3. The UFC’s Cash Cow Was TKO’d
While McGregor’s performance against Mayweather was admirable and gutsy, he still left the T-Mobile arena with a TKO loss, the first-ever in his combat sports career.
For a fighter whose main asset is his striking, a loss due to strikes is never a good look, and that’s exactly how things played out on that August night in Las Vegas.
How can the UFC possibly promote McGregor as their best striker after coming up short in a bout McGregor guaranteed as a win? Sure, they can say he went 10 rounds with one of the best boxers to ever do it, but a loss is still a loss.
Also, McGregor’s cardio issues were further exposed against Mayweather, which the UFC hype machine will have to circumnavigate upon his eventual Octagon return.
All it did was make McGregor money, but the long-term implications of the weaknesses he displayed will be a tall order for the UFC’s promotional efforts to overcome.