Dysfunction was the name of the game in '07
Chuck Liddell dropped two straight fights. Randy Couture walked away from the UFC. Reality show stars proved their worth. If 2007 taught us anything, it's to expect the unexpected.
In March 2007, word leaked out that the UFC had bought rival organization Pride. After years of debate about which organization had the better fighters, mixed martial arts fans were rubbing their hands together because they were about to find out. The MMA universe would realize order at last.Or not. Most of Pride's best came to the UFC (and flopped miserably). One guy who didn't come over, Fedor Emelianenko, essentially caused the resignation of UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture when Emelianenko signed with upstart league M-1 Global. Couture vacated the heavyweight title just a few months after 155-pound champion Sean Sherk flunked a steroids test. Then Sherk's title challenger, Hermes Franca, did the same. That vacated the 155-pound title. And, of course, unbeatable light heavyweight Chuck Liddell lost two straight fights to go from "Entourage" cameos to wondering whether he'd ever have an entourage again. Order? Not exactly. But all that 2007 craziness also helped this past year become the best one yet for mixed martial arts. And despite all the nuttiness, we did learn a few things. Here are seven: