UFC 264, probably the biggest night of the year for the UFC, hosted a few eyebrow-raising moments. From the jaw injury that left the main event in disarray, all the way to the severe wound in the preparatory preparations, a multitude of fighters went up for wear and tear.
While losses are simply a difficult fact of life in the UFC (unless of course you’re not Khabib Nurmagomedov), some losers from last night have more problems than others.
As the dust begins to settle and the aftermath of last night’s fighting becomes clearer, it is obvious that certain stars are in trouble moving forward. Whether it’s physical problems due to terrible problems or statistical problems due to too many losses, this is a lot of people are nervous right now.
Here are three fighters from last night whose UFC careers could be jeopardized:
# 3. Former UFC female flyweight contestant Jessica Eye
‘Evil’ suffered last night from a horrible cut on its forehead. Jessica Eye was opened during her preliminary war with Jennifer Maya. Throwing on a crimson mask after a head-on collision in the second round, Eye fought bravely until the end of the third round.
Unfortunately for the former contender in the title in the flies, the judges scored in favor of Maia, who unanimously won. With this loss, Jessica Eye is now in three fights. Her win-loss record is currently less than a stellar 15-10.
Despite her popularity, Eye’s career prospects are progressing looking pretty bleak. The chances of him making a new comeback in his career in 2018 seem unlikely. Another defeat will return her to the rankings with the infamous four-match losing streak of 2015-2016.
With no title kick in sight, Eye may need to completely rebuild if he wants to stay in the game advancing.
# 2. Former UFC welterweight champion Stephen Thompson
Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson dream challenge Kamaru Usman can stay just that after last night. In an exhausting long-distance semi-final, Thompson was overturned by a unanimous decision against Gilbert Burns at UFC 264.
Thompson has been very vocal in recent months in an attempt to challenge the UFC’s light heavyweight lap. The Kemp maestro has had no gold cracks since losing to then-champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 209 2017. Now, losing to Gilbert Burns, who was easily beaten by Usman at UFC 258, Thompson may be out of the game to reach the full.
At 38 and now with five defeats from his name (four of which have occurred in the last seven clashes), Thompson is in serious danger of falling in a row. A popular veteran of the game, one might assume that Thompson’s working status will at least remain stable. The problem is that experts have said similar things about Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem …
# 1. Former UFC lightweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor
Is the game over?
The UFC’s biggest star has survived the worst limb breakdown on this side of Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. After a relentless conversation about garbage, which hit below the belt, no doubt confident Conor McGregor he fell into UFC 264. A win would only guarantee him a new kick in the glory of the lightweight title.
Unfortunately for ‘The Notorious’, it wasn’t supposed to be. McGregor’s ankle decided to mimic a beloved bone in the final moments of the first round. He lost a UFC 257 fight with Dustin Poirier thanks to the blows of the calves, McGregor lost this thanks to the loss of control over the calves.
Grounded as his hated rival celebrated another victory, an angry McGregor was released during his post-fight interview. McGregor has won only twice in the last five years. The injury he sustained last night could potentially jeopardize his career. Given the portion of money on which Everest sits, Conor McGregor has no real need to fight again.
If he tries to try to get back down the line, there’s a good chance his drawing power won’t be what it used to be. As much as the fun and unheard-of antics of the Irish may be, they need to be supported in order to remain effective.