Conor McGregor: What’s Next?
An MMA Maverick
It’s hard to figure out where Conor McGregor’s head is at.
He held out from media obligations for UFC 200, and soon thereafter declared his retirement. He was subsequently taken off the UFC 200 card, but later announced via Twitter that he was back on.
Dana White held his ground, upholding the UFC media expectations for fighters – and now Conor McGregor fans are left in limbo. There’s no ‘Super’ fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. to look forward to, and there don’t seem to be any concrete plans in place at all.
Maybe losing to Nate Diaz really did get into Conor’s head?
It’s difficult to formulate a logical prediction, when it comes to what the future might hold. With a transcendent star like McGregor, we can’t look to another athlete, from either past or present, and say “Hey, he’s following the same path as Tyson” (or whomever).
Conor has has his own unique arc and trajectory. Since he first entered the MMA scene, he’s taken the world by storm – like never before. It’s gotten to the point where he has quite a bit of influence.
At the peak of his powers, both physically and professionally, McGregor could go virtually anywhere from here. He’s by far the most attractive fighter when it comes to MMA paper view numbers, and it’s not even a close choice. There’s really only one person who can compare. And that’s Ronda Rousey.
What We Do Know
One thing we know for sure, is that Conor McGregor is in it for the money. He’s obsessed with fighting, and looks to capitalize on his skill set whenever he can. And who could blame him? We all want what we’re worth in the end.
It doesn’t seem at all likely that a ‘Super Fight’ with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is in the works. There are simply too many obstacles to pass and too few people willing to make concessions.
Mayweather may have offered McGregor $50 million to fight, but that’s a pittance compared to what the fight will bring. There’s speculation that an event of this magnitude could bring close to a BILLION dollars. 50 million is just a drop in the bucket – chump change, believe it or not.
Not to mention, Conor is still under contract with the UFC. There will be mountains of paperwork, and many, many hours of negotiations for something like this to take place. Corroborating the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight was an easy task in comparison with what McGregor vs. Mayweather would be like.
A Nate Diaz Rematch?
At this point there are a couple of good options for Conor McGregor. He can try to avenge his loss to Nate Diaz or he can move back down to the Featherweight Division and take on the winner of Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar.
Given Conor’s original demand for a rematch, this would seem the logical conclusion.
But that is more of an educated guess.
Conor clearly intends to do whatever it takes to stay at the top. So don’t expect him to vacate his belt in the Featherweight Division. If he does indeed face Diaz for the second time, look for him to drop back down to 145 afterward.
Dana White recently met with McGregor to smooth things over, and after the whole ‘retirement’ debacle, it seems the meeting went well. All signs point towards a productive future for the duo. Now we just have to see what happens with the Diaz camp. According to reports from yahoo.com all is not necessarily well in Stockton.