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 comeback of 2013.
Antonio Silva defeats Alistair Overeem, UFC 156 - Overeem wasn't totally dominating, but he definitely took the first two rounds. Suddenly in the third, Silva opened up a can of whoop ass and knocked Overeem out to the delight of the crowd.
Jared Rosholt defeats Walter Harris, TUF 18 Finale - After getting dropped twice in the first round, Rosholt controlled the next two rounds to claim his first victory in the UFC.
James Te Huna beats Ryan Jimmo, UFC on Fuel 7 - Jimmo flattened JTH with a head kick early in the fight that would have finished almost anyone. Te Huna held on though, and took the next two rounds with wrestling and ground and pound to score the comeback victory.
Bobby Green submits Jacob Volkmann, UFC 156 - Green had his back taken in the first and was nearly choked out, but he came back to survive a brutal standup call by Kim Winslow and eventually choked out Volkmann late in the third.
Edson Barboza beats Danny Castillo, UFC on Fox 9 - Castillo was all over Barboza in the first, maybe coming the closest to a 10-7 round in 2013. But Barboza was able to compose himself and come out as a new man in round two, taking it to Castillo with kicks and innovative offense over the next ten minutes to claim the victory.
Cat Zingano stops Miesha Tate, TUF 17 Finale - After definitely losing the first and probably losing the second round, Zingano came out in the third and stopped Tate with a brutal assault that included some insane knees.
Travis Browne stops Alistair Overeem, UFC Fight Night 26 - After being badly hurt by an Overeem barrage early, Browne regrouped and finished Overeem just a couple of minutes later.
Michelle Waterson submits Jessica Penne, Invicta FC 5 - Waterson was stuck in an armbar in the third round of a back-and-forth fight, but got out of it and finished the fight with her own armbar in the fourth.