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 over the first half of 2013. There will be a total of six 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. While I'm sure there was a ludicrous knockout in an unscheduled MMA event at The Lumberyard strip club in Des Moines, or an insane pancreas lock submission on an obscure ZST! card in Japan, let's just stick to stuff a lot of us have seen, okay? (If that spiel looked familiar, it's because I've used the same one for three years in a row. Originality? What originality?)
It's pretty simple. I'll post some 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 is tough.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get onto the first poll - the biggest upset of the first half of 2013. There were a ton of huge upsets over the last six months, particularly early in the year. I'm sure you won't like some of the selections, but that's part of the fun here. So let's check em out.
Here we go, in no particular order:
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira decisions Rashad Evans, UFC 156 - On a card full of upsets, this was the biggest one odds-wise. Lil Nog could be found as high as +495, and Evans just didn't show up on that night.
Stipe Miocic dominates Roy Nelson, UFC 161 - Miocic wasn't a crazy underdog according to the betting lines (he closed around +230 to +280), but not many were picking him to beat Big Country. Miocic did though, and totally outclassed him over the whole 15 minutes.
Michelle Waterson submits Jessica Penne, Invicta FC 5 - We've visited this fight in past votes, but what a lot of people glossed over was the fact that Waterson was close to a 4-1 underdog going into the bout and her win was one of the biggest upsets of the year odds-wise.
Doug Marshall's run through the Bellator middleweight tournament - Rhino was a big underdog for three straight bouts in the spring and he won them all to claim the MW tourney, including an emphatic knockout in the finals.
Kelvin Gastelum beats Uriah Hall, TUF 17 Finale - Hall was hyped to the moon all season and had some crazy finishes. Gastelum was the young, undersized guy no one expected to win. He was a 3-1 underdog, but he persevered and toppled the giant.
Antonio Silva beats Alistair Overeem, UFC 156 - He was down two rounds and KO'd Overeem in the third. Most betting sites had Bigfoot as a 3-1 or 4-1 underdog, which is one of the bigger UFC upsets of the year in terms of odds.
Tarec Saffiedine defeats Nate Marquardt, Strikeforce's final event - I know it seems like so long ago, but it was actually this year. Nate was coming off of kicking Tyron Woodley's ass and was a heavy favorite. Saffiedine chopped him down with leg kicks though and claimed the SF welterweight title with the win in the last Strikeforce fight ever.
Josh Burkman submits Jon Fitch, WSOF 3 - Yes, it was an amazing sub win and that adds to it. But the simple fact is that no one outside of Brian Hemminger at MMA Mania was picking him to win at all. He closed between +284 and +375. I don't know what a finish by sub prop odds were, but I'm sure it paid out a pretty penny to anyone that actually bet on it.