Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time! It has been an extraordinary year of ups and down for all of those involved in the rapidly growing world of mixed martial arts, but all things must come to an end, and it’s time for FiveOuncesofPain.com to dish out our official year end awards for the crazy year that was 2009.
We’ll be diving headfirst into a series of fifteen end of the year awards, with a new award being distributed every single day through December 31 with a special two part New Years Eve year-end award extravaganza.
In this edition we have FiveOuncesofPain’s top five absolute stinkers for the year 0f 2009:
1. Hong-man Choi submits Jose Canseco with punches during “DREAM 9: Super Hulk Grand Prix 2009 Opening Round”
Only in Japan. There’s nothing wrong with a good old fashioned freak show bout, but even the most morbid of fight fans would have trouble enjoying this pummeling of a former baseball diamond legend that never should have been allowed to take place.
2. Anderson Silva defeats Thales Leites via unanimous decision during UFC 97
Time and a highlight reel knockout over Forrest Griffin at light heavyweight have served to erase this atrocious performance by”The Spider” from the memory of most. We can point fingers all day long at who’s fault it was for this bout totally sucking, but it takes two to tango, and neither fighter showed up to fight in what was without a doubt one of the hardest five rounds to watch in the history of the UFC.
3. Kimbo Slice defeats Houston Alexander via unanimous decision during “The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale”
If Silva/Leites was among the worst five rounds to watch in Octagon history, you can be sure this fifteen minute staredown between Kimbo and Houston was among the very worst three. Who would have expected for this fight to be on this list when word first spread about the possible match-up? Few, I’ll tell you that much, very few.
4. Jake Shields defeats Jason “Mayhem” Miller via unanimous decision during “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers”
“Mayhem” went on to accuse Shields of humping his leg and giving him staph infection during this five round grapplefest, and while there’s not proof that the staph came from Shields, there’s no questioning the fact that there was a good amount of leg humping going on in this one. You can thank Fedor and Brett Rogers for saving this card in a major way.
5. Randy Couture defeats Brandon Vera via unanimous decision during UFC 105
Randy had a game plan going into this one, and you could argue that he executed it almost to the tee, but that didn’t make it any less painful to watch.
*Honorable mentions for more than half of the fights that took place during TUF 10