2018 was one other epic 12 months for the UFC and excluding Connor McGregor and his antics, the 25th 12 months of the Final Preventing Championship most likely couldn’t have gone higher for the Combined Martial Arts promotion.
The 12 months began off with a bang at UFC 220 with the Heavyweight and Gentle-Heavyweight titles that includes on the identical battle card for the primary time in UFC historical past. Heavyweight champ Miocic Stipe made UFC historical past by turning into the primary man to defend the title thrice and put an enormous extinguisher on the burning fireplace that was Francis Ngannou.
Daniel Corimer defended hid Gentle-Heavyweight title and at UFC 226 defeated Stipe for the Heavyweight title to change into solely the second man to be a duel champion within the UFC. Corimer defended his Heavyweight title at UFC 230 and is awaiting an opponent for 2019.
In April at UFC 223 in New York all fights have been overshadowed by Connor McGregor antics earlier than the occasion the place he by means of a trolley on the bus carrying a number of fighters and a few relations, inflicting harm to a number of individuals on the bus.
McGregor was arrested for his actions and serve a suspension whereas staring a struggle with light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. This is able to finish in a battle at UFC 229 the place Khabib defeated McGregor through choke out the place an enormous put up battle brawl erupted between each camps placing a black eye on what was a profitable night time.
Penalties for the pair are nonetheless awaiting to be handed down.
UFC 225 in June noticed Aussie Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker defend his title in a rematch towards Cuban Yole Romero.
Romero wouldn’t make the 185lbs weight restrict for the battle however that didn’t cease the battle from being what most would declare the battle of the 12 months.
A tic for tac forwards and backwards slugfest that nobody might of predicted. The night additionally noticed the return of WWE wrestler CM Punk who embarrassed himself in what was the worst battle of the 12 months. Hopefully he doesn’t return in 2019.
The shock of the 12 months was at UFC 227 the place Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson misplaced his Flyweight title in a break up resolution to Henry Cejudo. Johnson who held the longest defence streak of any UFC fighter of twelve has definitely set the bar for future champions.
Cejudo is to defend his title subsequent 12 months when he fights Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw whom is slicing all the way down to the flyweight restrict in 2019.
UFC 231 Featherweight champion Max Holloway defeated challenger Brian Ortega in what was the gutsiest efficiency I’ve seen in a UFC battle.
In a Rocky Balboa efficiency Ortega took unimaginable punishment as Holloway continued to battle toe to toe with the challenger and he simply saved coming after the champion.
Mercifully the battle was stopped by the physician on the finish of the fourth spherical to protected Ortega from doable additional harm. Holloway cemented his place as the most effective Featherweight within the historical past of the UFC and lots of are questioning who can beat the champ.
Ladies’s Bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes completed the 12 months with an enormous bang in her 56 second annihilation of Ladies’s Featherweight champ Cris Cyborg at UFC 232. Nunes is the primary duel ladies’s champion within the historical past of the UFC. Jon Jones additionally made a profitable return regaining the Gentle-Heavyweight title.
So an epic 12 months for the 25th 12 months of the UFC, can’t wait to see what 2019 brings.