2012 FGB Awards – MMA

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Via SportsNet

This is the last of our 2012 awards. Earlier this week, we posted our awards in Pro Wrestling and Boxing.

We have a lot of friends who chimed in about the MMA awards. In addition to the FGB crew, Heidi Fang from MMA Fight Corner, Stevie J from Angry Marks, and nothing to plug JP join us.

Fighter Of The Year

Duan: Anderson Silva
If this guy retired now, he would go down as the greatest MMA fighter of all time and probably never be surpassed.

Alan: Anderson Silva
I can only begrudge the man for so long. He looked on another planet in his fights this year, and I also have to concede he was the best flag-bearer for UFC this year too.

Big D: Cain Velasquez
Left two of the biggest and most bad ass heavyweights in a pool of blood. This man owns the division now. I would’ve hated to see what he would’ve done to Fedor.

Heidi: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey
She’s a media darling wih brutal force who’s strung together 9 dominant wins and made history as the first woman champion in the UFC. She’s graced the cover of the ESPN Body Issue, been on Conan O’Brien, and rode out to Sons of Anarchy premiere this calendar year. Ronda’s breaking boundaries that no one else can in MMA right now. In 2012 she went 2-0, earning the title over Miesha Tate and defending it against Sarah Kaufman.

Stevie J: Johny Hendericks
I may be pushing this one slightly since I’m including December 30th of 2011, but since he had three big wins in the span of a year and one was only 2 calendar days away from being in 2012 I think he deserves the nod. Having knocked out 2 of the top 3 welterweights in the world, Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann, both in UNDER A MINUTE, nobody’s star has risen faster or burned brighter than that of Mr. Hendricks. He had already cleaned out the lower ranks of the division, now he’s cleaning out the upper ranks too. Sporting an impressive 14-1 record with a five fight win streak it’s pretty clear he’ll be challenging GSP for the title before long. (Maybe even March if Nick Diaz flakes out yet again.)

JP: Anderson Silva
There were more prolific fighters in the year 2012, but Anderson used the year to cement his status as the best fighter alive. In a year where GSP was mostly on the shelf and Jon Jones’ reputation came crumbling down, Anderson shined. The Spider took his revenge on Chael Sonnen in hysterical fashion (worst spinning elbow attempt in combat history) and then stepped up to 205 to dominate Stephan Bonnar. At an age when full time athletic prowess is difficult to maintain, Anderson at 37 had his best year yet.

Cactus Jim: Bigg Rigg Johny Hendricks
I’m straying away from the obvious picks and calling Hendricks on this one. He’s on a great winning streak and established himself as a title contender in 2013.

GG: Anderson Silva
I looked at Ronda Rousey here. And had I not thought Ben Henderson lost his second fight to Frankie Edgar, I’d have taken him. But it has to be Silva. He won the biggest fight of the year in serious fashion and when the UFC needed a main event badly, he stepped in at heavyweight and put on another show. The man is just excellent. He’s the Willie Mays of MMA.

Show Of The Year

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2012 FGB Awards – Boxing

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While our boxing coverage doesn’t mirror our MMA and Pro Wrestling coverage, that’s simply because we need more Duans on this website. However, friend of the website, Jake Emen from Pro Boxing Fans chimed in with his awards for 2012 to help us out.

Boxer Of The Year

Duan: Carl Froch
After a disappointing loss in the final of last year’s Super Six, Froch came back hungrier and better and than ever before at 35. Froch is a rare sort in Boxing. He’s been facing the best consistently for years now without complaint and putting on these great wars. He’s not going to be around the sport forever, so we should really start to appreciate him while he’s still here.

Big D: Andre Ward
After smashing Froch last year, he smashed Chad Dawson this year, and will smash Kelly Pavlick in 2013 (if they fight).

Jake: Nonito Donaire
Nonito Donaire is a clear-cut choice for Boxer of the Year. He moved up to the Super Bantamweight division, immediately captured a title belt, unified it, took out a top-15 pound for pound fighter and longtime champion in Toshiaki Nishioka, and then got the type of spectacular performance we knew we’d get from him against Jorge Arce. And simply fighting four times — what a treat for a high level guy to be so active against good competition. The first but maybe not the last time he gets this honor.

GG: Nonito Donaire
The Filipino Flash went 4-0 in 2012, scoring two knockout victories over Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka and retired Jorge Arce to end the year. Maybe more importantly is his stance against performance enhancing drugs. If you want to face Nonito, you better be ready to face some extensive drug testing.

Fight Of The Year

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2010 FGB Awards – MMA

It’s really amazing to see how much MMA has grown in the last several years. When I first started watching, it was a fun alternative to wrestling and boxing for me. I was eager to give it a shot, but never expected it to dominate PPV.

Well, ok, MMA doesn’t dominate PPV. UFC does. But still, it has been an amazing ride and it’s only the beginning. As you will see below, 2010 was also a pretty newsworthy year. From Brock Lesnar coming back from diverticulitis and defending and then losing his belt, to Chael Sonnen coming so close to beating Anderson Silva, to Anthony Pettis’ Showtime kick which ended the year (at least in US MMA) with a bang, tons of great things happened.

Duan, Alan, and I from this very site, along with friend of the site JP, Ryan Frederick (Ryan on Twitter), Stevie J from Angry Marks, and Big D from Superfriends Universe give out awards. Yes, I said that D was back here for “One Night Only” in the pro wrestling post, but I forgot about the MMA Awards. He’s back for “Two Nights Only”!

Fighter Of The Year

Duan – Cain Velasquez

He has established himself as the UFC number 1, and with Fedor taking a loss this year, that makes him MMA’s premier heavyweight.

Alan – Cain Velasquez

His two big wins are enough for me to choose as fighter of the year.

JP – Frankie Edgar

When it was announced that Frankie Edgar would fight B.J. Penn for the Lightweight championship, just about everyone counted him out. Instead Edgar proved impossible to put away and won a controversial decision. An immediate rematch was announced and this time Edgar dominated Penn for five rounds to keep his title and truly validate himself.

Ryan – Frankie Edgar

Not many men beat BJ Penn. Not many beat Penn twice. And only one has beaten Penn twice in 5 months. Edgar’s performance in their first bout and his domination in their second bout earned him this award, fighting off tough competition from Jose Aldo, Cain Velasquez, Dominik Cruz and Anthony Pettis.

Stevie J – It’s a tie between Georges St. Pierre and Cain Velasquez.

Big D – Anthony Pettis

Two Words: The Kick. Close 2nd Place: Jose Aldo and Chael Sonnen.

GG – Cain Velasquez

I was very close to going with Frankie Edgar here, but Cain beating Brock Lesnar on such a huge stage in his first main event fight was slightly more impressive to me.

MMA Show Of The Year
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2010 FGB Awards – Pro Wrestling

In the US, pro wrestling was down because WWE was down. TNA was more putrid than ever, which is a shame because they started 2010 with such high hopes. ROH and Dragon Gate USA continue to put out a product that, for the most part, their audiences like, but their audiences are small and hardcore. And based on what Alan has said, there’s some great stuff in some of the bigger independent organizations.

There’s always good stuff. Sometimes, you just have to dig. Alan, Duan, myself, and Stevie J from Angry Marks have listed our picks for our awards. Also, we have Big D making his return to the site for “One Night Only”, giving his thoughts as well. You can find D at Superfriends Universe.

Most Outstanding Wrestler Of The Year

Alan – Chris Hero

Career year for Metropolis’ finest. He tore it up in NOAH, PWG, ROH, EVOLVE and wXw during the course of the year, having one great match after another. Shined in both singles and tags (as part of the Kings Of Wrestling). His matches with Akira Tozawa, the Briscoes, Martin Stone and Davey Richards were crazy good.

Duan – John Cena

Another brilliant year for Cena. He delivered his best work when needed and remains the best reason to tune into WWE TV.

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2010 FGB Awards – Boxing

2010 was yet another year in which we didn’t get Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. It was another year in which there were very few blockbuster fights, but we did get to see a lot of good boxing thanks to Showtime and HBO.

Thanks to guys like Sergio Martinez, Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao, Andre Ward, Juan Manuel Marquez, Juan Manuel Lopez, and Bernard Hopkins, it was an entertaining year.

Joining me on the awards are Duan from this site and Jake Emen from Pro-Boxing Fans. You can see the Pro-Boxing Fans awards on their site.

Boxer Of The Year

Duan – Sergio Martinez

The undisputed middleweight champion, Sergio battered Pavlik over 12 rounds to take the belt, and then reversed the loss that should have been (a win), devestating Paul Williams in 2. This is a guy who has taken no short cuts. He’s gone on the road and taken all comers. I’m absolutely delighted that he is finally got what he deserves. A class act and one of the sports true good guys.

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