2.) The Short-Sightedness Of Mayweather vs. McGregor:
This is a dead horse that’s been beaten to a pulp, so we won’t focus on it much. But the UFC went as far as to let their biggest star take the entire year off to box Floyd Mayweather in the most over-the-top, circus-like combat sporting event of all-time in August, and while it may have provided a huge short-term financial windfall, it may have also caused irreparable damage to the sport of MMA.
Once you have a circus like that, how do you top it? The right match-up just doesn’t come along every year. No, Mayweather vs. McGregor sucked the wind out of everything combat sports-related for a good three months before and afterward, and McGregor still hasn’t confirmed he’ll return to the UFC. It’ll be hard to for the money they’re offering after a reported $100 million to box Mayweather.
It’s also shown in the UFC’s pay-per-view numbers, as several shows did absolutely abysmal numbers around Mayweather vs. McGregor. That’s what you get when you look for the short-term big payday, and even though they made a ton of cash (just like the WWE did when they enlisted Mayweather), it’s making it look like actual MMA competition has again taken a backseat to the most overblown spectacle possible.
Which leads us to the final way the UFC is becoming more like pro-wrestling…