ROUNDTABLE (pt. 1 of 2): Win or lose, what division would you like to see Conor McGregor continue to fight in and what fights would you most like to see?

Conor McGregor (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today Sports)

Win or lose, what division would you like to see Conor McGregor continue to fight in and what fights would you most like to see in that weight class?

NICK GRINUPS, MMATorch contributor

I would like Conor McGregor to vacate his belt and stay at lightweight. He has already beaten Aldo, Mendes, and Holloway at featherweight and the 155 lbs. weight class is one of the deepest weight classes in the organization. There are at least five or six guys I would love to see him matched up with in the Lightweight Division. Edson Barboza, Donald Cerrone, Tony Ferguson, RDA, Nate Diaz 3, Khabib Nurmagomedov would all interest me very much and I think could make the more exciting fights.

MATTHEW PETERSON, MMATorch contributor

Win or lose, it’s got to be lightweight for Conor McGregor. If he wins, he bails on the Featherweight Title and defends against Tony Ferguson or possible Khabib Nurmagomedov if he wins on Saturday. If he loses, I say he still fights Ferguson in a no. 1 contender match for the quickest path back to the title. So long story made short, win or lose, McGregor fights Ferguson next at lightweight.

ROBERT VALLEJOS, MMATorch contributor

I don’t know how well he would fare, but I do believe that the more interesting Conor McGregor fights will take place in the Lightweight Division. In some ways it seems that McGregor has graduated from being a featherweight. If he were firmly entrenched as a lightweight. McGregor could have amazing fights with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Tony Ferguson. Plus, if McGregor agreed, I’m sure Donald Cerrone would return to middleweight to face McGregor. Not to mention the fact that McGregor-Diaz III can happen without disrupting any divisions.

MATTHEW ECOCHARD, MMATorch contributor

Lightweight could definitely be the most interesting division for him. He cuts way too much to make it down to featherweight, while welterweight leaves him looking smaller than most in that division. Two fights I would love to see him take would be with Tony Ferguson and a trilogy with Diaz in his more native weight class. Both of those bouts would be big money bouts and some very entertaining striking affairs.

JASON AMADI, MMATorch contributor

I’d like to see ConorMcGregor continue his UFC career at 155 pounds. He ran through the Featherweight Division and doesn’t ever need to drain himself to make that weight again. He’s a star, he’s already won that championship, and it’s a bad look for the sport’s biggest star to ever take to the scale looking like a white walker from “Game of Thrones” again.

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