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2012 is finally winding down, and that means hope.
Specifically, that means hope that in 2013, injuries won't be as prominent. That marquee champions aren’t sidelined for extended periods of time. That maybe, just maybe, the trendy fad of failed drug tests will subside.
2012 has been a tough year for fans. Already deemed the “Year of the Injury," countless fighters have been forced out of highly anticipated bouts.
Jose Aldo was bumped from a potentially amazing fight with Frankie Edgar, Mark Hunt was forced out of an intriguing bout with Stefan Struve that could have produced another contender, Dominick Cruz blew his knee out, halting his third clash with rival Urijah Faber, and recently, Shane Carwin pulled out of his scheduled meeting with TUF Season 16 coach Roy Nelson.
Believe me, these are just a few of the victims of the injury bug. 2012 saw a certified injury outbreak, plain and simple.
Looking beyond the injuries, Alistair Overeem’s suspect test results killed the hope of one of the biggest heavyweight fights in the sport’s history when plans of putting together a title fight pitting the dangerous Dutchman against current champion Junior dos Santos were pulled.
The Ultimate Fighter produced another failed matchup, and the series’ lowest ratings, in history.
Pay-Per-View numbers have sunk dramatically.
It’s been a bad, bad year. Perhaps 2013 holds the key to happiness. And some measure of positive consistency.