Conor McGregor survived a five-round war with Nate Diaz and escaped with a majority decision win at UFC 202. What’s next for the UFC featherweight champion? A third fight with Diaz? A rematch with Jose Aldo?
It was established by UFC President Dana White that McGregor will be defending the featherweight title whatever the outcome of his match with Diaz was. However, the Irishman seems to be uninterested in fighting Jose Aldo again.
“It’s hard for me to get excited about that, especially after his last performance. It was a decision, he didn’t go out and get it. He didn’t go out and get it like I wanted him to get it. So I don’t know, we’ll see,” McGregor said, via FOX Sports.
The 27-year-old MMA star hinted that he has a lot of options and he could even go outside the sport. Here are the five possible options for Conor McGregor and what’s next for him.
- Rematch vs. Jose Aldo to determine the Undisputed Featherweight Champion
Yes, McGregor does not want to fight Aldo again but their fight still has the potential to draw a lot of people. Dana White also threatened that he will strip McGregor of the UFC featherweight title but the champ is not worried.
“We’ll see. How can they do that? What would that do to the division if the guy I KO’d in 13 seconds is the unified champion, so we’ve got a lot to talk about,” McGregor said.
Aldo was impressive in his latest win against Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 to become the interim featherweight champion. Based on Connor’s comments following his fight with Diaz, he wants to move up to the 155-pound division.
- Lightweight Title Match vs. Eddie Alvarez
Eddie Alvarez wanted the winner of the Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz match after winning the lightweight title last July 7 against Rafael Dos Anjos. The new champ seems to be looking for a big money fight and McGregor is capable of giving him that. The Irishman wants to be a two-division world champion and he needs to defeat Alvarez to do that.
“These guys who are part of the circus, they’re getting paid a lot of money, so I want to be part of the circus for a little bit. Give me that fight. Anybody who wins that, I want to join the circus. Let me be a part of it just for a little bit,” Alvarez said, via MMA Weekly.
- Third Fight vs. Nate Diaz
Fans would love to see a third fight against Nate Diaz and it seems to be the best option for Conor McGregor. He wants the next fight to be in the lightweight division and Diaz is a natural 155 pounder. The first two fights have been very entertaining and a third match is going to be a much-anticipated event.
- Boxing Match vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Conor McGregor is very open to fighting Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match but it is far from possible. “Notorious” wants to have the bigger fight purse but “Money” will never let that happen. Also, Conor will just get schooled in boxing or even in running from an opponent by Floyd.
- Appearance at WWE WrestleMania 33
The fighting Irishman made a lot of enemies after calling out WWE superstars. Many believe that it was just a work to hype the UFC 202 match. However, it should be noted that the WWE allowed Brock Lesnar to appear at UFC 200 last July which means the UFC will be returning the favor.
If Ronda Rousey is not available, Conor McGregor would be a perfect replacement to appear at WrestleMania 33. The WWE would get a lot of buzz if they can make it happen while McGregor makes a ton of money.
Conor McGregor will likely take a break before deciding on what he will be doing next. One thing is for sure, McGregor is going to choose which fight or venture will give him the most money.
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