Traditionally, the UFC likes to punctuate its biggest events with at least one UFC title fight. Sometimes they were apparently willing to make temporary headlines to do so.
While the UFC prefers to book title matches to host its biggest shows, there have always been big fights without headline worthy seats, and today is no different.
With big stars like Jon Jones and Conor McGregor no longer holding UFC gold, the promotion could easily land some big pay-per-view non-title matches – like they did with McGregor vs. Dustin this year. What happened to Poirier – and made big money at it. the process.
With that in mind, here are five UFC non-title matches worthy of being headlined at a major pay-per-view event.
# 5. UFC Lightweight: Conor McGregor vs. Max Holloway
And Conor McGregor and Max Holloway are among the many fighters who once captured UFC gold, but are apparently looking for a way back to the currently locked-down title.
There is no doubt that their circumstances are certainly somewhat different. Holloway is probably the second best featherweight in the world right now. The only thing stopping him from winning the UFC title again is that current champion Alexander Volkanovsky has already beaten him twice.
McGregor, meanwhile, has won just one fight in the Octagon since vacating the UFC lightweight title to pursue a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in 2017. He has now lost two in a row to Dustin Poirier.
However, the conflict between the Irish and the Hawaiians is still significant. The two have already fought once, in 2013, and McGregor won by decision.
Neither was a big name at the time, while ‘The Notorious’ is now the UFC’s most lucrative fighter. When it comes to popularity and star quality, Holloway is not far behind.
For Holloway, the fight will be worth a weight increase of 155 pounds – a huge payday for him in his career, and at the moment he has nothing to do with more than 145 pounds.
For McGregor, it would be too risky, but given that ‘Blessed’ prefers boxing more than anything else these days, he may feel he still has a chance.
In any case, any McGregor fight will be worth it…