"Fight of the year" is one of those terms that is often used around MMA but I suspect means different things to different people. This post - what really is the 2013 fight of the year? - referred to the issue of definition and criteria, but the focus and discussion afterward was on which fight was the fight of 2013. I'm interested in people's definition of, or at least criteria for, "fight of the year".
Based on some of the fights which have been candidates for "fight of the year", I've derived the below criteria, all of which a fight must meet to be considered "fight of the year". This isn't necessarily my criteria, but what appears to be common amongst candidates.
- both fighters display excellent technique
- both fighters engage in reckless attacks, a brawl
- the fight is not one sided
- there are significant shifts in momentum
- both fighters survive significant attacks
- both fighters sustain significant damage
However, the fight does not need to have:
- any title relevance
- a finish