Even for those still uncertain they have stomach for the stylized ultra-violence of cage fighting, both the exponential growth of the sport and the skill and charisma of its finest practitioners is now well beyond dispute. Even if terms "rear naked-choke" and "Brazilian Jiu Jitsu" sound like vaguely debased gibberish to you, you've probably heard of Conor McGregor in 2016, the fearless shit-talking Irishman who won two of his three fights in 2016 and helped carry the UFC promotion to untold riches as it was sold by its original investors for a staggering $4 billion. As old-school boxing attempts to keep up and transition out of the Floyd Mayweather era, they look to rising stars like middleweight bruiser Gennady Golovkin, and light heavyweight rivals Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, to fill the void. Their recent tussle was amongst the best and most brutal in recent memory.
MVP: Conor McGregor
Runner Up: Gennady Golovkin