Who will Conor McGregor fight next? All the latest news and rumours
UFC superstar Conor McGregor recently crossed over into boxing to face Floyd Mayweather but, despite a valiant effort, was ultimately stopped in Las Vegas by the undefeated ‘Money’. A return to the Octagon is likely on the cards for the Irishman, therefore, so we look at when the next McGregor fight is likely to be – and who he might face-off against. Will there be a Mayweather vs McGregor 2? It’s time to find out.
Don’t get your hopes up, pugilism fans – Mayweather vs McGregor 2 probably isn’t going to happen, at least not in this lifetime. The outspoken MMA icon knows he’ll lose to to the equally brash American in the boxing ring, and it’s a case of vice-versa when it comes to Mayweather competing in UFC.
However, it’s looking increasingly likely that a UFC return for McGregor is on the cards – and the next McGregor fight could come as soon as 2018.
Conor McGregor recently took to Instagram to insist that he “is fight again. Period.” He then threw down the gauntlet to his UFC rivals, saying:
“I am the best at this. I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need…I am here. It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here.”
The 29-year-old McGregor is still technically the UFC lightweight champion – though the belt will almost certainly be on the line when Tony Ferguson takes on Khabib Nurmagomedov in April at UFC 223.
The winner of that match is likely to be in a prime position to face McGregor, who will almost certainly want his title back.
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However, the rumour mill first points to a McGregor vs Diaz 3 fight – which would arguably be a bigger spectacle than Ferguson vs Nurmagomedov. Sorry, not arguably – it would be.
There’s an outside chance that McGregor vs Diaz 3 could feature at UFC 223, but we wouldn’t count on it. It’s a showdown that deserves – and will get – its own headline billing, so pencil that one in (highly speculatively) for UFC 224, which is in May.
Other options include UFC 225 in Chicago in June or UFC 226 in Vegas in July – although that event is already set to be headlined by Miocic vs Cormier.
Plenty of the smart money will be on a high-profile holiday season return for McGregor, so it’s worth noting that UFC 232 on December 29 – again in Las Vegas – would provide the perfect platform for the ‘Notorious’ to mark his return to UFC.
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