Josh Nason's Punch-Out: MMA Year In Review (January-March)By Josh Nason | @joshnason | Dec 24, 2016 10:19 am
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.
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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