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 2015. There will be a total of eight different categories you'll be asked to vote on. For the sake of simplicity 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 five 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 third poll - the Biggest Upset of 2015. I have a feeling that people are going to focus on one option here, but with a gaggle of title changes and some surprising results across the board, perhaps that particular knockout in Australia might not get all the votes. Let's find out.
Frankie Saenz defeats Iuri Alcantara, UFC Fight Night 61 - You likely remember Saenz for putting up a good fight against Urijah Faber. But early in the year, Saenz was an unknown and got matched up against ranked Brazilian Alcantara. Oddsmakers put a bunch of money on Alcantara, moving Saenz from an opening line around +225 all the way to as high as +775. Saenz shocked oddsmakers and fans alike with a unanimous decision win.
Rafael Carvalho stops Brandon Halsey, Bellator 144 - Carvalho was widely viewed as fodder for Halsey so he could reclaim his title. Carvalho closed in the +700 to +800 range, but a body kick and some punches led to a second-round stoppage win for the Brazilian in a huge surprise.
Rafael dos Anjos batters Anthony Pettis, UFC 185 - This one doesn't seem so crazy now that RDA crushed Donald Cerrone, but it sure was at the time. He closed around +400, but virtually no one was giving him a real shot. He proved everyone wrong, routing Showtime over five rounds to claim the UFC lightweight title.
Holly Holm crushes Ronda Rousey, UFC 193 - The fight result heard around the world. Holm wasn't quite the betting dog some expected in the end, finishing in the +550 to +700 range. That's because a ton of late money came in on her. Those gamblers knew what they were doing though, making a gaggle of cash when Holly knocked Ronda out in the second round and dethroned the giant.
Uriah Hall knocks out Gegard Mousasi, UFC Fight Night 75 - Most expected the perennially-ranked Mousasi to cruise here, and he did in the first round. In the second though, the 4-1 underdog caught Mousasi with a spinning kick and finished him, handing the former SF and Dream champ his first TKO loss in 45 career fights.