It has already been a pivotal year for mixed martial arts but there is even more history to be made in the coming months. The transition from 2016 to 2017 is going to be huge for fans of #MMA. Some fascinating narratives are yet to play out. A vengeful fallen queen looks to recclaim her throne. A talented upstart looks to usurp the dominant ruler of his backyard. Two warriors stake their claim on neutral territory but a wronged spirit lurks in the background.
Tonight will bring the final #UFC pay per view of 2016. #UFC207 will close an amazing year for the company with another superb card. In an intriguing welterweight bout, Neil Magny will face Johny Hendricks. Neil Magny is looking to get back in the win column against the veteran. Prior to UFC 202, Magny was on a win streak with victories over the likes of Hector Lombard and Kelvin Gastellum. Until, he ran afoul of Lorenz Larkin on the August card. He looks to wipe that TKO loss from people's minds with a win over 'Bigg Rigg'. This is no easy task, Hendricks has fought some of the best in the division's history and always has the potential to surprise with a swift knockout.
Another exciting fight on the card will likely determine the next contender for the 135 pound title. John Linkeker takes on TJ Dillashaw. Lineker is a power punching bantamweight whose spectacular finishes have bought him a title eliminator.
Speaking of the 135 pound title, Garbrandt will get his first shot at the strap. #CodyGarbrandt has been attaining highlight reel knockouts of late. He is blisteringly quick and aggresssive. Dominick 'The Dominator' Cruz has the best movement in the UFC. His slips, rolls and footwork are akin to fighters such as Roy Jones Jr., Anderson Silva and #MuhammadAli. Can Cody's power help him do what mentor, Urijah Faber couldn't? Or, will Cruz's lightning fast dodging negate his devestating avoidance?
In the main event, #RondaRousey returns against new bantamweight queen, #AmandaNunes. The situation feels familiar to the plot of Rocky 3. Ronda is returning to action from exile after a shock less, with a new champion running the show in her absence. Just like Rocky in the third instalment, her heart is being questioned as well as her willingess to compete due to her disapearance. Will she recclaim the gold or will Nunes flip the script?
The first UFC card of the new year will be the Fight Night card from Pheonix, Arizona. The headline bout will see BJ Penn make his long awaited return against Yair Rodriguez. The latter is a very exciting fighter known for his flashy offense. He gets a shot at a legend here, potentially an opportunity to springboard himself up the featherweight rankings. BJ Penn is an all time great of the sport, holding title in two weight classes and competing in a total of five. However, is a fresh young talent like Rodriguez too big a challenge for the veteran? That fight takes place January 15th.
#UFC208 comes to us on February 11th and it is bringing some fun fights. 'Diamond' Dustin Poirier will face Jim Miller in a 155 pound bout. Both men have been in some crazy wars and this bout has the potential to be just that. The main event of the evening is the first ever women's feathweight title fight.
#HollyHolm and Germaine de Randamie throwdown for the inaugural women's featherweight belt. Due to a rather messy situation involving weight cutting and a doping violation, #CrisCyborg has been left out of this fight. With that being said, she will certainly be the ghost at the feast during this one.
It would seem there are many exciting fights ahead. 2017 looks to be just as epic a year for MMA fans as this year! If you liked this article, give it a share and subscribe for more MMA news!