With a few weeks left to go before the end of the year, that means it's time to begin our annual look back at the MMA year that was, broken up into four parts.
This 90-minute edition of Josh Nason's Punch-Out covers the first three months of the year and features WrestlingObserver.com and MMADraws.com writer Paul Fontaine, returning for his third straight year of kicking off the series.
Just a few of the items on our topic board:
- Mayweather vs. McGregor started moving from 'no way' to 'it looks like there's a chance'
- GSP officially announced his return and was booked in a middleweight title fight with no date or location
- The fallout from Ronda Rousey's late-December loss
- USADA suspended Brock Lesnar in January and then he retired in February
- Meryl Streep takes a dig at MMA during her Oscars speech and the MMA world goes nuts
- Tyron Woodley made news by feuding with Dana White, teasing a fight vs. Michael Bisping and having a boring rematch against Stephen Thompson
- Everyone wanted to box. EVERYONE.
- Tito Ortiz retired, Matt Mitrione had kidney stones, and Bellator announced their return to PPV
- Germaine de Randamie won the UFC women's featherweight title and turned everyone against her in the process
- Our Tom Lawlor got suspended by USADA
- A dream fight of Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov was canceled at the last minute due to a bad weight cut, causing all of us to cry
- Bellator signed a slew of free agents, changing up the game
- And plenty more!
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