Although a scrap between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor would likely be one of the biggest in UFC history, Dana White wants the latter to rematch Jose Aldo next.
Following McGregor’s decision win over Nate Diaz in August, there’s been a ton of speculation and talk about what’s next for the featherweight champ. Immediately after UFC 202, White reported that McGregor would need to defend his 145 title next, or he’d be stripped. McGregor, however, has argued that won’t happen. He’s also only reportedly interested in fighting Alvarez next.
Well, last week White reported that the UFC has offered Alvarez a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, and not McGregor. Then it was reported on “UFC Tonight” that McGregor is injured, but, a follow up report shot that down. Since then, White has spoken with Yahoo Sports, and the UFC boss man had this to say about McGregor:
“Conor’s foot is hurt, but he thinks he can fight,” White said. “I want him to fight Aldo.”
White was also apparently asked about why the UFC wants Nurmagomedov to fight Alvarez, and he noted that the latter is “the No. 1 contender.”
It’s been fascinating to watch all of this go down, although sure, a fight booking would be nice. Chances are McGregor – Aldo II won’t be as big as Alvarez – McGregor, but it looks like the UFC wants to take control of its championship picture here instead. Aldo was promised a unifying championship fight next, after he won the interim title in July. As far as Nurmagomedov, this is a guy who’s never lost and has won seven straight UFC bouts.
Although, it’s not like McGregor – Aldo II will struggle to move pay-per-view buys either.