Best MMA Fights from the First Half of 2013

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Best MMA Fights from the First Half of 2013
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To some, a great fight is a technical battle, wits and wiles colliding in the cage. Others value a slugfest, athletes with hands dropped to their side, winging hooks replacing any semblance of science.

A certain subset of fight fans want to see overmatched competitors battered senseless and stretched on the mat like pretzels.  Finishes are what matter most. At the other end of the spectrum are those who demand fighters be evenly matched. The level of fighter matters less than pure, unblemished competition.

A great fight is like art. It's in the eye of the beholder and can take many forms. But, in the best fights, skill and determination meet brute force and will, a combination that is awe inspiring, delightful and utterly frightening.

It has been a great year for fights. Of course, to me, every year is a great year for fights. What follows are the best of 2013 so far. Disagree? Holler at me in the comments.

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