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10 MMA Moments I Was Thankful For In 2016

10. The gold/yellow/mustard octagon canvas only made one appearance









9. UFC President Dana White announced Jon Jones will never headline a pay-per-view again







8. Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone moved up to welterweight and went full Mortal Kombat on Rick Story.

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7. Bellator signs Benson Henderson, Rory MacDonald, Matt Mitrione and Chael Sonnen.

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6. ‘Stone Cold’ Stipe became the Heavyweight champion.

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5. We were just four days shy of a year of the last Rousey mean mug stare down







4. Every time Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor had to interact for the media







3. Nate Diaz choked out Conor McGregor at UFC 196







2. New York finally legalized MMA and allowed UFC 205 to happen in my lifetime

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1. In a year of crime, hate and political drama, we were able to escape to the world of MMA for epic fights and even more epic press conferences.

Thank you.

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Kristine is a Managing Editor for as well as UFC/MMA Lead Writer. She also hosts a column known as Fighting Words.
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