2013 VigilanteMMA Year-End Awards—Upset of the Year

Posted: January 7, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion
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weidmansilvaUpsets are great for the sport. A major upset gives hope to every fighter who steps into the cage, and adds intrigue for every fan watching at home. As we learned this year, no one is completely safe. There were not only several upsets to choose from in 2013; there were several high-profile upsets to choose from. It was quite a year in that regard.

Despite a bunch of great choices, our pick is the highest profile of all. Chris Weidman didn’t just beat a guy who was heavily favored. He didn’t just do it in a main event. He didn’t just do it to win a title. Weidman upset the guy almost everything calls the greatest champion in the history of the UFC—and he did it by knocking him out cold.

The places I watch PPVs are usually crowded with fans. If Alexander Gustafsson had defeated Jon Jones, the place would have erupted in cheers. If Johny Hendricks had been given the nod over Georges St-Pierre, the same thing would have happened. But when Weidman knocked out Anderson Silva, something strange happened.

Instead of crazy yelling and screaming over the excitement of a new champion, there was a definite hush over the crowd. No one could believe what just happened. People were looking at the TV as if something wasn’t quite right. That’s the kind of upset that people will talk about for decades. To us, this was a no brainer for this award.

Other upsets considered…Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva over Alistair Overeem; Robbie Lawler over Rory MacDonald; Emanuel Newton over Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal; Josh Burkman over Jon Fitch; Kelvin Gastelum over Uriah Hall; TJ Grant over Gray Maynard

Our other Year-End Awards already announced:
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
Female Fighter of the Year
Submission of the Year

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Comments
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