With Conor McGregor’s lengthy awaited go back to the octagon set to finish, it sort of feels the Dubliner is already having a look past his October sixth showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor took an interview with MMA journalist Andrew McGahern for his information outlet The Mac Life, and published that he used to be to begin with hesitant about potentially having to fight Anthony Pettis and Tony Ferguson will have to Nurmagomedov pull out of UFC 229:
I’ve been already mapping out what I need to do subsequent, I do know there may be Pettis and Ferguson is within the co-main. Originally a month or two in the past when that used to be introduced as co-main I used to be like ‘man, if Khabib bottles this fight like he has bottled many fights before, if he bottles this one… I don’t believe I give a fuck about the ones different two, no disrespect to these different two, I do not give a fuck about the ones different two to step in, I feel I most likely would have just disappeared again into the shadows and were given that man elsewhere.
Looking to the longer term, McGregor seemed to level to a few doable fit u.s.a.that would intrigue him including the winner of Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier, with a trilogy fight with Diaz a matchup that has been a lot touted through McGregor prior to now:
I’m already mapping out what is subsequent in my head, I do know Dustin and Nate is competing, I do know the 170 pound belt has additionally been defended, I do know Tyron the present welterweight champion is itching for that one, like all of them fucking are. I do know Georges (St Pierre) is in there take a look at slicing at 155. I do know everyone seems to be round having a look. But I’m right here and I’m in a position and I’ve were given my eye on everybody.
A fit in opposition to both Georges St. Pierre or Tyron Woodley would each be large fights to make for the UFC, with the possibility of McGregor retaining a belt in some other weight department or going up in opposition to St. Pierre each tantalising choices.
GSP has spoken about the potential for fighting McGregor before, telling the MMA Hour again in March that despite the fact that McGregor will be the very best fight to take from a monetary perspective, a ‘legacy fight’ is what pursuits him probably the most:
The factor is, Conor McGregor, money-wise, I imagine is the person who can put probably the most cash at the desk. However, I feel legacy-wise, I don’t assume he’s the man that legacy-wise.
I imply, money-wise, for individuals who don’t seem to be large enthusiasts of MMA, they know who Conor McGregor is. He’s the primary man, he’s the man who introduced the game to another degree. He’s, I’d say, probably the most charismatic man. He sells, the most important supplier within the recreation. But discuss legacy. If I come again for legacy, that’s what pursuits me probably the most, greater than the cash. Money, sure, it’s just right, but when I come again, it will be extra for a legacy fit.