Blood, sweat and tears in the UFC and elsewhere: The MMA year in pictures

Take a look back through the highs and lows of 2016.

FROM THE CONOR McGregor and Nate Diaz saga to less well-known fighters, here’s a look back at the 2016 MMA year in pictures…

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz at the UFC196 Pre-Fight Press Conference back in March

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are separated by UFC President Dana White Source: Raymond Spencer/INPHO

Holly Holm and Miesha Tate in action at UFC196

Miesha Tate with Holly Holm Source: Raymond Spencer/INPHO

Diaz and McGregor’s first battle was a brutal one

Nate Diaz in action against Conor McGregor Source: Raymond Spencer/INPHO

And Diaz came out on top

UFC 196 Mixed Martial Arts Source: AP/Press Association Images

McGregor was obviously dejected after the fight

Conor McGregor dejected Source: Raymond Spencer/INPHO

Meanwhile in March, Daniel Hooker and Mark Eddiva fought at UFC Fight Night Brisbane

Daniel Hooker with Mark Eddiva Source: Photosport/Patrick Hamilton/INPHO

Skip forward to August – fans flocked to Vegas for UFC 202 as McGregor sought revenge on Diaz

Conor McGregor fans ahead of the weigh-in Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO

UFC President Dana White had to separate the pair at the weigh-in

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO

And of course, it was another brutal fight

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO

But the Notorious was victorious the second time around

Conor McGregor celebrates winning 20/8/2016 Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO

The best of friends… until the next time

UFC 202 Mixed Martial Arts Source: AP/Press Association Images

Sinead Kavanagh celebrated her victory at BAMMA in September with coach John Kavanagh

Sinead Kavanagh celebrates victory with Coach John Kavanagh Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

While McGregor took some time away from the ring to shoot some hoops in New York

Conor McGregor scores a basket Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO

But got down to business (in a questionable coat) at the UFC 205 press conference in Madison Square Garden

Conor McGregor Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO

Lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez was the man standing between McGregor and history

UFC 205 Mixed Martial Arts Source: Julio Cortez

The Notorious came out on top, becoming the UFC’s first dual-weight champion

Conor McGregor celebrates winning Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO

Artem Lobov took on Teruto Ishihara at UFC Fight Night Belfast the following week

Teruto Ishihara in action with Artem Lobov Source: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO

And of course McGregor was there to cheer on Lobov and help his training partner celebrate his victory

Conor McGregor celebrates Artem Lobov's victory Source: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO

James Gallagher celebrates his BAMMA World Bantamweight title with his dad in December

James Gallagher celebrates his victory with his father Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

Meanwhile, Tom Duquesnoy and Alan Philpott were in action on the same night

Tom Duquesnoy submits Alan Philpott via rear naked choke Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

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