What’s Next For Conor McGregor?
The dust has settled from what was a crazy event almost 3 weeks ago at UFC 202. Conor McGregor avenged his loss to Nate Diaz in dramatic fashion, and made a huge statement in doing so.
What’s Next For Conor McGregor?
Fights of this magnitude tend to not live up to the hype; you only have to look at Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao’s bout in 2014 for a fight that didn’t deliver on the drama. But, at 202, McGregor & Diaz, went to war for 5 rounds, with momentum continually shifting throughout the bout. After 25 minutes, it was McGregor’s hand that was raised, and rightfully so, which has put him back on top of not just the MMA world, but the combat sports world in general.
The Irishman now holds all the chips again; a 2nd loss to Diaz would have been extremely detrimental to his career, and would have no doubt meant a return down to the 145lb division. Now the options at his disposal are numerous.
Eddie Alvarez (155lb champion)
‘The Underground King’ Eddie Alvarez has been around the sport for years. He made his name in the Japanese promotion Dream, where he got to the final of the Lightweight tournament before pulling out due to injury. From here he joined the number 2 promotion in America, Bellator. Here, he won the lightweight title and successfully defended it, and was involved in some spectacular fights along the way. His battles with Michael Chandler were absolute classics, and his last fight in Bellator and 2nd with Chandler; was an instant classic, which saw him reclaim the title he had lost in the prior fight between the two.
For those that have only seen his UFC career, you could forgive them for thinking he’s a boring fighter, however his knockout of Rafael Dos Anjos to capture the title was spectacular, and was a long time coming.
Rumours are swirling that this fight will take place at UFC 205, which will be the company’s first event at Madison Square Garden, and it would make sense to have McGregor on a card of this magnitude.
Current odds: (Paddy Power) Conor McGregor 8/15 Eddie Alvarez 6/4
Jose Aldo rematch (145lb interim champion)
Jose Aldo is a hundred times better than he showed himself to be in the first fight. He was undefeated for 10 years and at the time was the only featherweight champion in the organisations history. It was very evident that McGregor got into his head during the build up to this fight, and too see him get starched in 13 seconds was truly unbelievable.
In his comeback fight, he dominated Frankie Edgar for 25 minutes en-route to recapturing an interim title, which had been created in McGregor’s absence from the 145lb division. Whether or not McGregor returns to the division is another thing entirely, as his coach John Kavanagh has openly spoke about his desire to see McGregor compete at 155lb’s.
Current odds: (Paddy Power) Conor McGregor 4/6 Jose Aldo 6/5
Nate Diaz Trilogy
The second fight is on course to be the biggest non-boxing PPV in history. Everyone would tune into this third fight, however it looks like the least likely option of the 3.
Promoter Dana White has publicly stated that he has no interest in currently making the rematch, yet it would be hard to imagine it not happening at some point in the future.
Current odds: (Paddy Power) Conor McGregor 4/9 Nate Diaz 13/8