Best Bellator photos from May-June 2017: A rare double knockdown in New York

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Bellator continued to make noise in the MMA world in 2017, putting on a number of high-profile and notable events that captured the attention of fight fans more than ever before.

Although it wasn’t its busiest year in terms of volume of events, Bellator put on arguably more big fights over the past 12 fights than any year prior. Now it’s time to relive some of those moments in picture form.

The flourishing organization put on just two events between May and June of this past year. But one of them was the biggest in company history. May’s Bellator 179 event in London set the table for Bellator 180/Bellator NYC in June, which marked the company’s debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Naturally, the promotion had a photographer posted cageside for every bout at every event. To see the best snapshots from Bellator’s May and June fight cards, check out the photo gallery above.

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Video: The best Bellator knockouts of 2017, in one convenient location

2017 arguably was Bellator’s most memorable year to date. Plenty happened with the organization outside the cage, but inside of it, some truly spectacular moments unfolded.

With 22 fight cards since January, Bellator gave plenty to the MMA world. Within those fights were some incredible knockouts, a number of which went viral.

As the year comes to an end and Bellator turns the page to a new year, the company has released video clips of the best knockouts from the past 12 months. Take a violent trip down memory lane below.

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Paul Daley def. Brennan Ward at Bellator 179 in January

Aaron Pico def. Justin Linn at Bellator 183 in September

Tywan Claxton def. Jonny Bonilla-Bowman at Bellator 186 in November

Gaston Bolanos de. Rick Gutierrez at Bellator 189 in December

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Before his Bellator 192 headliner, watch Rory MacDonald's full fight with Paul Daley

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Before his second Bellator fight and headliner, watch Rory MacDonald’s promotional debut, which came against fellow welterweight vet Paul Daley.

At Bellator 179, which took place May 19 at The SSE Arena in London, well-rounded MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) fought his first post-UFC bout and met a prolific striker in Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA).

MacDonald was a 3-1 favorite in the bout – and for good reason, as you can see in the full fight above.

Catch MacDonald, who’s No. 4 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, back in action on Jan. 20 when he headlines Bellator 192 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. He meets reigning welterweight champ and No. 7-ranked Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) in the Paramount-televised headliner.

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