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 course of 2013. 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. 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 5-10 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 is tough.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get onto the first poll - the best feud of 2013. The year didn't feature a lot of high-profile hate, but there were a few pretty good ones. Here's a look at a few from this year so far.
Dana White vs. Bjorn Rebney - After years of keeping quiet about Bellator, Dana White blew up after he tried to sign Eddie Alvarez and Bellator seemingly matched the contract, then sued. Alvarez was in limbo for a while, but eventually went back to Bellator. White continued to tear Rebney and his organization apart, and Rebney began to respond with his own version of snark.
Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey - We all know there won't be any Christmas cards exchanged between these two, but things heated up during the filming of TUF. Rousey earned the ire of fans with her actions while Tate came across a lot better. Even after Rousey bested Tate in the cage for the second time, she refused to shake her hand to end things.
Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz - Diaz is the only man in MMA that has made GSP lose his cool. The trash talk from Diaz throughout all of 2012 made St-Pierre pick a fight with him over Johny Hendricks, and the press conference featuring the two men was wild. GSP soundly defeated Diaz and that ended things, but it was by far the most compelling storyline of early 2013.
Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva - Sonnen has been asking to fight Silva for a while now, but Silva hasn't seemed too keen on the idea. They're both done their fair share of trash talking and even had a run-in at an autograph signing. Finally they were matched up as TUF Brazil 3 coaches and will meet in mid-2014. So this feud is nowhere near over.
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy - After Kennedy beat Rafael Natal he made a point of calling out Bisping. The British fighter is used to this sort of thing and responded in kind, but Kennedy has kept up the constant chatter to goad him into the fight. Bisping says he'll accept, but the bout hasn't been inked as of yet. Like the one above, this is sure to continue into 2014.
Dana White vs. Georges St-Pierre - White basically threw GSP under the bus for his vague speech saying he needed time off after UFC 168. St-Pierre never really responded to White, but he did step up a couple of weeks later to drop his belt and take an indefinite leave of absence. The UFC responded by immediately dropping him from their rankings. The whole thing has been full of misinformation and weirdness.
Ben Askren vs. UFC - First the UFC was interested. Then they weren't. Even when Askren became an unrestricted free agent, Dana White passed on signing him. Askren thought it was due to his hatred for Bjorn Rebney, and refused to take Dana's suggestion to sign with World Series of Fighting. Instead, he signed with ONE FC and has referred to Dana as the "bald-headed fat man" since then.
Emanuel Newton vs. King Mo Lawal - Mo never has much trouble talking trash about opponents, but he stepped it up a notch after Newton pulled off the huge upset and knocked him out in February. There was all sorts of stuff said that isn't fit for print here, and it culminated in a really weird argument between the two on the MMA Hour before their November rematch. Newton was able to shut Mo up by pulling off another win, but I doubt we've heard the last of this.