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Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson (UFC on Fox 6)
2013 started with a fantastic flyweight title bout. Dodson nearly captured the title in the early rounds, but the champion showed resolve. Johnson battled back with a variety of attacks to take a decision over Dodson.
It was an exciting five-round battle that saw Dodson come up just short.
Matt Grice vs. Dennis Bermudez (UFC 157)
Another early Fight of the Year candidate was the absolute war between Grice and Bermudez. Each fighter hurt the other, and each man somehow stayed on his feet to continue the battle.
As the year went on, it fell spot by spot, but it's still worthy of a mention in the race.
Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez II (Bellator 106)
Sequels are rarely as good as originals, but this one nearly managed to do it.
Alvarez and Chandler fought valiantly for five rounds. This time, Alvarez got his hand raised. The fight set up a trilogy bout that we will see some time in 2014.
Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks (UFC 167)
GSP was finally tested when Hendricks stepped into the Octagon. Some would say that Hendricks even got robbed by the judges; however, results aside, this was a fantastic fight.
Between GSP and Hendricks, we got to see a well-rounded struggle between the two premiere welterweights in the sport. If the fight had a bit more tempo and urgency, it could have landed in the top five.
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva (UFC Fight Night 33)
After this fight concluded, many were calling it the Fight of the Year, but most of those people were prisoners of the moment. It was a very fun fight and one of the most exciting heavyweight battles of all-time; however, when stacked against the rest of the field, it doesn't hold up.
It may have been a bit sloppy, and both men were gassed by the middle of the fight, but the action is worthy of a mention.