Time for a look back at 2011.
It's the obvious choice for best year ever. 4 fights, 4 finishes, a world title and 2 title defenses. I'd say that lands him in the good column.
I'll admit, I'm an Edgar fan. And this year didn't disappoint. Two epic wars with Gray Maynard. And a great decisive KO victory.
After a disappointing end to 2010, Bendo bounced right back with 3 big wins over top competition. If he keeps this up, 2012 may be an even better year.
Everyone is talking about Jon Jones, but Cerrone has also racked up 4 wins this year. Cerrone is a beast with no quit in him and just keeps rolling. If he wins on Friday against Nate Diaz, he'll have 5 wins in 2011. People better start paying attention to Cerrone.
Cruz still doesn't get the respect he deserves, but a decisive victory over his nemesis Urijah Faber and then a one-sided victory over Demetrious Johnson capped off a good year for Cruz.
Chan Sung Jung
After a disappointing 2010, the Korean Zombie had a stellar 2011. The first ever twister submission in the UFC and a record tying fastest knock out of Mark Hominick.
Aldo had a pretty good year. He faced the best striker he's ever faced in his career and secured a decisive victory. He then followed that with a victory over a big name in Kenny Florian. Good year to say the least.
Nick had a great year, even if he can't buy a house. He submitted Cyborg Santos, knocked out Paul Daley and put a beating on BJ Penn that no one has ever done before. He's one fight away from being a UFC champion.
Not a bad year for the Spider. A front kick knock out of Vitor Belfort, and then he avenged the last loss of his career with a one-sided beatdown of Yushin Okami.
Junior dos Santos
Not a bad year for the new heavyweight champion of the world. He turned Shane Carwin's face into hamburger and then knocked out Cain Velasquez in 64 seconds to win the title.
Hendo had a great year. Won the Strikeforce title by knocking out Cavalcante, then he knocked out the legend, Fedor. Afterwards, he returned to the UFC and had a fight of the year candidate in a victory over Shogun.
Last on the good list, J-Lau. He didn't rack up tons of wins, but Joe Lauzon always finds a way to shock the world. Not only did he outstrike Melvin Guillard, but then submitted him in 47 seconds.
Rashad falls into the Bad category because he's sat on the sideline too long, then beat up a washed up Tito Ortiz and got injured again, missing another title shot opportunity.
Chael lands in the bad because after a year suspension for elevated testosterone he earned a one-sided victory and then immediately started trolling for a title shot.
After a monster 2010 Jim stood on the cusp of a title shot. All he had to do was beat Ben Henderson. Miller was completely outclassed, outworked and just plain looked like he didn't belong in the title picture.
After a great 2010, and a great first half of 2011, Melvin was telling the world he deserved a title shot. Then he overlooked Joe Lauzon and got beat on the feet and then submitted in a mere 47 seconds.
Ever since Anderson Silva ate his soul, Forrest has lacked the fire and desire to compete. And nothing was more evident than the one-sided beating and TKO loss he took to Shogun.
Kenny's had 3 title shots and lost all 3. Kenny's featherweight experiment bought him another title fight loss.
After calling out Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle, and then losing to both puts Hardy in the Ugly category. To make matters worse, he pleaded for Lytle to stand and bang with him. Then after losing the stand up battle, he shot on Lytle and promptly got submitted. Ugly year, Outlaw.
Ugly year for Nate the Great. He got popped for testosterone, cut by the UFC and hasn't fought since.
A one-sided beat down from Bigfoot Silva, a brutal knock out loss to Hendo and then a decision victory over Jeff Monson. What an ugly year for the Last Emperor.
My look back on The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, 2011 Edition.