I think because Jens Pulver has been out of the "big Two" shows this year, people are overlooking him as a Fighter of the Year candidate.
If he beats Gomi on Dec. 31 at Pride, he will have gone undefeated in 9 matches... three MMA, four boxing, one in Shoot Boxing and one in grappling.
Here's his year so far...
 In MMA, he is 2-0 with KO wins over Naoya Uematsu (13-2-2 at the time) and Stephen Palling (11-6-1).
 In pro boxing, he is 4-0 with 3 KO wins and an upset over Steve Vincent (4-0) on ESPN2.
 In the Shoot Boxing Grand Prix, he was 1-0, beating Dai Jyouan of China, who was that country's champion... again by knockout!
 In grappling, he was 1-0, beating American Top Team black belt Marcos "Parrumpinha" Damatta in the Super Fight of NAGA Chicago.
Again, 8-0 so far against top competition. If he adds Gomi to the list, it's a heck of a year.