The battle between Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig was fought with the kind of fervor and inspiration to warrant itself one of the best wars of the year.
This is a list of the some of the most exciting and back and forth battles that were waged all the way to a decision.
They are showcase fights.
Fights that exemplify the best of fortitude and skill of MMA fighters at the highest level.
These are the best WARS (gone on to decision) in 2011...
Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz avenged the only loss of his career by defending his championship against superstar Urijah Faber.
The fighters were in peak shape as they dazzled with strikes and scrambles.
Ultimately, Cruz came away with the decision due to the variety and incredible volume of his arsenal.
Vaunted lightweight prospect Edson Barboza is a clinician with powerful strikes.
That striking prowess was not enough to finish the rabid British slugger Ross Pearson.
For all of his raw aggression, Pearson was still measured in his relentless attack on Barboza.
Barboza hung tough and fought in exchanging with his foe and did enough to pull out the victory in yet another lightweight classic.
This fight had everything, as these two durable well-rounded veteran welterweights had no choice but to let it all hang out.
Ebersole attacked with cartwheel kicks, elbows, and knees—putting the impossible to finish Lytle in a state of violent exasperation.
Lytle was on his heels but constantly threatened with his revered boxing and submission threats.
Their first fight ended in an unfortunately controversial fashion, and fans might not have realized what kind of treat they were in for in this rematch.
Wiman pushed the pace and Danzig maintained composure, answering blow for blow.
It was a dog-fight that left both men battered and bruised, but it was Wiman who came away with the razor-thin decision.
My feeling was that Kampmann was robbed in the decision, but I have to acknowledge what an incredible fight both men put up.
Bones were broken, flesh was busted up and open, and these two standout welterweights had a brilliant war.
Sanchez threw caution to the wind after losing the first round and put in an inspiring two more rounds against the steely disposition of his adversary.
Featherweight champion Jose Aldo threw everything but the kitchen sink at challenger Mark Hominick for four rounds.
Hominick kept the fight highly competitive with his technical striking skills, despite taking the beating.
In the fifth and final round, the bloodied and slightly disfigured Hominick turned the tides in front of his home crowd.
It was not enough to take the decision, but it capped off an incredible display of two of the sport's finest warriors.
Edgar and Maynard's third meeting is less than a week away and the anticipation is palpable as their last clash, on New Year's day, was one of the sport's all-time classics.
Edgar rallied from one of the worst first-round beatdowns ever witnessed to salvage a five-round draw.
It was a testament of heart, strength and unbreakable will on the parts of both warriors. Now both men are out for revenge...