Who stood tallest among giants? Here are Cagewriter's picks. Tell us yours in the comments or on Facebook.
No. 1 star -- Jon Jones: Did that first round make you doubt? Seeing Jones confused on how to handle Machida's movement early in the fight made his win even more exciting. That was the first time Machida has ever been submitted in 20 fights. Jones' tally for the year: three submissions, one TKO, one belt won, two title defenses, and a well-earned vacation.
No. 2 star -- Chan Sung Jung: "The Korean Zombie" was the most unpopular man at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. He took advantage of Mark Hominick's aggressiveness from the bell, and knocked him right out. That earned him the UFC record* for fastest knockout, but also angered the fans who had gathered to watch hometown hero Hominick. He quickly calmed them by finding the right words to say in English, a language he doesn't speak. "I love Canadians!"
No. 3 star -- Frank Mir: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had Mir in trouble early in the bout, but Mir stayed calm and took advantage of his position. He rolled into a Kimura that MMA fans -- and Big Nog -- won't soon forget.
*Jung is now tied with Todd Duffee for a seven-second KO. Duane Ludwig is trying to get the time of his knockout of Jonathan Goulet amended by the Nevada Athletic Commission to earn him the record.
- Jon Jones
- Igor Pokrajac