On a day like today named Black Friday in America, where people trample each other to get better deals on Christmas gifts one day after supposedly giving thanks for everything they already have, there’s a far more dark and sinister scene playing out in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, and that’s the absence of their biggest star Conor McGregor.
The UFC lightweight champion has been out of action since winning the title in what seems like forever ago at UFC 205 in November 2016. He spent the most of 2017 chasing and participating in his boxing super-circus with Floyd Mayweather, and while UFC President Dana White likes to say the UFC has never had a better year financially, it was because of a boxing match his biggest star got finished in.
As actual UFC numbers continue to dive, it’s clear that promotional owners Endeavor need him to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible, something that may not be all that easy to pull off given his demands for a promoter’s stake in his next fight.
But finances aside, there are many more ramifications for McGregor’s unnecessary stay on the sidelines, and it’s clearly hurting the fight game by having by far its biggest name without a fight for so long. Let’s take a look at the reasons McGregor needs to defend his 155-pound title now.
He’s Destroying A Potentially Historic Legacy:
This one will most likely be something McGregor doesn’t care about due to his hundreds of millions of dollars, but it has to at least be discussed.
‘The Notorious’ is undoubtedly damaging a legacy that could be up there with the best fighters of all-time if he simply practiced what he preached and defended his title against all comers. Instead, he’s chased ‘money fights’ after winning each belt, fighting in other weight classes and even another sport as he held respective divisions hostage with his antics.
He’s never defended a single title in his entire fight career, and it can be asked what is the point of even having titles if the UFC is going to let him win a belt then put it on the shelf for a year or more afterward. It’s getting old, and even the most fervent ‘Notorious’ supporters are running out of excuses for him, even if they won’t admit it on the Internet.
He could quiet all that by simply defending his title a couple times, but again, he most likely doesn’t care.