The 2020 Heavies Awards: Fight of The Year - WINNER: Weili Vs Joanna

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Fight of the Year 2020?

Poll closed Saturday at 6:29 AM.
  1. Weili Vs Joanna

    52.8%
  2. Vincente Vs Niko

    1.4%
  3. Spike Vs Billy

    0.3%
  4. Josh Vs Shane

    0.7%
  5. Dustin Vs Dan

    22.4%
  6. Deiveson Vs Brandon

    16.2%
  7. Jon Vs Dominick

    1.7%
  8. Other

    4.5%
  1. Zebra Cheeks Sweet Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Fight of the Year
    Despite all of the challenges and hurdles faced by the UFC, MMA, Fans and Fighters alike 2020 still brought fourth some incredible action, and its no surprise that this list is stuffed full of action, drama, tension and of course, controversy.

    Weili Zhang Vs. Joanna Jedrzejczkvia - UFC 248 - Split Decision win for Weili

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    On March 7th Weili and Joanna faced off for the Strawweight title match in what can only be described as a true test of grit, determination and tenacity. For 5 full rounds they exchanged leather, and did everything they could to pull out a victory. Of course, I wouldn't be doing the fight justice if I didn't recall the massive welt that formed on Joanna's head, causing both concern and intrigue across the MMA community. The result was arguably on of the most memorable MMA fights to-date.​

    Vincente Luque Vs Niko Price - UFC 249 - Niko Price Wins via TKO

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    These two fighters are known for their aggressiveness, striking, and unique flavor that they bring to the sport. When fans saw this match made, it was no doubt this was going to be a barn burner and when Vincente and Niko met in the octagon on May 5th the fans were not disappointed.​

    Spike Carlyle Vs. Billy Quarantillo UFC in ESPN - Spike Wins Via UD

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    When this match was made, a rivalry began to bubble between Spike and Billy. Spike had defeated Billy's teammate Aalon Cruz earlier in the year at UFC Norfolk. From the opening bell, the events that followed can only be described as chaos, showmanship, and two guys who refused to lose to each other....but mostly chaos. There were flying knees, there were wild haymakers....and even a showmanship moment by Spike that almost went horrible wrong when he turned his back to his opponent at the end of round 1, and began walking to his corner before the bell rang and nearly got Ko'd for it. While its not the highest profile fight on this list, its certainly the most chaotic.​

    Josh Emmett Vs. Shane Burgos - UFC on ESPN 10 - Shane Burgos Wins Via UD

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    Shane Burgos always likes to move forward, pressure his opponent, but typically likes to counter punch. Josh Emmet likes to walk his opponents into his monster punches. What happens when two naturally counter intuitive styles collide? Straight up fireworks. With both fighters at such crucial stages in their careers, neither guy was going to leave the octagon by their own free will. Massive punches and kicks were thrown on both sides in a back and forth battle in one of those fights where you wish there wasn't a loser.

    Dustin Poirer Vs Dan Hooker - UFC on ESPN12 - Dustin wins Via UD

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    Dustin was coming off a heartbreaking loss to Khabib, and Dan Hooker had been storming through the division, and smashing his way to a deservedly massive fight with Dustin. When the two met in the octagon it became immediately clear that Dustin Poirer wasn't going anywhere, and that Dan Hooker belonged amongst the ranks of the Lightweight Elite. This was a fight that evolved, adapted and changed through out a brutal 5 rounds. Both fighters were pushed well beyond their breaking points and provided a competitive scrap that will be remembered for years to come.

    Deiveson Figueiredo Vs Brandon Moreno - UFC 256 - Majority Draw

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    Due to Petr Yan Vs. Aljamin Sterling falling apart at the last second, the last UFC PPV of the year was in jeopardy. Fig and Moreno impressed and shocked fans with their performances at UFC 255, and decided that they would be the heroes that the fans deserved, and save UFC 256. On just 3 weeks notice, the two flyweights met in a battle for the Flyweight Belt. The significance of this fight is undeniable, as it resembles the beginning of a new age in Flyweight that fans have been craving since the departure of Demetrious Johnson.


    Jon Jones Vs Dominick Reyes - UFC 247 - Jon Jones Wins Via Unanimous Decision

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    Jon Jones has been one of the most dominant champions the UFC has ever seen, but as we've learned over the years sometimes the greats are challenged the most when you least expect it. Dominick Reyes was a massive underdog going into the fight, but he made betters and Jon Jones fans around the world sweat mightily when he came out of the gates hot vs Jones. The war faded in the later rounds, but provided a controversial and memorable fight that fans still discuss regularly to this day.​

    Honorable Mentions:
    Marvin Vettori Vs Jack Hermanson - UFC on ESPN 19
    Dan Hooker Vs Paul Felder - UFC Fight Night 168
     
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  2. Zebra Cheeks Sweet Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Dustin vs Hooker had the best RD of the year imo but I enjoyed Shane vs Josh the most.
     
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    Dustin v Dan

    I haven't watched the wmma fight, nor do I intend to, but I have seen the others
     
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  5. Jose Beehive No.1 Soldier Of God Gif User

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    Easily Zhang vs JJ for me. Figgy vs Moreno 2nd.
     
  6. TempleoftheDog Purple Belt

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    Easy choice for me. And should win but, bias, and ignorance could steal it from them (see post number 4). Either way they won the official award for this already.

    Weili vs Joanna.
     
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  7. Aegon Spengler Gold Belt

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    The Joanna fight. It has to win. By the time Joanna went Klingon Sherdog was all like

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    Deiveson Vs Brandon for me - had everything.
     
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    Is her first name Weili or is it Zhang? East Asian naming customs confuse me. FOTY is Hooker vs Poirier
     
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    Alot of good choices- ironically I believe the one that will garnish most votes I would not vote as F.o.y( Dp v Dh). An exciting fight but a bit one sided to earn " fight of the year" [ FIGHT OF THE YEAR]

    Have to give some thought

    *Jon- Reyes maybe " closest fight of the year"

    Actually starting to lean towards the gals ...maybe
     
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    I went with hooker and Dustin , that shit was so brutal and they did not quit no matter how bad it got. It was constantly swinging in momentum and it was just all around amazing with some nice grappling, striking and heart from both (plus I’m a huge Dustin fan so I’m biased). Joanna vs zhang is a very close second for me.
     
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  12. Jose Beehive No.1 Soldier Of God Gif User

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    张伟丽
     
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    My pick would be Fig vs Moreno, for the fact it was the fight that had me at the edge of my seat. Action packed and had drama on it. Fig showed why he's a champ and that he can go all out until the end and Moreno showed he can take a shot and keep on coming. Showed maturity in his age. Both fighters showed they can dig deep, a great showcase of heart, skill, and class. Joanna vs Weili is legendary and one of the best fights ever, but personally I gotta give it to Fig vs Moreno.
     
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    Looking forward to the people whining about the ladies getting the FOTY

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  15. Buffmeister If u aint smokey it aint your m'fkin message

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    Zhang x JJ...
     
  16. Kryptt Dead Belt Platinum Member

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    I voted for hot cross buns...

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    Gotta be Hooker Poirier

    Particularly because it was so god damn brutal and they just would not give up. Hooker ended up near deaths door in pretty scary fashion as well.

    Zhang / Joanna is pretty close though but the former gets the warriors nod for me.
     
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  18. Hellowhosthat Gold Belt

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    JJ Vs Zhang is imo one of the best fights of all time, so voted for that.
     
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    JJ Zhang.

    Only one i remember.

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  20. Kyojiro Kagenuma Brown Belt Platinum Member

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    You mean the best fight of the year? Yeah you should do that
     

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