As a recap, most “Fighter of the Year” awards on other sites are really “Breakout Fighter of the Year” awards in that fighters who win, were usually not top fighters in the beginning of the year, but became so by the end of the year.
A fighter like this can and has won our FotY awards, but our award is more about maintaining a high standing during the award year by performing well a sufficient number of times and against a sufficient quality of opponents. It is more comparable to a season MVP in major team sports, not a playoffs/surprise MVP.
The Top 2 from 2018, share the title for 2019 as their achievements were virtually identical.
3rd Place: Weili Zhang
With two dominant wins in the UFC, the new Strawweight champion rounds out the Top 3.