MMA has supplied us with numerous excellent fights this year. A great fight does not have a blueprint.
It could be an all-out brawl, a back-and-forth affair or a spectacular display of elite level technique between two of the world's best. It doesn't hurt to have something big on the line or significant interest behind the bout that adds to the overall feel of the fight.
There is no secret formula to having a great fight.
2013 has had a collection of excellent bouts that covers many of these areas.
As September rolls on toward UFC 165, this is your Fight of the Year watch list.