For months, there’s been no shortage of talk about who Conor McGregor will battle in the Octagon next, and it looks like we might have an answer to that question soon.
Prior to McGregor’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in August, and immediately after his loss, the consensus was that a rubber match with Nate Diaz would come next. But, since Tony Ferguson submitted Kevin Lee at UFC 216 to become the interim lightweight champ, a lot of folks have argued “El Cucuy” should be next for McGregor. In fact, UFC President Dana White has said that McGregor – Ferguson needs to happen, and that there’s been no talks about a third fight with Diaz.
Well, recently McGregor sat down with Entertainment.ie to discuss the new Conor McGregor: Notorious documentary. During the interview, the lightweight champ was asked about his next bout, and McGregor said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I’ve got everyone clawing at me, trying to get at me, and that’s from multiple sports, multiple organizations, multiple everything,” McGregor said. “It’s been like that for a long, long time, I feel, so it’s just another day for me. I know there are many contenders in the UFC. There are many boxing contenders as well. What interests me is certainly a UFC bout, certainly a defense of my lightweight title. There is a fighter with the interim lightweight belt. I feel that will be next. We’ll see how negotiations go.”
“The Diaz trilogy is also there,” McGregor added. “I can defend my belt against Nate. Maybe we can persuade one of these boxing opponents to step into the Octagon, or there’s also boxing bouts as well. So, there’s so many options. I feel to legitimize the belt — there’s an interim champion, I’m the unified champion — I feel that will be next. We are currently in contract negotiations, and we’ll see where it goes.”
So, increasingly it is looking like Ferguson could be next for McGregor, which is a good thing. After all, it’s been nearly a year now since McGregor won the 155 title, and he has yet to defend it. Could all the parties still be waiting to see if Georges St-Pierre defeats Michael Bisping on Saturday?