UFC 264, arguably the largest evening of the yr for the UFC, hosted a number of eyebrow-raising moments. From a jaw-dropping damage that left the primary occasion in disarray to a grisly wound within the prelims, loads of fighters got here out worse for put on.
Whereas losses are merely a tough reality of life within the UFC (until you’re Khabib Nurmagomedov in fact), among the losers from final evening are in additional bother than others.
Because the mud begins to settle and the results of final evening’s fights turn out to be extra clear, it’s apparent sure stars are in bother transferring ahead. Whether or not it’s bodily bother from getting horribly hobbled or statistical bother from one too many losses, this lot are doubtless nervous proper now.
Listed here are three fighters from final evening whose UFC careers may very well be in jeopardy:
#3. Former UFC ladies’s flyweight championship contender Jessica Eye
‘Evil’ discovered herself affected by a horrific brow reduce final evening. Jessica Eye was opened up throughout her prelim conflict with Jennifer Maia. Sporting a crimson masks after a conflict of heads in spherical two, Eye fought valiantly by means of to the top of spherical three.
Sadly for the previous flyweight title contender, the judges scored in favor of Maia, who picked up the unanimous resolution win. With this loss, Jessica Eye is now on a three-fight skid. Her win-loss document at the moment stands at a lower than stellar 15-10.
Regardless of her reputation, Eye’s profession prospects transferring ahead are trying pretty grim. The possibilities of her pulling off one other profession comeback a la 2018 seem unlikely. One other loss will put her again on par together with her notorious 2015-2016 four-match shedding streak.
With no semblance of a title shot in sight, Eye could have to retool utterly if she is to remain within the sport transferring ahead.
#2. Former UFC welterweight championship contender Stephen Thompson
Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson’s dream of difficult Kamaru Usman could stay simply that after final evening. In a grueling semi-main that went the gap, Thompson got here undone by a unanimous resolution towards Gilbert Burns at UFC 264.
Thompson has been very vocal in his bid to problem for the UFC welterweight crown in latest months. The Kempo maestro hasn’t had a crack on the gold since his loss to then-champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 209 in 2017. Now, having misplaced to Gilbert Burns, who was crushed handily by Usman at UFC 258, Thompson could also be out of attain utterly.
At 38 and now with 5 losses to his identify (4 of which have occurred in his previous seven bouts), Thompson is in severe hazard of falling down the pecking order. A preferred veteran of the sport, one may assume Thompson’s employment standing will at the very least stay regular. The issue is, pundits mentioned comparable issues in regards to the likes of Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem…
#1. Former UFC featherweight and light-weight champion Conor McGregor
Is the sport over?
The UFC’s greatest mainstream star has sustained the gnarliest limb break this facet of Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. After relentless trash speak that hit means beneath the belt, an uber-confident Conor McGregor got here storming into UFC 264. A win would have all however assured him one other shot at light-weight title glory.
Sadly for ‘The Infamous’, it wasn’t to be. McGregor’s ankle determined to impersonate a wishbone within the closing moments of spherical one. Having misplaced his UFC 257 bout with Dustin Poirier due to calf kicks, McGregor misplaced this one due to shedding management of his calves.
Grounded as his hated rival celebrated one other win, a livid McGregor let free throughout his post-fight interview. McGregor has received simply twice within the final 5 years. The damage he sustained final evening may very well be doubtlessly career-threatening. Given the Everest-sized portion of cash he’s sitting on, Conor McGregor has no actual have to battle once more.
Ought to he try a comeback down the road, there’s a very good probability his drawing energy received’t fairly be what it was. As entertaining and outrageous because the Irishman’s antics could also be, they have to be backed as much as stay efficient.