Video: MMA Fighting’s favorite fighter moments of 2020

MMA Fighting This year’s pandemic may have prevented the media from getting up-close access to fighters, but that didn’t stop MMA Fighting and other outlets from finding a way to bring the sport’s always-entertaining personalities into your home. Via the magic of modern technology and the UFC’s abundant virtual media days, fans were still able […]

MMA Fighting’s 2020 Fighter of the Year: Deiveson Figueiredo

Deiveson Figueiredo | Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting 1. DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesDeiveson Figueiredo It’s hard to imagine a “Fighter of the Year” award being handed to an athlete that has missed weight for a championship bout, and hasn’t actually won every time he’s entered a cage to compete, but Deiveson Figueiredo’s perfectly […]

MMA Fighting’s 2020 Event of the Year: UFC 256

Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC 1. UFC 256 Riding the wave of a string of action-packed events, the UFC’s December pay-per-view had the almost impossible task of satiating the bloodlust of fight fans to close out its ill-fated 2020 calendar. With the original main event and co-main event already […]

MMA Fighting’s 2020 Fight of the Year: Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili at UFC 248 on March 7, 2020, in Las Vegas | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting 1. Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk– UFC 248 Esther Lin, MMA FightingJoanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili at UFC 248 on March 7, 2020, in Las Vegas Legend has it that if UFC fights didn’t have […]

MMA Fighting’s 2020 Breakout Fighter of the Year: Khamzat Chimaev

Zuffa LLC 1. KHAMZAT CHIMAEV Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC From his short notice octagon debut to his potential title eliminator, Khamzat Chimaev has made his presence felt in a big way in 2020. “Borz” joined the UFC in July and absolutely tore through John Phillips in a middleweight bout at UFC on ESPN 13. […]

MMA Fighting’s 2020 Submission of the Year: A.J. McKee taps out Darrion Caldwell with move he created

1 . A.J. McKee vs. Darrion Caldwell – Bellator 253 It’s not everyday a fighter pulls off a submission they’ve created, but that’s exactly what A.J. McKee managed to do in order to punch his ticket to the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix finals. After sitting out the majority of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, […]

MMA Fighting’s 2020 Knockout of the Year: Joaquin Buckley stops Impa Kasanganay with acrobatic kick

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images 1. Joaquin Buckley vs. Impa Kasanganay – UFC Fight Island 5 Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Every hardcore MMA fan has that friend who just won’t shut up about how this chop or that technique would clean up in the octagon, right? Mine thinks […]

MMA Fighting’s 2019 Submission of the Year: Bryce Mitchell twists up Matt Sayles

Bryce Mitchell and Matt Sayles | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting 1. BRYCE MITCHELL vs. MATT SAYLES, UFC on ESPN 7 NOTHING NASTIER THAN THIS TWISTER @ThugnastyMMA #UFCDC — ESPN MMA (@espnmma) December 8, 2019 The Twister is among the meanest submissions in MMA, so it’s only fitting that a man dubbed “Thug Nasty” is […]

MMA Fighting’s 2019 Fighter of the Year: Israel Adesanya

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting 1. ISRAEL ADESANYA Israel Adesanya will not be denied. He was the clear-cut top UFC debutant last year, and 12 months later, he has established himself as not just the best in the world at 185 pounds, but a star shining as bright as any name in MMA. “The Last Stylebender” […]

MMA Fighting’s 2019 Knockout of the Year: Jorge Masvidal rocks Ben Askren for fastest KO in UFC history 

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting 1. JORGE MASVIDAL VS. BEN ASKREN, UFC 239 In a year with plenty of thrilling finishes, it was hard to top the fastest knockout in UFC history. For most of his career, Jorge Masvidal had been considered a fringe top-10 athlete. A fighter with serious potential, and yet one who never […]

MMA Fighting’s 2019 Fight of the Year: Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting ISRAEL ADESANYA VS. KELVIN GASTELUM, UFC 236 1. Technique can take you very far in the UFC. Eventually, though, you’re going to have to rely on heart to get you through a tough spot. When both fighters have to reject their central nervous system’s warnings, allowing them to push forward where […]

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