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A Look Back at UFC® in 2016

Posted by Allie Shriver on Sep 22, 2016 5:04:02 PM

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UFC 205 is quickly approaching and we still have no idea who the headling fight is. That’s not stopping us from being excited, though! We can’t wait to see the UFC live in Madison Square Garden. While rumors are flying around, the UFC has stated they will announce the official line up on September 27th at 6pm. We do know that the following fights have been confirmed: 

  • Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Tim Kennedy vs. Rashad Evans
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian

These fights are all promising matchups for intense, must-see action. Edgar will be sure to have a huge fan base in the crowd as the hometown favorite. He’s looking to rebound from his loss to Aldo at UFC 200. Cerrone has been willing to fight anyone, as long as he gets to fight. Evans was made popular via The Ultimate Fighter but hasn’t found a weight class for success. His opponent, Kennedy, hasn’t fought since 2014 – we’re sure to see these two go at it hard to prove themselves. Boetsch pulled off quite the upset the last time he was in the Octagon® with a TKO against Samman. Chookagian is looking to add to her list of wins; she's 8-0. Each of the fights announced so far is a quality matchup on its own and would sell out, but we’re still hopeful for another huge fight to be announced.

A Look Back 
It’s no surprise we have our hopes set on another Conor McGregor fight around here. We may have to wait, though, as Twitter feeds point to an Alvarez-Nurmagomedov showdown for the lightweight belt. We also hear there may be a Weidman-Romero battle brewing. Only time will tell so, we’re biding our time looking back on the last year of UFC title fights and upsets. 

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  1. Miesha Tate vs Holly Holm – UFC 196
    Miesha Tate’s win over Holly Holm will go down in history as one of the biggest upsets in UFC history (right behind Holm’s knockout of Rousey). In a fifth-round choke out, Holm was stripped of her title and has been making waves for a rematch. Poor loser? Perhaps, but Tate lost her title just a few months later to Amanda Nunes. 
  1. Stipe Miocic vs Fabricio Werdum – UFC 198
    Stipe Miocic defeated Fabricio Werdum via knockout in the first round at 2:47. Werdum was dethroned and Miocic became the heavyweight champion with one final punch. The most surprising thing about this fight? He had the home field advantage with 45,000 Brazilian fans in their soccer stadium turned Octagon.

  2. Michael Bisping vs Luke Rockhold – UFC 199
    This is the fight that wasn’t supposed to happen. Michael Bisping stepped up when Chris Weidman pulled out just two weeks shy of the fight, and it paid off. With one powerful left hook, Bisping sent Rockhold to the mat in the first round. Everyone was shocked and Rockhold hasn’t been heard from since. Two weeks of trash talk led to an ending we didn’t see coming. Bisping defends his title at UFC 204 in just a few weeks in his hometown of Manchester.

 

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