By Zach Arnold | July 11, 2015
The Hulk Hogan effect.
Every WWE wrestler in the 80s wanted to be on the Hulk Hogan A-level cards when the promotion toured on split squads. When Hogan drew money, everyone else drew money. The same principle applies to Conor McGregor.
Like I said before, UFC, MMA biz, everyone involved in this industry is 100% in on a McGregor win. Losing not an option. $45M riding on this
— MMA Supremacy (@MMASupremacy) July 12, 2015
His win over Chad Mendes on Saturday night was a triumph in the UFC’s undying belief that McGregor will be their number one ace as a drawing attraction. With Jon Jones constantly in trouble, the company needed someone reliable who could become The Next Great White Hope.
The Reebok uniforms are part of UFC’s growing dumpster fire when it comes to labor relations. The uniforms are trash. But as long as UFC can continue to produce the Conor McGregors of the world, there will be a thousand fighters who will buy into whatever UFC management is selling for a miniscule paycheck in hopes of winning an imaginary lottery ticket.
The main card for UFC 189 turned out to be a fantastic watch, especially in contrast to the amusing garbage produced by ESPN with their Al Haymon PBC debut on the Mouse. When UFC is hot, it is hot. When it’s not, it’s an abomination.
I do not doubt the marketing talent & fighting ability of Conor McGregor. You shouldn’t either after his fight performance against a disappointing Chad Mendes. However, that doesn’t excuse the absolutely shallow & pathetic behavior on display by UFC management in regards to the way they have insulted the intelligence of the fans and slimed other fighters who have given their best to Zuffa.
On Friday, UFC threw a curve into the mix with a “confrontation” backstage between McGregor and Urijah Faber. A classic pro-wrestling tease. In the two weeks before Mendes/McGregor, UFC management spent every waking breath tarnishing and denigrating Jose Aldo as a man and as a fighter. A man who was touted as the Number One Pound-For-Pound fighter in the world found his credibility and reputation getting trashed as if he was Ariana Grande. Those ribs really weren’t hurt. He didn’t want to fight because he couldn’t make weight. He didn’t want to fight because he is scared of McGregor.
These attacks didn’t come from McGregor’s camp. Well, technically, they did come from McGregor’s camp because UFC management is his camp given the reports of the mansion treatment. UFC management doesn’t even blur the lines of impartiality any more. They have completely erased those lines. No wonder Al Haymon loves his boxers screaming “Call Al Haymon!” after every fight like Keith Thurman did on Saturday night in Tampa.
To top off the absurdity, UFC pulled a WCW-style skit where McGregor arrived to the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a police escort for his own protection… except nobody was actually around mobbing him. And then there was Sinead O’Connor.
Mendes is all class in defeat. He's no dummy, he knows he's in Zuffa's good book forever now. Shoutouts to this muscly man.
— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) July 12, 2015
For his efforts, Chad Mendes will forever be a UFC company man after his recent 8-fight contract deal and loss to Conor McGregor. At least until they cut him or decide that he’s a “coward” for not taking any fight they throw at him. Life is just a work and everything is professional wrestling.
UFC 189 Main card results from the MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Featherweights: Conor McGregor defeated Chad Mendes in R2 in 4′57 by TKO.
- UFC Welterweight title match: Robbie Lawler pounded Rory MacDonald and won by TKO in the first minute of R5.
- Jeremy Stephens defeated Dennis Bermudez in R3 in 32 seconds by TKO.
- Welterweights: Gunnar Nelson defeated Brandon Thatch in R1 in 2′54 by submission (choke sleeper).
- Bantamweights: Thomas Almeida defeated Brad Pickett in R2 in 29 seconds by KO (knee).
- Welterweights: Matt Brown defeated Tim Means in R1 in 4′44 by submission (guillotine choke).