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Conor McGregor Return? A Few Fights That Could Be Great

Conor McGregor is possibly the biggest name in all of combat sports. According to much of the news circling in the sports world, McGregor and Frankie Edgar have called on the UFC to make a fight happen. While this would be a pretty good fight to watch, I have a few in mind that would be pretty awesome to see.

Tony Ferguson

Honestly, who in the world would not want to see this? Two knockout artist going toe to toe. Tony Ferguson, a guy who is willing to come forward and go to war at any moments notice with anyone. Ferguson’s fight record currently sits at 25-3. He has 12 KO/TKOs, 8 submissions and a 5 decisions. He currently is coming off of 3 finishes over Kevin Lee, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone. There would be no better time for a Conor McGregor vs. Tony Ferguson than now. The likelihood of this happening is very slim, considering that Ferguson is more concerned about getting the Lightweight strap but we can dream right?

Justin Gaethje

This would be a incredible matchup. Justin Gaethje is another guy who is incredibly tough and is willing to stand and bang with anyone. This fight would be an absolute barn burner. Justin Gaethje is coming off of 3 finishes by the way of KO/TKO over James Vick, Edson Barboza, and Donald Cerrone.

Donald Cerrone

Donald Cerrone would not only be a good matchup for McGregor, but these two dislike each other as well. Their beef stems from the UFC Go Big event back in 2015, when Cerrone called out McGregor after McGregor was calling the lightweight division the “stuck in the mud” division. Cerrone is coming off of two TKO losses to Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson, but I believe that if he rested up for a solid 6 months to a year, he’d be ready to throw down with Conor. Their backstory combined with the matchup would just be a fun event.

Dustin Poirier Rematch

Dustin Poirier has reinvented himself since switching back over to the Lightweight division in 2015. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current Lightweight Champion, is Poirier’s only loss since 2016. Dustin is way more of a complete fighter at 155. I believe that if Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier ran this one back at 155, it’d be a much better fight than their previous fight at 145 in 2014.

The Winner Of Nate Diaz vs Jorge Masvidal

Its a win/win situation here. Whoever wins this fight would absolutely be primed for either a title shot or a big time money fight. Not that Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal isn’t a big money fight as it is, but it’s clear both Diaz and Masvidal have expressed in the past just how much they want to get their hands on Conor McGregor. Nate and Conor, as far as I’m concerned have some unfinished business. At some point, the trilogy fight needs to happen.

Colby Covington

Could you imagine the trash talk at the press conferences? An event between these two would certainly generate a lot of animosity. Many critique Covington for being too much like Conor McGregor, for his trash talk. But much like McGregor, Covington has proved that he can fight. He’s got a gas tank that can last 5 rounds. I believe a fight between these two would not only be entertaining throughout the build up, but could potentially be a great fight.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

As lopsided as their first contest was, we definitely need to see these two run it back at some point. It’s the big elephant in the room. Khabib completely dismantled Conor in every phase of the fight. He hurt McGregor where he’s best at in the standup exchanges and then trash talked him throughout the fight during a vicious onslaught of ground and pound leading all the way to a neck crank submission victory. For legacy, McGregor should want this fight as soon as possible. It would be interesting to see if Conor could bounce back and fix his mishaps in this particular matchup. Plus, this fight ended with much controversy after the fact, with both corners brawling. These two clearly have things to settle.

Honorable Mentions

There are plenty of honorable mentions for who I’d want Conor McGregor to face, mainly in the featherweight division. But seeing that Conor really has no reason to kill himself going down to 145 for a division he swept years ago at this stage of his career, I wouldn’t call these fights “must see”.

Jose Aldo. Some people to this day say this was a fluke. Many want this rematch to happen, but to me…it’s water under the bridge now. With everything that’s happened since, it really makes no sense. McGregor starched Aldo inside a few seconds. I don’t see the appeal this many years down the road, all though it would be a huge fight for Jose’s legacy.

Max Holloway. Max has mentioned in the past that he’d like to face a more healthy McGregor. But Max couldn’t get it done versus an unhealthy Conor McGregor, so I don’t really see the appeal for the casual fan. Max is a great champion and has plenty to do right where he’s at. Perhaps if he decides to move up weight later, the appeal would be there. This would be a good fight at 155. As a fight fan, I wouldn’t mind a rematch.

Brian Ortega. I believe Ortega presents some challenges to Conor McGregor that would make for an interesting matchup. Ortega has an arsenal of grappling which is where McGregor has historically struggled.

Tyron Woodley. I remember a time where it was speculated that these two had some beef. Tyron Woodley vs. Conor McGregor at welterweight I feel would make some waves. They are the same size in height and reach, both have power in their hands and both are very smart fighters. With all the other matchups Conor can have at the heavier weight classes, I just don’t see this fight as appealing as say a Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz or Jorge Masvidal. I’d still definitely pay to see it though.

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