Poll: Who Was 2016’s “Fighter Of The Year?”

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With a number of record-setting events and growth, 2016 was definitely a year to be remembered in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA).

The sport blasted into the mainstream like it never has before thanks in large to the never-ending media coverage granted to dual weight champion Conor McGregor, whose rivalry with Nate Diaz will most certainly go down as one of the most storied ever. And of course “The Notorious” followed up his rebound win over Diaz with a lightweight title-winning knockout of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, so it’s tough to pick anyone but the popular Irishman; yet he also lost a fight and 2016 also featured so much more from many other fighters on the roster.

For example, Dominick Cruz came back from the worst streak of injuries the UFC has ever seen to win back his bantamweight title from T.J. Dillashaw before defending it against Dillashaw’s onetime friend and mentor Urijah Faber at UFC 199. Also at that event, Michael Bisping shocked the world with his first-round knockout of Luke Rockhold to win the middleweight title. Add that to “The Count’s” close wins over Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson, and the brash Brit is certainly a top contender.

Pound-for-pound ruler Demetrious Johnson also extended his streak of title defenses at 125 pounds by two. Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley stormed back with a first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler in July only to retain his title in a thrilling bout with Stephen Thompson at UFC 205. As for “Wonderboy,” he’s a contender for the award with three huge bouts against three champions throughout the year.

Amanda Nunes surprised everyone by destroying Miesha Tate to win the women’s 135-pound belt at UFC 200. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic cut a quiet path of dominance through the UFC’s biggest division by knocking out Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum, and Alistair Overeem for a monumental 2016.

It was an absolutely insane year for MMA in 2016, so it’s hard to pick one clear-cut winner for the best fighter. Who is your pick?

  • Murderous1

    The Heavyweight that got three KO’s

  • Dave WC

    How can only 8% vote for Miocic? In fact, 70% of the votes were either to a guy who actually lost a fight or someone who had 2 of 3 wins by incompetent judging decisions.

    • trolog

      Incompetent judging? Bisping landed more than Hendo even thrown by round 3, he dominated him, it’s a point scoring system, not who has the most blood coming out of them. He beat Silva by pressure, silva did not do enough and according to UFC rules he should have been deduced a point for ignoring clear referee instruction and to cement it, once again bisping landed a lot more, and knocked silva down, the knee bisping took was bad, but it was not the whole 5 rounds.. he came back to win the next round after a brutal knee, for that a lone he deserves to be fighter of the year. But beating Rockhold who was in form murding everybody, with no camp, it was unthinkable, the odds of bisping winning was the lowest odds we seen in 2016 yet he won.
      Stick to karate mate, you know fuck all about MMA

  • apocalypse123

    this is fighter of the year lol, despite what he just did, mcgoober was throttled back in march. it’s hard to vote for any of the fighters who only had two fights this year, i ended up voting for bisping.

  • doublehalf21

    Wow. So Nate Diaz taps McGregor in two rounds but McGregor squeaks away with a decision majority decision win but he’s some how on the list?

    • trolog

      It’s called casual fans mate, Stephen Thompson and McGregor are fan faves, but it’s fair to say Thompson didn’t do enough vs Woodley, McGregor was dominated by avg at best Nate Diaz, then got a very close win(I give him the nod personally) and beat a guy tailor made for him in Eddie, who is chinny and easy to hit. No one else was allowed to fight in a different weight class a year after not defending your current belt once. I’m a Mac fan, but Bisping knocked out luke rockhold on no camp, he avenged that defeat as well as avenging the drug cheat hendo knockout of the century, the balls it takes to fight someone who you know can do that to you?! incredible. He also beat Silva who beat nick diaz quite easily people say oh he’s old but bisping is old too, only 3 years younger than Silva.
      I give it to bisping but i could see Stipe having a good call also.

  • Bill Hardy

    HEY Murderous1 46% voters out of 251 agree with me… not you hahahaha ha..your always wrong.

    • doublehalf21

      There’s no such thing as wrong when it comes to someone’s opinion.

      • McGraw

        technically there is especially if they’re just trolling without facts or reasoning.

      • Bill Hardy

        Let me say it for you……………..CONER McGREGOR..

  • McGraw

    McGregor last year, but sure as hell not this year. 2016 is a toss up between Miocic and Bisping.

    • doublehalf21

      Agreed. I’d throw Dominick Cruz in the conversation as well..

      • McGraw

        Not sure about Cruz for “fighter of the year”. I’d definitely give him “comeback of the year” however.

  • BillyC

    Gotta be The Count, Bisping.

  • Qritical_91

    Has to be Bisping, very impressed with what he accomplished this year.