UFC rebounds with stellar year after lousy 2012

Chris Weidman reacts after defeating Anderson Silva in their UFC middleweight championship bout at...

Chris Weidman reacts after defeating Anderson Silva in their UFC middleweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

NEIL SPRINGER, For QMI Agency

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It goes without saying 2012 wasn’t kind to the UFC.

The world’s largest fight promotion was plagued by a series of injuries. Fight cards were promised, but not delivered and matchmakers were forced to frantically shuffle the deck just to keep up with the UFC’s saturated schedule. This also tested the patience of fans, who became hesitant to buy tickets weeks and months in advance.

But it all came together in 2013.

Sure, there were injuries and certain title fights fell apart, particularly in the lightweight division as Anthony Pettis and T.J. Grant struggled to stay healthy.

Overall, though, cards stayed intact and a number of fighters stepped up their games to deliver some of the best scraps ever seen in the octagon.


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