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 comeback of the first half of 2012.
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami, UFC 144 - Okami largely shut Boetsch down over the first two rounds, and his corner told him he had to come out in the third and go for it. He did exactly that, blasting Okami with a ton of shots right away and earning the improbable TKO victory.
Martin Kampmann vs. Thiago Alves, UFC on FX 2 - Alves was battering Kampmann around the cage for most of the fight, Alves went for a takedown where it wasn't necessary and paid dearly for it. Kampmann latched on a guillotine immediately and Alves tapped with just 48 seconds left in the final round.
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares, UFC on Fox 3 - It might not fit the general definition of comeback, but he let Toquinho get right to where he wanted to - attached to his leg. With most fighters, it's all but over at that point. But the black belt defended perfectly, and ended up winning the bout a minute later.
Ben Rothwell vs. Brendan Schaub, UFC 145 - Schaub has Rothwell hurt against the fence early with some big shots, but one monsterous punch from Rothwell floored Schaub, and some followup work on the ground led to one of the funnier moments of the year.
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva, UFC 147 - Franklin had won the first and was controlling the second before near-disaster struck. Silva dropped him and swarming, coming extremely close to picking up a TKO victory. Franklin persevered to the end of the round though, and came back to control the rest of the fight despite not remembering a thing after the beating he took from the Axe Murderer in the second.
Vote now, you should.
What was the best comeback in MMA over the first half of 2012?
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami, UFC 144 (1550 votes)
Martin Kampmann vs. Thiago Alves, UFC on FX 2 (618 votes)
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares, UFC on Fox 3 (124 votes)
Ben Rothwell vs. Brendan Schaub, UFC 145 (95 votes)
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva, UFC 147 (119 votes)
2506 total votes