Video: Was our 2022 Female Fighter of the Year pick a slam dunk?

We’ve wrapped a fascinating 2022 in MMA and we’re not too far away from the first major event of 2023.

But there’s still some time to look back at the year that was in the sport before we start a mad dash for those 2023 year-end awards.

On the first episode of MMA Junkie’s “Spinning Back Clique” in the new year, we looked back at the biggest fighters and biggest fight moments of 2022.

There were plenty of big performances across the MMA landscape this past year, but Zhang Weili stood out as our Female Fighter of the Year. It wasn’t a slam dunk pick, though, and our panel of Brian “Goze” Garcia, Nolan King and Danny Segura discussed the other candidates who made a case for the honor.

Check out their discussion in the video above. Then don’t miss the full episode below.

“Spinning Back Clique” is released each Monday LIVE on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel.

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Twitter reacts to Zhang Weili's title-winning submission of Carla Esparza at UFC 281

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