It’s been just about three months since UFC 229 happened. The event that stopped McGregor’s momentum like a heavy freight train. Khabib Nurmagomedov showed The Notorious One that he is the pound for pound best in the lightweight division at the moment. Entering that event Conor McGregor was riding high from the biggest sporting event in history: Mayweather vs. McGregor. I feel as though due to the invincible feeling Conor had, he overlooked Khabib and honestly didn’t even show him the respect he deserves in the cage. One thing about Conor is that he really tries to run through guys. Instead of going at a steady pace, looking for the left hand, he plays it too aggressively. And that is where he gets in the most trouble. See the Floyd fight, the Diaz first fight and the Khabib fight. I feel that’s something he really needs to focus on. But hey, what do I know.
So let’s look at what’s next for Conor McGregor and who his return fight may be against…
Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor 2
Aldo is currently ranked number 2 in the featherweight division. He’s also been very vocal that he would definitely be interested in getting a shot at redemption after Conor knocked him out in 13 seconds at UFC 194. Aldo currently has a record of 24-4 and on a two-fight losing streak with his most recent loss to Max Holloway at UFC 219 back in December of 2017. I feel this would be an entertaining fight but it most likely won’t happen. Conor won’t fight unless it’s a big money fight. And I think this one just isn’t it.
Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor 3
Now this is a money fight. Conor lost to Diaz in their first fight at UFC 196 by rear naked choke. Conor got redemption by winning a decision after a 5 round war. Conor has already stated he is willing to fight Nate again. However, the problem is Nate is a complete pain in the rear. According to Dana White, Nate has been offered many fights and has declined every one. When asked about a possible trilogy fight with Conor, he replied with a strong ”I don’t want a f*cking third fight”.
Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 2
This is Conor’s most likely next fight as Dana White seems to really like the idea. Poirier is on an impressive 4 fight winning streak (not including 1 no contest). Dana has also said the winner of this possible fight would get a title shot. It’s been over 4 years since they’ve fought at UFC 178 where Conor won by a first-round knockout. It’s safe to say that these two are now much different fighters. This would be a very interesting rematch.
Now there are many other possibilities such as;
Donald Cerrone: Cowboy has a fight coming up against Alexander Hernandez at the UFC’S premiere on ESPN in January. Furthermore, Dana White has already stated that Cerrone vs McGregor is not going to happen.
Tony Ferguson: Tony is the #2 ranked fighter in the lightweight division. Dana White has been hinting at a fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov for the Lightweight strap.
A fight between Ferguson and McGregor would be the fight I and millions of UFC fans want to see. This is the fight to make. But, the only problem is that as I stated above – Ferguson is next in line for a shot at the belt. It’s also important to mention that Dana White did express that a tournament including Khabib, Ferguson, Poirier, and McGregor could be in the works. Now that sounds like fun!
A rematch with Khabib is always going to be an option, but Dana seems to be leaning more towards the tournament – mentioned above – as a major possibility that could already be in the works. If this happens then we could see Conor McGregor face any one of the fighters listed above. Then at the end – if Conor beats them all – we could potentially be seeing the Diaz vs McGregor trilogy fight, the Poirier vs McGregor 2, or even Conor McGregor vs Tony Ferguson!
I’m leaning towards this being the case. It sounds too perfect to pass up. I mean, a tournament? Come on, that sounds absolutely epic!