11.6%
  9. Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Santos

    4.2%
  10. Yair Rodriguez vs Chan Sung Jung

    14.3%
  11. Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

    4.9%
  12. Petr Yan vs Jin Soo Son

    0.2%
  13. Honorable Mention

    0.5%
  14. Other

    1.0%
  1. Inverse

    Inverse Ginger Belt Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    The 2018 Heavies Awards - Fight of the Year

    What a year 2018 was for MMA fights! There have been some amazing fights this year and as always it's hard to pick just a few to vote on, but I've done my best to narrow them down into a decent list with the help of various sources. If I've missed any, let me know.. I also had more GIFs but the limits 20 per post, so I've had to remove a few. :(

    Anyway, these are in no particular order.

    Voting will be open for 5 days from the opening of this thread, so get your votes in before the 14th.

    Thanks for voting!


    Nominees

    Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero II
    Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero SD RD 5:00 UFC 225

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    Ronaldo Souza vs Chris Weidman
    Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Weidman KO R3 2:46 UFC 230


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    Dustin Poirer vs Justin Gaethje
    Dustin Poirier def. Justin Gaethje TKO R4 0:33 UFC on Fox 29

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    Aung La N Sang vs Ken Hasegawa
    Aung La N Sang def. Ken Hasegawa KO R5 3:13

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    Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis
    Tony Ferguson def. Anthony Pettis TKO (Doctor Stoppage) R2 5:00 at UFC 229

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    Rory MacDonald vs Douglas Lima
    Rory MacDonald def. Douglas Lima vis UD R5 5:00 at Bellator 192

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    Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega
    Max Holloway def. Brian Ortega TKO (Doctor Stoppage) RD4 5:00 at UFC 231

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    Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Kyle Bochniak
    Zabit Maromedsharipov def. Kyle Bochniak UD R3 5:00 at UFC 223


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    Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Santos
    Thiago Santos def. Jimi Manuwa KO R2 0:41 at UFC 231


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    Yair Rodriguez vs Chan Sung Jung
    Yair Rodriguez def. Chan Sung Jung KO R5 4:59 UFC Fight Night 139


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    Peter Yan vs Jin Soo Son
    Peter Yan def. Jin Soo Son UD R3 5:00 at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Oliynyk


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    Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

    Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Conor McGregor SUB R4 3:03 at UFC 229


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    Honorable Mentions


    Rose Namajunas vs Joanna Jedzejzcyk II
    Rose Namajunas def. Joanna Jedzejzcyk UD at UFC 223

    Demetrious Johnson vs Henry Cejudo II
    Henry Cejudo def. Demetrious Johnson UD R3 5:00 at UFC Fight Night 127


    Calvin Kattor vs Shane Burgos

    Calvin Kattor def. Shane Burgos TKO RD3 0:32 at UFC 220

    Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov
    Derrick Lewis def. Alexander Volkov KO R3 0:41 at UFC 229

    Angela Lee vs Mei Yamaguchi
    Angela Lee def. Mei Yamaguchi UD R5 5:00 One Championship: Unstoppable Dreams

     
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  2. Inverse

    Inverse Ginger Belt Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero II
    Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero SD RD 5:00 UFC 225

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    Ronaldo Souza vs Chris Weidman

    Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Weidman KO R3 2:46 UFC 230

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    Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje
    Dustin Poirier def. Justin Gaethje TKO R4 0:33 UFC on Fox 29



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    Aung La N Sang vs Ken Hasegawa
    Aung La N Sang def. Ken Hasegawa KO R5 3:13

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    Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis

    Tony Ferguson def. Anthony Pettis TKO (Doctor Stoppage) R2 5:00 at UFC 229

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    Rory MacDonald vs Douglas Lima

    Rory MacDonald def. Douglas Lima vis UD R5 5:00 at Bellator 192

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    Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega
    Max Holloway def. Brian Ortega TKO (Doctor Stoppage) RD4 5:00 at UFC 231

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    Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Kyle Bochniak
    Zabit Maromedsharipov def. Kyle Bochniak UD R3 5:00 at UFC 223


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    Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Santos
    Thiago Santos def. Jimi Manuwa KO R2 0:41 at UFC 231


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    Yair Rodriguez vs Chan Sung Jung
    Yair Rodriguez def. Chan Sung Jung KO R5 4:59 UFC Fight Night 139



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  3. Cooliox

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    Tough year to call, but I had to go with Yair VS Korean Zombie

    24 minutes and 59 seconds of non stop action with lots of heart and technique both ways.

    At the final second of the fight, Yair came from behind to steal the fight with literally the final strike in the final Second of the fight, and that too a beautifully placed and timed duck-in uppercut back-elbow.

    When it happened and KZ went to the floor everyone was dumbfounded. We all had a WTF JUST HAPPENED look on our faces...from the announcers to the fans in the arena to us guys in the PBP thread.

    Took us time to process it because it was so unreal. Couldn't have scripted it better in Rocky movie.

    Yair VS KZ
    Fight of the year!
     
  4. FlloydMayweatherMMA

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    Petr Yan vs Jin Soo Son deserves a mention imo.
     
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  5. TheBWGOAT

    TheBWGOAT White Belt

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    Too many great fights this year . I have to go with Rob vs Yoel 2 because Rob was lighting up Yoel in the first two rounds then Yoel dropped Rob in the third and Rob fired back with kicks and elbows of his own . Rob was winning the fourth until Yoel wobbled him and it was the closest round of the contest the 5th was all Romero too with him nearly finishing Rob but Rob was still fighting back showing his heart of a champion. Yoel had a closed eye and Rob had a broken hand and they fought their heart off in that fight . Amazing contest by both of them wish Yoel wouldnt have missed weight.
    I was rooting for Rob he is my favorite MW who is fighting in the UFC but i thought Yoel won it.


    Holloway vs Ortega was a great fight with Ortega showing his iron chin and unbreakable will but it was too one-sided to be FOTY.
     
  6. ILove4MinutesHyuna

    ILove4MinutesHyuna Blue Belt

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    I think due to the magnitude of the Romero/Whittaker fight (a rematch, for the belt, both guys monsters) plus the fact that it delivered, that it was highly skilled, tightly contested, back and forth, even controversial decision edges out some of the other fights on the list, who might have been more action packed.
     
  7. The-AxeMurderer

    The-AxeMurderer Silver Belt

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    Whittaker-Romero II was amazing. I think it was the most competitive as well. FOTY needs to be back and forth IMO.
     
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  8. jeremyemilio

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    Tough one for me. I went for Pettis v Tony just because I actually thought Pettis looked a lot like his old self in that fight, and was still outmatched.
     
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  9. PeterGriffin

    PeterGriffin Black Belt

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    This.

    KZ got slept by a fluke elbow and in literally the last second. No one should get put out by an elbow like that, but it happened, and Rodriguez stole the win right out from under KZ.
     
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  10. Sweater of AV

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    Tough call between Poirier-Gaethje and KZ-Yair. Probably have to go with Poirier-Gaethje.

    Rose-Joanna 2 also deserves a mention imho.
     
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    IMG_20181010_125139_745.jpg Tony Ferg !!
     
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    Whittaker vs Romero 2 for me. Whittaker is always involved in classics. His fight with Gastelum could be FOTY material too.
     
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    Khabib vs Conor?
     
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    Fox2twenty @fox2twenty

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    Tony v Showtime was better
     
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    Cracking the tap machine is always beating that.
     
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    229 was a great card
     
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    Added it to the poll.
     
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    Champions come first. Try again.

    Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
     
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    Ferguson vs. Pettis for me - everything I enjoy in a short, sharp, brutal fight.
     
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