MMA had a great year in 2011 and though we're almost through the first month of 2012, it isn't too late to lean back and reminisce about the best bouts from last year.
Each fight card seemed to outdo itself, and while many of the fights in this article won Fight of the Night, not all of them did. Those fights that didn't shouldn't be forgotten.
Some of the best fights weren't even in the UFC. Both Strikeforce and Bellator had some decent showings, and those that made the fights should be remembered and respected.
Other than a fight or two that stands for a Fight of the Year consideration, there really isn't any way to grade the others, so most will be broken up by chronological order and by company.
Here are the top 50 fights of 2011.