Follow Through On Promises
In recent years, the UFC has been notorious for making promises they don’t always seem to keep, and two examples come to mind in just the last few months alone.
When former longtime 145-pound king Jose Aldo signed on to face Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight strap at July’s UFC 200, he was guaranteed a rematch with Conor McGregor if he were to come out on top. Aldo was able to score a victory and a dominant one at that, but the UFC instead elected to pair McGregor with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at Nov. 12’s UFC 205. This decision led Aldo to not only contemplate retirement, but to ask for his release from the promotion.
In a similar situation, the UFC recently showed interest in granting top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov a shot at Alvarez. In fact, the undefeated “Eagle” was sent multiple bout agreements, but it appeared to only be a strategical move by the UFC in order to make Alvarez vs. McGregor a reality. Like Aldo, Nurmagomedov touched on the possibility of leaving the UFC in the aftermath of the decision.
Clearly this isn’t fair to fighters, and it certainly isn’t beneficial for the UFC to have big names threatening to leave the promotion.