Speculation about Conor McGregor and his upcoming fight continues to rage as the Irishman continues his rehabilitation after a broken leg.
Left beaten, bloodied and ultimately shattered, “The Notorious” lay on the floor of the Octagon in July after sustaining the debilitating injury to Dustin Poirier.
That meant his two lone fights in the calendar year, both against Poirier, ended in loss after being knocked out by “The Diamond” in their second fight at UFC 257 six months earlier. .
Yet despite his absence from the sport and his shoddy record (a lightweight victory in 2016), it’s likely the Irishman could fight for the 155-pound belt afterwards.
Current champion Charles Oliveira raised the possibility of a fight with McGregor as early as June when he beat Michael Chandler to win the vacant title.
‘Do Bronx’ has always admitted that the lure of fighting McGregor, the greatest cash cow in UFC history, attracts him even though Justin Gaethje would deserve more than the No.1 spot under the usual circumstances. .
Yet when the former two-weight world champion is fighting, there are no normal circumstances as the bar is continually being raised higher to accommodate the records broken below.
Daniel Cormier thinks that “it’s about dollars and cents”, a company in which McGregor is unmatched when it comes to UFC fighters.
“Honestly, I really believe there are different rules when it comes to Conor,” the former heavyweight champion said on Tuesday in a conversation with The Schmo.
“And people may not like him, people may hate him, but if he’s healthy and he starts chirping, Oliveira responds to him, and if there’s fan interest I can see a world where it happens [this summer].
“It would piss off so many people, but at the end of the day it comes down to dollars and cents. »
For those who doubt that McGregor (ranked ninth in the most recent UFC rankings) can usurp Gaethje (ranked first), this could just be a repeat of history.
In September 2016, UFC president Dana White vowed that Khabib Nurmagomedov would get the next hit against lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, despite speculation McGregor would step up.
At the time, the Irishman was the featherweight champion and had just recorded a decisive victory over Nate Diaz in the welterweight to avenge the only loss he suffered in the company at the time.
Having never fought at 155 pounds under the UFC banner, speculation was largely driven by McGregor himself as he spoke of replicating his Cage Warriors success when he held two titles simultaneously.
Shortly after denying that McGregor would face Alvarez at UFC 205 and telling a fan on Twitter, “That’s not true, that’s not Khabib,” the UFC chief duly booked the fight for Madison Square Garden.
Indignant and injured, the Russian competitor took to Twitter to write: “I have two fighting agreements that the champion bull *** refuses to sign. I got used to forcing Conor and Eddie to kneel down and beg all the time.
“For the record, @Ealvarezfight and @TheNotoriousMMA fear me, I’m just a man. Your time will come to lay hands on you.
As the world knows, McGregor was going to knock out Alvarez in two rounds the same night Khabib punched Michael Johnson in New York.
It created a unique narrative around the Russian and the champion, which would culminate in a bitter and bitter battle at UFC 229 two years later.
Now, almost six years later, history threatens to repeat itself once again.
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