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1. Jon Jones – Number 1 fighter in 2011 obviously. There’s not much point in even explaining why he was, because anyone that beats 4 Top Ten fighters, wins a UFC Title, Defends it twice, and finishes all his fight in 2011 is by far the fighter of the year.

2. Dan Henderson – There is quite a margin between number 1 and number 2, taking into account that Jon Jones demolished Sho Gun and finished him in the 4th round, while Dan Henderson edged out Sho Gun in a 5 round war. But Henderson did KO Fedor, Fejio , and was involed in by far the fight of the year.

3. Nick Diaz – Diaz defiantly can’t make the argument that he’s not getting enough attention anymore. He was probably the most talked about fighter in the year of 2011. He started off the year by submitting Cyborg, then he KO’d Paul Daley in the best round of the year, and topped of his year with a unanimous decision over BJ Penn. Not to mention his antics outside the cage.

4. Benson Henderson –  Even though he didn’t hold a title in Zuffa in 2011, unlike the 3 above him. His 2011 record may not look that impressive when you look at the fact that they were all decisions. But when you look at the excitement factor of his bouts, and the level of opponents he faced, he was one of the best fighters of the year. Beating two, number 1 contenders on his way to a title shot in 2012.

5. Frankie Edgar – He only had 2 fights this year, due to injury to him and his main rival Gray Maynard. But he had 2 phenomenal comebacks at UFC 125, and UFC 136 on his way to becoming one of the top 3 Pound for Pound fighters in the world.

Honourable Mentions : 

Donald Cerrone – 4 wins in 2011, maybe not the caliber of opponents that the people in the top 5. But he racked up 3 bonus awards and continued a 7 fight win streak. Even more impressive his year isn’t over, he faces Nate Diaz on December, 30th.

Junior Dos Santos – He only had 2 fights in 2011, but he beat 2 heavy hitting world class wrestlers, and won the UFC HeavyWeight Championship on UFC’s first FOX event.

Anderson Silva –  He also only had 2 fights on the calendar year due to injury. But he finished both by KO and got the Knockout of the year of Vitor Belfort while he was at it .

1. Anderson Silva v.s Vitor Belfort   –   Knockout (Front Kick & Punches at 3:25 of Round 1)   

2. Lyoto Machida v.s Randy Couture  –  Knockout (Front Kick at 1:05 of Round 2)

3. Cheick Kongo v.s Pat Barry –  Knockout (Punch at 2:39 of Round 1)

4. John Makdessi v.s Kyle Watson – Knockout (Spinning Back Fist at 1:27 of Round 3)

5. Carlos Condit v.s Dong Hyun Kim – Knockout (Flying Knee & Punches at 2:58 of Round 1)

6. Patricky Freire v.s Tomy Imada – Knockout (Flying Knees & Punches at 2:53 of Round 1)

7. Nick Diaz v.s Paul Daley – Technical Knockout (Punches at 4:57 of Round 1)

8. Travis Browne v.s Stefan Struve – Knockout (Superman Punch at 4:11 of Round 1)

9. Chris Leben v.s Wanderlei Silva – Knockout (Punch at 0:27 of Round 1)

10. Sam Stout v.s Yves Edwards – Knockout (Punch at 3:52 of Round 1)

 

Honourable Mentions – Jeremy Stephens(125),  Mark Hominck(UFN 23)

 


Zuffa does own Strikeforce but i did include the Strikeforce fighters under contract in this list. 

1. Gilbert Melendez –  2 time Strikeforce LightWeight Champion (Current). 

2. Josh Barnett – Strikeforce Grand Prix Finalist. Pride Openweight Grand Prix Finalist. 

3. Muhammed Lawal – Former Strikeforce Light HeavyWeight Champion. 

4. Shinya Aoki – Dream LightWeight Champion (Current).

5. Tyrone Woodley – Undefeated Strikeforce WelterWeight Fighter. 

6. Daniel Cormier – Strikeforce Grand Prix Finalist.

 7. Luke Rockhold – Strikeforce MiddleWeight Champion (Current).

8. Michael Chandler – Bellator LightWeight Champion (Current).

9. Gegard Mousasi – Former Strikeforce Light HeavyWeight Champion. Dream Light HeavyWeight Champion. 

10. Hector Lombard – Bellator MiddleWeight Champion (Current).

Honourable Mention – Ben Arsken, Joe Warren, Zach Makovsky, Tatsuya Kawajiri

Strikeforce 37 will take place December 17th on Showtime. It is headlined by the Strikeforce lightweight title fight between Gilbert Melendez who is considered by most in the top 3 lightweights in the world and Jorge Masvidal, who is coming off of a huge win over KJ Noons. 

 

Melendez/Masvidal – Melendez(Unanimous Decision)

Masvidal will grind it out to a decison, but in the end Melendez will get the nod. 

 

Cyborg/Yamanaka – Cyborg(TKO in 1st Round)

At this point, Cyborg is by far the best female 145er in the world. 

 

Moussai/St.Preux – Moussai(Unanimous Decison)

I expect Moussai to pick St.Preux apart, this will be Ovince first real big fight in his MMA Career. 

 

Noons/Evangelista – Noons(TKO in 3rd Round)

  Noons is one of the very best boxers in MMA, he can give lots of people fits at 155. 

BantamWeight – 1. Dominick Cruz

                                     2. Joseph Benevediaz

                                     3. Urijah Faber        

                                     4. Brian Bowles

                                    5. Demetrius Johnson 

                                    6. Miguel Torres

                                    7. Scott Jorgenson

                                   8. Renan Baro

                                   9. Eddie Wineland

                                 10. Zach Makovsky

                                              

FeatherWeight –   1. Jose Aldo

                          2. Chad Mendes

                          3. Patrice Feiro 

                          4. Marlon Sandro

                          5. Mark Hominick

                          6. Erik Koch

                          7. Kenny Florian 

                          8. Dustin Poirier    

                           9. Hatsu Hoki

                         10. George Roop            

 

 

LightWeight – 1. Frankie Edgar                   

                               2.Gilbert Melendez

                               3. Clay Guida

                               4. Gray Maynard                     

                              5. Benson Henderson

                              6. Shinya Aoki

                               7. Joe Lauzon

                              8.Eddie Alvarez 

                              9. Dennis Siver

                           10. Donald Cerrone       

 

WelterWeight –  1. George St.Pierre             

                                    2. Nick Diaz

                                    3. Jon Fitch

                                   4. Carlos Condit

                                   5. Josh Koscheck

                                  6. Jake Ellenburger

                                  7. Jake Shields

                                 8. BJ Penn 

                                 9.Brian Ebersole

                                10. Rory MacDonald             

 Honourable Mention: Woodley, Sanchez, Arsken,Johnson 

 

MiddleWeight  – 1. Anderson Silva                

                                    2. Chael Sonnen

                                    3. Mark Munoz

                                   4. Vitor Belfort

                                   5. Yushin Okami

                                   6. Nate Marquart

                                   7. Michael Bisping

                                  8. Luke Rockhold

                                  9. Alan Belcher

                                10. Hector Lombard

 Honourable Mention : Stann, Leben,Kennedy, Maia

                                              

LightHeavyWeight –   1.  Jon Jones                         

                                              2. Rashard Evans

                                             3. Dan Henderson

                                             4. Lyoto Machida

                                             5. Maurico Rua

                                            6. Phil Davis

                                            7. Rampage Jackson

                                           8. Alexander Gustafson

                                            9. Vladimir Matyushenko

                                          10. Muhammed Luwal 

Honourable Mention : T.Silva, G.Moussai             

HeavyWeight –  1.  Cain Valasquez             

                                  2. Junior Dos Santos

                                  3. Brock Lesnar

                                 4. Alister Overarm

                                 5. Josh Barnett

                                 6. Daniel Cormier

                                 7. Frank Mir

                                8. Shane Carwin

                                9. Fabrico Werdum

                             10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuria

Honourable Mention : Struve, Browne, Mitrione