5.) It Put MMA On Hold For A Month:
And while MayMac was the biggest combat sporting bout of 2017 and probably all-time, the cost to the overall UFC roster was somewhat significant.
The only UFC event during the month of August was a barely-viewed UFC fight event from Mexico City that was headlined by two flyweights who aren’t Demetrious Johnson. That’s something you don’t usually see from the promotion during the summer (or any) months.
It’s fair to wonder if the UFC’s product took yet another downgrade aside from McGregor’s performance, as they had a chance to build off the best pay-per-view event of the year thus far with late July’s UFC 214 and regain the vast momentum they had essentially lost throughout the first half of the year. Jon Jones failing for steroids following his UFC 214 victory only serves to sink actual MMA even lower, and while that has nothing to do with Mayweather vs. McGregor directly, it’s what you get when you put all your eggs in one basket and let your biggest star compete in another sport.
They’ve already made a ton of money with the bout, but they also have a ton of ground to gain up now, and with a lackluster-yet-packed September schedule coming, that won’t be easy.