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Bloody Elbow 2015 Year-End MMA Awards - Rookie of the Year

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Make your pick for the rookie of the year in 2015 in Bloody Elbow's Year-End Awards.

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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 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.

You can still vote on the first four categories -  Best Submission, Biggest Debacle, Biggest Upset, and Biggest Robbery.

The next category is Rookie of the Year. The definition we're going with here is that they made their debut with a major organization in 2015. Some of the fighters may have been around for a while, but these ones made the most of their first opportunity on a national stage. Here are the nominees.

Alex Oliveira - After a late-notice debut where he nearly defeated the vaunted Gilbert Burns, Cowboy rattled off three straight wins over the likes of K.J. Noons and Piotr Hallmann to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the UFC.

Magomed Mustafaev - Two UFC fights, two TKO wins for the Dagestani lightweight.

Sage Northcutt - The 19-year-old popped up on a reality show Dana White was doing, and he has already made a huge splash in the UFC with two wins and some crazy flips.

Makwan Amirkhani - Not many people get eight-second knockouts in the UFC. Amirkhani did it in his debut, then followed that up with a submission win in under two minutes in his second bout. Not bad.

Joseph Duffy - The Irish fighter burst onto the scene with two wins and was set to headline an Irish card before an injury got in the way.

Holly Holm - Three wins in three tries, including the epic knockout of Ronda Rousey to claim the UFC women's bantamweight title.