With the UFC calendar ready to kick into gear this weekend, I wrap up my annual MMA year in review series with a look back at October through December 2023, joined by Paul Fontaine.
Some of the highlights in our 80-minute conversation:
- The UFC and USADA splitting up and the messy situation that ensued
- Francis Ngannou shocking the combat sports world with his decision loss to Tyson Fury
- Conor McGregor officially announcing his UFC return date
- PFL finally closing the deal on Bellator and their potential upside in a UFC-dominated world
- The UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden that saw two new champions crowned without the planned Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic main event
- UFC signing a record deal with Bud Light and the backlash that followed
- Islam Makhachev continuing his dominance
- Leon Edwards closing the door on Colby Covington’s UFC relevancy
- Some of Paul’s favorite fights and a prediction for what planned fight might not happen
If you missed any of the series, check out the archives.