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Bloody Elbow Year-End Awards: Best Fight

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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, Best Comeback, Biggest Upset, Best Fighter, and Best Knockout at the applicable links.

Alrighty, let's get down to the final, and most prestigious award - Best Fight. 2012 was a banner year for excellent scraps, and one guy might even make the list twice. Here we go, in no particular order:

Nate Marquardt vs. Tyron Woodley, Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy - Marquardt took the first two rounds, Woodley took the third, then Nate blasted him into oblivion in the fourth.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall 1, UFC on FX 2 - The two flyweights put on an excellent, fast-paced bout that ended with a scoring debacle that robbed the fighters and fans of a fourth round.

Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner, UFC on Fox 4 - A total barnburner that was all over the place before Lauzon finally got the third round finish.

Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier, UFC on Fuel 3 - Absolutely insane action and near-finishes in a solid back-and-forth affair.

T.J. Grant vs. Evan Dunham, UFC 152 - Dunham was bleeding like crazy but never gave up in a super-entertaining fight. Grant got the W in the end.

Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin, UFC 145 - Hominick got dropped twice but still put up a hell of a fight.

Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller, UFC 155 - Another Lauzon masterpiece, but this time he couldn't get the win. Tons of blood, crazy submission attempts, and everything else in between.

Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate, Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Tate - The bout might not have gone very deep but it was full of drama.

Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva, UFC 153 - A back-and-forth war that was almost ended by both guys a couple of times. Boring this was not.

Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar 1, UFC 144 - Five full rounds of great action that earned Henderson the UFC lightweight title. Not to be confused with the slightly-less thrilling second bout where Bendo defended the title.