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Fortunes changed for five UFC weight classes

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With three straight nights of shows, UFC is almost done with its most lucrative and unpredictable year in its history. One its biggest week ever, two titles changed and several other title contenders emerged, setting the stage for a potentially strong 2016.

After UFC’s most ambitious week in its history, with shows on three straight nights, and with the last event of the year coming up on Saturday, it’s amazing to look back at the year that was.

Largely due to the rise of Ronda Rousey as a mainstream celebrity, and Conor McGregor as the most charismatic star fighter in company history, UFC has had its biggest year since 2010 if not ever. That was coming off a down year, where there was growing talk of UFC being lost past its peak and that pay-per-view was a dying business.

It’s been a year of shocks and changes. One champion after another thought to be dominant and next to unbeatable went down hard. Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm became, by far, the most talked about fight after the fact in company history.Yet, at the start of the year, most would have been shocked if they looked into a crystal ball and found that of the champions thought be well ahead of the pack at the start of 2015, Cain Velasquez, Jon Jones, Chris Weidman,.Anthony Pettis, Jose Aldo, Demetrious Johnson and Rousey, that only one, Johnson, would still be champion at the end of the year.

Of course Jones never lost his championship in competition. But Weidman and Aldo going down in consecutive matches just weeks after Rousey just underscores how tight the competition is at the top and how unpredictable outcomes really are in this sport.

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