ESPN voted it so and I agree with them, GSP v Condit was officially fight of the year 2012. Many people dispute this and claim that KZ/Poirer was FOTY. However, I have rewatched both fights and I still believe that GSP/Condit was much more exciting and rightfully crowned FOTY. Here are my reasons: 1. KZ/Poirer is over-rated: - Granted it was an awesome fight and rightfully FOTN, but rewatching the fight, there were points in the fight which were quite stagnant. 2. The Background Context to the fight: -This is probably the biggest reason why GSP/Condit is FOTY. It had a background story, a context! GSP, the unbeatable WW champion being out for 18 months, recovering from a career threatening injury fighting a top contender in Condit, CHAMPION vs CHAMPION, in GSP's hometown of Montreal Canada. The crowd went nuts when GSP came out, the atmosphere alone was absolutely electric. GSP came close to getting finished in the 3rd round but battled back with the heart of a champion and got the victory. Yeah, it was a decision, but both fighters looked completely war-torn by the end of the fight and left it all in there. In contrast, KZ/Poirer was much more subdued and the there wasn't really any story, the fight didn't have any real ramifications to it, especially now Edgar is challenging Aldo for the title next. There was no antipathy or pre-fight build up to this fight ... it was just two guys .... fighting in a cage .... 3. But but but ... the background context shouldn't matter!! Wahhh ... - Look, guys the background context to a fight MATTERS. Look, Chael Sonnen v Anderson Silva 1 got FOTY 2010. If that same fight was played out between Costa Phillippou and Tim Boetsch (no disrespect to them) but no-one would give a F**K and it would definitely not get FOTY ... Chael/Silva 1 was FOTY PRIMARILY BECAUSE of the context and the fact that it was Anderson Silva that was getting owned by Chael Sonnen ... the fact that Chael was making Anderson look human! This fight also had the pre-fight antipathy, trash talk stemming way back from the AS-Maia fight in Abu Dhabi, Chael upsetting Marquadt and leapfrogging him to a title shot, everyone expecting Anderson to finsh Chael in the first round, the crowd going from chanting "SILVA SILVA SILVA" in the first round to "USA USA USA" in the second round .... ...But let's be honest, Chael basically just wrestle-f**ked Anderson and aesthetically, it wasn't a pretty fight to watch. It was essentially the insane amount of background tension that MADE this fight FOTY. Applying that same logic, GSP v Condit >>>> KZ/Poirer. 4. Higher Profile: - GSP v Condit was much higher profile, a lot more people have invested emotionally in both of these fighters and there was a lot more at stake ... which made it more exciting. I was on the edge of my seat the entire fight. - KZ/Poirer was an exciting fight, don't get me wrong, but both fighters re relatively new faces to the octagon and TBH, I didn't really care who won or not. 5. People Just Hatin' on GSP: A lot of sherdoggers on here (i.e. the Rassler) just don't like to give GSP credit and don't want him getting FOTY ... but, all I can say to that is, DEAL WITH IT Mai too sense!