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5 Oz. 2009 MMA Awards: Event of the Year

ufc-103-posterLadies and gentlemen, it’s time! It has been an extraordinary year of ups and down for all of those involved in the rapidly growing world of mixed martial arts, but all things must come to an end, and it’s time for to dish out our official year end awards for the crazy year that was 2009.
We’ll be diving headfirst into a series of fifteen end of the year awards, with a new award being distributed every single day through December 31 with a special two part New Years Eve year-end award extravaganza.

In this edition we have FiveOuncesofPain’s top five events of 2009 (meaning the events that delivered more than any others, and only judging by the fights that were aired on the live broadcast):

1. UFC 103 – September 19, 2009

Vitor Belfort defeats Rich Franklin via knockout (punches) at 3:02 of round 1

Junior dos Santos defeats Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via submission (punch) at 2:00 of round 3

Paul Daley defeats Martin Kampmann via TKO (punches) at 2:31 of round 1

Josh Koscheck defeats Frank Trigg via TKO (punches) at 1:25 of round 1

Tyson Griffin defeats Hermes Franca via TKO (punches) at 3:26 of round 2

Efrain Escudero defeats Cole Miller via knockout (punch) at 3:36 of round 1

Tomasz Drwal defeats Drew McFedries via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:03 of round 2

Jim Miller defeats Steve Lopez via TKO (injury) at 0:48 of round 2

Nik Lentz defeats Rafaello Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Ricky Story defeats Brian Foster via submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:09 of round 2

Rafael dos Anjos defeats Rob Emerson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

2. UFC 95 – February 21, 2009

Diego Sanchez defeats Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Dan Hardy defeats Rory Markham via knockout (punch) at 1:09 of round 1

Nate Marquardt defeats Wilson Gouveia via TKO (strikes) at 3:10 of round 3

Demian Maia defeats Chael Sonnen via submission (triangle choke) at 2:37 of round 1

Paulo Thiago defeats Josh Koscheck via TKO (uppercut) at 3:29 of round 1

Terry Etim defeats Brian Cobb via TKO (strikes) at 0:10 of round 2

Junior dos Santos defeats Stefan Struve via TKO (punches) at 0:54 of round 1

Evan Dunham defeats Per Eklund via TKO (punches) at 2:14 of round 1

Mke Ciesnolevicz defeats Neil Grove via submission (heel hook) at 1:03 of round 1

Paul Kelly defeats Troy Mandaloniz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-28)

3. Strikeforce: Evolution – December 19, 2009

Scott Smith defeats Cung Le via knockout (punches) at 3:25 of round 3

Gilbert Melendez defeats Josh Thomson via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) to unify the Strikeforce lightweight title

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza defeats Matt Lindland via submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:18 of round 1

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal defeats Mike Whitehead via knockout (punches) at 3:08 of round 1

4. WEC 45 – December 19, 2009

Donald Cerrone defeats Ed Ratcliff via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:47 of Round 3

Brad Pickett defeats Kyle Dietz via submission (Peruvian necktie) at 4:36 of Round 2

Anthony Njokuani defeats Chris Horodecki via TKO (strikes) at 3:33 of Round 1

Brandon Visher defeats Courtney Buck via knockout (punches) at 4:45 of Round 1

Joseph Benavidez defeats Rani Yahya via TKO (strikes) at 1:35 of Round 1

Scott Jorgensen defeats Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

5. Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz – April 11, 2009

Nick Diaz defeats Frank Shamrock via TKO (punches) at 3:57 of round 2

Gilbert Melendez defeats Rodrigo Damm via knockout (punches) at 2:02 of round 2

Scott Smith defeats Benji Radach via knockout (punch) at 3:24 of round 3

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos defeats Hitomi Akano via TKO (punches) at 0:35 of round 3

Brett Rogers defeats Abongo Humphrey via TKO (strikes) at 1:38 of round 2

*Honorable Mention: Strikeforce: Woodley vs. Bears – November 20, 2009

Tyron Woodley defeats Rudy Bears via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:52 of round 1

Kerry Vera defeats Kim Couture via TKO (punches) at 3:35 of round 1

Bobby Voelker defeats Erik Apple via TKO (strikes) at 1:23 of round 2

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante defeats Aaron Rosa via TKO (strikes) at 3:25 of round 2

Kevin Casey defeats Chad Vance via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:41 of round 1

  • David Andrest says:

    Let me be the first to get it out of the way.

    No UFC 100?? are you crazy??

    Blah blah blah, bullet point, bullet point, blah blah

  • Nick Havok says:

    That is so sweet that Strikeforce Challengers 5: Woodley vs. Bears made the list! I was at that show and it kicked all kinds of ass.

    Good pick, 5 oz.

    I think Strikeforce could have made the list even again with Fedor vs. Rogers card…but nope! Jake Shields hosed that one with his 25 minute leg hump. Thanks, Jake.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i remember 103 being pretty dope, also Dream put on some mad nice events, i think 11 was a top notch one, could have been 10, certainly better than Evolution. i took far too many drugs when i was younger and have an awful short term memory so i can actually remember what i liked best. I do remember UFC 100 being nowt more than OK tho

  • Rece Rock says:

    Think we can switch the pole positions of 3 & 4…? WEC had a great card and the only thing that they could say was lacking was the promotion – SF had some big names on there card that night and that doesn’t really make it better.Some of the SF matches were mismatched and one sided affairs – ex: King Mo/ Whitehead & Jacare/ Lindland… like those were real good challenges??

    In addition:
    Sorry and no offense but any card with Kim Couture on it really shouldn’t even be honorable mention, unless were talking about cards featuring the Top Ten Beat Downs… the woman is tough and can take a beating but that’s not competition.

  • thunder okami says:

    UFC 100 was not all that great, Hendo made us all happy but the rest of the card was kinda eh. It just had a lot of hype.

    I agree with the list though, the only one i think should have been on here was 102

    Nog vs. Randy
    Thiago vs. Jardine
    Marquardt vs. Maia
    all were great

    105 should be an honorable mention as well

  • Rece Rock says:

    How about D12 with that dreamy white cage ooooh aaaah….

  • moosebaby02 says:

    so this is a list for ALL the best shows between ALL the promotions of 2009 and Strikeforce Evolution is 3rd?????
    ok i guess so

  • Makington says:

    Great picks on your list Cory! I agree with UFC 100 being more hype than delivery. Had it been UFC 99 no one really would have cared too much. I don’t know if I would have put SF: Evolution on there. To me the only reason it would be is Thomson/Melendez which was flat out awesome.

    I’m glad you didn’t forget about UFC 95. For a free night that no one was really looking forward to, it delivered a tremendous amount of great fights.

    I think the finale of UK vs USA Ultimate Fighter should have a spot here too. Sanchez/Guida alone is enough to earn the spot, but we also had Wilks absolute jiu-jitsu display over Demarques, Lytle and Burns 3 rounds slug fest, Diaz and Stevenson having the most technical ground fight in a while. Pearson beat Winner unconvincingly for the LW winner but that night had to give out 3 FotN awards. Pretty good event imo.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    UK vs USA was an wicked card Makington. forgot about that one

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Maybe because it’s still fresh on my mind, but UFC 107 was pretty sweet too.

  • what about Torres Vs. Bowles…

    The main event itself of course…
    All the decisions were awesome
    ESPECIALLY Jeff Curran and Mizugaki
    Llamas and Castillo was a barn burner until Castillo caught him

  • Glad WEC 45 and Strikeforce got the nod. That was one great night of fights. Made me staying home on a Saturday night worth it.

  • MCM says:

    Even with the snoozer of a fight by Sheilds, I’d still put SF’s Fedor-Rogers card as one of the most exciting of the year. Partially cause it was a great card, but also because of the fact that it was the first Prime Time MMA card on a major network. Most fans were pumped just to get free MMA and the fact that 3 out of the 4 fights really delivered in action just made the whole thing that much more enjoyable.

  • Jak says:

    MCM: d, but also because of the fact that it was the first Prime Time MMA card on a major network.

    You know that it wasn’t the first Prime Time mma Card on a major Network, right? Elite XC was on Cbs a few times with such notables as Scott Smith, Robbie Lawler, Kevin Ferguson, etc…

    For me, the Ultimate fighter 9, Sanchez vs. Guida was probably my overall favourite card. Stand up wars, ground wars, submissions, etc…


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