10) Rafael dos Anjos decisions Paul Felder – UFC Fight Night 182
Moving back up to his natural weight class, Rafael dos Anjos took out contender and commentator Paul Felder by controlling him.
9) Corey Anderson defeats Melvin Manhoef via TKO – Bellator 251
Corey Anderson made his successful Bellator debut by controlling Melvin Manhoef until he found the opportunity to land and then finish him.
8) Luana Pinheiro defeats Stephanie Frausto via technical knockout victory method – Dana White’s Contender Series, Season 4, Week 9
Fighters on Dana White’s Contender Series always bring it and Luana Pinheiro brought against Stephanie Frausto who was the favorite.
7) JP Buys defeats Jacob Silva via submission (guillotine choke) victory method – Dana White’s Contender Series, Season 4, Week 10
JP Buys also on the Contender Series made a statement and was able to get a finish against Jacob Silva and get a contract at the same time.
6) Patricio Freire defeats Pedro Carvalho via knockout – Bellator 252
The Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix has taken much longer then expected but Patricio Freire continued with his quarterfinal victory.
5) A.J. McKee defeats Darrion Caldwell via submission – Bellator 253
A.J. McKee was able to maintain his undefeated career streak against Darrion Caldwell by catching the wrestler in a match ending guillotine.
4) Khaos Williams defeats Abdul Razak Alhassan via knockout victory method – UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos – Upset of the Month
Contender Series alumni have proven their place in the UFC and Khaos Williams is the latest with his knockout of Abdul Razak Alhassan.
3) Ignacio Bahamondes defeats Edson Gomez via TKO – Dana White’s Contender Series, Season 4, Week 8 – Knockout of the Month
While Contender Series matches can be impressive, they rarely get awards as a result of a knockout for a Knockout of the Year candidate, but Ignacio Bahamondes accomplished that with his knockout of Edson Gomez on the way to earning an UFC contract.
2) Deiveson Figueiredo defeats Alex Perez via submission victory method – UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez – Submission of the Month
Deivson Figueiredo set a submission title record by submitting Alex Perez at just under two minutes and set up for a quick defense turnaround.
1) Valentina Shevchenko defeats Jennifer Maia via decision victory method – UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez – Fight of the Month
Since her move down to flyweight, Valentina Shevchenko has never been in trouble in a match. Jennifer Maia was her first opponent and title challenger that pushed Valentina and forced her to adjust to the challenge.
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