Enough is enough
OK, so we get that a ‘promotion’ wants to get the most out of their fighters in terms of revenue, but when does the legitimacy of the sport come in to question? One ex-UFC fighter recently said ‘It sucks, but the UFC is now bigger than the sport of MMA.’ The heavily rumoured booking of Diaz vs McGregor 2 is a perfect example of this. The promotion is willing to let the featherweight champion move up two weight classes, lose a fight, then remain at that same weight class for an immediate rematch with the man that just submitted him.
And his belt at 145 pounds doesn’t even come in to question. As well as insulting the top contenders and the ex-champion, the UFC is singe handedly catering to the casual fans and ignoring the rankings, while overlooking the consensus opinion. The legitimacy of the sport is once again brought in to question as the UFC hunts PPV’s over the long game.
That said, another Diaz vs. McGregor fight could be wildly entertaining, but at what cost in the grand picture?