Bloody Elbow Year-End Awards - Best Celebration

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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 in 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. I'm sure there was a crazy three-toed neck crank in M-1's Kazakh rookie series or something, but we'll just go with stuff that most people have actually seen here. Cool?

It's pretty simple. I'll post 10 (5 in this case) 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 to 10 is tough.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get onto the first poll - the best celebration of 2012. I think it's pretty obvious what's going to win, and there certainly haven't been many memorable ones lately, but let's vote on it anyway,

Here we go, in no particular order:

Stephen Thompson at UFC 143 - After knocking out Dan Stittgen with an amazing kick he did a crazy spinning backflip, reminiscent of a corkscrewy pro wrestling move.

Maximo Blanco and Marcus Brimage at UFC 145 - Following a dull fight where they didn't much of anything, the two men engaged in a ridiculous tumbling competition that was a lot more entertaining than the fight itself.

Jose Aldo at UFC 142 - After he knocked out Chad Mendes, Aldo raced into the Rio crowd and celebrated with them. He was eventually corralled by security, but tried to take off on them to do the same thing once again.

Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5 - It actually happened during the fight with B.J. Penn, but Rory doing the Ali shuffle during the third round was as much of a real celebration as we saw over the last six months of the year.

Shawn Jordan at UFC on FX 2 - After knocking out Oli Thompson, the 245-pound heavyweight pulled off a pretty damn impressive standing backflip.

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