The expectation has been that Conor McGregor is going to fight Nate Diaz next, but at a Q&A event on Friday, the UFC’s lightweight champ left the door open to a couple of other fights.
If you follow MMA news regularly, then you know that the consensus has been that McGregor – Diaz III is at the top of most folk’s lists, in terms of who the Irish star will battle next. The theory is that since it’s likely the biggest fight the promotion can offer McGregor right now, in terms of dollars, it’s going to happen.
But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t people who want to see McGregor fight the winner of Tony Ferguson – Kevin Lee, which will go down next Saturday for the interim, 155 title. Not surprisingly, McGregor was asked about his next bout, and the outspoken fighter had this to say about Ferguson – Lee (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I’m happy they’re fighting. This is what I wanted because they’re all bums at the end of the day make no mistake about that. I’m just happy they’re fighting. I just want to see them compete.”
“I’m just going to put a few options out there and see what bounces back. It’s got to excite me, let me see what these two fools do this weekend. We’ll see what the energy is like.”
McGregor also relayed that he’d be interested in fighting Paulie Malignaggi in the cage, and he also wants to run it back with Floyd Mayweather. In addition, the star also mentioned Diaz as an option.
Before McGregor faced Mayweather, he expressed an interest in fighting Nurmagomedov in Russia, and the champion repeated that at the event.
“Obviously, Khabib in Russia would be a great one. It would be a crazy one. We’ll see what happens. I’ll need to see him make weight though. There’s no way I’m going over there and he’s not making weight. I need assurance.”
So, what can we take out of all this? Well, if Ferguson or Lee can score an electrifying win at UFC 216 next Saturday, then it sounds like they could jump up in the queue, in terms of McGregor’s next bout. Especially if the winner calls out McGregor, and pressures him to take that bout.