The MMA world has a lot of thank-you to give out after one of the busiest months in the sport’s brief history. The UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce all held major events during November.
MMA fans can also reflect on a few reasons to give thanks this holiday season:
Thank You for Tito Ortiz
The marriage between Ortiz and the UFC is entering another honeymoon phase.
Thank You for Forrest Griffin
The scrappy original Ultimate Fighter is more pleasant after ending his two-fight losing streak.
Thank You for Josh Koscheck
Every good drama needs a villain. Koscheck should continue to embrace the role of UFC bad guy.
Thank You for Anthony Johnson
At UFC 106 the weight cut to 170 lbs. wasn’t as harsh. Still, a move up to 185 lbs. may be in his cards down the line.
Thank You for Jose Aldo
The newly crowned featherweight king has the “it” factor, while putting away opponents with the ease of a light sparring session.
Thank You for the WEC
145 lbs. and 135 lbs. athletes have an organization to call their own. Here’s hoping that in 2010 flyweights get the VIP treatment.
Thank You for the Strikeforce Challengers Series
SF CS provides a great showcase for MMA prospects looking to gain experience.
Thank You for UFC 105 on Spike
You can’t complain about free MMA, can you?
Thank You for Randy Couture
The UFC Hall of Famer is back at his best weight class. Fans have a chance to witness history every time Couture competes.
Thank You for UFC Expansion
Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, and TUF 9 have helped shed light on a whole batch of talented UK MMA prospects.
Thank You for Fedor Emelianenko
2009 has seen Fedor continue his six-year run as the unquestioned best heavyweight in MMA history; one of the more amazing feats in all of sports.
Thank You for Brett Rogers
For pushing Fedor and proving his worth as a top-10 heavyweight.
Thank You for MMA on CBS
Despite plenty of room for improvement, having MMA on network TV is a big step for a sport still a few years from its 20th birthday.
Thank You for Referee Big John McCarthy
Good to see the best in the business back being the third man in the cage.
This article originally appeared at ultmma.co