The holiday season through the start of the New Year is traditionally the closest thing MMA has to an offseason.
And now that the period of three weeks or so has come and gone, business is about to pick up again in a big way.
The UFC is back in Abu Dhabi for a stretch of three fight cards in 10 days, a run which will be full of consequential fights that are highly likely to have major implications on the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings.
It all kicks off on Saturday with UFC on ABC 1, which will be headlined by what sure looks like an outstanding fight between former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and fast-rising Calvin Kattar.
Holloway clocks in at No. 2 in the current featherweight rankings, while Kattar sits at No. 7.
Before things get rolling once again, it’s a great time for a refresher course on where things stand. You can check out men’s and women’s pound-for-pound rankings and each of the divisions for both genders by clicking on the drop-down menu above.