Seven Signs The UFC Is Headed For Certain Doom

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2017 was certainly an inconsistent year for the UFC.

Big successes came in the form of Mayweather vs. McGregor even though it technically didn’t take place in MMA (or even close to it), but a rash of high-profile injuries, failed drug tests, absent champions, and debilitating weight issues lead to more headaches and problems than successes for the world’s leading MMA promotion overall.

In total, its been a rocky road, to say the least, since WME-IMG bought the promotion from the Fertitta brothers for a then-record $4.2 billion in July 2016.

Are these recent blunders a sign of the end times for the UFC? Or will they recover from disasters like the Jon Jones debacle or Anderson Silva’s rapid downfall?

Let’s take a look at seven significant signs that the UFC is headed for disaster:

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7. Absence Of Conor McGregor In The Octagon

The UFC obviously benefited from Mayweather vs McGregor, but they were one of many hands in the pot financially. With their former featherweight and current lightweight champion, on the sidelines otherwise, McGregor has been making the news for all the wrong reasons lately.

But that’s almost besides the point. No McGregor means less blockbuster cards, one of their tried-and-true superstars.

And without defending the belt, he’s continuing to hold up a division that already has an interim champ.

Now we’re left wondering whether or not he will ever return to the UFC, especially considering the massive amount of money he made in the Mayweather fight. With McGregor no longer in the picture, does that spell the end of McGregor’s MMA career? That would really put a stake in the heart of the promotion, one it may or may not be able to recover from.

  • OneFootFriendly

    “…and knowing Dana White’s ego,…”

    Thats a little hater/fanboyish to keep blaming everything on Dana like he’s the one calling all the shots. That may have been much more true and arguable under Zuffa, those where his friends who backed Dana’s play on the UFC. But he’s not telling IMG what to do. I’m pretty sure that Dana WANTED to play more harball with conny after 200, but it was img who told him that conny was in charge now.

    Are we even sure how much dana had to do with the original fox deal?
    He’s more of a promoter face and general human resources management.
    He has never owned the whole thing, and nobody willingly just lets other people make any decision they want with a isht-ton of their money.

    I’ll put it this way, they have people who specialize is negotiating deals with mega conglomerate corporations.