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The 2020 Heavies Awards - Comeback Fighter of the Year - Winner: Brian Ortega

Discussion in 'Forum Awards Archive' started by Lethal, Jan 4, 2021.

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2020 Comeback Fighter of the Year

Poll closed Jan 12, 2021.
  1. Mackenzie Dern

    14.4%
  2. Brian Ortega

    38.7%
  3. Sean Strickland

    16.2%
  4. Cub Swanson

    9.6%
  5. Cody Garbrandt

    16.2%
  6. Marcin Tybura

    4.8%
  1. weaselkenievil Purple Belt

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    Good list. Strickland for me, wish that guy all the best.
     
  2. dildos Steel Belt

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    Ortega gets my pick. :)
     
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  3. Rebelfett Father likebot

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    Strickland. Imo.
     
  4. MDoza Red Belt

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    Cody Garbrandt is returning from a 3 fight losing streak, followed by a 3 year layoff.

    With his knockout of Raphael Assuncao, Garbrandt gets his first win since Dec. 2016, already has himself back on the KO of the Year list, and would have fought for the featherweight title against Deiveson Figueiredo in Dec. 2020 if not for an injury.

    Close second goes to Ortega, who surprised a lot of people with his performance against Korean Zombie, showing off impressive striking improvements.
     
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  5. Chael_Sonnen I'm the reason Waldo is hiding.

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    Hmm, Cody gets my pick. However, I think Whittaker should be on the list. He got 2 back to back wins over legit top 5 competition, after a lengthy layoff and a bad KO loss to Izzy.
     
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  6. Hotora86 Happy New Year! (fuck 2020)

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    Bro, I'm sorry but you completely missed the best comeback fighter of 2020: MARCIN TYBURA

    Look at his record:
    2018: 1-1
    2019: 0-2
    2020: 4-0 + fame for beating Hardy

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcin_Tybura#Mixed_martial_arts_record
     
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  7. giovanni_ss Taeyeon Belt

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    I gotta give it to Brian. He beat my boy KZ despite the odds and everyone counting him out and proved the doubters wrong. He made me more of a fan of him too.



    And he's cute... ❤❤❤
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  8. Jose Beehive No.1 Soldier Of God Gif User

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    Hard one this, all very commendable.. Best list in a category so far imo(Not including Members here of course, they are all worthy).

    I've gone with Ortega but could have gone with any, they are all kind of equal to me with Ortega and Cody probably a smidge higher.
     
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  9. ali ali Black Belt

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    Cody and Ortega
     
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  10. BFoe Western States Heritage Champion Platinum Member

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    Same, plus he won 2 fights. I know that winning one fight technically fits the definition of comeback fighter, but it doesn’t feel right. Likewise I can’t vote for someone who only lost once. Dern has only lost once in her entire career. Same with Ortega (although Ortega is more understandable to me because his loss was pretty brutal, and his win in 2020 was pretty dominant).
    If I’m being honest, I think @Hotora86 has a good point about Tybura.
     
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  11. Hotora86 Happy New Year! (fuck 2020)

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    Thanks bro, Tybura on the rise and cracking the HW top 10 in 2021 fo sho! :)
     
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  12. Zebra Cheeks Sweet Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    this year the number of people who could win a “breakout” or “comeback” award is pretty crazy. Think about this, giga chikadze went 4-0 as well this year and he hasn’t even gotten a shout out. Craziness. so many hugely successful guys this year that have been opportunists during the covid-19 mma climate
     
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  13. Hotora86 Happy New Year! (fuck 2020)

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    Giga is great (and a fellow Karateka!) but he is overshadowed by Holland for "breakout" and not really a "comeback" since he's on a 7 win streak since 2018.

    Tybura on the other hand going 4-0 after 0-2 last year is clearly a comeback.

    I assume the poll can't be modified at this point and Tybura PROBABLY would not win with the likes of Ortega and Cody being more popular but in my eyes (and looking at his record objectively) I think he deserves it.
     
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  14. BFoe Western States Heritage Champion Platinum Member

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    Lol let’s not get crazy. ;)
    Very true. It’s been an insane year, and lots of new faces starting to break out of the pack. Will be really interesting to see how some of these guys do in 2021.
     
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  15. IngaVovchanchyn Plutonium Belt Platinum Member

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    I voted Dern, but I'm second guessing myself because of Ortega. After Holloway comprehensively dismantled him and then his extended absence, he became an after thought. Now he's reintroduced himself as a factor at FW in a big way.
     
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  16. Jackonfire BMF Mod Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Went with Strickland considering what he had to overcome. Came back and picked up 2 quick wins.

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  17. Jose Beehive No.1 Soldier Of God Gif User

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    Tybura is an excellent shout..

    Has to be one of the most underrated fighters about right now.
     
  18. Lethal R.I.P. Hana Kimura Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    While I don't see anyone catching up to Ortega or Strickland, Tybura definitely deserves a nod.
     
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  20. Guffman Purple Belt

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    Never thought much of Tybura until this last year. Lost money betting against him twice, but won it back in the last fight. Was on the verge of being cut, and then starts looking better and better. Gets my vote.
     
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