UFC ‘Fights of the Year’ for 2009 … so far

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7/21/09 1:57:14PM

Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 Finale
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99
Cain Velasquez vs. Cheick Kongo at UFC 99
Martin Kampmann vs. Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 18
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher at UFC 100

Honorable mention included Dan Henderson vs. Rich Franklin, Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle, Frankie Edgar vs. Sean Sherk, and Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra, among others. Agree or disagree with the “highly unofficial” list from the promotion? Have other memorable fights in mind outside of the UFC that are even better than those mentioned above?

7/21/09 2:03:34PM
I agree with this list. That Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida fight was amazing. They were brawling for nearly the entire 15 minutes. The pace stayed pretty much the same level for the entire 15 minutes as well. If a fight is going to beat that for Fight of the Year it has to be one really amazing fight.
7/21/09 2:16:08PM

I wouldn't put Kongo vs Cain on there.
7/21/09 2:18:38PM
Hmm...interesting list that I don't necessarily agree with. Imagine that.

7/21/09 2:19:46PM

Posted by finnish_line

I wouldn't put Kongo vs Cain on there.

agreed, completely once sided. and my vote so far according to that list would go to sanchez/guida
7/21/09 2:24:10PM
Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida (The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale)
Martin Kampmann vs Carlos Condit (UFC Fight Night 18)
Wanderlei Silva vs Rich Franklin (UFC 99)
Lyoto Machida vs Rashad Evans (UFC 98)
Marcus Davis vs Chris Lytle (UFC 93)
7/21/09 2:25:26PM
Davis vs. Lytle
Davis vs. Hardy

7/21/09 2:26:09PM
how about lytle and burns?
7/21/09 2:34:56PM
Lytle vs Burns was a good one. I like a good fight with a finish, all of those fights went to decision. Sanchez vs Guida gets my vote off of that list.
7/21/09 2:40:23PM
How is Kongo vs Velasquez on there?

Cuz Cain took some monster shots on the chin and kept coming?

Other than that, it was a clear cut 30-26 for Cain... no finishing polish, but dominated him on the ground... Pretty uneventful fight actually.

Sanchez vs Guida was a WAR.
7/21/09 2:43:57PM
Wow I loved the Cain/Kongo fight. Lots of slams and knockouts. How could you not like that fight? Their was actually exciting GNP. Cain was relentless! Slammed the hell out of Kongo and Kongo kept dropping him. That fight was epic.

Love the list. Only fight I'd defintely add is Paul Kelly vs. Troy mandaloniz at 95, that fight was absolutely sick! Full out brawl!
7/21/09 2:50:21PM
like most the above posts, my pick is definitely sanchez/guida.
7/21/09 3:00:00PM
I would save Evans/Machida.

7/21/09 3:12:29PM
huge drop off after diego fight
i can't argue with four of them but how the hell did cain vs cheick make the list before lytle vs davis or machida vs evans
7/22/09 12:47:02AM
Hughes vs Serra honorable mention. ughh. They must be including the pre fight hype. Sanchez/Guida gets my vote also
7/22/09 12:49:59AM

Posted by cowcatcher

how about lytle and burns?

I was scrolling down to see if anybody had mentioned it.

Davis vs. Hardy got mention from some posters, too. That was another great fight.
7/22/09 1:10:14AM
Of the choices, I would probably only agree on two of them...Sanchez vs Guida and Condit vs Kampman--Franklin vs Silva could probably be added, but I don't think it's what I would personally choose.

I would throw in...

Griffin vs Dos Anjos
Lytle vs Davis
Hardy vs Davis
7/22/09 2:09:59AM
I think everyone's forgetting a sick fight!

Nate Marquardt vs. Wilson Gouveia - Amazing fight with an insane ending to go with it!
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