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 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 third poll - the best feud of 2012.
Here we go, in no particular order:
Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem - They were scheduled to meet at UFC 146 but once Overeem was pulled from the bout for failing a test, things got tense.Overeem got suspended and JDS lost his title to Cain Velasquez, which Overeem made fun of. These two will meet one day for sure.
Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans - It seems like so long ago now. Everyone knows the details of the falling out between these two, and the intensity was ratcheted up as they approached their battle at UFC 145. Jones won and tried to make up with Evans afterwards, but it didn't seem like Evans really wanted any part of it.
Johny Hendricks vs. business - How many guys do you have to beat before you get a title shot? Despite laying Martin Kampmann out in less than a minute at UFC 154, Hendricks was forced to take a backseat to a suspended fighter coming off a loss.
Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar - This feud wasn't kept alive with shit-talking or outlandish antics. It just involved two razor-thin fights and 10 rounds of supreme entertainment. Bendo came out on top both times, but I think we'll see these two tangle again one day.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort - The TUF Brazil coaches were going to meet again at UFC 147 after thirteen years, but Belfort pulled out with a broken hand. Both had their fair share to say about one another.
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - These two talked boatloads of smack in the leadup to their Strikeforce title bout earlier this year, and it was Rousey that backed it up with a first-round submission win.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall - This wasn't a feud in terms of trash talk either, but the two bouts between the men were both excellent and they were stuck with each other for a long time.
Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen - A fortunate set of dominoes fell for Sonnen and he ended up with a title shot at 205 despite not competing in the division since 2006. The TUF 17 coaches will play up whatever they can, but there's no denying how manufactured this whole thing feels.
Mark Hunt and his fans vs. the world - The #Rally4Hunt started when Alistair Overeem was forced out of his bout at UFC 146 and his fans thought he should be the replacement. Hunt even started a twitter account and went wild on it, encouraging his fans to keep it up. Dana White shot it down a few days later but it was quite the movement for a bit there.