Conor McGregor is knee deep in promoting his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather next month in Las Vegas. He and “Money” Mayweather went on a whirlwind media tour last week that was mostly theatrics and part spectacle to drum up attention for what could be the biggest boxing match of all time.
Many have wondered if McGregor will want to come back to the UFC to defend his lightweight title after cashing a seven figure check for his part in the epic boxing match. You would have to wonder if “Notorious” would be motivated to come back to the Octagon after making so much money boxing. McGregor hinted that he is interested in possible fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia later this year Friday afternoon.
“That’s certainly an option that I’m exploring. That would be a spectacle. It would be like something out of Rocky. I suppose this whole story is like a Rocky story, right? So why not face a man in his home country in a crazy place like Russia?”
Nurmagomedov is 24-0 and is one of the top contender’s for the UFC lightweight belt and a fight with McGregor would be a huge fight for the UFC to pull off in Russia. The only problem is that the Russian lightweight has issues staying healthy and being able to compete. In March Nurmagomedov had to pull out of a fight with Tony Ferguson before the weigh-ins due to problems cutting weight. In 2014 and 2015 he had to pull out of two fights against Donald Cerrone after an issue with his knee. If I’m Dana White I make Nurmagomedov fight one more time against Ferguson or Justin Gaethje to prove he can stay healthy before I spend a bunch of money promoting him as the #1 contender in a title match against McGregor.
Another potential fight for McGregor is Nate Diaz. The two have fought twice in 2016 with both men winning one apiece. Diaz submitted McGregor in March. In the return bout McGregor won a majority decision over his rival. Dana White has the rubber match in his back pocket and can pull it out anytime he needs a big pay per view main event as long as McGregor is willing to return to the UFC.
We’ll have to tune in next month to see if McGregor can beat Mayweather in a boxing ring. Then we can start trying to figure out his UFC future, if there is one.