2011 has been an excellent year for fight fans so far, but great fights don't come without great sacrifice.
Mixed martial artists put there bodies on the line to entertain us fans—and to earn some heavy paychecks—and I think that's something we don't always appreciate enough.
Today we take a look at the most busted up faces of 2011 in honor of the physical sacrifice these fighters have made for our entertainment.
Alright, maybe I'm trying to make this seem more noble than it is. It's just kind of cool to look at bloodied up, swollen faces.
The images in this slideshow are of a graphic nature, so if you shy away from the site of blood, you may want to stop reading here.
Most people probably thought that Nate Marquardt got out of his fight with Dan Miller almost completely unscathed.
However, the former middleweight contender actually suffered a large cut to the inside of his lip that wasn't visible at the time.
Brandon Vera's 2011 couldn't have got off to a worse start.
He fought Thiago Silva on January 1st and, needless to say, the fight didn't go his way.
Vera was out muscled by Thiago throughout the fight and found himself in a bad position in the third round with Silva raining down some vicious ground and pound.
The end result? A badly broken nose for Brandon.
Vera was originally cut from the UFC after the loss, but was reinstated after the bout was changed to a no contest when Silva failed his urine test.
At the Ultimate Fighter Finale 13, Kyle Kingsbury defeated Fabiano Maldonado by unanimous decision, but walked out of the fight looking much worse than his opponent.
Kingsbury managed to win the first two rounds of the bout, but faded a bit in the third and took a beating that resulted in a broken orbital bone.
The match received Fight of the Night honors.
Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields met at UFC 129 in what was an extremely important fight for the welterweight champion.
Not only was GSP's welterweight belt on the line, but he was fighting in his home land, Canada, so there was added pressure to perform well for the fans.
While he did manage to retain his title, it was not an overly impressive performance for St-Pierre.
The champ dominated the early going of the fight, but after being caught with an eye-poke he was left unable to compete to his maximum potential. From then on Georges was still out-striking Shields, but he was not as dominant as he had been during the start of the fight.
St-Pierre's eye suffered serious damage as a result of the poke and he was unable to see out of it for the remainder of the fight.
At UFC 127, Mark Hunt showed the world why he is the most feared MMA fighter with a losing record.
Hunt is 6-7 in his professional career and may not be the most well-rounded fighter out there, but he is a hell of a kick-boxer.
Mark showed of his kickboxing skills by absolutely dominating Chris Tuchscherer en route to a second-round knockout victory.
After the fight, Chris' face was left a bloody mess and his left eye was swollen shut.
Joe Doerkson met Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard at Cage Fighting Championship 16 with the CFC middleweight title on the line.
The fight was a blowout.
Lombard dominated Joe throughout the first round, eventually earning himself a TKO victory via doctor stoppage.
Late in the round, Hector pinned Doerkson up against the cage and landed some vicious elbows, one of which opened up a large cut on the top of Joe's head.
The ringside doctor examined the cut and decided to call off the fight, saying that he could see Doerkson's skull.
Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos met at UFC 131 in match to determine the No. 1 contender in the heavyweight division.
Carwin's game plan was to get Junior against the cage and work his dirty boxing while looking for takedowns.
Unfortunately, Dos Santos was too slippery and too quick for Shane to implement that plan and Carwin was forced to stand with the best striker in the heavyweight division.
Late in the first round, Junior caught Shane with a combination that rocked him and, smelling blood in the water, swarmed on Carwin.
The former title challenger would survive Dos Santos' onslaught, but he did a tremendous amount of damage. By the end of the first round, Shane had multiple facial lacerations and a broken nose.
Keith Jardine took on highly respected light heavyweight prospect Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce.
The fight went to a draw, but would have been a victory for Mousasi, had he not had a point deducted because of an illegal up-kick.
Though neither fighter technically won the fight, it was obvious by the end who inflicted the most damage.
Jardine took a lot of big shots throughout the fight and by the end his face was a swollen mess.
MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko met Antonio Silva in the cage earlier this year, hoping to bounce back from a submission loss to Fabricio Werdum.
Unfortunately, Fedor's comeback didn't go as well as he would have hoped.
Silva was able to outclass Emelianenko in all areas of the fight, landing a ton of devastating ground and pounds. There were several moments where the fight could have been called, and I don't think anyone watching would have argued.
At the end of the second round, Fedor was examined by doctors who determined that it would be unsafe for him to continue.
After the fight, Emelianenko's right eye was swollen completely shut and his face was badly bruised from the punishment he endured.
Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann met early this year in what was one of the most exciting—albeit poorly judged—fights of the year.
While the fight was thoroughly entertaining, the audience was left with a sour taste in their mouths when Sanchez was announced this victor, despite the fact that Kampmann landed significantly more punches and stuffed 14 out of 15 take down attempts.
However, there was no need to tally up the punches to tell who won the fight. Just looking at each fighter's face would have been sufficient.
Kampmann was relatively unscathed, while Sanchez was bloodied up and had a badly swollen left eye.
And the worst post-fight face award goes to Mark Hominick and his baseball-sized hematoma.
Hominick fought Jose Aldo at UFC 129 for the UFC featherweight championship and, despite losing the fight, showed great heart and resolve.
After being dominated for three straight rounds, Hominick got hit with a stiff elbow from the top in the fourth, resulting in a massive hematoma on his forehead.
The audience reacted with shock at how quickly the injury grew and many thought the fight should be stopped.
However, after being examined by a doctor, Mark was cleared to keep fighting and actually managed to win the last round against Jose.
It was a gutsy performance on Hominick's part and one of the best fights this year.