Jon Jones (L) after choking out Lyoto Machida (R). Photo by Esther Lin for MMAFighting.com.
Key business indicators have been down for the UFC in the year 2011. Unlike year's past, not a single pay-per-view event has broken the 1 million buy marker, thanks largely to the absence of Brock Lesnar. Ratings have been so-so at best, although the UFC on Fox 1: "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos" event was a smashing success.
Basically, it's been a down year for the UFC and beyond. But that doesn't mean there wasn't greatness on display many times throughout the past year.
From Jon Jones running roughshod through the light heavyweight division to the epic five-round war between Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua to the crazy Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Henderson" event to Anderson Silva's front kick destruction of Vitor Belfort, it's been a pretty damn exciting year.
As you may or may not have seen, we here at MMAmania.com have been running down the best knockouts, submissions, fights, fighters, events -- all the good stuff -- this past week.
And we need you, Maniacs, to cast your vote.
Anderson Silva front kicking Vitor Belfort's teeth down his throat would be tough to top, right? Well, Lyoto Machida did the same thing to Randy Couture, except he actually had him spitting his teeth up. The real kicker? Neither of those knockouts is currently in the lead, though it's close. Click here to find out who is (you'll be shocked) and cast your vote.
Chan Sung Jung twisting up Leonard Garcia like a pretzel and making him tap was one of the better visuals inside a cage this year. But so was Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira staring at his mangled arm after Frank Mir broke it in half. Which one was a better submission. Go here and tell us what you think.
Jon Jones has had one hell of a year, winning four fights and defending the light heavyweight championship twice against two former division titleholders. But Donald Cerrone has done some big things since coming to the promotion and don't forget about Dan Henderson. Go let us know who you think right here.
That does it, Maniacs. Go cast your votes and make your voice hear. It's all you've got.