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 Michael Bisping named ‘Fighter of the Year’ for 2016

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PostSubject: Michael Bisping named ‘Fighter of the Year’ for 2016   Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:47 am

Almost exactly 10 years after debuting in the UFC as the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 3, Michael Bisping finally realized his dream this past June when he defeated Luke Rockhold to become the new middleweight champion of the world.

That moment not only put Bisping on top of the world at 185-pounds but it was only one of a few life changing moments for the 37-year-old Brit that ultimately led to his selection as the “Fighter of the Year” in 2016 for FOX Sports.

Bisping started his year in February when he received a long-awaited matchup with former champion Anderson Silva.

When he was considered the most fearsome fighter in all of mixed martial arts, Silva defeated many of his opponents before they even stepped into the Octagon with him. Quite possibly the most devastating finisher in the history of the sport, Silva was a one man wrecking machine hell bent on separating all of his opponents from consciousness. Yet throughout his reign as champion Bisping was constantly nipping at his heels asking for a fight.

When Bisping finally got his chance he made the most of it.

Bisping outboxed Silva for the better part of five rounds and besides a severe error in the third round — one that he takes complete responsibility for making where he allowed Silva to nearly knock him out while complaining about his mouthpiece to the referee — he dominated the fight for almost the entire 25 minutes.

“That’s why I was so emotional after the fight. Of course the fight was in England, it’s a fight I’ve always wanted. I still wear the scars from that fight on my face to this day. Regardless of whether he was the champion or not the champion, for me it was a personal goal achieved, something I aspired to my entire career,” Bisping told FOX Sports about the Silva fight. “He debuted against Chris Leben a couple of days after I won ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ finale. I was there ringside and I thought to myself I want to fight this guy, I know I can beat him.

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PostSubject: Re: Michael Bisping named ‘Fighter of the Year’ for 2016   Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:27 pm

congrats to him but I think Holloway, nunez, or garbrant should have got this. just my 2 pennies
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Bisping named ‘Fighter of the Year’ for 2016   Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:51 pm

Yeah not to crap on Bisping, but the Silva he beat is not the same Silva this article is talking about.
Still a big accomplishment to beat him, but it shouldn't make a huge case for Fighter of the Year.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Bisping named ‘Fighter of the Year’ for 2016   Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:28 pm

Nunes makes sense due to her wrecking and basically retiring both Tate and Rousey.
I also like the nod to Cody No Love, especially with the way he ended this year!

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PostSubject: Re: Michael Bisping named ‘Fighter of the Year’ for 2016   Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:45 am

I think Bisping should get "come back fighter of the year". He should surely get credit for doing something nobody anywhere expected him to do as of the end of 2015. However, other than his KO of Rockhold, I wouldn't call his other two wins overly exciting or definitive. He just worked wins in those fights.

I'd give my 1st place vote to Stipe.
Earned the HW title while knocking out a murderers row of Arlovski, Werdum, and Overeem.

My 2nd place vote goes to Garbrandt.
Finished 3 guys and then stole the title from a guy that has looked unbeatable since 2008.

My 3rd place vote would actually go to Cerrone.
Deserves some consideration. After he lost to RDA and switched weight classes, he has only finished Cote, Oliviera, Story, and Brown.

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