Six Huge Messes The UFC Should Have Avoided

Sometimes, the UFC shoots itself in the foot with problems that were easily avoidable. Whether it’s just bad matchmaking or more nefarious issues, the UFC has gone into crisis mode more often than they’d like to admit, and it seems like its been happening with concerning regularity lately. With mainstream media attention and publicity at […]

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Sometimes, the UFC shoots itself in the foot with problems that were easily avoidable.

Whether it’s just bad matchmaking or more nefarious issues, the UFC has gone into crisis mode more often than they’d like to admit, and it seems like its been happening with concerning regularity lately.

With mainstream media attention and publicity at an all-time high, the UFC needs to learn from their mistakes of the past to ensure a better product, but even as the world’s best MMA promotion by a wide margin, they could sometimes do much better in dealing with the curveballs the notoriously volatile fight game throws their way.

We broke down the six biggest messes the UFC could have easily avoided, and the results may surprise you:

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6. Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen

This match-up never made sense in the first place, yet the UFC insisted on putting it together.

They tried it at UFC 151 on short notice after Dan Henderson was forced out with a knee inury, which Jones declined. The UFC then canceled the entire card altogether.

Ignoring fate, they put on the fight at UFC 159 instead, and Jones predictably smashed Sonnen in the first round. However, Jones did break his toe in a freak accident while defending a takedown, and one wonders whether Sonnen could have won the belt had the bout gone past the first round. Jones’ big toe was completely broken in the most grotesque way; he had snagged it in a tear in the Octagon canvas.

But the writing was on the wall the entire time the UFC insisted on putting together a Jones vs. Sonnen title fight.

They tried to punish Jones for not accepting the bout on a week’s notice, yet in reality, it was the fans and other fighters on UFC 151 who were punished.

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Michael Bisping Has No Interest in Final Fight Against Brad Tavares

If Brad Tavares wants a shot at Michael Bisping, he might be waiting for a while. Following his knockout win over Krzysztof Jotko at UFC on FOX 29, Tavares called for a fight against the former middleweight champion but he probably didn’t get the…

If Brad Tavares wants a shot at Michael Bisping, he might be waiting for a while. Following his knockout win over Krzysztof Jotko at UFC on FOX 29, Tavares called for a fight against the former middleweight champion but he probably didn’t get the answer he wanted. Tavares was respectful with his request for the […]

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Michael Bisping Claims Huge Conor McGregor Announcement Was Coming Before Arrest

Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor sent the MMA universe into all-out upheaval exactly one week ago when he stormed the Barclays Center and threw a metal dolly at a bus containing now-UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. “The Notorious’ then turned himself in and was booked on assault charges, after which he presumably […]

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Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor sent the MMA universe into all-out upheaval exactly one week ago when he stormed the Barclays Center and threw a metal dolly at a bus containing now-UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“The Notorious’ then turned himself in and was booked on assault charges, after which he presumably flew back to his native Ireland. The incident caused two fighters to suffer injury, three fights to be stricken from UFC 223 last weekend, and also reportedly put a halt in rumored contract talks with the UFC for McGregor.

While those circumstances were obviously bad enough in and of themselves, the Irish star supposedly missed out on something much bigger than just a potential contract discussion with his employers. According to former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping on his “Believe You Me” podcast (via MMA Mania), the UFC was set to announce a massive title fight involving McGregor but had to cut those plans at the last minute:

“By all accounts, Conor was going to be at the Barclays Center on Saturday night to make an announcement. It was going to be a title fight or whatever the fight was going to be, I’m sworn to secrecy so I can’t say, but he was going to be there.”

McGregor is due back in court in New York on June 14 to face the next stage in his first arrest on American soil, but it’s extremely unlikely he serves any jail time despite being booked on a felony charge and multiple misdemeanors.

That means a big announcement could still be coming soon about his up-in-the-air fighting future, and that could mean an awaited grudge match with Nurmagomedov.

What Bisping referred to will remain a secret, it appears, so let’s just hope it wasn’t a match with Floyd Mayweather in the octagon.

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Michael Bisping Offers Conor McGregor Advice After Going Berserk in Brooklyn

Michael Bisping knows what it’s like to act with anger given the multitude of feuds he’s engaged in the UFC for more than a decade. That said, Bisping has never gone on a rampage like Conor McGregor that resulted in two fighters being injur…

Michael Bisping knows what it’s like to act with anger given the multitude of feuds he’s engaged in the UFC for more than a decade. That said, Bisping has never gone on a rampage like Conor McGregor that resulted in two fighters being injured and forced out of their upcoming bouts not to mention attacking […]

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Nick Diaz Hints at UFC Return Following Clearance From USADA

Former Strikeforce welterweight champion and fan favorite, Nick Diaz, could be set to return to the UFC soon. The Stockton local posted a hinting message on Instagram. Diaz is currently serving a suspension that concludes on the 19th of April. Diaz las…

Former Strikeforce welterweight champion and fan favorite, Nick Diaz, could be set to return to the UFC soon. The Stockton local posted a hinting message on Instagram. Diaz is currently serving a suspension that concludes on the 19th of April. Diaz last fought in January 2015 against UFC legend, Anderson Silva, falling to a unanimous […]

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Michael Bisping on Conor McGregor: ‘Just Lose the F–king Chip on the Shoulder’

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping implored Conor McGregor to “lose the f–king chip on [his] shoulder” following the MMA star’s arrest in Brooklyn last week. “Just lose the chip, that would be my advice…

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping implored Conor McGregor to “lose the f–king chip on [his] shoulder” following the MMA star’s arrest in Brooklyn last week. “Just lose the chip, that would be my advice…