The final month of the year was a very active one in terms of MMA events and it was hard picking ten of the fights:
10) Tecia Torres defeats Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision – UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2
These two women with karate backgrounds faced off and in the end Tecia Torres was able to implement her game.
9) Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Edson Barboza via decision victory – UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm
Khabib Nurmagomedov not only demonstrated his normal wrestling dominance but also showed improved striking as he potentially earned a title shot assuming that he can make weight in the future.
8) Lauren Murphy defeats Barb Honchak via split decision victory – The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale
It was a last minute pairing but Lauren Murphy took advantage of the occasion and defeated Barb Honchak.
7) Cristiane Justino defeats Holly Holm via unanimous decision victory – UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm
Holly Holm put her greatest effort into it but was not able to defeat the long standing Cris Cyborg Justino.
6) Josh Emmett defeats Ricardo Lamas via knockout – UFC on Fox 26 – Upset of the Month (tied)
Moving down a weight class and challenging a defeating a contender isn’t easy but Josh Emmett pulled it off.
5) Nicco Montano wins Roxanne Modafferi via decision – TUF 26 Finale – Upset of the Month (tied)
Nicco Montano was on no one’s radar before the beginning of The Ultimate Fighter 26, yet she won the entire it all. She accomplished this by defeating everyone in the competition and finally Roxanne Modafferi in the finale.
4) Montana De La Rosa beats Christina Marks by arm bar – TUF 26 Finale – Submission of the Month
The very talented Montana De La Rose fresh off her stint on The Ultimate Fighter again proved her grappling.
3) Francis Ngannou defeats Alistair Overeem by knockout victory – UFC 218 – Knockout of the Month
Francis Ngannou proved he is worthy of a title shot by knocking out number one contender Alistair Overeem. Not only that but he was able to earn a title shot less then a month later with little damage.
2) Eddie Alvarez defeats Justin Gaethje via technical knockout – UFC 218 – Fight of the Month (tied)
This fight goes to show what caliber of fighters both men are as they went for the finish for all three rounds fighting.
1) Yancy Medeiros defeats Alex Oliveira via technical knockout – UFC 218 – Fight of the Month (tied)
Yancy Medeiros and Alex Oliveira fought in such a way that they may have earned fight of the year in this bout.