Best of 2015: MMA half-year awards (Yahoo Sports)


Donald Cerrone gestures after defeating John Makdessi in their lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC on 187 Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Donald Cerrone has kicked off the year in style, but has he been the best in the sport?


MMA denied: New York legislature once again acts like loons (Yahoo Sports):
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, center, walks through the War Room to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office at the Capitol with press secretary Michael Whyland, left, and Counsel to the Speaker Jim Yates on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Minimum wage increases, spending on schools and a requirement that lawmakers disclose their legal clients hang in the balance as New York lawmakers work to finalize a state budget. Legislators and Cuomo hope to come to an agreement before April 1, the start of a new fiscal year. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
The lunacy of politics is the only reason why MMA shouldn't be sanctioned in New York State.


Jose Aldo still fighting (for now), but UFC 189 is about Conor McGregor anyways (Yahoo Sports):
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo (L) and UFC Featherweight Contender Conor McGregor (R) face off during the UFC 189 World Championship Press Tour on March 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
The UFC isn't wrong to push Conor McGregor. The Irishman may now be the biggest star in the sport.


UFC 189 will determine just how big of a star Conor McGregor has become (Yahoo Sports):
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo (L) and UFC Featherweight Contender Conor McGregor (R) face off during the UFC 189 World Championship Press Tour on March 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
The UFC has bet big on McGregor's drawing power. Will it pay off in the form of PPV numbers?


UFC’s sponsorship deal with Reebok about more than a new look (Yahoo Sports):
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: The Launch Of The Reebok UFC Fight Kit at Skylight Modern on June 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Reebok)
As usual, the promotion has an eye on the future, but some of its fighters might be feeling a present pinch.


Yoel Romero eyeing what his brother already has (Yahoo Sports):
Yoel Romero celebrates after his fight with Tim Kennedy, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Las Vegas. Romero won via TKO. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A win over Lyoto Machida would move Yoel Romero one step closer to a title belt, something his boxing brother already owns.


Legend of 'Scarface': How Jose Aldo's latest withdrawal could impact his legacy (Yahoo Sports):
A rib injury forced featherweight champion Jose Aldo on Tuesday to pull out of his match with Conor McGregor that had been slated for July 11 in the main event of UFC 189 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
Aldo's rib injury was preventable, which makes it even more maddening for UFC president Dana White.


Jokes aside, Slice-Shamrock success shows Bellator has legitimate juice (Yahoo Sports):
UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, joins Geoff Ketchum to talk about his journey back to fighting at age 51. Shamrock will take on Kimbo Slice on June 20th in Belabor.
Hardcore fans may shudder but Bellator CEO Scott Coker is onto something with events like Slice-Shamrock.
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