With 2019 almost over, all eyes in the MMA world are turning towards 2020 and what they year will bring. But before the year closes out, there’s still some 2019 business to attend to, namely, the year-end superlatives.
Every year, a number of media outlets (including MMA Fighting) award honorary titles for Submission of the Year, Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year, and Fighter of the Year (among other awards) and this year’s race is getting contentious among two of the top contenders for Fighter of the Year.
In the coming days, Henry Cejudo and Jorge Masvidal will likely be among the top finishers in the Fighter of the Year race, and Sunday, the two got into a brief dispute over who rightfully deserves the honors.
Take I good look at this man, because in a few days I’ll be the 2019 Fighter of the year! Saved an entire division in 32sec ✅ Won a second world title ✅ I am the Baddest Mother F@cker EVER! #bendtheknee #2019fighteroftheyear #BMFE pic.twitter.com/acl4mL44PW— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) December 29, 2019
Hold my pizza #1of1— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) December 29, 2019
That’s more like Juan on Juan. I’m 1 of 1. Olympic Champ, flyweight champ and bantamweight champ. - Triple C.— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) December 29, 2019
Does anyone other than the dude that got his jaw broken speak cringe? #AskingForAFriend— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) December 29, 2019
No, but I speak gold! that trophy going to look really nice in my trophy room. #bendtheknee— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) December 30, 2019
The man self-dubbed as “The King of Cringe” has essentially been campaigning for the Fighter of the Year title since winning the bantamweight title at UFC 238, becoming only the fourth “champ-champ” in UFC history. Upon winning the belt, Cejudo dubbed himself “Triple C” given his Olympic gold medal and declared himself the greatest combat sports athlete of all time. Prior to that, Cejudo knocked out then-bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw to defend his own flyweight title at UFC on ESPN+ 1. However, Cejudo also hasn’t competed since his bantamweight title win in June and was recently stripped of his flyweight title due to inactivity.
Meanwhile, Jorge Masvidal likewise had an enormous 2019, knocking out Darren Till in March and then launching himself to mainstream stardom with his five-second flying knee knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239 in July. That knockout, which will almost certainly be the unanimous KO of the Year, also set the record for fastest knockout in UFC history. Then, as the cherry on top of his year, Masvidal won the inaugural BMF belt, stopping Nate Diaz via cut at UFC 244 and setting himself up for a possible welterweight title shot.
Check back to MMA Fighting later this week to find out exactly who will be crowned the 2019 Fighter of the Year.
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When that bag secured and the ladies waiting back in the room ♂️ @MKingRingo @EntangledEntertainment (I’ll never do a fixed fight Fador won fair,i have to get my weight down,that loss was on me.. non fighters need to ) much love to my real fans,you win some lose some ♂️
Interesting take here from the man who used to be Skeletor.
Weight cuttin pussies— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 29, 2019
Edwards throwing shade and Woodley in the comments threatening to not fight him.
Such trash talk.
The NFL didn't materialize because it simply was not my destiny, I'm living my destiny https://t.co/c25YiyBEWo! #andnew #ufc247— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) December 28, 2019
Keep telling yourself that buddy, whatever it takes to get you through camp. I don’t want no excuses after this https://t.co/czZEGUCoGY— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 29, 2019
#andnew @JonnyBones pic.twitter.com/KtA9RTdvxe— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) December 30, 2019
Motivation! The white rampage!@bellatormma pic.twitter.com/LQOY0e03Rn— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) December 30, 2019
Petr Yan is no joke.
Only fighter below 155 on the list ♂️ https://t.co/m9BMbGV9pl— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) December 30, 2019
UFC Raleigh poster.
Your official #UFCRaleigh poster has dropped!— UFC (@ufc) December 28, 2019
Tickets ➡️ https://t.co/rlnh6vgKSU pic.twitter.com/mGwQi6H4sN
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Greg Hardy (5-2, 1 NC) vs. Yorgan De Castro (6-0); UFC on ESPN 8, March 28.
Khalil Rountree (8-4, 1 NC) vs. Sam Alvey (33-13, 1 NC); UFC on ESPN 8, March 28.
Louis Smolka (16-6) vs. Davey Grant (9-4); UFC on ESPN 8, March 28.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow!
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