The MMA Plus team select their end of year awards for 2016. In this edition, the staff members select their event of the year. But will the team agree on a majority winner?
The categories for the MMA Plus awards are: Fighter of the year, Coach of the year, Fight of the year, Event of the year, Upset of the year, Knockout of the year, Submission of the year, Breakout star of 2016.
MMA Plus 2016 Event of the Year picks
Seán Ryan: Event of the Year – UFC 205
Do I need to say more?
Stuart Rodger: Event of the Year – UFC 205
Although UFC 207 proved to be a late contender, the stacked fight card for the promotion’s debut in New York City would overshadow any other show this year. With three title fights, ranked fighters throughout and the buzz and hype heading into the event, UFC 205 has it all and even got it’s special ending when Conor McGregor was crowned the two-weight World Champion to end the show.
Roberto Reid: Event of the Year – UFC 199
Michael Bisping shocked the world when he knocked Luke Rockhold in round one in a fight he took on just two weeks notices. The PPV also included former Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz winning the rubber match over Urijah Faber and Dan Henderson’s highlight reel knockout of Hector Lombard.
Andreas Georgiou: Event of the Year – UFC 205
For pure star power it’s hard to overlook the historic UFC 205 card which took place in Madison Square Garden. A culmination of epic proportions, the UFC had finally made it to New York and to celebrate they stacked the PPV like there was no tomorrow. Obviously you had Conor McGregor winning the Lightweight title at the top of the bill, but the way that everything came into place, even the undercard, made it so timeless.
Stephen Flynn: Event of the Year – UFC 199
Look no further than UFC 199; Bisping vs Rockhold 2 for event of the year, a card in which we all know what happened in the main event. A card containing knockouts from the likes of Brian Ortega, Dustin Poirier and that brutal Knockout from Dan Henderson which left Lombard unconscious this card had it all. This card was a constant source of entertainment and I am yet to mention Max Holloway’s war with Ricardo Lamas and Dominick Cruz’s masterclass title defence against Urijah Faber. From top to bottom there was no fight that disappointed which makes it impossible to not give this card event of the year.
Majority Decision: Almost unanimous, but UFC 205, McGregor’s big two-weight world title showcase gets the selection.