Saturday, December 28, 2013

UFC Tonight's "Top 50 Moments of 2012"

Below is the complete listing of the Top 50 Moments of 2012 as picked by UFC Tonight. I have linked where available of animated GIF's I've made from that respective fight. In time, I will make more and aim to make GIFs from all 50 fights.

50. Pat Barry knocks out Shane del Rosario at TUF 16 Finale.
49. Issei Tamura knocks out Tiequan Zhang at UFC 144.
48. Rich Franklin decisions Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147.
47. Michael McDonald knocks out Miguel Torres at UFC 145.
46. Jimi Manuwa destroys Kyle Kingsbury's face at UFC on FUEL TV 5.
45. Dustin Poirier submits Max Holloway with a triangle-armbar at UFC 143.
44. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira submits Dave Herman at UFC 153.
43. Cain Velasquez bloodies up Antonio Silva at UFC 146.
42. Dan Hardy knocks out Duane Ludwig at UFC 146.
41. Michael Chiesa becomes the Ultimate Fighter by submitting Al Iaquinta.
40. Charles Oliveira submits Eric Wisely with a calf slicer.
39. Cub Swanson knocks out Charles Oliveira at UFC 152.
38. Joe Lauzon's comeback victory over Jamie Varner at UFC on Fox 4.
37. Rory MacDonald beats up Che Mills at UFC 145.
36. Lavar Johnson knocks out Pat Barry at UFC on Fox 3.
35. Jamie Varner returns, beats Edson Barboza at UFC 146.
34. Mike Swick returns and knocks out DaMarques Johnson at UFC on Fox 4.
33. Daron Cruickshank head kicks Henry Martinez at UFC on Fox 5.
32. Roy Nelson's one-punch knockout of Dave Herman at UFC 146.
31. Stefan Struve finishes Stipe Miocic at UFC on FUEL TV 5.
30. Brian Stann knocks out Alessio Sakara at UFC on FUEL TV 2.
29. Brad Pickett scores a one-punch knockout of Yves Jabouin at UFC on FUEL TV 5.
28. Siyar Bahadurzada makes Paulo Thiago plank at UFC on FUEL TV 2.
27. Stephen Thompson wonder kicks Dan Stittgen at UFC 145.
26. Demetrious Johnson wins the inaugural flyweight championship at UFC 152.
25. Justin Lawrence knocks out John Cofer cold with a head kick at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Live" Finale.
24. Carlos Condit defeats Nick Diaz by unanimous decision to win the interim UFC welterweight championship at UFC 143.
23. Martin Kampmann comes-from-behind in the third round to submit Thiago Alves with a guillotine choke at UFC on FX 3.
22. Donald Cerrone becomes the first man to finish Melvin Guillard with strikes at UFC 150.
21. Benson Henderson defends his UFC lightweight championship for the second time against Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 5.
20. Anderson Silva moves up to light heavyweight on short notice and defeats Stephan Bonnar by first-round technical knockout at UFC 153.
19. Junior dos Santos defends his UFC heavyweight championship for the first time against Frank Mir at UFC 146.
18. Lyoto Machida defeats Ryan Bader by second-round knockout at UFC on FOX 4.
17. Nate Diaz becomes the first man to submit Jim Miller in the main event of UFC on FOX 3.
16. Jake Ellenberger earns a unanimous decision over Diego Sanchez in front of his hometown crowd at UFC on FUEL TV 1.
15. Nick Denis makes a memorable UFC debut by elbowing Joseph Sandoval en route to a technical knockout victory at UFC on FX 1.
14. Benson Henderson dethrones Frankie Edgar to become UFC lightweight champion in the UFC's return to Japan at UFC 144.
13. Tim Boetsch comes-from-behind to knock out Yushin Okami in the third round of their middleweight battle at UFC 144.
12. Chris Weidman announces his place as a contender with a brutal elbow knockout of Mark Munoz at UFC on FUEL TV 4.
11. Ryan Jimmo records one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history with his 7-second finish of Anthony Perosh at UFC 149.

OK, you've seen the Top 40 Moments of 2012 as voted by Fuel TV's UFC Tonight. Are you ready for the Top 10? Here we go!

10. Jon Jones successful defends the UFC light heavyweight championship against bitter rival Rashad Evans at UFC 145.

9. Chan Sung Jung submits Dustin Poirier with a D'Arce choke in the fourth round of their ‘Fight of the Year' candidate at UFC on FUEL TV 3.

8. Anthony Pettis nearly decapitates Joe Lauzon with a kick to the head at UFC 144.

7. Johny Hendricks makes a case for top contender status in the UFC welterweight division with a 46-second knockout of Martin Kampmann at UFC 154.

6. Jon Jones survives a submission scare from Vitor Belfort and goes on to defend his UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 152.

5. Cung Le scores a stunning highlight reel knockout over future Hall-of-Famer Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 6.

4. Jose Aldo knocks out Chad Mendes with a knee and celebrates in the crowd with the Brazilian fans at UFC 142.

3. Georges St-Pierre returns from an 18-month layoff due to injury and successfully unifies the UFC welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Condit at UFC 154.

2. Edson Barboza knocks Terry Etim into another dimension with the first and only spinning heel kick knockout in UFC history at UFC 142.

1.Anderson Silva silences Chael Sonnen and sends him out of the UFC middleweight division with a second-round TKO victory at UFC 148.

There you have it, the Top 50 Moments of 2012 from UFC Tonight. Were there any omissions you thought were more worthy of the candidates above?

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