2. Ferguson vs. Lee Interim Belt Loses Shine
What should have been McGregor vs Ferguson turned into Ferguson vs Lee for the interim lightweight title, all due to Mayweather vs McGregor.
The result is a lot of shine being dulled from the gold strap on the line during UFC 216’s main event. And it didn’t have to be that way either. Ferguson’s nine-fight win streak deserved a fight with McGregor, who opted for a Mayweather payday instead.
While Ferguson vs. Lee is a perfectly fine interim title fight, it hangs in McGregor’s shadow as the Irishman continues to count his earnings and celebrate throughout the rest of 2017.
The logjam Mayweather vs McGregor has caused has ruined the 155-pound division for this entire year, while also eclipsing the promotion entirely.