Bloody Elbow 2012 Year-End Awards: Biggest Upset

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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.

Before we get to this one, you can vote on Best Submission, Best Celebration, Best Feud, and Best Comeback at the applicable links.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get onto the fifth poll. The biggest upset of the year. 2012 was full of shocking results, as is generally the case in MMA (and that''s part of what makes it so great in my opinion). But what was the most surprising result of all?

Here we go, in no particular order:

James Head vs. Brian Ebersole, UFC 149 - Ebersole entered the bout at 4-0 in the UFC, but was outwrestled by the bigger Head and dropped a decision to the 3-1 underdog.

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.

Matt Wiman vs. Paul Sass, UFC on Fuel 5 - This wasn't a crazy upset in terms of betting odds or anything, but the fact that Wiman submitted the submission specialist was nothing short of shocking. And awesome.

Tim Boetsch vs. Hector Lombard, UFC 149 - Lombard came in with a big reputation to live up to, but couldn't get it done against The Barbarian. The bout was slow, and very close, but the big underdog took the split decision win.

Jamie Varner vs. Edson Barboza, UFC 146 - Varner entered the bout as a late replacement against the top lightweight prospect, but flipped the world upside down with his dominant first-round victory.

Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin, UFC on Fuel 6 - Franklin's chin was already starting to degrade a bit, but very few figured Le had the power to put him away. That doubt was laid to rest with a perfect right hand that turned Franklin's lights out instantly.

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.

Eddie Yagin vs. Mark Hominick, UFC 145 - Yagin was seen as a bounce-back opponent for Hominick following a quick loss. Instead, Yagin dropped Hominick a few times and picked up a decision win.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez, UFC 152 - Benavidez was a big favorite going in and the fight was close, but Mighty Mouse took it home to become the first UFC flyweight champ.

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