A third contender would be 2013, a year in which Nakamura fought 4 times making it the busiest year of his career so far. The fights, all wins by T/KO included Nakamura's first fight with a Filipino since he was stopped by Pontillas. Unfortunately for Raymond Sermona he was the Filipino and Nakamura was boxing to impress.
From the opening bell we saw a sharp Nakamura who used his under-rated boxing skills to slowly break down Sermona. Although the Filipino tried to fight back, firing off round house rights in an attempt to discourage Nakamura he lacked the power to get the Japanese fighters respect and instead of discourage Nakamura all Sermona did was leaving openings for Nakamura who really went to work in the 3rd round.
As with most fighters Sermona couldn't cope with the power of Nakamura and was eventually counted out after some vicious shots from the Japanese fighter who seemed, in many ways, to expel the ghosts of the Pontillas fight.