Combat sports, 2014 in review
•The continued rise of boxing's middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin. The 32-year-old from Kazakhstan improved to 31-0 with 28 knockouts by knocking out Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round of their fight in Carson. Golovkin is willing to fight anyone in the 154- to 168-pound range, and should land a big fight by the end of 2015.
•The split of
•The Cung Le drug-testing fiasco. After the
The UFC, which says it is in the process of establishing a more uniform testing policy, days later rescinded Le's one-year suspension. And the fighter's future is murky despite Le having more fights on his contract.
•UFC injuries. The sport's inherent dangers were obvious throughout the year. Champions Cain Velasquez (heavyweight), Jon Jones (light-heavyweight) and Chris Weidman (middleweight) all missed time because of injuries, following the hiatus of welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and the leg injury that sidelined former middleweight champion Anderson Silva all year.