With Mega-Money Deals on the Horizon, the Big Question for Conor McGregor is Who Should He Fight Next…

Despite getting beaten up badly by Khabib Nurmagamedov, there’s little doubt that he remains the UFC’s biggest draw – at least for now. His reaction to losing was to tour the US, promoting his whiskey at American football games, lapping up his fame. Khabib’s fame has increased, but mostly in the Muslim world, where’s he been meeting international leaders.

Even though he’s said that he wants a rematch against Nurmagamedov next, McGregor is – according to Dana White – willing to get in line. What does that even mean? A rematch against Dustin Poirier? That’s highly unlikely. Whoever he decides to fight next, ‘The Notorious’ needs to think very carefully about who he’s going to fight next.

Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting options for McGregor post-Khabib. We’ve tried to keep it realistic, with a couple of wild cards thrown in there. Don’t take it too seriously!

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The Rematch

McGregor should not be looking for this fight just yet. There is no reason to believe that the result would go any other way, and now that Khabib has experienced a McGregor event, he’ll be even more confident of beating the Irishman. Another loss to Khabib would effectively remove any chance he has of getting the lightweight title back, as long as the Russian is champion. Let Tony Ferguson or GSP deal with him first.

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The Trilogy

On paper, this is the fight that makes the most sense. It’s not going to break records, but it will sell well. McGregor has beaten Diaz in the past so he’d at least be confident coming into it. Assuming that it would be at lightweight this time after their previous clashes were at 170, this would give McGregor the physical edge as he’d be cutting less weight than Diaz. Putting the trilogy to bed would also get Nate Diaz back in action, for the first time since 2016. Diaz is the ideal sparring partner for McGregor – both inside and outside the cage.

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The Legend

Now this one is unlikely simply because Anderson Silva is a natural middleweight. However, money talks and if the 42-year-old could agree to a catchweight, stranger things have happened. McGregor stimulated the rumours of this fight when he told Ariel Helwani he’d love to fight a legend like the Brazilian. Silva saw dollar signs and has been calling McGregor out ever since. Quite simply, this isn’t going to happen.

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The Training Partner

Once again we’re pushing the boundaries of possibility, but you have to blame Eddie Hearn for this one. Earlier this week Eddie Hearn confirmed that they were going to run some numbers past McGregor’s team about fighting Paulie Malignaggi on the new DAZN streaming platform. The pair hates each other so there would be genuine venom if it were to materialise, but would it sell? The novelty of McGregor boxing has worn off. This fight is not impossible but it is unlikely. The UFC would want a massive piece of the pie.

Who would you like Conor McGregor to fight next?

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