Dana White recently claimed that the UFC shouldn’t have even booked Conor McGregor for welterweight fights against Nate Diaz, but Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager says those comments were just negotiating tactics. How so?
Well, the lightweight contender’s manager is Ali Abdelaziz, and he was a recent guest on MMA Junkie Radio. Since Nurmagomedov is right there in the title shot hunt, of course, the subject of a bout with the lightweight champ McGregor came up.
Abdelaziz shot down a recent report that a bout between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson has been booked for March 4th. He also, however, said this (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“Let me make a prediction: McGregor’s next fight is going to be Tyron Woodley for the welterweight title,” Abdelaziz said. “This is the fight that’s going to happen. Every sign is this is going to happen.”
Now these comments are certainly going to raise eyebrows around the game. And as far as White’s statements about Diaz being a “massive guy”, and that’s why the UFC isn’t looking at McGregor – Diaz III? As noted above, Abdelaziz says that was all a “negotiating tactic”.
Could this really happen? If you say there’s no way, then you haven’t been following Mr. McGregor closely enough. If the Irish star decides that he wants to fight Woodley, and that’s the only bout that interests him, the UFC would likely book it. It would be a massive, massive fight.
McGregor won the lightweight title in November by stopping Eddie Alvarez. He never defended the featherweight belt he won last December, by knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds.