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.