Is The UFC Making The Right Decision By Putting Holly Holm & Conor McGregor On The Same Card For UFC 197?
From a casual UFC fan’s perspective, Holly Holm and Conor McGregor took part in two of the most exciting fights in 2015. There were probably, er, definitely better fights that took place last year, but Holm and McGregor solidified themselves as household names. Holm became the first MMA fighter to defeat Ronda Rousey in a fight, and McGregor became one of the most important fighters, if not the most important fighter, on the UFC roster when he knocked Jose Aldo out in just 13 seconds. So 2016 will likely be a big year for both fighters.
It sounds like their storylines are going to intersect, too. UFC hasn’t made an official announcement yet, but according to multiple reports, Holm and McGregor are going to take part in matches at UFC 197 on March 5. Holm will defend her bantamweight title with a match against Miesha Tate, while McGregor will move up in weight and take on Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight championship. It should be one hell of a night for the UFC, but it will also be a bit of a gamble on their part, seeing as how they are putting two faces of the organization front and center and risking their current reputations on the same night.
The belief was that Holm was going to sit on the sidelines and wait until Rousey was ready for a rematch before getting back into the Octagon. Likewise, the thought was that McGregor was going to give Aldo a rematch, even though their first fight wasn’t very competitive. But the UFC appears to be going for the jugular here by giving fans two fights that they weren’t expecting on the same night. It should shine a spotlight on the UFC as a whole and help them to grow even bigger than they already are as they inch closer towards UFC 200 this summer.
If Holm or McGregor happens to lose, it could end up being a disastrous gamble on the UFC’s part. But then again, it could end up birthing yet another UFC star, so the risk is worth the possible reward.