Arriving at UFC 264, the query was if Conor mcgregor nonetheless had what it took to compete among the many 155-pound elite of the UFC.
In abstract, the fracture he suffered was the very best consequence that might occur to him, since if it had not been for that harm, every little thing pointed to a brand new defeat by TKO by the hands of a Dustin Poirier that, in accordance with the scorecards of two judges, he (deservedly) took the primary spherical by a 10 – 8.
With Dana White Eager about scheduling, as ridiculous because it sounds, a fourth combat between Poirier and McGregor, the truth is that the primary simultaneous double champion in UFC historical past gives the look that he isn’t there to aspire to greater than cash fights.
With this in thoughts, I suggest three potential fights for the Irishman that might properly fill his pockets much more or, maybe, return him to containment posts.
3. Islam Makhachev
Nothing will carry out Khabib Nurmagomedov retirement, but when McGregor’s thirst for revenge is such, then what he ought to be trying for is a combat with the fighter closest to the Dagestani: Islam Makhachev.
Even earlier than Nurmagomedov hung the gloves on the UFC 254Makhachev, quantity 9 within the standings, was seen because the eventual successor to the Russian, and his seven-game successful streak helps him.
Makhachev heads the UFC Las Vegas 31 of this saturday earlier than Thiago Moises, and if he wins, he wouldn’t solely safe a number of spots to advance within the rankings, but additionally the precise to demand what can be his first combat with a famend Light-weight that brings him nearer to a beginning shot, and that might properly be McGregor.
2. Nate Diaz
Nate Diaz – UFC
Since McGregor equaled the collection within the UFC 202 greater than 5 years in the past, the potential of a trilogy with Nate diaz it has all the time been latent. Though it should be admitted that with the passage of time, and the defeats that each have been accumulating (shared file of two – 5), it makes it a placing pairing at finest.
In fact, if McGregor is attempting to steer his profession into a brand new reign, a possible win in opposition to Diaz wouldn’t do a lot for him because the combat would doubtless happen within the welterweight division, and it’s not like beating Diaz (15 – 11 within the UFC) ensures title alternatives. Ask Leon edwards.
Nonetheless, that is essentially the most winnable – and most worthwhile – combat that McGregor might be supplied, whether or not at 155 or 170 kilos.
1. Rafael Dos AnjosRafael Dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor | Picture: BloodyElbow
Maybe among the finest unification fights to ever occur in UFC historical past. To date.
Rafael Dos Anjos was going to satisfy his first second as king of the Livianos going through McGregor, champion of the Feathers, within the UFC 196, however an harm to the Brazilian brought about him to be dropped from the cardboard, which not directly ended the profession of Nate Diaz, a alternative who ended up giving the hit of the 12 months.
After a brief stint at 170 kilos, ‘RDA’ is again among the many Livianos, and whether it is to re-pair him with McGregor, then the time is now.
Just one field within the rating separates each fightersAnd a Dos Anjos out of his finest kind, from a UFC matchmaker’s perspective, doesn’t pose a lot of a danger that might jeopardize McGregor’s remaining credibility – and profitability.
If to all this we add that after so a few years the Brazilian remains to be within the sights of the previous double champion, as a result of even the promotion has already been carried out.
For my part, McGregor vs. Dos Anjos is a no brainer.
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