Following the UFC used to be a fairly straight forward affair, with challengers working their way up the ranks to take on champions in a fairly functional facsimile of a meritocracy. Who would the champions face next? The top contender in each division, of course! All that seems to have gone out the window, though, following the rise of Conor McGregor and UFC’s change of ownership from the Fertittas to Hollywood agency WME-IMG.
Since then, superfights have been the name of the game. McGregor taught the rest of the roster that holding out for one good superfight is way more profitable than taking on two or three tough guys at the top of the rankings. And whereas before Dana White and Joe Silva kept the organization in check with an iron fist, WME-IMG seems much more willing to follow the dollar signs.
After just two champ vs. champ fights in 25 years, the UFC now has three on deck for the summer: light heavyweight’s Daniel Cormier vs. heavyweight Stipe Miocic, women’s bantamweight Amanda Nunes vs. featherweight Cris Cyborg, and bantamweight TJ Dillashaw vs. flyweight Demetrious Johnson.