Image source: Henry Cejudo Instagram (@henry_cejudo)
We have reached that time where we look back on the MMA year and review which fighters, managers, promotions and gyms had the most success.
Two of the fighters in contention for the fighter of the year argument are Henry Cejudo and Jorge Masvidal. Both fighters firmly believe they should win the award and have taken to Twitter to argue their case. Cejudo started, in usual Cejudo cringe king fashion, stating that he should win the award for saving a whole division in 32 seconds and winning a second world title. Masvidal responded in true Masvidal fashion, straight to the point.
Both fighters have had an extremely successful 2019 inside of the cage with them both going undefeated and both picking up new titles of some description.
Henry Cejudo’s 2019 campaign ended with a 2-0 record as he knocked out T.J Dillashaw in the first round to defend his flyweight title and stopped Marlon Moraes at bantamweight to claim the bantamweight title. This made Cejudo the fourth double champ in UFC history, but he did suffer a shoulder injury against Moraes, and inactivity has kept him out for the remainder of the year and also saw him stripped of the flyweight title due to inactivity.
Masvidal has been a little more active than Cejudo going 3-0 in 2019 kicking off his year with a brutal knockout win over Darren Till in March. This was the beginning of a monumental year for Masvidal who went on to get the fastest knockout in UFC history with a five-second flying knee on Ben Askren. Masvidal was then booked in a super fight for the BMF title with Nate Diaz.
Who do you think should win the fighter of the year award?