Many businesses around the World have an employee of the month... so I was just thinking that UFC should start having a fighter of the month. UFC is generally holding 3-4 cards per month, so that leaves many options. Who better than the BE readers to pick the UFC Fighter of the month for July.
I will nominate one fighter per weight class, with one wild card. Feel free to write someone into the comments if you think I have missed them. Nominees after the jump.
Heavyweight - OK, I can't do it, there was only one HW fight this month and it sucked.
Light-Heavyweight - James Te Huna - Put on a Fight of the Night performance, and has positioned himself for much bigger fights down the road.
Middleweight - Chris Weidman - He made fans who appreciate a great performance go Wow! .. and the haters rush to call Munoz over-rated, a nice accomplishment. Bottom line, he went from the bottom of the top 10, making sure that at worst his next fight is a number one contender fight, if not a title shot.
Wild Card - Anderson Silva - It would be impossible to not add Silva to the list. He decisively beat his greatest foe, and extended his UFC record winning streak.
Welterweight - Damien Maia - All that the Maia supporters wanted was for him to cut out the crappy Kick-boxing and grapple... and we finally got it. I know the fight ended weird, but I think that the outcome was decided by Maia's approach to the fight.
Lightweight - Melvin Guillard - This was another tough weight class to pick, Nurmagomedov, and Dos Anjos had serious consideration. I picked Guillard because he fought a smart, and disciplined fight, something that he has not done over the course of his career, and overcame a solid submission artist to pick up a win. He also got right back in the saddle by answering the call of former teammate Donald Cerrone to fight on Aug 11th.
Featherweight - Chad Mendes - He did what a fighter is suppose to do when he is much better than his opponent, get a quick stoppage. If anyone needed a reminder of who the second best Featherweight in the world is, it was on display there.
Flyweight - Chris Cariaso - The drop from Bantamweight looks to suit Cariaso. He has been in with some very good guys at Bantamweight, and did not embarrass himself, so now he could be a guy to make some noise at FLW.
Who is the UFC Fighter of the month for July
James Te Huna (4 votes)
Chris Weidman (40 votes)
Anderson Silva (26 votes)
Damien Maia (3 votes)
Melvin Guillard (2 votes)
Chad Mendes (0 votes)
Renan Barao (9 votes)
Chris Cariaso (0 votes)
84 total votes