UFC 264, arguably the biggest night of the year for the UFC, hosted several eye-catching moments. From a jaw-dropping injury that left the main event in disarray to a macabre injury in the preliminaries, numerous fighters have come out injured for wear and tear.
While losses are just a hard fact of life in the UFC (unless it’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, of course), some of last night’s losers are in more trouble than others.
As the dust begins to settle and the consequences of last night’s struggles become clearer, it is clear that some stars are struggling to move forward. Whether it’s physical problems from being horribly hindered or statistical problems from too much loss, this lot is probably nervous right now.
Here are three fighters from last night whose UFC careers could be in jeopardy:
# 3. Former candidate for UFC female flyweight champion Jessica Eye
‘Evil’ was found to suffer from a horrible forehead cut last night. Jessica Occhiu was opened during his first war with Jennifer Maia. Wearing a crimson mask after a test match in the second round, Eye fought valiantly until the end of the third round.
Unfortunately for the former flyweight title candidate, the judges ruled in favor of Maia, who made the unanimous decision to win. With this loss, Jessica Eye is now on a three-fight skid. His win-loss record is currently at less than 15-10 stars.
Despite its popularity, Eye’s advancing career prospects are quite bleak. The chances of her pulling out another career return in 2018 seem unlikely. Another loss puts her on par with her infamous 2015-2016 four-match losing streak.
Without any appearance of a title shot in sight, Eye may need to reformulate completely if he wants to stay in the game going forward.
# 2. Former Thompson of UFC welterweight champion Stephen Thompson
Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson dream of challenge Kamaru Usman can stay right after last night. In a semi-main draw that went into the distance, Thompson was dismissed for a unanimous decision against Gilbert Burns at UFC 264.
Thompson has been very vocal in his challenge test for the UFC welterweight crown in recent months. The Kempo coach has not had a crack in the gold since his loss to then-champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 209 in 2017. Now, having lost to Gilbert Burns, who was beaten well by Usman in UFC 258, Thompson may be out of reach completely.
At 38 years old and now with five losses to his name (four of which have happened in his last seven encounters), Thompson is in serious danger of falling into the boyhood order. A popular veteran of the game, it can be assumed that Thompson’s employment status will remain at least stable. The problem is that the pundits have said similar things about the likes of Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem …
# 1. Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor
Is the game over?
The UFC’s biggest mainstream star has claimed the most gnarliest break this side of Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. After an unparalleled person coming under the belt, an uber-confidant Conor McGregor came assaulted in UFC 264. A win would almost have guaranteed another blow to the title’s slight glory.
Unfortunately for ‘The Notorious’, it hadn’t been. McGregor’s ankle decided to impersonate a spine at the end of the first round. He lost his UFC 257 match with Dustin Poirier thanks to the calf’s kicks, McGregor lost this grace to lose control of his calves.
Founded while his hated rival was celebrating another victory, a furious McGregor let himself be blown away during his post-fight interview. McGregor has won only twice in the last five years. The injury he suffered last night could threaten his career. In view of the part of Everest’s money that he put on him, Conor McGregor has no real need to fight again.
If he tries to get back online, there’s a good chance that his drawing power won’t be quite what it used to be. As funny and outrageous as the Irish antiquity can be, they need to be sustained in order to be effective.