It's defintely the rise of popularity and profit in the UFC as the biggest news of '06 in MMA. The acquisition of new world class fighters, the success of TUF (although this year's series left a bit to be desired), and also the rise of the earlier TUF'ers like Diego, Koschek, hell even Swick and Ken-Flo that made UFC's year the biggest story in 06. There were other positives this year for the UFC, but those the biggest IMO.
Behind this is the troubles that Pride are going through. It almost goes hand and hand with UFC's success, because obviously, the worse Pride are doing, the better UFC will be for it. For the most part because of the possibility of top, world class Pride fighers jumping ship. The lack of TV deal is huge news for the federation.
The next biggest stories would have to be CroCop's winning of the Grand Prix, as well as GSP demolishing Matt Hughes... Andy Silva beating Rich Franklin wasn't that huge, even though it is very much notable, no doubting that.
Last edited by LuckyD; 12-22-2006 at 11:12 PM.
Back by MY request:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.