Conor McGregor undeniably has a huge impact on the UFC and will continue to have one regardless of what you think about his loss at UFC 196 to Nate Diaz. Most rational people can understand that the loss means very little to his brand and since it wasn't even a title fight, it won't hurt Conor statistically either.
MMA Mania just came through with an awesome video about Conor McGregor and his financial impact on the UFC. It's pretty much exactly what you would expect, basically stating that Conor McGregor = money. And inversely money = Conor McGregor.
Check out the video below:
There were two graphs that stood out to me in this piece...
The last three gates at Conor McGregor UFC events are ranked 2, 3, and 4 all-time
UFC 196 brought in $8.1 million. It is one of the three most recent, led by UFC 194's epic 13 second knockout bout between McGregor and Jose Aldo.
The only fight that brought in more money ever featured Georges St-Pierre, a living legend. That was UFC 129.
Notice a trend here? Depending on who Conor McGregor fights at UFC 200, that card could continue this trend. In other words, Conor McGregor will continue making money and will soon be a very rich man.
The Conor McGregor Effect
The man is not only a talented fighter, but he's a brilliant marketer. I truthfully think that he could be a stand-up comedian. He has a flair to him that mirrors that of a WWE fighter during wrestling's hay-day.
There's nothing wrong with promoting yourself if you back it up. And that's where some people assume McGregor may have finally blown it - after all, he lost.
But I'm here to say the Conor McGregor Effect is not over. If he defends his featherweight belt against either Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar, he's right back where he was before. And then we'll probably see the same shit-talking from before re-emerge and it will be as polarizing as it was before.
I can't wait.
What do you think?
Will as many fans tune in to see Conor McGregor fight at UFC 200?