1a) 'Suga' Rashad Evans If somebody had told you by the end of the year Rashad Evans would be the LHW champ, knocking out Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin in the process, you would have responded with laughter, or violence. Rashad shocked the MMA world this year and is now the top dog in the most stacked division in all of MMA. His showboating drew the ire of many MMA fans. I think it's great. No different that BJ licking blood, or Jacare doing his crocodile shtick, or Rampage with the chains and the howl, or anyone else. Rashad has some tough fights lined up for 2009 and I cannot wait to see them. 1b) Gegard 'Young Vagabond' Mousasi An amazing 6-0 record this year, 7-0 if you include his K-1 victory last night, Mousasi was the breakout star of the year. Victories over Denis Kang, Dong Sik Yoon, Melvin Manhoef, and Jacare helped him claim the DREAM 185 pound strap. This guy is for real, and might be the biggest threat to A.Silva at 185. 3) Miguel Torres 3-0 in 2008, including a great war against Yoshiro Maeda and utter destruction of Manny Tapia. I will be tuning into each and every one of his fights in 2009. 4) Thiago 'The Pitbull' Alves Impressive wins over Karo Parysian, Matt Huges, and Josh Koschek has guaranteed Avles the next shot at the 170 pound title. Some people will rank him higher, however I feel him badly missing weight in a main event bout detracts from his accomplishments. Honorable mentions Frank Mir - He caught a break against Lesnar, didn't win any fans on TuF, then put on one of the most jaw dropping performances of 2008 against one of the best HW's of all time. Debate will continue on if it was a case of how good Mir look vs. how bad Nog was, regardless I think he's earned the recognition. BJ Penn - Dear BJ. You are an awesome fighter, but an incredible douche. Pull your head out of your ass and stay at 155 pounds. Two more title defenses in 2008 and you would have been first or second on the list. Instead you are fucking over everyone else in the 155 pound division to chase your personal dreams. That being said, great fights this year. Brock Lesnar - Becomes the HW 'champion' in just his 4th career MMA punch. Showed remarkable development from one fight to the next this year. Had he shown just a little restraint, he would be 4-0. Dude is for real.