My 2017 Predictions

  • I predict 2017 will be a year of retirements of fighters we have watched for years. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, B.J. Penn, Frank Mir, Mark Hunt, Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz, Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping, Josh Barnett and Gray Maynard come to mind
  • Georges St. Pierre will re-sign with the UFC and will fight in 2017
  • Jon Jones will win the Light Heavyweight title
  • Justin Gaethje and Marlon Moraes will sign with UFC
  • Rampage Jackson will fight in UFC
  • Lorenz Larkin will sign with Bellator
  • The Ultimate Fighter will finally die
  • Ronda Rousey will not fight again.  Cris Cyborg will not fight in 2017 either
  • Mackenzie Dern will make her UFC debut
  • Helen Maroulis will sign with UFC
  • Ryan Bader will sign with Bellator
  • UFC will hold a live event in Russia
  • The Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight, Middleweight, Welterweight, Lightweight, Featherweight and Bantamweight UFC belts will change hands
  • UFC will renew their deal with Fox
  • MMA Unions will still be a big story in 2017
  • UFC will start a female flyweight division
  • Vitaly Minakov will fight in UFC
  • WSOF will not die, but will end 2017 on life support (again)
  • Rory MacDonald will lose his Bellator debut
  • M-1 Middleweight champion Ramazen Emeev will sign with UFC
  • As @talkMMA reported, Jim Rome will replace Mike Goldberg
  • UFC pay-per-view numbers will really struggle the first half of 2017, but will rebound in the second half
  • Prospects UFC will sign: Tom Duquesnoy, Arjan Bhullar, Denis Goltsov, Darko Stosic, Magomed Ankalayev, Mikhail Mokhnatkin, Jordan Johnson, Paulo Costa, Oskar Piechota, Rob Wilkinson, Logan Storley Mukhamed Berkhamov, Muslim Salikhov, Yaroslav Amosov, Thiago Moises, Paddy Pimblett, and Leandro Higo
  • UFC champions at the end of 2017: Francis Ngannou, Jon Jones, Yoel Romero, Stephen Thompson, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Max Holloway, TJ Dillashaw, Demetrious Johnson, Amanda Nunes, Joanna J.
  • Bellator champions at the end of 2017: Phil Davis, Rafael Carvalho, Douglas Lima, Michael Chandler, Daniel Weichel, and Eduardo Dantas
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