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Published On: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Who should Conor Mcgregor’s Next Opponent Be?

He is the man right now perched on the top of combat sports.  The rise in Conor Mcgregor over the last five years is nothing short of amazing, from being jobless to making millions based on his fights.  With the dust on the ‘money’ fight now finally settled the question now is what is next for the Irishman?  Are we even that sure on which sport it will be in?  He has a lot of options; I have been discussing them with my good friend and fellow MMA buff Abhishek Gattani and have decided to run through some points below.

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Tony Ferguson

Due to his endeavours away from the MMA, Conor has not defended his lightweight title in sometime.  Ferguson is currently rocking a ten fight win streak and seems to be getting stronger every time he step into the octagon.  His last fight resulted in Ferguson capturing the interim lightweight title due to Conor’s absence.  Based on that, this is probably the fight that makes the most sense at the moment.  I don’t particularly think it is the massive money fight that Conor is used to but I do think Ferguson would be a worthy opponent.

Nate Diaz

Talking about history, I think we all know that the trilogy fight will happen at some point with both guys sporting a victory over the other.  UFC will be keen as the each fight brought in well over one million PPV buys, so it is a no brainer for them.  Let’s be honest, I am pretty sure all of us would like to see another build up to a Mcgregor Diaz fight.  While this fight makes sense, I would be surprised if it is Conor’s next fight.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

This fight seems less and less likely to happen the longer it isn’t booked.  There has been a lot of tension between the two fighters since the two had an altercation backstage at UFC 205.  Conor is not a fan of Khabib due to issues that he has when it comes to making weight, whilst Khabib sees Tony Ferguson as a better option than Mcgregor currently.  Khabib would cause Conor problems; there is no doubt about that.  However due to Khabib missing weight previously I would be surprised if the UFC booked the fight for Conor’s next fight.  His return is going to be a massive PPV success and the UFC can’t risk Khabib’s weight issues put the fight in jeopardy.

Paulie Malignaggi

To be honest I would be disappointed if this was Conor’s next booked fight.  Whilst the Mayweather fight was fun and the lead up to the fight was outstanding, as an MMA guy there is only one place where I want to see Conor and that is in the octagon, not the ring.  I mean this fight does have legs; the conflict that arose from Paulie working on Conor’s camp is still relatively fresh in people’s minds.  Paulie is desperate to prove himself after he was embarrassed by the footage that Mcgregor’s camp released of the boxer apparently being schooled by the UFC champion.  I mean if this fight happens, I’ll watch it intrigued but out of all the options Conor has available I would be disappointed.       

Author: Anwar Hossain

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