20 Bold Predictions For 2017

With 2016 now in the dust, it’s now time to look ahead to 2017 in the world of MMA. Like every year I’m back with a pinch of salt and 20 bold predictions for the year ahead. After 2016 went relatively well, I’m predicting a big year of change upcoming.

1. Dana White stands down from his position as UFC president

2. Jon Jones fights Daniel Cormier and finishes him

3. There will be two new middleweight champions

4. Conor McGregor defends his lightweight title twice

5. Bjorn Rebney leaves the MMAAA

6. CM Punk wins an MMA fight

7. Ben Askren signs with Bellator

8. Tim Kennedy signs with Bellator

9. Brock Lesnar fights on the New Years card

10. Tom Duquesnoy becomes a ranked UFC fighter

11. Demetrious Johnson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk don’t lose a single round

12. Ryan Curtis signs with the UFC

13. Ronda Rousey changes camp and fights again

14. A UFC champion is stripped of a belt due to a failed drugs test

15. WSOF goes out of business

16. Mirsad Bektic fights for the featherweight title

17. Michael Venom Page loses a fight

18. Miesha Tate fights again

19. Sara McMann becomes a UFC champion

20. Chuck Liddell signs with Bellator

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