Dan Henderson (left) battles Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (right) at UFC 139 on Nov. 19, 2011, in San Jose, California. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.
Earlier this month, we here at MMAmania.com embarked on a quest to determine the best of the best in the year 2011. The final category voted on by you, the fans, was the "Event of the Year." And while there were plenty of worthy candidates, there were two that stood out from the rest.
They also happened to occur not long before the voting process started. A case of what's freshest instead of what's best?
Perhaps but the eventual winner, the UFC 139: "Shogun vs. Henderson" event, featured the "Fight of the Year" in Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Rua, so it is somewhat fitting that it emerged victorious. The show also saw Wanderlei Silva stop Cung Le and Urijah Faber earn a bantamweight title shot against Dominick Cruz by besting Brian Bowles.
Then again, the other event in the running, UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida," was headlined by the "Fighter of the Year," Jon Jones, who defended his light heavyweight title in spectacular fashion with a submission win over Lyoto Machida. Plus, this was the same fight card that gave us the "Submission of the Year" when Frank Mir snapped Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's arm like a twig.
You decided, Maniacs, so maybe you can tell us how UFC 139 beat out UFC 140. Do so after checking out the full results of our poll for the best event of 2011 after the jump.
- UFC 139: "Shogun vs. Henderson" -- 946 votes
- UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" -- 873 votes
- UFC 132: "Cruz vs. Faber" -- 184 votes
- UFC 129: "St. Pierre vs. Shields" -- 179 votes
- Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Silva" -- 105 votes
- Other -- 103 votes
Remember to check out winners in all the other categories including "Fight of the Year," "Knockout of the Year," "Submission of the Year" and "Fighter of the Year" by clicking here, here, here and here.