The guys of TheSportsDegens.com and their friends will be recapping some of their top moments of 2017, by sports and in their format. Before we move on, we would like to specially thank all the contributors to the many year end recap pieces and more importantly to the viewers and listeners of all the content throughout the year. Feel free to let us know your top moments as well. With all that said, let’s see the Top MMA Moments of 2017.
Honorable Mention: Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather: While this wasn’t technically an MMA fight (or even all that great of a fight) it deserves mention here. It is a testament to Conor’s star power that he can get the 2nd most purchased PPV ever
3. Francis Zavier N’Gannou. That really is all that needs to be said. N’Gannou continued his assault on the heavyweight division. The Predator absolutely destroyed Andre Arlovski before landing one of the most vicious UFC knockouts of the year against Alistair Overeem. Hawgannou takes on Stipe in January which could end in similar fashion.
2. Justin Gaethje’s UFC arrival. The highlight made his debut in August with a fight of the year candidate against Michael Johnson. Gaethje’s style is relentless and without a doubt is one of the most entertaining fighters in the UFC. That style showed up again in his first career loss in yet another war against Eddie Alvarez in December. 2018 undoubtedly will hold some big opportunities and wild fights for “the highlight”.
1. Jon Jones appeared primed and ready to put his troubles in the past. Jones took on Daniel Cormier in a rematch for the Light HW title. After knocking out DC with a brutal head kick in round 3 it looked like the UFC finally had its most dominant fighter back. Shortly after, the fight was overturned due to Jones failed drug test. Now facing a potential 4 year ban the UFC is left to continue without its most polarizing stars in Jones, McGregor, and Rousey.
1.Robert Whittaker’s courageous performance at UFC 213 against Yoel Romero is a fight that sticks out in my mind. Early in the fight Whittaker suffered a medial knee injury and you could here him tell his cornerman “My knee is trash.” Despite the injury, Whittaker persevered and ended up winning via unanimous decision in what was the fight of the night.
2. Francis NGannou’s knockout of Alistair Overeem was one of the most brutal KO’s in MMA this year, but Edson Barboza’s flying knee KO of Beneil Dariush was phenomenal, without a doubt the KO of the year.
3. Who can forget the absolute war between Michael Johnson and Justin Gaethje? Wow….Yancy Madeiros and Alex Oliviera’s war should not be forgotten either.