"Fight of the Night" can be a misleading title. Some assume it goes to the most exciting fight, but if that is a 10-second flash knockout, it really wasn't much of a fight. Some assume it goes to the most anticipated or high profile fight...but that would always be the main event.
"Fight of the Night" honors are usually awarded to the fight that had a little bit of everything: good striking, solid technique, close calls, great comebacks, endless energy and high endurance are all factors that are in play.
With any sport, fans will have their allegiance and favorites. If you are a fan of Jon Jones, you don't really want a close battle, you just want to see him dominate Lyoto Machida with spinning elbows and to get a quick and flashy knockout.
The highlights of these moments are shown over and over, but the fights are not remembered.
"Fight of the Night" is recognition that the two fighters had to give their all and use every skill in their arsenal, whether they won or lost. Excitement builds with every round and the audience can tell they are seeing something special.
2011 was one of the best years in the history of the UFC, and all of these fights contributed to that. This is a ranking of the 26 "Fight of the Night" winners from 2011.