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UFC 206 took place over the weekend, and despite losing multiple fights (including its original main event) to injuries, it ended up being one of the best fight cards of the year. It was uncomplicated, brutal fun -- a breath of fresh air after months of beefs, organisational drama, and various other flavours of bullshit.

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Over the weekend, Conor McGregor became the first UFC fighter to ever simultaneously hold belts in two different weight classes. He is, without a doubt, a legend-in-the-making, a star we should appreciate while he's still around. But he's also hotheaded and petulant, and I worry that both the UFC and other fighters are learning the wrong lessons from him.

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On October 5, the first volume of a comic called Head Lopper will be released. If you missed its 2015-16 run, and have any interest whatsoever in cool and interesting things, I suggest you check it out.

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Sometimes UFC fight cards amount to just that: A series of fights organised according to significance, with maximum room for approximately 20,000 tedious ads in between. Every once in a while, though, it all unravels, and the ensuing chaos is absolutely beautiful.

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This weekend at UFC 202, Conor McGregor takes on Nate Diaz in a rematch of their first slobberknocker, which McGregor lost in dramatic fashion even though Diaz took the fight on extremely short notice. Last time, the lead-up was all McGregor. This time around, it couldn't be any more different.

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UFC 199 was stacked with moments that reminded me why I love MMA. Michael Bisping's championship win. Dan Henderson's age-defying comeback KO of Hector Lombard. The last 10 seconds of Max Holloway vs Ricardo Lamas. Shame the UFC had to mar it by being a petty wreck of an organisation.

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It's been a few days since UFC 197, but discussion rages on. Mainly, everyone's talking about Jon Jones, who returned after a year of atonement for actual crimes, and Conor McGregor, who didn't even fight at UFC 197. Flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson is once again getting the shaft.

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If you at all follow UFC goings-on (or even just follow someone on Twitter who accidentally watched a UFC card at a bar once), you've probably heard about the Biblical drama storm currently following Conor McGregor. This week McGregor "retired" from MMA over the UFC's refusal to give him a slightly lighter promotional schedule. It's been a confusing mess of whispers and speculation, so here's some clarity: the UFC is absolutely being idiotic right now.

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I am sure that Daniel Bryan, who is possibly the greatest pro wrestler in the world, wants to wrestle this Sunday. If he does -- if he competes in WWE's 30-man Royal Rumble -- then I hope that the thousands of Daniel Bryan fans who've been rooting for him to make a comeback don't discover one day that we basically rooted for the man to get brain damage.

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In 2015, seven UFC championship belts changed hands. Jon Jones plead guilty to a felony and fell from grace. Ronda Rousey got knocked into oblivion by Holly Holm. Deadspin reported that Vitor Belfort was allowed to compete despite suspicious testosterone levels. Reebok ruined everything. And yet, it's been a damn good year of fights.