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 biggest upset of the first half of 2012.
I went with six options here instead of the usual five or ten. Check out the options and make your pick after the jump.
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami, UFC 144 - There was no way in hell Okami was supposed to lose to The Barbarian, and it definitely looked that way for two rounds. The third changed all that, and Boetsch stopped Okami in his tracks.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Hatsu Hioki, UFC on FX 4 -Hioki turned down a title shot and was relegated to the undercard. Lamas was viewed as a tough matchup, but not in Hioki's league. That's definitely not the way it turned out.
Ryan Bader vs. Quinton Jackson, UFC 144 - Jackson started out as a massive favorite, but admitting to an injury and missing weight gave Bader a lot of momentum. He took advantage of it and defeated the former champ by decision.
Jamie Varner vs. Edson Barboza, UFC 146 - Varner entered the bout as a lameduck late replacement against the top lightweight prospect, but flipped the world upside down with his dominant first-round victory.