It’s hard to remember another month that featured so many highlights in the sport of MMA as this November.

The historic significance of Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez, who battled for a mere 64 seconds when the UFC made its network television debut, obviously stands atop the month’s happenings. The nature of the event, regardless of how the fight itself went down, is enough to overshadow anything else.

And there was plenty else. Not only did November feature one of the best fights in the history of the sport, but it featured two Fight of the Year candidates. To top it off, the two epic battles took place on the same night!

Toss in the crowning of tournament champions in three Bellator tournaments (with a no-contest in the fourth tourney final), the conclusion of the last installment of The Ultimate Fighter broadcast on Spike airwaves and the return to winning form of one of the sport’s legends, and there’s quite a bit to sift through for November 2011.

So, who moved the needle on The Gauge the most in November? Read on to find out…

1. Junior dos Santos

There’s probably no higher pinnacle in the sport than to be crowned UFC champion. But to do it in front of more than eight million viewers on network television? Yep, that probably takes the cake. JDS wasted little time in disposing of Cain Velasquez in Anaheim, Calif., on Nov. 12 to become the new UFC heavyweight kingpin. Rather than just earning his spot on the list of UFC heavyweight champions, JDS will always hold a special place in MMA history as the first champion of the promotion to capture the title on network television.

2. Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

While Dana White might not agree, an argument can be made that the epic battle between Henderson and Rua would have made a more appropriate network debut than the quick-ending title tilt between dos Santos and Velasquez. Sure, it was a bloody and brutal battle, but so was the legendary Ultimate Fighter finale clash between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.

Henderson was awarded the win in the UFC 139 clash, but the fight could just as easily have ended in a draw. It is a fight that has already been hailed as one of the best fights in MMA history, and rightfully so. Both men deserve equal respect for their efforts regardless of who had their hand raised in the end.

3. Michael Chandler

While “Shogun” and “Hendo” waged an epic war on the West Coast, Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez were battling just as hard on the East Coast. The two lightweights collided in Hollywood, Fla., at Bellator 58 for Alvarez’s championship belt. The fight turned out to be just as epic as the conflict the same night in the UFC, but with a more decisive conclusion. After more than three rounds of back-and-forth action, Chandler took the upper hand, rocking Alvarez and securing a rear-naked choke to coax a tapout from the long-reigning champ.

4. Ben Henderson

One argument to be made from the UFC’s debut on Fox is that more than one fight should have been featured on the broadcast. The argument was only strengthened in hindsight by the performance put on by Ben Henderson and Clay Guida. The two lightweight contenders gave it their all for three full rounds, with the judges awarding Henderson the unanimous decision. The victory puts the former WEC lightweight champ in line for a title shot against UFC kingpin Frankie Edgar. It’s a battle that will go down as the headliner of UFC 144 in Japan on Feb. 26, 2012.

5. Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller

The two Ultimate Fighter coaches have had their share of confrontations during the 14th season of the reality series. As November comes to a close, the two are just days away from settling the score in Las Vegas at the TUF 14 Finale.

6. The Ultimate Fighter 14 cast

The fighters on the final Spike TV season of the UFC’s reality show have put up solid performances all season long.  In the end it will be Team Miller’s Dennis Bermudez battling Team Bisping’s Diego Brandao  in the featherweight finals at the TUF 14 Finale in Las Vegas on Saturday, while bantamweights TJ Dillashaw and John Dodson will collide in the 135-pound finals.

7. Wanderlei Silva

From retirement talk to exciting victory, Silva continues to be a strong fan favorite who came through with a TKO win over Strikeforce import Cung Le at UFC 139. Silva had suggested he would retire with a loss, but the win keeps the Pride legend active for at least a little while longer.

8. Douglas Lima, Alexander Shlemenko and Eduardo Dantas

Lima claimed the welterweight bracket championship and a future title bid against Ben Askren when he defeated UFC veteran Ben Saunders via knockout at Bellator 57. On the same night, Shlemenko earned a unanimous decision over Vitor Vianna to gain a second chance against Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard. Later in the month, at Bellator 59, Eduardo Dantas took home a unanimous nod over Alexis Vila to claim the bantamweight bracket crown and punch his ticket to a title shot versus Zach Makovsky. Overall, it was a strong showing for the future title challengers in Bellator, despite a disappointing no-contest finish, brought upon by an accidental groin strike, to the heavyweight final between Thiago Santos and Eric Prindle.

9. Fedor Emelianenko

He might not be the invincible “Last Emperor” of old, and it might not have been the most impressive fight of his career, but Emelianenko righted the ship with a unanimous decision win over former UFC heavyweight contender Jeff Monson. The win snapped a three-fight skid for the former Pride champion.

10. Eddie Alvarez

Alvarez might have been on the losing end of the Bellator 58 title tilt with Michael Chandler, but just as “Shogun” deserves mention on this list for his part in an epic battle, so does Alvarez.

Photo: Junior dos Santos (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)