Sportsnet/UFC Connected Best of 2011

Sportsnet's UFC Connected, which despite the name, still covers other fight organizations, awarded fights and fighters in the following categories in the year in review.

No surprise who fighter of the year is, but some choices for fights of year left me scratching my head.

Oh, and I'll do it just to be safe. I do spoil some fight results below.

Top 10 Fights

10. Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann, UFC Live, March 3

9. Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick, UFC 129, April 30

8. Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan II, UFC 136, October 8

7. Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson, UFC on FOX, November 12

6, Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley, Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley, April 9

5. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson, July 30

4. Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler, Bellator 58, November 19

3. Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry, UFC Live, June 26

2. Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard II and III, UFC 125 and UFC 136, January 1 and October 8

1. Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson, UFC 139, November 19

Top 10 Fighters

10. Pat Curran, 3-1 - won Bellator Featherweight tournament

9. Donald Cerrone, 4-0 - includes a submission of the night, KO of the night and fight of the night

8. Michael Chandler, 4-0 - won Bellator Lightweight title

7. Anderson Silva, 2-0 - KO of the night and ninth title defense

6. Nick Diaz, 3-0 - two defenses of Strikeforce welterweight title

5. Ben Henderson, 3-0 - fight of the night leading to title shot

4. Junior dos Santos, 2-0 - won UFC Heavyweight title

3. Frankie Edgar, 1-0-1 - retains UFC Lightweight title

2. Dan Henderson, 3-0 - won Strikeforce light heavyweight title, fight of the night leading to title shot.

1. Jon Jones, 4-0 - youngest UFC title holder, dropped Lyoto Machida on his ass

Top 10 Submissions

10. Tito Ortiz defeats Ryan Bader via guillotine choke at UFC 132

9. Jon Jones puts Lyoto Machida to sleep at UFC 140

8. Phil Davis puts Tim Boetsch in a hammerlock at UFC 123. Actually from 2010.

7. Marloes Coenen triangle choke's Liz Carmouche at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Feijao.

6. Ronda Rousey destroy's the arm of Julia Budd at Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers

5. Diego Brandao wins a UFC contract with an armbar against Dennis Bermudez at TUF 14 Finale.

4. Pablo Garza jumps up and brings Yves Jabouin down with a flying triangle choke at UFC 129.

3. Chan Sung Jung introduces Leonard Garcia to the twister at UFC Fight Night 24.

2. Richard Hale uses an inverted triangle choke to tap out Nik Fekete at Bellator 38.

1. Frank Mir snaps Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera's arm at UFC 140.

Top 10 Knockouts

10. Junior dos Santos knocks out Cain Velasquez at UFC on FOX 1.

9. Chan Sung Jung takes seven seconds to knock out Mark Hominick at UFC 140.

8. Patrick Freire uses a flying knee to take out Toby Imada at Bellator 39.

7. Sam Stout lives up to his nickname to KO Yves Edwards at UFC 131.

6. Rafael Dos Anjos smashes George Sotiropolous at UFC 132.

5. Dan Henderson takes out Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson

4. John Makdessi's spinning back fist finds Kyle Watson's face at UFC 129.

3. Cheick Kongo puts Pat Barry to bed at UFC Live.

2. Lyoto Machida goes karate kid on Randy Couture at UFC 129.

1. Anderson Silva puts his foot in Vitor Belfort's face at UFC 126.

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