Overeem knocks out Bigfoot and gets his title shot. Cain loses his first title defense to Overeem, who loses to JDS at the end of the year - setting the stage for the biggest fight in UFC HW history - JDS vs Cain III
Chael gets a mysterious injury/suspension right before Jones vs Sonnen. Lyoto steps in and loses again. Gustafsson replaces Machida against Hendo and becomes the first man to knock out Henderson. Gustafsson then fights Bones and loses badly. Bones vs Silva or Bones moving to heavyweight becomes and inevitability.
Bisping wins a hard fought decision against Vitor and finally gets his shot at Anderson. It doesn't go well. Weidman continues to tear through the rest of the division with remarkable ease, and earns a title shot at the end of the year. Weidman pulls a Sonnen by winning a few rounds, but eventually gets hit and goes down hard.
Due to Diaz's personal demons GSP vs Diaz never materializes. Hendricks steps in and the fight is a fairly one-sided boring affair. Fitch lobbies for the next shot after beating Demian Maia, but is ignored. Meanwhile, Rory MacDonald humiliates one over-matched opponent after another, then decides to move camps and formally challenges GSP. The fight takes place in early 2014.
To the dismay of many fans and fighters Melendez steps in against Bendo in sometime in the Spring. He loses. Pettis beats Cerrone in a controversial split decision, and earns the next shot. Gray Maynard fights Nathan Diaz to finish the trilogy. He fights dumb and gets Stockton slapped around the cage for 15 minutes.
In one of the technical fights ever seen Edgar outboxes Aldo to claim UFC gold once again. No other obvious contenders emerge and a rematch happens in Brazil later in the year. Aldo wins the second match and a new epic trilogy is born. Other notables include Hacran Dias beating Chad Mendes and KZ destroying Hatsu Hioki.
Barao beats McDonald via submission in the interim title fight setting the stage for Cruz vs Barao. Unfortunately Cruz suffers another injury setback and is forced to retire from MMA. Faber beats Menjivar and another predictably boring fight between Barao and Faber happens, Barao again winning. Yuri Alcantara emerges as the next contender.
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