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  • 01-10-2013, 01:56 AM
    initial_zen
    Quote Originally Posted by 1inthechamber View Post
    How the fuck? With two controversial decisions over a smaller opponent and one dominant decision ? That's just stupid, anybody but Benson could've gotten that honor imho.
    Well one of jones' wins (50% of his fights in 2012) was against a 185 pounder with a 2 fight win streak, so i would put his 2 wins over frankie edgar and one against diaz above that. I thought the first win over edgar was a pretty clear victory, his second fight was definitely closer. And while anderson beating bonnar was a spectacle, it wasnt exactly a ranked fight for him. If were talking about beating higher ranked fighters, I'd have to go with bendo.
  • 01-09-2013, 06:42 AM
    d-low
    Hell yeah, good to see Mike Pyle on the list, 3 first round finishes, also glad to see Matt Brown makes it.
  • 01-09-2013, 05:10 AM
    m1ckeykn0x
    Must be the weather.
  • 01-09-2013, 05:04 AM
    dbader08
    lol
  • 01-09-2013, 04:49 AM
    rspier
    Dafuq?
  • 01-09-2013, 04:41 AM
    Bendeko
    Good to see Matt Brown high on the list!
  • 01-09-2013, 03:44 AM
    Qball1974
    lol I don't think so.
  • 01-09-2013, 03:17 AM
    1inthechamber
    How the fuck? With two controversial decisions over a smaller opponent and one dominant decision ? That's just stupid, anybody but Benson could've gotten that honor imho.
  • 01-09-2013, 02:47 AM
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    UFC Lightweight Champ Benson Henderson Tops Jon Jones for 'Best Fighter of 2012'



    UFC Lightweight Champ Benson Henderson Tops Jon Jones for 'Best Fighter of 2012' | Bleacher Report
    Jon Jones, Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre all had great years, but none of the sport's biggest names were bestowed the title of "Best Fighter of 2012."

    That honor goes to none other than UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson.

    According to the UFC's official website, "Bendo" proved himself to be the promotion's best fighter of 2012, thanks to a slew of flawless performances inside the Octagon.

    Moreover, no other champion defended their belt as often as "Smooth" did last year, and in a season laden with devastating injuries, the 155-pound champ managed to stay healthy and maintain an unbeaten 3-0 record against top competition like Frankie Edgar and Nate Diaz:


    Three championship fights. Three wins. 15 rounds of action. Doing that alone earns UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson the top spot as Fighter of the Year for 2012, but in a year when injuries were a constant and crippling issue in the sport, Henderson also gets kudos for being one of MMA’s true iron men.

    Henderson’s goal right now is to clean out the division and make a run at Anderson Silva’s all-time title defense record. Well, right now, Henderson looks like he just may have a shot at it.
    Most interestingly, the UFC rated Henderson ahead of Jon Jones, arguably the promotion's most dominant champion today. However, Jones' 2012 was much more controversial than his 2011—the year the promotion crowned "Bones" fighter of the year.

    1. Ben Henderson (3-0)
    2. Jon Jones (2-0)
    3. Demetrious Johnson (2-0-1, new champion)
    4. Matt Brown (4-0)
    5. Cain Velasquez (2-0, returning champion)
    6. Stefan Struve (3-0)
    7. Cub Swanson (3-0)
    8. Mike Pyle (3-0)
    9. Anderson Silva (2-0)
    10. Constantinos Philippou (3-0)

    Out of the list, the UFC's top 10 includes a new champion in Johnson (flyweight), a returning champion in Velasquez (heavyweight), with welterweight veteran Matt Brown leapfrogging several fighters to come in at No. 4. Brown is also the only fighter in the promotion who pitched a perfect game over four fights, with his last win coming over Mike Swick at UFC on Fox 5.

    Bantamweight belt-holders Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao are the only current champions to not make the list this year, with Cruz out of action since 2011 and Barao yet to defend his title. Runners-up included several contenders such as Chris Weidman, Fabricio Werdum, Johny Hendricks, Alexander Gustafsson, Rory MacDonald, John Dodson and Donald Cerrone.

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