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Time is sure flying by fast. I could have sworn it was just yesterday that I was ringing in another year, making resolutions and lists of the fights I wanted to see in 2016. I wake up this morning, and there’s just three days left in the year! Where did the time go?

I’ve been super busy this year, so time flew at the speed of light for me. Commentary duties, podcasts, acting roles and family have kept me on my toes, so those pages on my desk calendar quickly became a blur about one week into 2016.

It was a good year for me, and hopefully, it was for all of you, as well. 2016 was also a big year for MMA with the UFC sale, USADA’s efforts to clean up the sport and all things .

There were a bunch of great fights this year, and I loved what I saw from the athletes as a whole: lots of evolution and development of skill. What Bisping did was so great; beating Silva, then Rockhold for the title, and finally, in his rematch with Dan Henderson to wrap up 2016.

However, 206 saw Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi, and that fight…oh man do I love that fight! It was recent, so it’s still very fresh in my mind. I was watching it with friends, and everybody was getting super excited.

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY

It wasn't a technical masterpiece, but boy was it a complete "war masterpiece," and it showed a lot of heart from both fighters. They exhibited stamina and perseverance in an action-packed fight where both guys were getting hammered, yet kept on fighting. Swanson won, but Choi didn't really lose because he showed he's an animal.

Alright, NYE is coming up, so where am I going to be? At for the card, of course!

That’s right, there’s a whole plethora of title fights going down on our card Saturday night. Check out this smorgasboard of fight action:

  • Moraes vs. Silva
  • Fitch vs. Shields
  • Gaethje vs. Firmino
  • Branch vs Taylor

That’s four title fights and a whole bunch of other great bouts, as well. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this incredible event.

The show starts early online, then will move to NBC SN, and from there, the main card will be on NBC, so check your local listings for it, since the main show on NBC starts at 4PM (EST), so if you live on the west coast, that’s 1PM (PST).

Now, you probably want to know what my New Year’s resolution is, right? Whatever I do, I will try to do it in moderation, and when I can accomplish that, I will be in a good place and so will everybody around me, haha. Godspeed everybody, and have a happy New Year. Hopefully, we can all make our best efforts to try to stick to our 2017 resolutions!


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