Who's Got Next?
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This is a question that has been circulating some (at least our) MMA circles recently. It just does not seem there is a "guy" in the UFC right now, so who is it? Without Conor being active, who is the face of the organization?
Some people will still say that it is Conor McGregor because he is the biggest name in MMA currently. While that is true, he has not fought since 2016 and most of his headlines are for things not related to the sport. So, as much as I love the man, Conor McGregor is currently not the guy.
It is honestly a toss up. There are a handful of people in the organization that bring eyes into the sport, and most of the best seem to lack a large following. So, to sum things up, I'm going to list a few possible "guys" the UFC could have:
1. Max Holloway
It's the blessed era, y'all. The fan favorite Hawaiian has been growing his fan base with each passing fight. He's a young guy, full of talent, and his fights are fun as hell to watch. Not to mention, he's not afraid of anyone as noted by his attempt to fight Khabib last minute. He only has 123k Twitter followers, but he should certainly have more and look for that to grow in the coming months, especially if he defends his belt.
2. Stipe Miocic
This is simple: he's the baddest man on the planet. He's the heavyweight champion in the best MMA organization in the world. He's simply the best out there. Pair that with his job as a firefighter, and you have a marketing machine. He does well enough on the mic to where he should be a superstar; the UFC just needs to recognize this and push it.
3. Robert Whittaker
This Aussie has all the physical tools to be the UFC's "guy." He's amazing. He is one of the few men to beat Yoel Romero in MMA, and he did it twice. That, paired with a plethora of other impressive performances, and the 27 year-old has built himself a strong resume. He has an awesome (not recognized) nickname. If he would drop "The Reaper" and pick up and embrace "Bobby Knuckles" people would go nuts! It's a whole lot easier to cheer for a guy named Bobby Knuckles. It's practically a fact. Finally, he's got an accent. If he develops a bit of trash talk, don't be surprised if the Aussie is played on TV stations and radio waves everywhere because people love accents more than cool nicknames. Jokes aside, this is a young, tough champion who has a long future ahead of him, so now is a good time to push him as your guy.
All of these individuals can certianly be the next superstar of the UFC. They're all talented, but more importantly: they don't get into trouble and love to fight. These guys seem to genuinely love fighting and proving themselves in a cage, so they seem to be perfect for the organization to build around with their last two megastars leaving the sport for boxing (although he seems ready to return to MMA) and wrestling (God Bless Ronda). And while these people are not yet as well put together as Ronda and Conor were when they became superstars, they have all the tools to, and just need more exposure.
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