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2018 UFC Review / 2019 UFC Preview

2018 UFC Review / 2019 UFC Preview

Another crazy year has passed us by in the MMA world and now’s the time to look back on all of the madness that ensued. Excluding interim titles, 4 new champions were crowned in Valentina Shevchenko, Henry Cejudo, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Daniel Cormier and our contributors here at SpitballingPod have banded together to give our highlights/lowlights of 2018 and who we’re predicting to be champion when the clock strikes midnight on the last day of 2019.

Fighter of the Year

Luke: Daniel Cormier / Amanda Nunes

Rory: Daniel Cormier / Amanda Nunes

TK: Khabib Nurmagomedov / Amanda Nunes

Brad: Max Holloway /Amanda Nunes

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Fight of the Year:

Luke: Poirier v Gaethje (UFC on Fox 29)

Rory: Whittaker v Romero II (UFC225)

TK: Poirier v Gaethje (UFC on Fox 29)

Brad: Ferguson v Pettis (UFC229)

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Breakthrough Fighter of the Year:

Luke: Israel Adesanya

Rory: Israel Adesanya

TK: Israel Adesanya

Brad: Israel Adesanya

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If You Could Make One Fight in 2018, What Would it Be?

Luke: Stipe Miocic v Jon Jones

Rory: Khabib Nurmagomedov v Tony Ferguson

TK: Conor McGregor v Tony Ferguson

Brad: George Saint-Pierre v Ben Askren

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One to Watch for 2019:

Luke: Alex Hernandez / Aspen Ladd

Rory: Manny Bermudez

TK: Luis Pena

Brad: Kamaru Usman

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Knockout of the Year:

Luke: Yair Rodriguez v Korean Zombie (Fight Night 139)

Rory: Lyoto Machida v Vitor Belfort (UFC224)

TK: Yoel Romero v Luke Rockhold (UFC221)

Brad: Yair Rodriguez v Korean Zombie (Fight Night 139)

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Sub of the Year:

Luke: Paul Craig v Magomed Ankalaev (Triangle Choke) (UFC Fight Night 127)

Rory: Zabit Magomedsharipov v Brandon Davis (Kneebar) (UFC228)

TK: Ilir Latifi v Ovince Saint-Preux (Standing Guillotine Choke) (UFC on FOX 28)

Brad: Alexey Oleinik v Junior Albini (Ezekiel Choke) (UFC224)

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Upset of the Year:

Luke: Amanda Nunes v Cris Cyborg (UFC232)

Rory: Amanda Nunes v Cris Cyborg (UFC232)

TK: Henry Cejudo v Demetrious Johnson (UFC227)

Brad: Amanda Nunes v Cris Cyborg (UFC232)

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Analyst of the Year:

Luke: Daniel Cormier

Rory: Paul Felder

TK: Daniel Cormier

Brad: Dan Hardy

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Best Event:

Luke: UFC228 – Woodley v Till

Rory: UFC229 – Khabib v McGregor

TK: UFC229 – Khabib v McGregor

Brad: UFC229 – Khabib v McGregor

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Biggest Disappointment:

Luke: Zabit’s lack of stern competition

Rory: McGregor and Jones only fighting once, no Cain Velasquez and no Brock Lesnar

TK: The release of Demetrious Johnson and the flyweight division

Brad: Demetrious Johnson being traded

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Champions at the End of 2019

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Heavyweight:

Luke: Stipe Miocic

Rory: Cain Velasquez

TK: Stipe Miocic

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Light Heavyweight

Luke: Anthony Smith Jr

Rory: Jon Jones

TK: Jon Jones

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Middleweight:

Luke: Israel Adesanya

Rory: Israel Adesanya

TK: Robert Whittaker

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Welterweight

Luke: Tyron Woodley

Rory: Tyron Woodley

TK: Tyron Woodley

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Lightweight

Luke: Dustin Poirier

Rory: Khabib Nurmagomedov

TK: Tony Ferguson

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Featherweight

Luke: Renato Moicano

Rory: Brian Ortega

TK: Renato Moicano

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Bantamweight

Luke: TJ Dillashaw

Rory: TJ Dillashaw

TK: TJ Dillashaw

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Featherweight (W)

Luke: Amanda Nunes

Rory: Cris Cyborg

TK: Cris Cyborg

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Bantamweight (W)

Luke: Amanda Nunes

Rory: Amanda Nunes

TK: Amanda Nunes

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Flyweight (W)

Luke: Valentina Shevchenko

Rory: Valentina Shevchenko

TK: Valentina Shevchenko

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Strawweight (W)

Luke: Tatiana Suarez

Rory: Jessica Andrade

TK: Jessica Andrade

 

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