This is the MMA installment of our 2009 year end awards. We gave out the pro wrestling awards on Tuesday. We’ll hand out the boxing awards next.
Friend of FGB, JP joined us with his awards.
Fighter Of The Year
Big D – Jose Aldo
The man is a machine. Had Lyoto not lost to Shogun, he would’ve secured this spot.
Alan – Jose Aldo
Fought more than most other contenders and looked spectacular every time out. Win over Mike Brown cemented him as legit.
Duan – Lyoto Machida
Machida went 3-0 against top competition in 2009, and picked up the UFC light heavyweight title along the way. He proved himself as the division’s best by outclassing Silva and Evans. A near perfect year was only marred by a disappointing performance against Rua in October, but he still left with his undefeated record intact.
JP – Lyoto Machida
The Dragon and B.J. Penn were the only two champions to fight three times in 2009 and Machida won all three of his matches. He showed he had knockout power when he handed both Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans their first career losses by way of KO. Then he won a close decision against Shogun Rua in one of the most technically astounding fights I’ve seen. 2009 saw Machida claim the belt, defeat three talented opponents, and has put Lyoto into the Greatest Ever debate.
Cactus Jim – Gegard Mousasi
3-0 this year, not just beating, but finishing Hunt, Sobral and Sokoudjou. He won the Strikeforce LH title and successfully defended. This man may be part terminator.
GG – Georges St. Pierre
He only fought twice because of injury, but he fought the most dominant rounds of the year. And I think his star hasn’t peaked yet.
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