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411’s Fighter of the Month 11.05.12: October

November 5, 2012 | Posted by Larry Csonka

How It Works
Each staff member picks five fighters and ranks them. I’ll assign a point value to those rankings. Points are determined as:

1st – 5
2nd – 4
3rd – 3
4th – 2
5th – 1

The fighter with the most points is our Fighter of the Month and then new points are assigned that will go towards Fighter of the Year. Those points are:

1st – 15
2nd – 12
3rd – 9
4th – 6
5th – 3
6th – 1

The Voting
Larry Csonka
1) Anderson Silva
I know a lot of people are dismissing the fight, due to it “only being against Stephan Bonnar,” but here are the facts. Silva once again went up to light heavyweight, and once again took out an opponent with ease. If there was ever doubt, Anderson Silva once again proved why he is the pound for pound king, and the greatest fighter in the history of MMA.

2) Glover Teixeira: I know it is cool to credit Fabio Maldonado with being a tough guy, but once again, we are ignoring that Glover Teixeira decimated another opponent. Add in the fact that the higher ranked fighters are staying away from him (high risk and low reward, due to lack of name for Glover) and the man’s stock is quickly on the rise.
3) Jon Dodson: Defeated Jussier Formiga via TKO to earn a flyweight title shot.
4) Eddie Alvarez: Defeated Patricky “Pitbull” Freire via RD1 KO, and either earned himself a HUGE raise from Bellator, or a sweet deal to enter the UFC. Either way, Alvarez scored big with the victory.
5) Daniel Straus: While he has a title shot in the pocket, due to his tournament victory, Straus wanted to stay busy and fought at Bellator 78. he easily took out Alvin Robinson, via submission, and is looking to prove that he is a top featherweight.

Jeffrey Harris
1) Eddie Alvarez
In one fight Eddie Alvarez is now basically the hottest free agent in MMA. Alvarez again got another exciting first round knockout win at Bellator 76, beating Patricky “Pitbull” Freire. Alvarez has built quite a reputation as in many fights he just throws caution into the win and swings big. Alvarez ate some hard shots from Pitbull but he recovered and captured the win with a devastating headkick. Now everyone wants to know where Alvarez will fight next.

2) Anderson Silva: Silva and Stephan Bonnar stepped up on short notice to save the UFC 153 card. Silva went up in weight again and yet again looked like he’s just on another plane of existence as he stood up against the fence and simply sidestepped Bonnar’s offense and moved back. Despite his advancing age in the sport, Silva remains a phenom and more and more people want to see him fight Jon Jones instead of GSP.
3) Demian Maia: Maia’s now firmly established as a legit threat in the UFC welterweight division. After the quick victory over Dong Hyun Kim, he then took care of business against Rick Story in short order and got his first submission win in the UFC in years. The visual of Maia choking out Story was awesome, nasty, and brutal at the same time.
4) Jon Fitch: Fitch had quite the chip on his shoulder going into UFC 153. He’d been having some tough times and he was talking about basically being broke and he was facing a young, rising star in Erick Silva who many wanted to see win. Fitch put on one of the better and grittier performances of his UFC career. The fight was basically even going into round 3, but it was Fitch’s experience and toughness that won out as Silva probably gassed himself out when he attempted to submit Fitch in the second round. Fitch finds himself back on track and in a good position in a crowded division.
5) Phil Davis: A lot of people were lying about and getting down on Davis after what happened at UFC on Fox 4. Davis didn’t intentionally eyepoke Wagner Prado. He’s not a dirty fighter. And again Davis proved he’s a top athlete and competitor in the sport by easily taking care of business in the do over against Wagner Prado. Davis pulled off an amazing anaconda choke. The next win in the UFC at the hands of Davis will be Forrest Griffin who will likely fight in the UFC for the last time after he gets destroyed by Mr. Wonderful.

1) Anderson Silva:
Move up in weight to take a fight…check. Take this fight to save an entire PPV card…check. Win dominantly…check. For what there was of this fight, Anderson Silva made Stephan Bonnar actually look amateurish. Bonnar came out with his guns blazing, but he didn’t have any more success against Silva than his buddy, Forrest Griffin did. With this performance, Anderson Silva reminded the world that there really isn’t anyone at Middleweight or Light Heavyweight that is safe from him.

2) Eddie Alvarez: When entering contract negotiations, it is always best to enter on a win. It is even better to enter negotiations coming off a spectacular head-kick win. Eddie Alvarez rendered Patricky Pitbull unconscious for the last fight on his Bellator contract and could be headed to Zuffa when the dust settles.
3) Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Big Nog needed a win to show the world that he still has some fight left in him. Equally important was the need to demonstrate to uneducated fools like Dave Herman that jiu-jitsu really does work. Finishing Herman with a nice armbar was a great way for Big Nog to do both. While I somehow doubt Big Nog’s days as a top contender are over, he certainly still has the skills to compete with the big boys inside the octagon.
4) Jon Fitch: After not fighting for a year and a half, Jon Fitch was a few weeks away from selling shrimp in a van down by the river. He also needed to reestablish himself in the Welterweight Division. What the fans got was an ultra-exciting fight between Fitch and Erick Silva that saw both men put it all on the line and never quit. Fitch even earned himself the Fight of the Night award, which should keep him in the fight business for a few more months.
5) Glover Teixeira: After all the hype he received after his last win, Teixeira needed a dominant performance to maintain that streak. His opponent, Fabio Maldonado, was just the man to give him that fight. Maldonado played the punching bag for ten straight minutes while Teixeira threw everything at him but the kitchen sink. The end result saw Teixeira’s hand raised in victory and the fans applauding Maldonado’s toughness.

Jonathan Solomon
1) Jon Fitch:
Jon Fitch has been in a tough way of late thanks to injuries, losses and a lack of money. So, when he returned to the octagon to fight rising prospect Erick Silva in Brazil last month, a win was critical to both his career and his ability to pay bills. Not only did Fitch win the fight but he earned a $70,000 bonus for fight of the night. It was his best performance in terms of entertainment as far back as I can recall and a win over a guy like Silva is just what the doctor ordered to put his career back on the right track. His first win in over two years earns Fitch the fighter of the month spot in my book!

2) Eddie Alvarez: Few had as much on the line last month like Eddie Alvarez did (actually, you could argue only Fitch did). On the final fight of his Bellator contract, with a big contract looming in the distance, he had to beat Patricky “Pitbull” Friere. Beat him he did. Eerily similar to the Jose Aldo/Chad Mendes fight, Alvarez knocked out Pitbull with a head kick with seconds remaining in the first round. Eddie is now contemplating an offer to remain with Bellator or he’ll open up negotiations with the UFC and get PAID~!
3) John Dodson: Fighting one of the best flyweights on the planet, Dodson took the bull by the horns and controlled Jussier Formiga da Silva en route to his second round TKO win. Dodson continues to look tremendous with each fight in the UFC and is now preparing to challenge Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight championship.
4) Rich Clementi: No Love surprised many with his upset win over much talked about Russian undefeated prospect Alexander Sarnavskiy. The win moved Clementi into the Bellator lightweight semifinals where he’s one step closer to a $100,000 payday and a guaranteed title shot.
5) Fabio Maldonado: Yes, he was whooped and he got whooped bad. Despite that, he displayed some of the most inspiring heart and will that you may ever see inside an octagon. He did not want to lose and continued even when it was almost definitely not in the best interests of his health. When guys are going out of their way to decline fights with Glover Teixeira, Maldonado earned everyone’s respect and then some.

Patrick Mullin
1) Jon Fitch
Jon Fitch had every excuse in the world to justify losing to Erick Silva. He had a long layoff coinciding with multiple injuries causing great financial hardships. Instead of using this as motivation to justify a loss to a very promising young fighter Fitch used it as motivation to whip that young fighter thoroughly in what was the most entertaining bout I’ve ever seen from him. Kudos to Mr. Fitch who is now back in the mix at 170. He earned every bit of it.

2) Anderson Silva: Just another day at the office for the best in the world beating a naturally bigger man on short notice who tried to cheat.
3) Eddie Alvarez: In a trademark Eddie Alvarez fight he took on a dangerous opponent who hurt him, only serving to wake him up and close with a brutal KO finish.
4) Daniel Straus: While awaiting a title shot Straus decided to eliminate his reputation as a non finisher by submitting a Royce Gracie black belt in impressive fashion.
5) Demian Maia: Maia took on a tough and well rounded opponent in Rick Story and finished him in less than three minutes, something top welterweights have failed to do as of yet.

Jack McGee
1) Anderson Silva:
Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter I have ever seen in the sport of MMA, and I don’t think that this is news or an outrageous claim to make. He has dominated Middleweight for what seems like forever, and once again stepped up to LHW to win another fight. The man is great, and we need to appreciate him while he is still fighting.

2) Demian Maia: Since his drop to welterweight, he has looked unstoppable. A few more wins, and he could be ready to challenge for the title.
3) Eddie Alvarez: A huge win in possibly his last Bellator fight over a game opponent. he could end up in the UFC sooner rather than later, and is then we shall see how great he really is.
4) Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: I am a huge fan of Big Zombie Nog, and he won impressively at UFC 153. Big Zombie Nog will also coach TUF Brazil 2, so it was a good month for him.
5) Jon Fitch: Won a very exciting fight against up and comer Erick Silva at UFC 153, and looks to be back on track after a long layoff.

Honorable Mention: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira & Glover Teixeira – (5 points)

5th Place Jon Dodson – (6 points)

4th Place – Demian Maia – (8 points)

3rd Place – Jon Fitch – (14 points)

Made a successful return to the UFC by defeating Erick Silva.

2nd Place – Eddie Alvarez – (21 points)

Defeated Patricky “Pitbull” Freire impressively in what may be his final Bellator bout.

411’s Fighter of the Month for OCTOBER – Anderson Silva – (23 points)

Saved UFC 153 by taking the fight with Bonnar at LHW, and simply destroyed him to continue his tremendous career.

2012 Year-End Standings
Here are the updated standings below…

A NEW RULE FOR 2012 is as follows: if a fighter ranked on the yearend list LOSES a fight they will lose 5 points. Also, after much discussion, if a fighter is suspended by an athletic commission, they lose any points accumulated.

Remember to come back net month for the next edition of 411’s Fighter of the Month!

Ronda Rousey – 30pts.
Anderson Silva – 30pts.

Ben Henderson – 27pts.

Jon Jones – 24pts.

Demitrious Johnson – 15pts.
Junior Dos Santos – 15pts.
Jose Aldo – 15pts.

Eddie Alvarez – 12 pts.
Stefan Struve – 12pts.
Nate Diaz – 12pts.
Chris Weidman – 12pts.
Alexander Gustafsson – 12pts.
Carlos Condit – 12pts.
Pat Curran – 12 pts.

Daniel Cormier – 9pts.
Jon Fitch – 9pts.
Lyoto Machida – 9pts.
Renan Barao – 9pts.
Michael McDonald – 9pts.
Martin Kampmann – 9pts.

Rashad Evans – 7pts. (Deducted 5 points for loss to Jon Jones)

Demian Maia – 6pts.
Matt Wiman – 6pts.
Cain Velazquez – 6pts.
Donald Cerrone – 6pts.
Nate Marquardt – 6pts.
Luke Rockhold – 6pts.
Anthony Pettis – 6pts.

Jake Ellenberger – 4pts. (Deducted 5 points for loss to Martin Kampmann)
Chael Sonnen – 4pts. (Deducted 5 points for loss to Anderson Silva)

John Dodson – 3pts.
Brad Pickett – 3pts.
Attila Vegh – 3pts.
The Korean Zombie – 3pts.
Ryan Jimmo – 3pts.
Rory MacDonald – 3pts.
Tim Boetsch – 3pts.

Antonio Rogrigo Nogieira – 1pt.
Glover Teiveira – 1pt.
Michael Bisping – 1pt.
Alan Belcher – 1pt.
Joe Lauzon – 1pt.
Siyar Bahadurzada– 1pt.
Vitor Belfort – 1pt.
Mark Hunt – 1pts.
Kazou Misaki – 1pt.
Karl Amoussou – 1pt.
Eduardo Dantas – 1 pts. (Deducted 5 points for loss to Tyson Nam)
Joseph Benavidez – 1pts. (Deducted 5 points for loss to Demitrious Johnson)

Miesha Tate – (-2 pts.) (Deducted 5 points for loss to Ronda Rousey)
Jim Miller – (-2 pts.) (Deducted 5 points for loss to Nick Diaz)
Lloyd Woodward – (-2 pts.) (Deducted 5 points for loss to Rick Hawn)

  • Year-End Rankings Key:

    UFC Contracted Fighters are represented in BLUE.

    Strikeforce Contracted Fighters are represented in RED.

    Japanese Contracted Fighters are represented in MAROON.

    Bellator Contracted Fighters are represented in GOLD.

    Other Fighters are represented in BLACK.


    Year One (2009) Winner: Lyoto Machida

    Year Two (2010) Winner: Cain Velasquez

    Year Three (2011) Winner: Jon Jones

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