After a long and extensive process, esteemed colleague Brent Brookhouse and I are proud to bring you the 2011 Bloody Elbow Tournament of Bad, an idea stolen from local Chicago sports radio show Boers and Bernstein. The concept is simple: compile a list of 64 of the worst things related to the sport of MMA and pit them against one another in an NCAA Tournament-style bracket. You, the readers, vote on each matchup until we have our ultimate champion.
(1) Alan Belcher's Johnny Cash Tattoo vs. (16) Jake Shields' striking
(8) Cecil Peoples, in every form vs. (9) "Takedown stole the round"
(5) Bellator event locations vs. (12) Women's MMA
(4) B-movie ads during UFC PPVs vs. (13) Tito Ortiz's postfight excuses
Photo courtesy of UFC.com, Josh Hedges/Getty Images, Sherdog.com, Jeff Sherwood, Esther Lin for Strikeforce, and my private stash of UFC events.
Voting after the jump. Polls close at midnight ET tomorrow.