Monday, March 02, 2009

411’s Fighter Of The Month: February

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It was a relatively light month in the world of mixed-martial arts, but that left the field wide open for some fresh faces to make their mark in this month’s voting. Do you think you know who won Fighter of the Month? The answer might just surprise you…

It was a rare month with no major title fights and only a handful of events, and as a result the 411 MMA staff had plenty of interesting selections to make for February's Fighter of the Month. We've got some new staff members making picks this month, so things got pretty interesting.

Jeffrey Harris

4) Anthony Johnson - He liberated his heinous and unjust loss to Kevin Burns in December, and less than two months later got another win over Luigi Fioravanti, effectively ending that man's tenure in the UFC. Johnson has proven himself to be a strong knockout artist, as all four of his UFC wins ended via knockout or TKO. Johnson's presence in the welterweight division creates a lot of interesting possibilities, and he could be a couple wins away from a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship.

Scott Kuzcowski

4) Anthony Johnson - "Rumble" defeated Fioravanti in the first round with relative ease and looks to continue his climb up the welterweight ranks.

Daniel Plunkett

4) Anthony Johnson - Anthony Johnson is going to be good, very good.

Larry Csonka

4) Anthony Johnson - Rumble Johnson is quickly becoming a force at welterweight with another impressive victory.

The Results

Honorable Mention: Anthony Johnson

2009 Fighter Of The Year Standings

Demian Maia - 15 points
Georges St. Pierre - 15 points

Nate Marquardt - 12 points
Fedor Emelianenko - 12 points

Paulo Thiago - 9 points
Lyoto Machida - 9 points

Diego Sanchez - 6 points
Dan Henderson - 6 points

Cain Velasquez - 3 points
Jorge Sanitago - 3 points

Anthony Johnson - 1 point
Satoru Kitaoka - 1 point

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