MMA in 2017: Analysis and Review

As we send off 2017, we also look back at the numbers of what has been a pivotal year. Much has happened that has shocked, awed or amazed us when looking back on 2017. So with that we take a peek back on the stats, stories, and highlights from this year that have come from MMA’s “Big Three” which of course mean the ONE Championship, Bellator MMA, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). These promotions, above all, dominate the mixed martial arts landscapes and now we gather from them what hit or misses they have brought us this year.

Never tell them the odds:

When looking at any MMA event in an attempt to consider if it is worth watching, you look at the top of the billing. The main event, and sometimes also the co-main event. Where we start here is a simple count on how the underdogs or the betting odd favorites have done this year across all three promotions in the co-main and the main event bouts. In a noticeable trend that has stayed steady since the start of 2015, underdogs have recently taken a big charge at the odds-makers wallets and given many fans across the world more reason to put their money where their mouth is. Below is a chart that will tell you how many events each promotion had and how the bettings odds favorites and underdogs did in terms of success.

UFC

Favorites: 43
Underdogs: 25
Even: 10

Bellator

Favorites:31
Underdogs: 9
Even: 4

ONE Championship

Favorites: 18
Underdogs: 5
Even: 6

UFC ‘Of the Night” winners:

Since 2007, the UFC has implemented a hefty reward system that was once split into two groups being Knockout, and Submission of the night. In 2014, the UFC changed this to Performance of the Night in the event that there wasn’t a submission or knockout on the card. There has also been Fight of the Night which rewards the two men or women that truly leave it in all in the cage after the final bell has ended. Here are those recipients thus far this year.

Performance of the Night:

Yair Rodriguez (TKO over BJ Penn)
Oleksiy Oliynyk (Ezekiel choke over Viktor Pesta)
Valentina Shevchenko (Armbar submission over Julianna Pena)
Jorge Masvidal (TKO over Donald Cerrone)
Francis Ngannou (KO over Andrei Arlovski)
Jason Knight (Rear Naked Choke over Alex Caceres)
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (Kimura over Tim Boetsch)
Paul Felder (TKO over Alessandro Ricci)
Thiago Santos (TKO over Jake Marshman)
Darren Elkins (KO over Mirsad Bektic)
Iuri Alcantara (Kneebar over Luke Sanders)
Edson Barboza (Flying Knee KO over Beneil Dariush)
Michel Prazeres (North-South choke over Josh Burkman)
Paulo Costa (Body Kick TKO over Garreth McLellan)
Jimi Manuwa (KO punch over Corey Anderson)
Gunnar Nelson (Guillotine choke over Alan Jouban)
Marlon Vera (Head Kick TKO over Brad Pickett)
Marc Diakiese (KO punch over Teemu Packalen)
Charles Oliveira (Rear Naked Choke over Will Brooks)
Gregor Gillespie (KO over Andrew Holbrook)
Demetrious Johnson (Armbar over Wilson Reis)
Robert Whittaker (Head Kick TKO over Ronaldo Souza)
Mike Perry (Elbow KO over Jake Ellenberger)
Brandon Moreno (Rear Naked Choke over Dustin Ortiz)
Stipe Miocic (TKO over Junior dos Santos)
Jason Knight (TKO over Chas Skelly)
Bojan Velickovic (KO over Nico Musoke)
Damir Hadžovic (Knee KO over Marcin Held)
Cláudia Gadelha (Rear Naked Choke over Karolina Kowalkiewicz)
Brian Kelleher (Guillotine Choke over Iuri Alcantara)
Dan Hooker (KO Knee over Ross Pearson)
Ben Nguyen (Rear Naked Choke over Tim Elliot)
Holly Holm (Head Kick KO over Bethe Correia)
Ulka Sasaki (Rear Naked Choke over Justin Scoggins)
Kevin Lee (Rear Naked Choke over Michael Chiesa)
Tim Boetsch (Head Kick TKO over Johny Hendricks)
Dominick Reyes (TKO over Joachim Christensen)
Jeremy Kimball (TKO over Josh Stansbury)
Justin Gaethje (TKO over Michael Johnson)
Tecia Torres (Rear Naked Choke over Juliana Lima)
Rob Font (Guillotine choke over Douglas Silva de Andrade)
Chad Laprise (TKo over Brian Camozzi)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (KO over Gunnar Nelson)
Paul Felder (Elbow KO over Stevie Ray)
Alex Oliveira (KO punch over Ryan LaFlare)
Júnior Albini (TKO over Tim Johnson)
Volkan Oezdemir (KO over Jimi Manuwa)
Niko Price (TKO over Alan Jouban)
Humberto Bandenay (KO knee over Martin Bravo)
Dustin Ortiz (KO over Hector Sandoval)
Joseph Morales (Rear Naked Choke over Roberto Sanchez)
Mairbek Taisumov (KO over Felipe Silva)
Zabit Magomedsharipov (Rear Naked Choke over Mike Santiago)
Rafael dos Anjos (Arm Triangle over Neil Magny)
Henry Cejudo (TKO over Wilson Reis)
Mike Perry (Knee KO over Alex Reyes)
Uriah Hall (KO over Krzysztof Jotko)
Ovince Saint Preux (Von Flue Choke over Yushin Okami)
Gökhan Saki (KO over Henrique da Silva)
Demetrious Johnson (Suplex/Armbar over Ray Borg)
John Moraga (KO over Magomed Bibulatov)
Darren Till (TKO over Donald Cerrone)
Jan Blachowicz (Rear Naked Choke over Devin Clark)
Derek Brunson (KO over Lyoto Machida)
Pedro Munhoz (Guillotine choke over Rob Font)
Georges St-Pierre (Rear Naked Choke over Michael Bisping)
T.J. Dillashaw (KO over Cody Garbrandt)
Rose Namajunas (TKO over Joanna Jedrzejczyk)
Ovince Saint Preux (Head kick KO over Corey Anderson)
Ricardo Ramos (Spinning back elbow KO over Aiemann Zahabi)
Matt Brown (Elbow KO over Diego Sanchez)
Raphael Assunção (KO over Matthew Lopez)
Nik Lentz (Guillotine choke over Will Brooks)
Tai Tuivasa (Flying Knee KO over Rashad Coulter)
Kelvin Gastelum (KO over Michael Bisping)
Li Jingliang (TKO over Zak Ottow)
Zabit Magomedsharipov (Anaconda choke over Sheymon Moraes)
Song Kenan (TKO over Bobby Nash)
Gerald Meerschaert (Body kick TKO over Eric Spicely)
Brett Johns (Calf Slicer over Joe Soto)
Brian Ortega (Guillotine choke over Cub Swanson)
Marlon Moraes (Knee KO over Aljamain Sterling)
Nordine Taleb (Head kick KO over Danny Roberts)
Alessio Di Chirico (Knee KO over Oluwale Bamgbose)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (Dominant decision win over Edson Barboza)
Tim Elliott (Anaconda choke over Mark de la Rosa)

Fight of the Night:

Augusto Mendes vs. Frankie Saenz (UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn)
Jessica Andrade vs. Angela Hill (UFC on Fox 23)
Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller (UFC 208)
Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne (UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne)
David Teymur vs. Lando Vannata (UFC 209)
Shane Burgos vs. Charles Rosa (UFC 210)
Tim Elliot vs. Louis Smolka (UFC on Fox 24)
Cub Swanson vs. Artem Lobov (UFc Fight Night (UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov)
Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter (UFC 211)
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira (UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira)
Max Holloway vs. José Aldo (UFC 212)
Mark Hunt vs. Derrick Lewis (UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Lewis)
Li Jingliang vs. Frank Camacho (UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correira)
Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson (TUF 25 Finale)
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero (UFC 213)
Danny Henry vs. Daniel Teymur (UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Lyman Good (UFC on Fox 25)
Brian Ortega vs. Renato Moicano (UFC 214)
Alexander Volkov vs. Stefan Struve (UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve)
Jeremy Stephens vs. Gilbert Melendez (UFC 215)
Jéssica Andrade vs Cláudia Gadelha (UFC Fight Night: OSP vs. Okami)
Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green (UFC 216)
Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak (UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin (UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida)
Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis (UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis)
Frank Camacho vs. Damien Brown (UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura)
Nicco Montaño vs. Roxanne Modafferi (TUF 26 Finale)
Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje (UFC 218)
Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira (UFC 218)
Brian Ortega vs. Cub Swanson (UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega)
Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart (UFC on Fox 26)
Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm (UFC 219)

Top 25 Payouts

Money is the name of the game. This was one of the most lucrative years financially, according to UFC president Dana White. While that may be hard to believe, the statement is supported by the fact that this year had the largest amount of fighter payouts. Check out the highest earners from this year.

*Note: The numbers below do not estimate the exact total a fighter earned at an event. Pay per view points are never released thus those earned funds are not calculated in this list.

1. Georges St-Pierre: $2,580,000 (UFC 217)
2. Daniel Cormier: $1,040,000 (UFC 214)
3. Alistair Overeem: $860,000 (UFC 218)
4. Anderson Silva: $820,000 (UFC 208)
5. Mark Hunt: $810,000 (UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Lewis)
6. Alistair Overeem: $810,000 (UFC 213)
7. Alistair Overeem: $750,000 (UFC 209)
8. Mark Hunt: $750,000 (UFC 209)
9. Stipe Miocic: $690,000 (UFC 211)
10. Daniel Cormier: $640,000 (UFC 210)
11. Jon Jones: $580,000 (UFC 214)
12. Chris Weidman: $560,000 (UFC on Fox 25)
13. Tyron Woodley: $540,000 (UFC 214)
14. Michael Bisping: $540,000 (UFC 217)
15. Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson: $530,000 (UFC 210)
16. Tony Ferguson: $530,000 (UFC 216)
17. Tyron Woodley: $500,000 (UFC 209)
18. Vitor Belfort: $515,000 (UFC 212)
19. Cris Cyborg: $500,000 (UFC 219)
20. Jose Aldo: $490,000 (UFC 212)
21. Demetrious Johnson: $460,000 (UFC 216)
22. Demetrious Johnson: $450,000 (UFC on Fox 24)
23. Max Holloway: $440,000 (UFC 218)
24. Fabricio Werdum: $440,000 (UFC Fight Night 121)
25. Robert Whittaker: $430,000 (UFC 213)

Championship/Title changes:

When a title changes hands, it signals something that we don’t see as often as we think in this sport; change. Whether a passing of a torch, the beginning of a rivalry, changing of the guard, or even the rise of a new legend. Here are the newly crowned champions of 2016 thus far.

UFC

Germaine de Randamie def. Holly Holm (Inaugural UFC women’s Featherweight championship)
Max Holloway def. Jose Aldo (Undisputed UFC Featherweight championship)
Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero (Interim UFC Middleweight championship)
Cris Cyborg def. Tonya Evinger (Vacant UFC women’s Featherweight championship)
Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier (UFC Light Heavyweight championship)
Daniel Cormier crowned UFC Lightheavyweight champion after loss to Jon Jones declared a No Contest
Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee (Interim UFC Lightweight championship)
Rose Namajunas def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC women’s Strawweight championship)
TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt (UFC Bantamweight championship)
Georges St. Pierre def. Michael Bisping (UFC Middleweight championship)
Nicco Montaño def. Roxanne Modafferi (Inaugural UFC women’s Flyweight championship)
Georges St. Pierre vacates UFC Middleweight championship, promoting Robert Whittaker to official UFC Middleweight champion

Bellator MMA

Julia Budd def. Marloes Coenen (Inaugural Bellator women’s Featherweight championship)
Patricio Freire def. Daniel Straus (Bellator Featherweight championship)
Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis (Bellator Light Heavyweight championship)
Brent Primus def. Michael Chandler (Bellator Lightweight championship)
Darrion Caldwell def. Eduardo Dantas (Bellator Bantamweight championship)
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Emily Ducote (Inaugural Bellator women’s Flyweight championship)

ONE Championship

Martin Nguyen def. Marat Gafurov (ONE Featherweight championship)
Aung La N Sang def. Vitaly Bigdash (ONE Middleweight championship)
Adriano Moraes def. Kairat Akhmetov (ONE Flyweight championship)
Martin Nguyen def. Eduard Folayang (ONE Lightweight championship)
Alex Silva def. Yoshitaka Naito (ONE Strawweight championship) (121 pounds)

Most/ Least Viewed Events

UFC

Most Viewed: UFC on Fox 24: Johnson vs. Reis (2.87 million)
(PPV): UFC 217 (875,000 buys)
Least Viewed: UFC Fight Night 113: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio (402,000)
(PPV): UFC 215 (100,000)

Bellator

Most Viewed: Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen (1.85 million)
Least Viewed: Bellator 184: Dantas vs. Caldwell (437,000)

*One Championship Ratings unavailable

Cancelled Bouts

January
Bryan Caraway vs. Jimmie Rivera (UFC Fight Night 113, Caraway Injury)
Viktor Pešta vs. Damian Grabowski (UFC Fight Night 113, Grabowski Injury)
Erik Koch vs. Tony Martin (UFC Fight Night 113, Koch Injury)
Devin Powell vs. Jordan Rinaldi (UFC Fight Night 113, Rinaldi Injury)
Jussier Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis Formiga (UFC Fight Night 113, Ankle Injury)
Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares (UFC on Fox 23, bout rescheduled)
Rogério de Lima vs. John Phillips (UFC on Fox 23, Phillips Injury)
Jingliang Li vs. Yancy Medeiros (UFC on Fox 23, Medeiros Injury)
Rebecca Ruth vs. Colleen Schneider (Bellator 170, Ruth Injury)
Vitaly Bigdash vs. Marcin Prachnio (ONE Championship: Quest for Power, Prachnio Injury)

February
Johnny Case vs. James Vick (UFC Fight Night 104, Case Injury)
Evan Dunham vs. Abel Trujillo (UFC Fight Night 104, Dunham Injury)
Ovince St. Preux vs. Jan Blachowicz (UFC Fight Night 104, Blachowicz Injury)
Justin Ledet vs. Dmitry Sosnovskiy (UFC Fight Night 104, Ledet Injury)
Alex Morono vs. Sheldon Westcott (UFC Fight Night 104, Westcott Injury)
Luis Henrique vs. Marcin Tybura (UFC 208, Henrique Pulled by NYSAC)
Ian McCall vs. Neil Seery (UFC 208, Seery Withdrew)
Randy Brown vs. George Sullivan (UFC 208, Sullivan Potential USADA Violation)
Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne (UFC 208, Bout Rescheduled)
Paul Felder vs. Gilbert Burns (UFC 208, Burns Injury)
Ian McCall vs. Jarred Brooks (UFC 208, McCall Illness)
Marcin Tybura vs. Justin Willis (UFC 208, Willis Weight Cut Complications)
Alex Ricci vs. Alvaro Herrera (UFC Fight Night 105, Herrera Injury)
Junior dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve (UFC Fight Night 105, Struve Shoulder Injury)
Liz Carmouche vs. Sara McMann (UFC Fight Night 105, Carmouche Injury)
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Michel Quiñones (UFC Fight Night 105, Quinones Injury)
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione (Bellator 172, Mitrione Withdrew Due to Kidney Stone)
Adam Piccolotti vs. Brent Primus (Bellator 172, Piccolotti Injury)
James Terry vs. David Douglas (Bellator 172)
Don Mohammed vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha (Bellator 172)
JJ Okanovich vs. Paradise Vaovasa (Bellator 172)
Rick Reger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha (Bellator 172)
Liam McGeary vs. Chris Fields (Bellator 173, Fields Injury)
Liam McGeary vs. Vladimir Filipović (Bellator 173, Filipović Injury)

March
Todd Duffee vs. Mark Godbeer (UFC 209, Duffee Withdrew)
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson (UFC 209, Nurmagomedov due to weight cutting complications)
Ed Herman vs. Igor Pokrajac (UFC 209, Pokrajac Injury)
Ed Herman vs. G. Antigulov (UFC 209, Herman Injury)
Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Ion Cutelaba (UFC Fight Night 106, Cutelaba Injury)
Alex Nicholson vs. Paulo Costa (UFC Fight Night 106, Nicholson Injury)
Godofredo Pepey vs. Kyle Bochniak (UFC Fight Night 106, Pepey Injury
Sérgio Moraes vs. Max Griffin (UFC Fight Night 106, Griffin Injury)
Tom Breese vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (UFC Fight Night 107, Breese Not Medically Cleared)
Brad Pickett vs. Enrique Briones (UFC Fight Night 107, Briones Withdrew)
Lina Länsberg vs. Veronica Macedo (UFC Fight Night 107, Macedo Injury)
Ian Entwistle vs. Brett Johns (UFC Fight Night 107, Entwistle Removed on Doctor’s advice)
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Fernando Gonzalez (Bellator 174, Koreshkov Injury)
Chris Honeycutt vs. Kendall Grove (Bellator 174, Honeycutt Injury)
Steve Garcia Jr. vs. Joe Taimanglo (Bellator 174, Taimanglo Missed Weight)
Wayman Carter vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (Bellator 174, Carter Injury)
Kendall Grove vs. Mike Rhodes (Bellator 174, Rhodes Missed Weight)
Prince McLean vs. Adam Maciejewski (Bellator 175, McLean Withdrew)

April
Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens (UFC on Fox 24, Melendez Injury)
Carrington Banks vs. Mihail Nica (Bellator 176, Banks Withdrew)
Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell (Bellator 177, Caldwell Injury)
Brian Moore vs. Ľudovít Klein (Bellator 177)
Mate Kertesz vs. Adam Polgar (Bellator 177)
Christian Lee vs. Keanu Subba (ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny, Subba Injury)

May
Fabrício Werdum vs. Ben Rothwell (UFC 211, Rothwell Flagged by USADA)
Jarjis Danho vs. Dmitry Poberezhets (UFC 211, Danho Injured)
Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis (UFC 211, Cejudo Hand Injury)
Dmitry Poberezhets vs. Chase Sherman (UFC 211, Poberezhets Withdrew)
Jared Gordon vs. Michel Quiñones (UFC 211, Gordon Food Poisoning)
Magnus Cedenblad vs. Chris Camozzi (UFC Fight Night 109, Cedenblad Withdrew)
Damian Grabowski vs. Christian Colombo (UFC Fight Night 109, Injuries to Both Fighters)
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Joaquim Silva (UFC Fight Night 109, Taisumov Shoulder Injury)
Emil Meek vs. Nordine Taleb (UFC Fight Night 109, Meek Injury)
Michael Page vs. Derek Anderson (Bellator 179, Page Knee Injury)
Karl Etherington vs. Stav Economou (Bellator 179)
Liam Etebar vs. Rafał Cejrowski (Bellator 179)
Rob Beech vs. Stav Economou (Bellator 179)
Neil Grove vs. Łukasz Parobiec (Bellator 179)

June
Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum (UFC 212, Gastelum Flagged by USADA)
Leonardo Santos vs. O. Aubin-Mercier (UFC 212, Aubin-Mercier Injury)
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ben Nguyen (UFC Fight Night 110, Benavidez Torn ACL)
Warlley Alves vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (UFC Fight Night 110, Alves Injury)
Thibault Gouti vs. Dong Hyun Kim (UFC Fight Night 110, Gouti Deemed Medically Unfit to Compete)
JJ Aldrich vs. Nadia Kassem (UFC Fight Night 110, Kassem Withdrew)
Alex Caceres vs. Guan Wang (UFC Fight Night 111, Wang Injury)
Jingliang Li vs. Jonathan Meunier (UFC Fight Night 111, Meunier Withdrew)
Ilir Latifi vs. Minotoro Nogueira (UFC Fight Night 112, Nogueira Injury)
Azamat Murzakanov vs. Joachim Christensen (UFC Fight Night 112, Murzakanov Injury)
Ryan Bader vs. Muhammed Lawal (Bellator 180, Lawal Injury)
Keri Melendez vs. S. Williams (Bellator 180, Melendez Injury)
Saw Min Min vs. Tun Lwin Moe (ONE Championship: Light of a Nation)
Saw Yan Paing vs. Saw Ba Oo (ONE Championship: Light of a Nation)

July
Steve Bossé vs. Jared Cannonier (TUF 25 Finale, Bossé Injury)
Jessica Eye vs. Aspen Ladd (TUF 25 Finale, Ladd Illness)
Juliana Lima vs. Amanda Ribas (TUF 25 Finale, Ribas Flagged by USADA)
Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone (UFC 213, Cerrone Blood Infection)
Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw (UFC 213, Garbrandt Back Injury)
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko (UFC 213, Nunes Illness)
Alan Jouban vs. Brian Camozzi (UFC 213, Jouban Broken Foot)
Mark Godbeer vs. Justin Willis (UFC Fight Night 113, Godbeer Injury)
Mitch Gagnon vs. Brett Johns (UFC Fight Night 113, Gagnon Injury)
Leslie Smith vs. Lina Länsberg (UFC Fight Night 113, Länsberg Injury)
Damian Grabowski vs. Christian Colombo (UFC on Fox 25, Colombo Injury)
Rafael Natal vs. Alessio Di Chirico (UFC on Fox 25, Di Chirico Injury)
Doo Ho Choi vs. Andre Fili (UFC 214, Choi Injury)
Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan Sung Jung (UFC 214, Jung Knee Injury)
Dmitry Smolyakov vs. Adam Wieczorek (UFC 214, Bout Rescheduled)
Sage Northcutt vs. Claudio Puelles (UFC 214, Puelles Injury)
Cristiane Justino vs. Megan Anderson (UFC 214, Anderson Withdrew)
Sage Northcutt vs. John Makdessi (UFC 214, Both Fighters Injured)
Patricky Freire vs. Derek Campos (Bellator 181, Freire Rescheduled)
Valérie Létourneau vs. Emily Ducote (Bellator 181, Létourneau Injury)
Alexis Dufresne vs. Amanda Bell (Bellator 181, Dufresne Withdrew)
Javy Ayala vs. Valentin Moldavsky (Bellator 181, Ayala Rescheduled)
Guillermo Gomez vs. Francisco Trevino (Bellator 181)

August
Martín Bravo vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (UFC Fight Night 114, Gruetzemacher Injury)
Talita Nogueira vs. Gabrielle Holloway (Bellator 182, Holloway Injury)
Brandon Polcare vs. Michael Taylor (Bellator 182)
Kristi Lopez vs. Carmella James (Bellator 182)
Josh Ricci vs. Billy Windrum (Bellator 182)
Shannon Wiratchai vs. Robert Lisita (ONE Championship: Kings and Conquerors)
Mark Marcellinus vs. Tran Quang Loc (ONE Championship: Kings and Conquerors)

September
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Saparbek Safarov (UFC Fight Night 115, de Lima Potential USADA Violation)
Michel Prazeres vs. Islam Makhachev (UFC Fight Night 115, Makhachev Injury)
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Abu Azaitar (UFC Fight Night 115, Azaitar Injury)
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Nick Hein (UFC Fight Night 115, Hein Injury)
Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau (UFC Fight Night 115, de Randamie Injury)
Junior dos Santos vs. Francis N’Gannou (UFC 215, dos Santos Flagged by USADA)
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg (UFC 215, Borg Illness)
Justin Ledet vs. Dmitry Sosnovskiy (UFC Fight Night 116, Sosnovskiy Withdrew)
Thiago Alves vs. Mike Perry (UFC Fight Night 116, Alves Travel Complications)
Luke Sanders vs. Felipe Arantes (UFC Fight Night 116, Arantes Illness)
Ovince St. Preux vs. Maurício Rua (UFC Fight Night 117, Rua Knee Injury)
Jenel Lausa vs. Naoki Inoue (UFC Fight Night 117, Inoue Shoulder Injury)
Charles Rosa vs. Mizuto Hirota (UFC Fight Night 117, Hirota pulled by UFC after failed weight cut)
Narantungalag Jadambaa vs. Tetsuya Yamada (ONE Championship: Shanghai)
Litao Miao vs. Deligerihu Liu (ONE Championship: Shanghai)
Geng Min Chen vs. Xuewen Peng (ONE Championship: Shanghai)
Mark Marcellinus vs. Tran Quang Loc (ONE Championship: Shanghai)
Sunoto Peringkat vs. Thai Rithy (ONE Championship: Total Victory)
Jerome Paye vs. Yodsanan Sityodtong (ONE Championship: Total Victory)

October
Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz (UFC 216, Lentz Medical Issues)
Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer (UFC 216, Harris moved to Werdum Fight)
Abel Trujillo vs. Lando Vannata (UFC 216, Trujillo Injury)
Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye (UFC 216, VanZant Back Injury)
Fabrício Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis (UFC 216, Lewis Injured Night of Fight)
Andrea Lee vs. Kalindra Faria (UFC 216, Lee Pulled by USADA to Fulfill Testing window)
Dmitry Smolyakov vs. Adam Wieczorek (UFC Fight Night 118, Smolyakov Injury)
Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith (UFC Fight Night 118, Smith Injury)
Marcin Held vs. Teemu Packalén (UFC Fight Night 118, Packalén Knee Injury)
Jim Wallhead vs. Warlley Alves (UFC Fight Night 118, Wallhead Injury)
Adam Wieczorek vs. Anthony Hamilton (UFC Fight Night 118, Bout Rescheduled)
Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe (UFC Fight Night 119, Felipe Flagged by USADA)
Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov (UFC Fight Night 119, Teixeira Minor Injury)
Boston Salmon vs. Augusto Mendes (UFC Fight Night 119, Mendes Injury)
Niko Price vs. Luan Chagas (UFC Fight Night 119, Chagas Broken Foot)
Raoni Barcelos vs. Boston Salmon (UFC Fight Night 119, Salmon Knee Injury)
Gaston Reyno vs. Westin Wilson (Bellator 184)
DeMarcus Simmons vs. Jarod Trice (Bellator 184)
Muhammed Lawal vs. Liam McGeary (Bellator 185, Lawal Injury)
Brennan Ward vs. David Rickels (Bellator 185, Ward Injury)
Neiman Gracie vs. Javier Torres (Bellator 185, Torres Injury)
Liam McGeary vs. Bubba McDaniel (Bellator 185, McGeary Injury)

November
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba (UFC 217, Antigulov Injury)
Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins (UFC 217, Cummins Staph Infection
Michał Oleksiejczuk vs. Ion Cutelaba (UFC 217, Cutelaba Potential USADA Violation)
Mark Hunt vs. Marcin Tybura (UFC Fight Night 121, Hunt Removed by UFC Due to Medical Issues)
Belal Muhammad vs. Jesse Taylor (UFC Fight Night 121, Taylor Flagged for Potential USADA Violation)
Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings (UFC Fight Night 121, Calderwood Withdrew)
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy (UFC Fight Night 121, Kennedy Injury)
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Humberto Bandenay (UFC Fight Night 121, Bandenay Injury)
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Drex Zamboanga (UFC Fight Night 121, Zamboanga Visa Issues)
Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum (UFC Fight Night 122, Silva Flagged for Potential USADA Violation)
Cyril Asker vs. James Mulheron (UFC Fight Night 122, Mulheron Potential USADA Violation)
Bharat Khandare vs. Pingyuan Liu (UFC Fight Night 122, Liu Injury)
James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano (Bellator 187, Gallagher Knee Injury)
Brian Moore vs. Andre Goncalves (Bellator 187, Moore Rescheduled)
AJ McKee Jr. vs. Jeremy Petley (Bellator 187, McKee Rescheduled)
Decky Dalton vs. Andre Goncalves (Bellator 187)
Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Weichel (Bellator 188, Freire Knee Injury)
John Salter vs. Anatoly Tokov (Bellator 188, Tokov ACL tear
Kirill Medvedovski vs. Luiz Rocha (Bellator 188, Medvedovski weight cutting issues)
Olga Rubin vs. Irén Rácz (Bellator 188, Rácz out)
Almog Shay vs. Anthony Mor (Bellator 188, Shay bumped to main card)
Saw Min Min vs. Ye Thway Ne (ONE Championship: Hero’s Dream)
Angela Lee vs. Mei Yamaguchi (ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit, Lee Involved in Car Accident)

December
Lauren Murphy vs. Priscila Cachoeira (TUF 26 Finale, Cachoeira Visa Issues)
Sijara Eubanks vs. Nicco Montano (TUF 26 Finale, Eubanks Hospitalized Due to Weight Cutting Issues)
Barb Honchak vs. Roxanne Modafferi (TUF 26 Finale, Modafferi Rebooked for Title Fight)
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC 218, Edgar Injury)
Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder (UFC 218, Iaquinta Injury)
Eryk Anders vs. John Phillips (UFC Fight Night 123, Phillips Injury)
Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders (UFC Fight Night 123, Caraway Injury)
Aljamain Sterling vs. Rani Yahya (UFC Fight Night 123, Yahya Injury)
Antonio “Minotoro” Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier (UFC on Fox 26, Nogueira Flagged for Potential USADA Violation)
Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez (UFC on Fox 26, Miranda Injury)
Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins (UFC on Fox 26, Scoggins Injury)
Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev (UFC on Fox 26, Aliev Injury)
José Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas (UFC on Fox 26, Aldo Rescheduled)
Sheldon Westcott vs. Danny Roberts (UFC on Fox 26, Westcott Injury)
Tim Elliott vs. Pietro Menga (UFC on Fox 26, Menga Missed Weight)
Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera (UFC 219, Cruz Broken Arm)
Khalil Rountree vs. Gökhan Saki (UFC 219, Saki Knee Injury)
Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Weber Meek (UFC 219, Meek Visa Issues)
Jimmie Rivera vs. John Lineker (UFC 219, Lineker Tooth Infection)
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi (UFC 219, Bout Rescheduled)

Drug Test Offenses:

Now before you get crazy looking at this list, please note that most of these fighters have not been proven guilty. Even some of them have tested or been accused of taking substances that one could argue shouldn’t be banned. Most of these fighters await their hearings and possible punishments. Those that do are labeled with an asterisk.

Brock Lesnar- 1-year suspension (Clomiphene)
Felipe Olivieri- 2-year suspension (Methyltestosterone)
Daniel Omielanczuk- No suspension (Meldonium)
Tom Lawlor- 2-year suspension (Ostarine)
Viscardi Andrade- 2-year suspension (Stanozolol)
Matheus Nicolau (Pereira)- 1-year suspension (Anastrozole)
Lyman Good- 6-month suspension 1-androstenedione
Justin Ledet- 4-month suspension (testosterone and androstenedione)
Frank Mir- 1-year suspension [Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT)]
Ricardo Abreu- 4-year suspension [(19-norandrosterone (19-NA)]
Kelvin Gastelum- 6-month suspension (Carboxy-THC)
George Sullivan- 1-year suspension (Clomiphene)
Guido Cannetti- 10-month suspension (Ostarine, Stanozolol metabolites 16β-hydroxystanozolol and 4β-hydroxystanozolol, Hydrochlorothiazide, Chlorothiazide)
Nick Roehrick- 1-year suspension (Clomiphene)
Jesse Taylor- 1-year suspension (Clomiphene)
Carlos Felipe- 2-year suspension (Stanozolol)
Brandon Moreno- No suspension (Clenbuterol)
*Luis Henrique
*Ben Rothwell
*Amanda ribas
*Marcos Rogério de Lima
*Junior dos Santos
*Anderson Silva
*Ion Cutalaba
*James Mulhorn
*Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
*Jon Jones

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