Let me be clear right off the bat here: This was not a banner year for MMA. I mean, it's not like it was a completely unbridled series of horrible calamities. But the bridle wasn't securely fastened at all times, either.
There were good spots. Of course there were. It's still the best sport ever. But by and large, I think the year's entries into the MMA history books will be more negative than positive. I don't necessarily mean just fighters or fights here. I'm talking about the business end of things. About the sport itself. And about those things that humans simply can't control.