On our 2016 Awards Show Special myself (@LynchOnSports) and Ian Parker (@ParkerCageHero) hand out hardware. 2016 Fighter of the Year JAMES Stipe Miocic – 3-0 in 2016, captured UFC heavyweight title. Honourable mention – Michael Bisping CARLIN Michael Bisping – 3-0 in 2016. Captured UFC middleweight title IAN Conor McGregor – 2-1 in 2016. Became first active multi-division champion in UFC history    2016 Submission of the Year JAMES Mackenzie Dern submits Montana Stewart via Rear-naked choke at 3:25, RD. 1 at Legacy FC 61 Honourable mention – Demian Maia submits Carlos Condit via Rear-Naked Choke at 1:52, RD. 1 at UFC on FOX 21  CARLIN Jenny Huang submits April Osineo via Gogoplata at 4:28, RD. 2 at ONE Championship: Age of Domination Honorable mention to Mackenzie Dern’s RNC/omoplata in Legacy. IAN Demian Maia submits Carlos Condit via Rear-naked choke at 1:52, RD. 1 at UFC on FOX 21   2016 Knockout of the Year  JAMES Michael Bisping knocks out Luke Rockhold (Punches) at 3:36, RD. 1 at UFC 199 Honourable mention – Lando Vannata knocks out John Makdessi – UFC 206 CARLIN Donald Cerrone knocks out Rick Story (Punches) at 2:02, RD. 1 at UFC 202 IAN Lando Vanatta knocks out John Makdessi (Spinning Wheel Kick) at UFC 206   2016 Fight of the Year JAMES Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Wonderboy Thompson – UFC 205 Honourable mention – Cub Swanson vs. Doo Hoo Choi – UFC 206 CARLIN Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor – UFC 196 IAN Cub Swanson vs. Doo Hoo Choi – UFC 206   2016 Upset of the Year JAMES Eric Spicely submits Thiago Santos (rear naked choke) at 2:58 round 1 (+370 underdog) Honorable mention – Michael Bisping KO’s Luke Rockhold UFC 199 CARLIN Michael Bisping knocks out Luke Rockhold (Punches) at 3:36, RD. 1 at UFC 199 (+330 underdog) IAN Joe Taimanglo submits Darrion Caldwell (Guillotine Choke) at 0.09, RD. 3  at Bellator 159  (+600 underdog)   2016 MMA Journalist of the Year JAMES Marc Raimondi – MMAFighting.com Honourable Mention to Karim Zidan – BloodyElbow.com Carlin Mike Russell, realfightstories.com Honorable mentions: Karim Zidan for his work in Russia, Paul Gift and John Nash for their work on UFC’s business side IAN Ariel Helwani – MMAFighting.com   2016 Story of the Year JAMES The downward spiral Jon Jones Honourable mention – Sale of the UFC CARLIN / IAN Sale of the UFC   Worst year in MMA? JAMES Johny Hendricks. 0-2, potentially 0-3 after UFC 207. Honourable mention Jon Jones CARLIN Ronda Rousey IAN Jon Jones   Biggest scandal in 2016?  JAMES Jon Jones failing his drug test UFC 200 Honourable mention Russian Dictator putting on “kids fights” CARLIN Jon Jones can’t get his shit together IAN Brock Lesnar failing drug test UFC 200   Most likely to get signed to UFC next? JAMES Brendan Allen – 20 years old. 6-1 middleweight. Honourable mention – Mackenzie Dern CARLIN Mackenzie Dern – 2-0 strawweight fighter IAN Mackenzie Dern – 2-0 strawweight fighter WE NOW HAVE OFFICIAL “Parting Shot Podcast” T-SHIRTS! BUY THEM HERE –>  here SUBSCRIBE to us on iTunes! here SUBSCRIBE to us on Stitcher here “Like” our Facebook Page here. Follow us on Twitter @PartingShotMMA SUBSCRIBE to James’ 1-on-1 show on Youtube here