While it’s a time to be excited for some of the epic title clashes coming our way, not every UFC fighter is enjoying how things are panning out in the organisation.
The biggest criticism the company is drawing is that their matchmaking process is flawed, and that the rankings don’t actually matter.
We saw this with the Michael Bisping case. Granted, the top four middleweight contenders were busy, and his fight with Dan Henderson was a grudge match, but he was ranked outside of the top 10.
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T.J. Dillashaw has also hit out at the company, being frustrated at the fact that despite being ranked the number one bantamweight, a sixth-ranked Cody Garbrandt is receiving a shot at the gold against Dominick Cruz at the end of the year.
Perhaps the biggest name in all of this is Conor McGregor, with many claiming he’s holding up the featherweight division as he hasn’t defended his title since knocking Jose Aldo out in 13 seconds last year and is now getting a shot at the lightweight title.
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This means rightful contenders are being forced to wait, and Michael Chiesa has questioned the clash between McGregor and Alvarez as he recovers from a ruptured L5 vertebra on his spine.
Speaking to MMAFighting, he said: “I think it’s b*****it. I feel bad for the guys that have been leaped-frog by him.
“I do understand that there is an entertainment aspect to the sport and to this promotion, but I think you have to maintain the sport before you let a guy make moves like that.
"Do I like him being in my weight class? Yeah, because it’s a big money fight and I match up really well against him.
“I mean, I’d be one body-lock away from subbing him.
"Other than that, it doesn’t really…you know, I just feel bad for the Tony Fergusons, and the Nurmagomedovs, and these guys that have racked up these huge win streaks and they’re getting leaped-frogged by a dude, who really, I mean, we’ll find out if he has any business in our division on November 12, but until then, I don’t think he’s in the right spot.
“He’s got Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis in his own weight class to deal with. So I hope Eddie puts him back down to 145, but if not welcome to your new home, welcome to the deep waters.”
The frustration is understandable that fighters are being forced to wait as the company accommodates McGregor.
But at the end of the day, it’s a business, and the UFC needs to provide high-quality entertainment as well. Plus, there’s only so long the Irishman can go before he needs to defend the gold.
It’s simply a waiting game.
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