Conor McGregor spoke to Caroline Pearce at An Evening with Conor McGregor held at Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo venue where he laid out possible options for his next fight.
“I’m sitting on a loss in my mind, so I’m just seeing what options are there. An option; there’s an interim belt on the line right now – that’s an option.
“Of course the Nate Diaz trilogy fight is there. Maybe one of these boxing guys…maybe Malignaggi would come over and do an MMA bout…or Floyd, maybe I could entice Floyd back.
“We could either do a rematch in boxing, or like he said originally, we’ll do an MMA fight next. They are the options that are on the table for me right now.”
McGregor then turned his attention to the Kevin Lee vs. Tony Ferguson fight.
“I’m happy they’re fighting. This is what I wanted because they’re all bums at the end of the day make no mistake about that. I’m just happy they’re fighting. I just want to see them compete.
“Too many of them pull out right at the wire and we’re still not at this fight yet, so I’m just going to pray that this one goes ahead. Of course Nate is still there waiting, but he’ll be left waiting until we figure something out.
“I’m just going to put a few options out there and see what bounces back. It’s got to excite me, let me what these two fools do this weekend. We’ll see what the energy is like.”
Talk turned to Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov and his history of pulling out of fights.
“Again, (Khabib) that’s another option. That’s definitely an option. As I said earlier about the other two that are fighting, I’m just happy to see them fighting.
“There’s also that Gaethje guy, he’s fighting another guy that I fought for the title, Eddie Alvarez. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens there. He’s an undefeated fighter and Eddie could come back.
“I just want to see them fight. They’re talking about me fighting? I’m the one going into other peoples’ domains and fighting. They’re sitting on Twitter typing away and complaining. I’m in there trying to do it.
“Obviously, Khabib in Russia would be a great one. It would be a crazy one. We’ll see what happens. I’ll need to see him make weight though. There’s no way I’m going over there and he’s not making weight. I need assurance.”
As has everyone else, McGregor weighed in on the Georges St-Pierre vs. Michael Bisping fight.
“It’s another money fight, even though he’s been retired. I don’t know, I think he’s going to get his ass whooped by Bisping. To be honest I think it’s a mistake for him to step in at that weight after so long out.”
Grocke’s Point of View: McGregor sprays to all fields here. While it makes sense for him to keep his options open, there are only two fights that make sense to me. From the UFC’s perspective I can understand why they would want McGregor vs. Diaz for a third time, but if it was my decision, I would put McGregor back in the cage against the winner of Ferguson-Lee. I’m all for moving divisions forward instead of holding them up for big money fights.
There are two fights I am vehemently opposed to, McGregor in a rematch against Floyd Mayweather and McGregor vs. Pauli Malignaggi. I could be wrong, but I don’t see Mayweather vs. McGregor II capturing the public’s attention anywhere near the way the first fight did. Not only that, the fight and the outcome would play out the exact same way. To me, a McGregor-Malignaggi fight makes no sense. Not only would the fight not draw huge numbers, but the amount of time it would hold up the UFC lightweight division isn’t worth it.
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