UFC/MMA Top 5 'Events of the Year' in 2013

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What do UFC 160, UFC 164, UFC on FUEL TV 10, UFC 162 and UFC on FOX 6 all have in common? They are among some of the most memorable mixed martial arts (MMA) events in 2013, which are all worthy of continued discussion and praise.

Let's take a moment to sit back and remember all those times we cracked open a cold one, sat down on the couch and spent a few hours watching men and women of various sizes beat the ever-loving hell out of each other.

Here are the Top 5 mixed martial arts (MMA) events of 2013.

5. UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2


UFC 160's pay-per-view (PPV) main card was a little slow to get going, as Donald Cerrone ground out K.J. Noons in the opening bout, but things picked up steam immediately after. T.J. Grant upset Gray Maynard via crushing knockout just two minutes into the first round, while Glover Teixeira took 31 seconds longer to choke out James Te Huna.

The Heavyweight doubleheader topping the card likewise delivered, Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt dueling for 14 minutes before a spinning heel kick felled the Kiwi bruiser in the co-main. Antonio Silva was slightly more successful than last time in stopping Cain Velasquez's takedowns, but it didn't do him a lot of good when Cain caught him coming away and pounded him out in short order.

Lots of finishes and two quality Heavyweight scraps. Not bad at all.

4. UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2


After a terrific back-and-forth Featherweight scrap between Dustin Poirier and Erik Koch, the judges got to clock out early. After Ben Rothwell showcased actual cardio for the first time in his UFC career (with a little help from the TRT Fairy) in a third round knockout of Brandon Vera, Chad Mendes became the first man to ever stop Clay Guida with strikes, landing a crushing series of right hands in the third.

In the card's second Heavyweight bout, Josh Barnett put on a dirty boxing masterclass against Frank Mir before felling him with a knee, setting the stage for the Lightweight title fight.

And a fine title fight it was.

3. UFC on Fuel TV 10


Also known as "SubmissionPalooza 2013," this card broke the UFC record for sub finishes with a whopping eight taps/naps. On the main card alone, Rony "Jason" and Daniel Sarafian pulled out a triangle and arm-triangle, respectively, after which Erick Silva hit a bizarre triangle-armbar from back mount of the very savvy Jason High.

After Thiago Silva bucked the trend by blowing Rafael "Feijao" away with punches in one, Leonardo Santos won The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil" with a second-round arm-triangle, after which Fabricio Werdum got his revenge on "Minotauro" Nogueira via armbar.

All in all, it was the perfect event to show your dingus friend who's wondering why the dudes in speedos are rolling around instead of kicking each other.

2. UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman


We all know what happened in the UFC 162 main event (see photo above), but the card had plenty of quality entertainment. The under card "Prelims" opened with four straight brutal knockouts, including a one-hitter quitter from Brian Melancon on Seth Baczynski and Edson Barboza's second UFC stoppage via leg kicks.

The main card began with one of the year's more underrated scraps, a great back-and-forth battle between Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver that ended with a series of vicious punches from the American. A middling affair between Tim Kennedy and Roger Gracie was sandwiched between two solid fights, Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch and Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira.

And then, of course, the main event, which featured Chris Weidman claiming Anderson Silva's Middleweight belt -- and soul -- courtesy of a left cross.

1. UFC on FOX 6


T.J. Grant set the tone for the evening in the final bout of the UFC on FOX 6 "Prelims," brutalizing Matt Wiman with a series of standing elbow in a tremendous display of violence.

Somehow, Ricardo Lamas one-upped him on Fox, pulverizing Erik Koch with ground-and-pound that very nearly qualified as a tactical carpet bombing. Anthony Pettis continued the trend, crumpling Donald Cerrone with a liver kick that forced "Cowboy" to succumb to strikes for the first time in his career.

After Glover Teixeira outgunned "Rampage" Jackson, John Dodson gave Demetrious Johnson the toughest fight of his Flyweight career, dropping him three times with brutal left hands. Undaunted, Johnson proceeded to take over in the clinch, using a relentless onslaught of knees and elbows to take the final frames and the judges' favor.

All in all, it was a wonderful year for the sport we love.

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