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Conor McGregor lost his UFC belt and maybe his freedom but what about UFC’s TV deal?

By Zach Arnold | April 5, 2018

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Conor McGregor channeled his inner Mike Tyson and attacked UFC vehicles transporting fighters for their UFC 223 event in Brooklyn.

Well, on the bright side… UFC 223 got publicity.

“This is the kind of thing bad boys do in sports,” chimed Fox Sports social media honcho Jason McIntyre.

Now we have Fox Sports, UFC TV partner, debating whether Conor McGregor’s Brooklyn attack is worse than Malice at the Palace. MatP was considered the NBA’s darkest moment even though sports fans react to it as strongly today as they did when the incident actually happened.

“He has really burnished a brand as a thug,” Jason Whitlock claimed. “Can’t live with him, can’t live without him.”

Four months ago, people were worried about Conor McGregor’s safety after a reported bar brawl involving some powerful & organized individuals.

The TV angle

2018 means everything for UFC. The vulture/venture capitalists want their new television deal. There’s a reason UFC went all-in on Brock Lesnar 24 hours ago. I think the water has largely been squeeze out of that sponge but I could be wrong.

The Conor McGregor situation inflamed an already delicate business situation into a crisis of confidence.

TV executives want stars. Jon Jones. Conor McGregor. Ronda… well… The stars are vanishing. Daniel Cormier will likely retire as the non-Jon Jones 205 champion. Stipe Miocic is slowly building his American profile. They’re great fighters and I care about them. I’m not sure television executives are as enthused.

McGregor likely faces criminal charges and a suspension. He needs the UFC to stay active both in and out of the ring but does he need the money? Fighters always need money. UFC needs a television deal and all the money that comes with it. Are we headed for a separation?

Topics: Media, MMA, UFC, Zach Arnold | 9 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

9 Responses to “Conor McGregor lost his UFC belt and maybe his freedom but what about UFC’s TV deal?”

  1. Will E. says:

    The UFC won’t cut McGregor, even if the athletic commission suspends him. Bellator would happily sign him as quickly as possible. Much like Sonnen, Scott Coker would let ‘Notorious’ be himself, within contractually expressed limits.

    I have a feeling Dana White’s not wanting to be in the Conor McGregor business as reported earlier today will fade once the buy rate for 223 comes in. As stated this is the first real publicity the card has seen.

    I have two hunches based upon today’s outburst (provided this isn’t a work): one, McGregor cannot tolerate being out of the spotlight. And two, McGregor wouldn’t have qcted out like this under the purview of the Fertittas.

  2. Rich says:

    Zach, I realize this is off-topic, but I’ve wondered for a couple of years what is your take on the ‘Chael being groomed to eventually take over for DFW as Admiral of the UFC, only to be torpedoed by his own self-destruction’? I’m not aware of any statements or self-roasting introspect from the gangsta from the mean streets of West Linn, Oregon on this life-altering screw-up. Are you?

  3. 45 Huddle says:

    1. Ferguson gets injured due to the UFC having wires were they shouldn’t.

    2. 3 fighters off the card due to Conor being a misfit.

    3. Max is off the show after he couldn’t cut the weight.

    They need to cancel the show. I feel bad for people who purchased tickets.

  4. Jonathan says:

    Was the whole Connor thing just one big marketing stunt that the UFC/Dana was in on?

  5. RST says:

    I saw you publish an article on sherdog the other day.
    Why dont you do more freelancing on the platforms available.
    Sherdog or Bleacher report (eugh…) are platforms to get your brand out there.

    You’ve got a intellectual and insightful brand that people should want if you get it out there and let them know who you are.

    • RST says:

      Thats how Fowlkes came up and presumably made some coin for it.

      He got his name out there on his own website, then then he got picked up by that other one, people saw that he was good at writing and kept picking hm up up the ladder.

      you’re as good as he is in a different way. And the next thing he’s writing for espn and presumably making coin from usa today through junkie whatever.

      I suspect that you value your right to have a free opinion without influence more then Fowlkes does. But there are platforms for that.

      And then after your opinions are established as valuable, they have to come to you.

  6. King Famous says:

    ufc is missing the boat with thug rose.

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