Nine Reasons 2017 Is The UFC’s Worst Year Ever


Despite a blockbuster event in Mayweather vs. McGregor that actually took place in a boxing ring rather than the octagon, 2017 has been a slump for the UFC. Injuries, failed drug tests, high-profile defections…it’s fair to say that the transition from ZUFFA to WME-IMG has not been a smooth one.

Superstars like Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey whom the UFC once counted on are no longer there. As for McGregor, it’s hard to believe that after cashing out nearly $100 million in his 10-round boxing effort against Floyd Mayweather, that the Irishman would be so keen to fight in the octagon for $3 to $5 million.

It’s translated to a brutal year for pay-per-view sales that has only been furthered by the post-Mayweather vs. McGregor slog. Let’s take a look at the exact reasons that 2017 is the worst year ever for the UFC:

9. Oversaturation/Interim Titles

Men’s flyweight, women’s strawweight, women’s bantamweight.. sometime’s it’s too much for fans to care enough to keep up with.

There was once a time where there were only five weight divisions and five champions to remember. The rankings held more weight than they do now, and there was never a title fight without a well-known contender.

2017 has seen the birth of two new weight classes, with champions coming and going in a flash (Germaine de Randamie), to the point where it’s hard to take these divisions seriously.

To top it off, every division seems to have an interim champion, and now, those ‘champion’s’ don’t even necessarily fight the champion in their next bout, as we’re seeing with the rapidly approaching UFC 216 main event between Tony Ferguson.

Sometimes less is more, something the UFC failed to realize in 2017.

  • Bill Wolf

    2018 should be better than 2017 for the UFC, because there are no more wheels to fall off the cart. You can’t lose your Ronda Rousey when you no longer have a Ronda Rousey. Or is the Women’s Featherweight division going to become even less credible in 2018? How would that happen?

    But even if it’s not a disaster, 2018 might not be very good. First, whatever debts and financial arrangements were hanging over the UFC in 2017, creating pressure to make bad, short-termist decisions, will still be there in 2018. Nothing is better; everything is probably worse.

    Second, the UFC has not seen the rise of new stars and it has not effectively built up the stars it does still have in 2017, so it won’t be able to harvest that star power in 2018. The UFC has not found a good way to work together with Mighty Mouse to promote him effectively. The rise of Valentina Shevchenko did not happen. There are some good performers like Joanna Champion, who can still be counted on to excite fans, and that’s about it.

  • HeteroFriendly

    ” they accidentally created a monster in Conor McGregor, or more specifically, his ego.”

    They created that one before Mayweather.
    First they created that monster through repeated special treatment and then THATS what eventually lead to Mayweather.

    And there wasn’t any reason to stop the Maywether fight by then becasue that monster wasn’t going back in the bag. They made that bed and had no choice but to sleep in it nails and all by then.

    And its interesting to remember that Zuffa actually got that Conny monster ball rolling before the sale was announced. A little bit of used car salesman sawdust in the engine trick there.

    But I cant say that I have any sympathy for img.
    Their own arrogant hollywood greed blinded then to anything that they didn’t want to see.
    Those hollywood types can be slick in ways, but they can also be stupid when they become blinded by their own greed and arrogance.