Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (20-4-0) was forced to pull out of the UFC 234 main event due to a hernia injury sustained less than 24 hours prior to the bout. Following this common but disappointing occurrence, fighters on the UFC roster took to media outlets to express their willingness to step in for Whittaker to save the UFC 234 main event.
One tweet in particular received high appraisal and subsequent criticism. Conor “The Notorious” McGregor (21-4-0) tweeted Feb. 9, “Book it. I’ll fight Nate on it.”
The Ireland native McGregor has remained an MMA sensation since entering the UFC octagon in 2013. In just four years, McGregor strung together nine wins and only one loss.
In December 2015, McGregor captured the featherweight belt by way of knockout in just 13 seconds against Jose Aldo (28-4-0) who was ranked the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
McGregor took his first loss in the octagon against California native Nate Diaz (20-11-0). They fought one more time at UFC 202 in 2016 and McGregor came out of the five round war victorious, evening the series.
McGregor went on to win the lightweight title just three months later against Eddie Alvarez (29-6-0) at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden. This event marked the first time in UFC history that a fighter has ever held two championship belts in two separate weight divisions at one time.
In 2017, at the pinnacle of his success, McGregor transitioned to the boxing arena to take on arguably the greatest boxer in history, undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. McGregor lost this bout in the tenth round by technical knockout. However, to many speculators, McGregor was winning the fight up until the fourth round which is impressive given Mayweather’s extensive prowess in the boxing game.
Following McGregor’s boxing debut against Mayweather, McGregor took a year-long hiatus from fighting to promote his newly established whiskey company, Proper No. Twelve, which has reportedly done well despite negative reviews on taste.
McGregor returned to the octagon in last October to take on undefeated juggernaut Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0-0) at UFC 229 in 2018. McGregor lost this bout via submission in the fourth round. Following his second loss in the octagon, fans are beginning to wonder if the notorious one will ever return to previous form. If he does return, who are his prospective opponents?
McGregor will likely have to compete against another opponent in the lightweight division before a potential rematch with Nurmagomedov which would likely be number two ranked lightweight Tony Ferguson.
Additionally, McGregor has stated before that he looks to eventually grant Diaz a trilogy fight. The trilogy between McGregor and Diaz is incomplete each having bested one another once.
However, the fight everyone would like to see is the potential fight between long time legend George “Rush” St. Pierre (26-2-0) and McGregor. GSP recently returned to the octagon to fight for the middleweight belt in late 2017 after a five-year hiatus and was victorious.
Certainly the fight for the sport would be McGregor versus Ferguson however, the money fight and potentially most significant fight in UFC history would be GSP versus McGregor which could unfold in the future.