2023 brought with it a multitude of standout performances from some of the most unlikeliest of sources — in some of the biggest and high-profile fights of the annum, from the likes of middleweight champion, Sean Strickland, welterweight maestro, Leon Edwards, and pound-for-pound star, Islam Makhachev.
However. amid a list of nominations long and varying issues by the staff here at LowKick MMA — the outspoken Sean Strickland has emerged far and ahead as the consensus Fighter of the Year for 2023.
Fighter of the Year – Sean Strickland – UFC – 3-0-0 (4 votes)
Rebounding from a tumultuous 2022 year which included a two-fight losing skid to former title challenger, Jared Cannonier, and two-weight champion, last year’s Fighter of the Year award winner, Alex Pereira — the often-outspoken Strickland turned in a year to remember, including one of the biggest upsets in recent Octagon memory in the final quarter of the year.
Strickland snapped his two-fight skid by winning a unanimous decision over Nassourdine Imavov in a light-heavyweight match on short notice at the start of the year. He would then seize the chance of becoming a title contender with a knockout victory over Abusupiysan Maomedov.