It’s October, and with UFC 205 scheduled for November 12th being perhaps the biggest card of the year and one that would most certainly close 2016 on a high note for the world’s premiere MMA promotion, it’s time to start looking towards the future.

From Conor McGregor retiring to Georges St-Pierre coming back to the Octagon, the rumor mill for MMA is never-ending and it’s always fun to speculate.

2017 will hold many surprises for mixed martial arts fans. A handful are quite predictable, but some of them will come completely out of nowhere.

Let’s take a look at Five Wild Predictions for the UFC in 2017

#5 Conor McGregor takes a year off


If Anyone Deserves a Break, It’s Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is one of the most active fighters on the UFC’s roster. He is set to face Eddie Alvarez in his sixth major bout in two years. It’s not like he’s fighting pansies in there, he takes on the toughest challenge available so it’s hard not to love the guy.

However, if anybody deserves a break from the sport, it’s McGregor. He’s certainly earned a vacation, and I’m sure he’s pretty much exhausted from having to run through and endless cycle of self-promotion, training and fighting.

Some fans believe that a one-year hiatus is exactly what McGregor will be announcing after UFC 205. UFC President Dana White spilled the beans on McGregor after he announced the big card in New York, saying McGregor had been going through some personal issues which he left the Irishman to announce.

Many feel that McGregor will be announcing that he will take an extended break from all the craziness that is MMA these days. With McGregor raking in millions of dollars per fight, who could blame him?

A win over Alvarez would definitely be a good time to enjoy the spoils of war.

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