What was the fight of the year?

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya
Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kelvin Gastelum (red gloves) fights Israel Adesanya (blue gloves) during UFC 236 at State Farm Arena. Adesanya won by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

With 2019 in the books, it is time to look back at the year and ask: What was the fight of the year?

What was the fight of the year?

Frank Hyden MMATorch Columnist

Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236. It was a tightly contested 5 round affair where Adesanya won the Interim UFC Middleweight Championship. Both men fought hard but Adesanya was just a little better. It was a roller coaster of a fight and a fitting choice for Fight of the Year.

Michael Hiscoe MMATorch Columnist

Pedro Munhoz and Cody Garbrandt opened up UFC 235 with a one round fire fight that may go down as the moment MMA fans realized Garbrandt had lost his championship form. “No Love” was criticized for engaging in such a brawl with Munhoz, but it made for, in my opinion, the most entertaining fight of 2019.

Dylan Thompson MMATorck UK Specialist 

Kevin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya has to be fight of the year for me, both fighters put on an absolute showcase of skill, talent and toughness. First round Gastelum seemed to be winning the striking battle with the highly decorated kickboxer. Second round Adesanya dropped Gastelum and also managed to land a massive back elbow. Third round and Gastelum didn’t seem phased by Adesanya and stood trading blows in the pocket with him. Round four and Adesanya got rocked by a huge head kick. Round five saw Adesanya drop Gastelum and unleash a savage ground-and-pound. Adesanya won by unanimous decision and was well deserved after an all out war.

Robert Vallejos MMATorch Managing Editor

While Gastelum vs. Adesanya is the obvious choice, I do think that Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 had the most drama of any fight this year. Given the way that their first fight went, and how aggressive Cormier was to start their second fight, the comeback by Miocic was the stuff of legend. I really hope we get part three in 2020.

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