5 Great Matchups for Conor McGregor
Dana White has made it crystal clear that Conor McGregor won’t be fighting until May, due to a child on the way. With family (and I’m sure a bit of training) on his mind, who would McGregor’s best suitor be for when he comes back to the UFC? Here are five possible PPV options:
5. Tony Ferguson
As the previous champion of The Ultimate Fighter (season 13), Ferguson has gone on to dominate the lightweight division, with an overall record of 22-3.
Ferguson is currently ranked #3 in the lightweight division, but has won each of his last nine fights, with five submissions during that span.
Ferguson wouldn’t draw as much of a rivalry picture as others may, but he has more than earned his shot at McGregor. I would expect a fight against Ferguson to be the most realistic expectation for McGregor, but I know that the nation wants to see McGregor fight someone higher on the list.
4. Tyron Woodley
Tyron Woodley is probably the least realistic fight for McGregor to have in May, but boy, wouldn’t this be exciting?
The two have generated a lot of heat during UFC 205 press conferences, and it’s hard to ignore the rumors that McGregor and Woodley do indeed want to fight.
According to McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, he believes this matchup would be ideal for McGregor, simply because it’s an opportunity to earn another belt to his legacy.
While I do hope this fight somehow happens between Woodley and McGregor, I think the next names are more realistic and must-see events.
3. Nate Diaz
According to Forbes, another McGregor vs Diaz fight would be one of the best events (financially) in 2017 in all of sports.
Both of the first two matchups have been some of the best television the UFC has provided in years, and I wouldn’t be surprised if both parties try to plan a third match.
Dana White has gone on record to say he does not want another McGregor vs Diaz fight, but the numbers could persuade White to invest into this idea once again.
While I doubt that Diaz would move down a weight class to fight for McGregor’s belt in the lightweight division, don’t put it past McGregor to move up once again to fight Diaz.
2. Jose Aldo
The last time McGregor and Aldo squared off, McGregor knocked Aldo out in 13 seconds. While many overlook Aldo, he is without a doubt one of the best fighters in lightweight history.
Aside from the loss to McGregor, the only other loss Aldo has suffered was back in November of 2005 against Luciano Azevedo.
The 30-year old I’m sure is eager to get back into the octagon against McGregor, and this without a doubt could be an upcoming fight for the two parties down the road.
1. Khabib Nurmagomedov
This is a name that not many can pronounce, yet everyone should respect. With an overall record of 24-0, Nurmagomedov has taken the UFC by storm and has dominated each opponent in his way.
Nurmagomedov has noted on multiple occasions that he wants to face McGregor and even have his way with him. I couldn’t imagine a better dream matchup of prime versus prime for two of the most electric fighters in the lightweight division of the UFC.
If Dana White has any sense, he will work night and day to make this matchup possible between McGregor and Nurmagomedov.
Conor McGregor will destroy Mayweather.
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