With Conor McGregor expected out until September and Ronda Rousey’s destiny up in a air, 2017 is projected to be a down year for a UFC when it comes to pay-per-view sales, quite in comparison to a promotion’s blockbuster 2016.
However, it’s flattering transparent that WME-IMG is calm to pierce brazen with a “money fight” indication — engagement a biggest draws regardless of rankings — that should yield a boost to a UFC’s bottom line. If they don’t, a new owners risk descending short on a span of earnings goals, thereby leaving hundreds of millions they are still due from a $4 billion squeeze of a company.
But that fighters will Ari Emanuel, Dana White and co. gaunt on to assistance meet their targets?
Fortunately for them, McGregor will eventually be back, possibly sooner than White has let on. There’s also an outward possibility that Rousey reinvents herself and earnings before a finish of a calendar year, yet we wouldn’t count on it. The fugitive Diaz brothers are also in a mix, as is a post-suspension Jon Jones, breakthrough star Cody Garbrandt and several others.
What follows is a outline of a 17 biggest income fights the UFC could book in 2017, grouped by luck (long shots, somewhat likely, really likely) and accompanied by their particular one by 17 ranking formed on offered power.
Note: One important repudiation is Brock Lesnar, who is eligible to return from a doping cessation in July. The former heavyweight champion has not sealed a door on a intensity return, though he is financially set with a WWE and not even Dana White is assured in him creation it behind to a Octagon. As a result, Lesnar only missed a “long shot” list.