The most ambitious week in UFC history ended with new champions, two of the biggest drug test issues in history, new stars, new records, and even new owners.
With four shows planned in a seven-day period, one of them being UFC 200, it figured to be a newsworthy and exhausting week to be a fan. But whatever one might have expected going in, it didn’t even scratch the surface.
There was the self-destruction of the career of Jon Jones, the resurrection, and then possible ending of the career of Brock Lesnar, the departure of Lorenzo Fertitta and shakeups in multiple weight classes.
There were highlights that you could have predicted, like the Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha fight, and others far more surprising. There was Don Frye’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech, saying that if he got paid what Conor McGregor did, he’d do press conferences between rounds. With all the big names on different shows, the week’s best fight involved an undersized unknown fighter, Lando Vanatta. He had the intimidating nickname of “Groovy,” perhaps the first time that word has been used in pop culture in three decades. Vanatta, coming in on short notice and ranked somewhere around No. 140 in the world, nearly beat a genuine top title contender in Tony Ferguson.
In the end, it felt every fighter who won at featherweight or lightweight then challenged McGregor.
We learned a few things. One, no matter what the quality, four shows is too many in one week. Just days after what was undoubtedly one of the largest audiences ever to watch a UFC event on July 9, the next show, on July 13, tied for the least number of viewers for any show in prime time ….View full article
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