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Event of the Year: UFC 139

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Dan Henderson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The usual pre-event hype for UFC 139 just wasn't there. The UFC's first foray into the San Jose area following their surprising acquisition of Bay Area mainstay Strikeforce happened to be sandwiched in between the organization's network television debut on FOX, pitting Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos in a UFC heavyweight title bout, and the finale of the fourteenth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" the show's last on Spike.

It wasn't as if the fight card was lacking. Dan Henderson's return to the Octagon against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was a barnburner of a headliner. Wanderlei Silva facing Cung Le and Urijah Faber going up against Brian Bowles aren't bad co-main events either. The advertising just wasn't there.

Still, UFC 139 delivered to say the least...

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Fighter of the Year: Jon Jones

Jon "Bones" Jones. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

There's no doubt about it. Jon Jones' year-long quest for the UFC light heavyweight title and subsequent title defenses may very well be the most dominant year that MMA has ever seen.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua once captivated hardcore fans with a run through the top 205 lb fighters that PRIDE had to offer back in 2005, but "Bones" list of victims rivals Rua's to say the least, and includes the Brazilian as well.

Here's a look back at 2011 for Jones, a year the 24-year-old will never forget.

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Rock the Vote: Curran or Sandro?

Who do you have in tonight's Bellator Summer Series featherweight tournament final? Former lightweight title challenger Pat Curran or one-time King of Pancrase and Sengoku standout Marlon Sandro?

MMA on Tap July Fighter Rankings

Dominick Cruz (pictured) strengthened his hold on the top spot in our bantamweight rankings, avenging a previous loss to Urijah Faber via a unanimous decision at UFC 132 earlier this month. Photo by James Law.

Here are the latest MMA on Tap fighter rankings. We will be updating these every month or whenever an adjustment is needed, like after a major event for example. The rankings break down into seven different lists of ten, each of them by division.

If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the "Top 10" category in our features section. The organization a fighter is currently under contract to is listed next to the fighter’s name.

The rankings were tabulated by the MMA on Tap staff. Feel free to chime in with your own lists, thoughts, or suggestions.

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FOTW: Jorge Santiago vs Logan Clark

From Sengoku's "Fifth Battle" event in September 2008, here's Jorge Santiago, who returns to the UFC this weekend against Brian Stann, taking on WEC veteran Logan Clark.

MMA on Tap April Fighter Rankings


Nick Diaz (pictured) continues to slowly improve his stock in the welterweight division, most recently defeating fellow world-ranked striker Paul Daley in a thrilling Strikeforce showdown on April 9. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Here are the latest MMA on Tap fighter rankings. We will be updating these every month or whenever an adjustment is needed, like after a major event for example. The rankings break down into seven different lists of ten, each of them by division.

If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the "Top 10" category in our features section. The organization a fighter is currently under contract to is listed next to the fighter’s name.

The rankings were tabulated by the MMA on Tap staff. Feel free to chime in with your own lists, thoughts, or suggestions.

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MMA on Tap February Fighter Rankings


Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (pictured) broke into the heavyweight rankings after his shocking domination of longtime divisional king Fedor Emelianenko last month. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Here are the latest MMA on Tap fighter rankings. We will be updating these every month or whenever an adjustment is needed, like after a major event for example. The rankings break down into seven different lists of ten, each of them by division.

If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the "Top 10" category in our features section. The organization a fighter is currently under contract to is listed next to the fighter’s name.

The rankings were tabulated by the MMA on Tap staff. Feel free to chime in with your own lists, thoughts, or suggestions.

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Rock the Vote: Silva or Belfort?

We're now hours from one of the biggest fights in the history of the middleweight division as Anderson Silva will put his UFC middleweight belt on the line against former light heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort. Will Silva make his eighth straight title defense or does Belfort have what it takes to dethrone "The Spider"?

MMA on Tap January Fighter Rankings


Frankie Edgar (pictured) retained his UFC lightweight title and our top ranking at 155 lbs with a controversial draw against Gray Maynard at UFC 125 on January 1. Photo courtesy of Complex Magazine.

Here are the latest MMA on Tap fighter rankings. We will be updating these every month or whenever an adjustment is needed, like after a major event for example. The rankings break down into seven different lists of ten, each of them by division.

If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the "Top 10" category in our features section. The organization a fighter is currently under contract to is listed next to the fighter’s name.

The rankings were tabulated by the MMA on Tap staff. Feel free to chime in with your own lists, thoughts, or suggestions.

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FOTW: Tim Sylvia vs Abe Wagner

It was an easy choice for "Fight of the Week". Here's one-time "TUF" contestant Abe Wagner shocking many with a quick and brutal upset of former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia at Titan Fighting Championships 16.

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