Over the next few days, Bloody Elbow is going to ask for your opinion on some of the best things that have happened in the MMA world over the first half of 2012. There will be a total of eight different categories you'll be asked to vote on. For simplicity's sake we're going to stick with high-level and relevant MMA stuff in these posts. While I'm sure there was a ludicrous knockout in an unscheduled MMA event at The Lumberyard strip club in Des Moines, or an insane pancreas lock submission on an obscure ZST! card in Japan, let's just stick to stuff a lot of us have seen, okay? (If that spiel looked familiar, it's because I just lifted it from last year's awards post.)
It's pretty simple. I'll post five or ten options in a category, you vote for what you think was the best. If you think I left something really important off my list, post it in the comments and we can add it to the poll if it's deemed worthy. I can almost guarantee you won't like all my suggestions, but narrowing down these lists is tough.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get onto the third poll - the best feud of the first half of 2012.
Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem - They were scheduled to meet at UFC 146 but once Overeem was pulled from the bout for failing a test, things got tense. Neither of them disrespected the other or anything, but JDS wanted blood tests if they ever met and Overeem still says he's coming for that belt.
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber - Like the first bout on the list, these two won't be facing off either. Their rivalry played out on The Ultimate Fighter Live as the two coaches, and it ended up being more sophomoric than anything. Still though, it's clear these two do not like each other.
Anistavio "Gasparzinho" Medeiros vs. Rodrigo Damm - Anyone who watched TUF Brazil understands this one. Gasparzinho was a huge annoyance and constantly got on Damm's nerves. Damm finally shut him up at UFC 147.
Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans - Everyone knows the details of the falling out between these two right now, and the intensity was ratcheted up as they approached their battle at UFC 145. Jones won and tried to make up with Evans afterwards, but it didn't seem like Evans really wanted any part of it.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort - The TUF Brazil coaches were going to meet again at UFC 147 after thirteen years, but Belfort pulled out with a broken hand. Both had their fair share to say about one another.
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - These two talked boatloads of smack in the leadup to their Strikeforce title bout earlier this year, and it was Rousey that backed it up with a first-round submission win.
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen - No explanation is necessary for this one. Silva finally came out with some verbal jabs at Sonnen this week which will add even more drama to their July 7th bout.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall - This wasn't a feud in terms of trash talk, but the two bouts between the men were both excellent and they were stuck with each other for a long time.
Quinton Jackson vs. the UFC - Rampage has always been someone who speaks his mind, and now he wants out of the UFC. He has one more bout on his contract but that didn't stop him from talking smack about the organization. Dana White fired back, and so on.
Mark Hunt and his fans vs. the world - The #Rally4Hunt started when Alistair Overeem was forced out of his bout at UFC 146 and his fans thought he should be the replacement. Hunt even started a twitter account and went wild on it, encouraging his fans to keep it up. Dana White shot it down a few days later but it was quite the movement for a bit there.
Vote or die!
What was the best feud in MMA over the first half of 2012?
Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem (5 votes)
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber (26 votes)
Gasparzinho vs. Rodrigo Damm (13 votes)
Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans (302 votes)
Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort (12 votes)
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate (343 votes)
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen (1254 votes)
Mighty Mouse vs. Uncle Creepy (14 votes)
Rampage Jackson vs. The UFC (23 votes)
Mark Hunt and Friends vs. The World (257 votes)
2249 total votes