2009 Bloody Elbow Reader Awards: Card of the Year

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It's the biggest card of the year, and I remember all of twenty minutes.

It was a perfect storm: I had just moved back to Chicago, my friend was throwing a housewarming party, and the UFC was putting on their biggest show in the history of the promotion.  Heavy drinking commenced with a summer sun beating down from above.

When the show started, I found myself plopped down on a comfy leather chair in front of a 100-inch-plus projection of fighting goodness.  I rallied my friends (casual fight fans at best) to cheer on Sexyama against the evil scourge of a poorly rendered Johnny Cash tattoo.

And then things started to get a little hazy.

I remember catching the replays of Henderson's knockout over Mike Bisping.  St-Pierre/Alves is just one big blur of Georges sitting up in Alves's guard.  The adrenaline rush of Brock Lesnar's phallus covered chest helped retain the image of Lesnar pounding a mentally destroyed Frank Mir and the aftermath.  And apparently Jon Fitch beat Paulo Thiago after that.

In my darkest and most impressive moment as a Bloody Elbow staff member, the UFC 100 post-fight analysis was done without an ounce of sobriety.  I felt like a bona fide writer for the first time in my life.

Full results after the break.

Card of the Year Voting
1st 2nd 3rd Total
UFC 100 37 2 1 192
WEC 41 1 10 5 40
Strikeforce: Evolution 3 4 7 34
UFC 94 3 4 6 33
UFC 102 3 3 5 29
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers 7 2 23
Affliction: Day of Reckoning 1 4 5 22
UFC 107 3 1 1 19
DREAM 11 3 1 16
UFC 101 3 5 14
WEC 44 3 4 13
Dynamite!! 2009 1 1 8
DREAM 10 1 5
WEC 40 1 3
DREAM 7 1 3
UFC 98 1 3
UFC 108 1 3
TUF 9 Finale 1 1
UFC 99 1 1
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