My annual look back at the year that was in MMA rolls on with a look back at April through June, a time when TV deals were signed, attractions were few and far between, and a lot of place-setting for the second half of the year was taking place.
Helping me examine those three months is first time guest Nick Baldwin of Bloody Elbow.
On the docket:
- The chaos surrounding UFC 223 and finding a replacement to face Khabib Nurmagomedov, and the media day bus attack by Conor McGregor and friends.
- UFC announcing one and then two TV deals with ESPN and their streaming service, ESPN+.
- Bellator's big June with their surprise DAZN streaming provider, the announcement of their middleweight grand prix, and more.
- UFC 225 and Yoel Romero missing weight for a title fight again, the likely final UFC ride for CM Punk, and the temporary rise of Colby Covington.
- And plenty more!
Click below to give it a listen, and check out part 1 while you're at it.