Late October saw Diaz deal the worst beating in the career of two-time UFC champion BJ Penn. Three weeks later, Henderson edged out former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a classic that won Fight of the Year honors from several MMA news outlets, including USA TODAY. Overeem last Friday ended the year by leaving ex-champion Brock Lesnar sitting helplessly against the cage.
The USA TODAY/MMA Nation consensus rankings listed Rua and Lesnar as top-five in their divisions when they lost to Henderson and Overeem. Penn was No. 8 before running into Diaz.
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