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Return of the Mac: 3 Potential Opponents for Conor McGregor

Varun Bhat
06 April 2022

The sport of Mixed Martial Arts since its inception has seen a lot of stars but none of them have managed to reach the heights a man from Ireland named Conor McGregor has. Since his professional debut in 2008, Conor McGregor has risen to success in MMA by becoming the first two-weight division champion in the UFC by winning titles at both Featherweight and Lightweight simultaneously.

In this process, 4 of 5 events Conor McGregor main evented are ranked among the top 5 PPV draws in UFC History, making him the biggest name in the fight game. Conor McGregor also fought arguably the greatest boxer of our generation in Floyd Mayweather and managed to hold his own. Since fighting Floyd, Conor has had a bit of a downfall losing 3 of his last 4 fights in the UFC.

Apart from being the biggest name in the fight game, Conor achieved success with his business ventures like Proper 12, and August McGregor among others which made him the highest-paid athlete on the planet in the year 2021.

In his last fight in 2021, Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier via doctor stoppage and suffered a broken tibia. Since then, Conor has not fought in the Octagon and today we look at 3 potential opponents we might see The Irishman face in his return to the famed UFC Octagon.

Dustin Poirier

It was back in 2014, that Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier locked horns for the first time. Conor managed to stop Dustin in the very first round. Since then, they both have fought two more times with Dustin being victorious in both. In this series of 3 fights, both fighters have said nasty things about each other and have developed a rivalry which they will look to settle in the Octagon.

Nate Diaz

When you speak of the best rivalries in Mixed Martial Arts, You can't ignore mentioning Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz. Conor and Nate have fought twice in the octagon with Nate Diaz winning the first fight via submission and the second fight was won by Conor via decision. This rivalry has had every ingredient needed to make the fans excited and hence the first fight is the 4th highest PPV draw in the UFC and the second fight is the second-highest PPV draw in the UFC.

The two fighters will definitely be looking to settle the rivalry by completing their trilogy and when that happens, We can expect every PPV record to be shattered.

Jorge Masvidal

We all know that Conor McGregor loves money. And being the biggest name in the fight game, Conor McGregor manages to get the viewers to tune in. One such guy who comes close to Conor in these terms is none other than the BMF Champion Jorge Masvidal.

Having fought at Welterweight before, Conor McGregor vs Masvidal simply makes sense, because both fighters have exchanged words about each other and as fans, there are two things we can expect if they fight. The first is an absolute war and the second is for all PPV records to be shattered.

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Regardless of whom Conor McGregor fights, One thing is assured when the Mac returns, the world will know!

Let us know below whom you think Conor McGregor should fight on his return to the octagon.


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