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Josh Nason's Punch-Out: MMA Year In Review (January-March)

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In the most newsworthy and eventful year in MMA history coming to a close, it's time to begin the MMA year in review process one quarter at a time. 

A year that featured Conor McGregor climbing to new heights, Brock Lesnar returning, Jon Jones doing Jon Jones things, and the near year-long absence of Ronda Rousey, things kicked off strong in the first three months with a Fight of the Year candidate, a big Bellator free agent signee, and one of the biggest events in the sport's history coming together in less than two weeks.

Helping Josh Nason assess January-March is fellow site writer and MMADraws.com founder Paul Fontaine.

Among the topics:

- The Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit classic at UFC 195

- CM Punk's first opponent is found

- Conor McGregor's quest for two titles hits a roadblock, but runs into a financial mountain that was UFC 196

- The return of Dominick Cruz to bantamweight glory in thrilling fashion

- Benson Henderson, Alistair Overeem, and Matt Mitrione testing free agency

- Ronda Rousey admitting she contemplated suicide after losing to Holly Holm

- The 50 car pileup that was Bellator's Kimbo Slice/Dada 5000 and Royce Gracie/Ken Shamrock III double main event

- Michael Bisping facing and beating Anderson Silva

- The awesomeness of UFC 196 

- MMA's run to legalization in New York State reaches its conclusion

- A date for Cris Cyborg's UFC debut...and plenty more!

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