Now this will be a real fight that everyone wants to see…

After all is said and done, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor experiment didn’t work. OK, the Irishman put up a decent enough showing, but for MMA to really win against boxing, McGregor would’ve needed the knockout.

He arguably did better than most MMA fighters would against a defensive genius like Floyd. For now, it’s surely back to MMA for the Irish star and a lightweight division that’s been without a leader for some time.

With Kevin Lee vs. Tony Ferguson coming up for the interim title, you’d think the winner would face the reigning champ. It’s not that simple, though…

Aug 26, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. lands a hit against Conor McGregor during a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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After the loss to Floyd on Saturday, there are many options. According to McGregor’s manager, there’s only one fight that really interests ‘The Notorious.’

“He wants that trilogy (with Diaz),” Attar told MMAjunkie. “You’ve got Khabib calling him out, then you obviously have Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee who are fighting for the interim lightweight title. You have Max Holloway, who is the 145 champ now, who Conor beat after blowing out his ACL at the beginning of the fight. You have options, and he loves mixed martial arts.

“Everyone is like, ‘Oh, he’s going to retire – he made so much money.’ He’s ambitious. He’s super ambitious, and he loves to fight. He loves to compete and he’s a superb professional athlete. So there’s much more of Conor McGregor that everybody will see, and we’ll see what’s next.”

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McGregor bloodied Diaz in their first bout at UFC 196, but was eventually submitted in a crazy finish…Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

History of Violence

Unless you blew into MMA on the Mayweather vs. McGregor hype train, you’ll know Diaz has been the toughest test of McGregor’s MMA career. Attar continued:

“He’s so critical of himself,” Attar said. “He’s already watching film and dissecting his performance and what went wrong and it really reminded me of (the first) Diaz fight. You saw him there, humble in defeat, retool, learn, grew, came back in the rematch and looked like a different fighter. It kind of had that feeling. Bittersweet, but nonetheless I’m super happy for him.”

“We proved the naysayers wrong in more than one way,” Attar said. “Whether it was to step in the ring against Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match or whether it was to land punches, or whether it was to go as far as we did … Ultimately, look – we felt it was an early stoppage. But nonetheless, hat goes off to Floyd – it was his night. You’re going up against arguably the greatest boxer of our generation, in his sport. I’m proud of Conor.”

Diaz hasn’t fought since the UFC 202 rematch with McGregor, and has said he’ll only fight his Irish rival and nobody else.

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