The Fight With Conor Mcgregor
It’s difficult to imagine, but it’s been more than 150 days since Conor McGregor shattered his leg in a first-round TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
The Irishman is on his path to recovery and appears to be making plans for his comeback, recently informing his Twitter fans that he intends to be back to MMA sparring in April and back in the Octagon shortly after.
In a recent edition of The Jim Rome Podcast, UFC President Dana White added to the increasing McGregor comeback speculation by providing some light on the former two-division champion’s mind.
“He’s itching to go back in there and compete again,” White added. “Starting training again in April is probably about appropriate.” With all indicators pointing to another McGregor bout in 2022, the big issue is who will be on the other side of the cage.
His crushing loss to Poirier, his second in a row to the American, will most likely take him out of contention for the lightweight title for the time being, but he still has plenty of fascinating possibilities.
Continue reading for our picks for the five finest battles for the Irishman.
This will most likely always be McGregor’s biggest bout. Nate Diaz is not just one of the few competitors on the UFC roster who can compete with the Irishman in terms of star power, but they’re also 1-1 in their past two fights.
Diaz and dos Anjos first met in March 2016, when Diaz took over for Rafael dos Anjos on an 11-day notice. The Stockton, California native won the fight via second-round submission, delivering McGregor his first loss in the Octagon.
They fought again five months later, and the Irishman evened the score, edging Diaz by a majority decision in one of the finest bouts in UFC history.
With McGregor coming off back-to-back defeats to Poirier and Diaz, as well as losses to Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal in his previous two fights, the trilogy makes more sense than ever. The UFC matchmakers appear to have saved it for a rainy day, and it doesn’t get any larger than this.
Diaz isn’t McGregor’s only potential opponent, according to Kavanagh. The trainer has also indicated interest in a battle with Tony Ferguson, the former interim lightweight champion.
According to Kavanagh, McGregor and Ferguson have never fought in the Octagon together, which is remarkable given their tenure at the top of the UFC lightweight division.
In an ideal world, they would have fought in 2017, when the Irish star was still the undisputed lightweight champion and Ferguson was the temporary champion.
Having said that, it still makes a lot of sense now, owing to the fact that both fighters have fallen on bad times. Ferguson is going through a worse time than McGregor, having lost three straight fights against Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, and Beneil Dariush.
Both lightweight legends are desperate for a victory. Put them up against one other on a summer pay-per-view. Then see who can prove who is still the division’s best fighter.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor have previously fought three bouts. The Irishman won their first fight. A featherweight match in 2014, by first-round knockout, but he was stopped in the next two at lightweight.
Many people appear to believe that their rivalry has been decided in Poirier’s favor at this time. McGregor and his legions of followers, of course, disagree.
McGregor was emphatic after his third battle with Poirier that the defeat was a fluke. He stated that he wants a fourth fight with the Louisiana native. And, because he is still the most famous fighter in MMA history, the UFC will at least listen to him out.
Poirier, of course, will have to agree to that in order for it to happen. While he’s now focused on a lightweight championship chance against Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 this weekend, he’s made it plain that caring for his family will always be his top priority.
He can be persuaded to fight McGregor again if the appropriate deal is offered.
McGregor and Max Holloway may not have the same history as McGregor does with Nate Diaz or Dustin Poirier. But, they have battled previously.
They faced up in the featherweight class in 2014, with the Irishman coming out on top by unanimous decision. The competition was both definitive and unspectacular, making a sequel superfluous. McGregor became the first fighter in history to hold titles in two weight classes at the same time. Taking the featherweight and lightweight belts the same. Holloway, who has stunning wins over Yair Rodriguez and Calvin Kattar. The one who has established himself as one of the most dominating champions in featherweight history.
Both guys have established themselves as two of the finest fighters of all time. The reason enough to schedule a rematch. However, the rematch is all the more intriguing since McGregor and Holloway are in the same peculiar situation. Neither man holds a UFC championship, but they are both the greatest stars in their respective weight classes.