After Conor McGregor defeated Nate Diaz at UFC 202 on Saturday night, there were a bunch of questions thrown his way in the post fight presser about what his plans are going forward. Will he fight Jose Aldo again and defend his Featherweight title, or maybe jump up to 155 lbs and maybe fight the newly crowned champion, Eddie Alvarez? McGregor said that he has “many things in the “pipeline”.
Let’s take a look at some of the options he has going forward.
1. Trilogy Fight With Nate Diaz– With the fight purse and PPV numbers off the charts, this fight needs to and will happen. The only question is when? It probably won’t be McGregor’s next fight because Dana White has stated that Conor must defend the 145 lb title or lose it. There’s no way that Diaz could make 145 lbs, so it’s highly unlikely.
2. Rematch With Jose Aldo For Featherweight Title – During McGregor’s post fight presser, he was asked about the rematch with Aldo. He was very iffy about wanting to commit to that fight. He was clearly pissed off about how Aldo had to back out once, and the fact that he disposed of Aldo in 13 seconds in their title match. “It’s hard for me to get excited about that”, said McGregor. “I did almost a two year dance with that boy”.
3. Title Fight With 155 lb Champion Eddie Alvarez – This is who I believe Conor should be fighting next. To take that next step in his career, Mystic Mac has to step into the Thunderdome and take on the monsters that live here. The 155 lb division is absolutely stacked with guys that have the style that McGregor has never faced (except for a late replacement in Chad Mendes), cardio wrestlers who can throw bombs. If McGregor is going to fulfill his dream of being the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at once, why not go right after the top dog at 155 lbs? The amount of trash talk that these two could dish out during the buildup to this fight would be absolutely epic. Alvarez has been pretty vocal about how he thinks McGregor is not a very good fighter and would get destroyed by any of the higher ranked guys in the 155 lb division. “I would LOVE an easy fight”, Alvarez has said multiple times when asked about the possibility of the match up.
4. “Welcome to 155 lb” Fight With Anthony “Showtime” Pettis – Pettis has been a bit of a mess ever since he lost his lightweight title to Rafael Dos Anjos. After losing three straight fights to Dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez, and Edson Barboza, Pettis is looking to get off the schneid against Charles Olivera on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night Vancouver. Pettis’ high risk and high flying attack would be awesome to see against McGregor. The speed and athleticism that would be on display inside the octagon would be incredible. The only problem is that McGregor would never take this fight if Pettis loses to Olivera. Do I think this fight would ever happen? No. But if The Notorious one feels like taking a fight to get a feel for the division, this could be fun to watch.
5. Unfinished Business With Urijah Faber – This NEEDED to happen after the two of them coached against each other on The Ultimate Fighter. Faber has been up and down in the latter stages in his career, but if there’s anyone who deserves a “money” fight, it’s Faber. The guy has been one of the main fighters in the promotion for years and is a fan favorite. Faber would obviously need to come up to 145 lbs, but I don’t see why he wouldn’t do that, but would McGregor stay there for this fight?
I’m guessing McGregor probably won’t fight again until UFC 207 in December. Conor seems to have taken to Las Vegas and probably only wants to fight in either Vegas or Dublin. UFC 207 in December seems like the right amount of time for most, if not all, of the fighters that I have mentioned as possible opponents for The Notorious one.
Who do you think will or should be McGregor’s next opponent?