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MMA Crossfire’s top stories of 2016

Now that 2017 is just around the corner, it’s time to take a quick look at 2016 and by many accounts, it was a challenging year.

We  saw the passing of many prominent celebrities, fighters,  and personalities. But, we also saw many accomplishments and Conor McGregor’s historic achievement of dual UFC featherweight-lightweight champion might be at the top of this year’s list in the MMA world.

We take a quick look at this year’s three most popular stories that resonated with Crossfire Nation.

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3 – SHARON COLLIER ON EDOUARD ‘PAPA SPYK’ GHEUR’S PASSING 

Edouard Gheur

Kenai Andrews: This supplemental shared the exclusive perspective of Sharon Collier – the girlfriend of the late Edouard Gheur – less than 24 hours after Gheur’s passing. As the interviewer, I was hesitant to contact Collier so quickly, but I thought her perspective would be of interest to the many fans around the world who were paying their respects, and in a therapeutic way, help them. I remember Collier’s dignified and calm manner throughout the conversation. It made an mental imprint in my mind as a framework on how to deal with traumatic events. And fans around the world continue to resonate with her thoughts.

2 – THE SUPER GENIE DIARY – THE ROAD TO THE HOUSE OF HARDCORE

The Super Genie Diary

Sabu and The Super Genie stay in shape!

Kenai Andrews: This was The Super Genie’s first diary post detailing some of the behind-the-scenes with her and Sabu’s tribute shows. It’s not all apple-pie-and-blue-skies being a pro wrestler or a fighter, and The Super Genie Diary reveals a bit of the wacky nature of the business.

Super Genie is currently busy raising funds for Sabu’s hip surgery, but I hope she will return to sharing some of her journeys in 2017.

1 – ‘HIS LIFE WAS HIS DAUGHTER’: EDOUARD ‘PAPA SPYK’ GHEUR DEAD AT 53

A Naughty Thing Called Life

Courtesy Edouard Gheur.

Kenai Andrews: ‘Papa Spyk’ was the runaway story for Crossfire Nation in 2016. Even today, it consistently scores in our daily top-10. The story speaks for itself and I simply invite you to read it.

It would be foolish to infer anything on a grand scale from The Crossfire’s three most popular stories of 2016, but it is interesting to note that two of them relate to loss – which was one of 2016’s primary themes.

HONOURABLE MENTION:

AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER FOR 63-YEAR-OLD BOXER HEATHER ALONZO

Heather Alonzo

Kenai Andrews: Alonzo’s story clocked in at No. 8 on our list, but this was a fun and extraordinary story of Canadian Heather Alonzo, who is a amateur fighter 63-years young. She was set to fight 62-year-old Janine Bibb at the Ontario Provincials this year, but an injury to Bibb shelved the fight. Social media seemed to embrace this one, with fighters and legends, liking and sharing it. Alonzo is currently not sure when the rematch will be rescheduled, but we and many others are looking forward to it.

Happy Holidays and and a healthy and prosperous 2017 to all.

@kenaiandrews MMA Crossfire’s top stories of 2016

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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