Forbes 2016 UFC awards's 2016 UFC awards
By Matt Connolly,

2016 was a year for the UFC record books.

All of the year’s biggest stories outside of the Octagon have already been covered at length, including the unprecedented numbers put up by one Conor McGregor.

But when it comes to purely competitive achievements, McGregor does not stand alone. In fact, one could make the argument that several fighters had more impressive years inside the cage. Of course, as with all awards, there can only be one.

What follows are Forbes' 2016 UFC awards for best fighter, breakthrough fighter, fight, knockout, submission and fight card, complete with honorable mentions.



Khabib Nurmagomedov showed the lightweight division what he was capable of when he knocked out Thiago Taveres in Brazil back in 2013 to improve to 19-0. Next he faces Tony Ferguson for the lightweight belt at UFC 223 live on Pay-Per-View.
Mar 21, 2018
UFC commentators Joe Rogan and Jimmy Smith preview the highly anticipated UFC 223 lightweight championship bout between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Mar 20, 2018
On Episode 508 of 'UFC Now' Michael Bisping and Cub Swanson breakdown their top 5 heavyweight fights. Make sure to catch the whole episode anytime on UFC FIGHT PASS.
Mar 20, 2018
UFC women's strawweight champion Rose Namajunas puts her belt on the line in a rematch with former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk live from Brooklyn at UFC 223 on Pay-Per-View.
Mar 20, 2018