Conor McGregor Reveals the Toughest Opponent of His MMA Career

Published 08/16/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Former UFC dual division champion Conor McGregor has been an elite-level competitor for UFC for almost a decade. The Irishman has had many battles with other elites throughout his 28 match career. While there are many contenders for the biggest opponent of his career, ‘The Notorious’ one revealed something completely different when asked about the same.

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Recently, the Irishman did a Q&A over Twitter. He answered many questions asked by fight fans. ‘The Notorious’ one talked about his opponents, his verbal clash with Daniel Cormier, his whiskey brand, and many more.

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One fan asked him who is the toughest opponent he ever faced. ‘The Notorious‘ one replied, “The Scale”. While this wasn’t the answer anybody expected, most of his fellow fighters would agree with him on the same.

MMA fighters do a lot of training and preparations for their battles. They indulge themselves in many dieting programmes and gym work to prepare for their matches. However, there is one more thing that is quite essential for their participation, the weight cuts.

Fighters have to prepare themselves not just for fights but also for weight classes. In UFC, there are 12 weight classes. 08 for men and 04 for women. If they don’t make their cuts, either they have to pay some fees from their fight purse, or the matches get canceled.

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Many elite fighters have found it difficult to get past the weight cuts. For example, UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum left his initial welterweight division altogether, as he wasn’t able to make cuts every time.

What can we expect when Conor McGregor makes the return?

McGregor will be out of action for at least a year after snapping his leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. He underwent successful surgery and needs a considerable amount of time before he could prepare for a return.

Since he will be out for a while, there are enough storylines that could be developed until he makes a return. A possible trilogy with Nate Diaz is the best viable option for the Irishman. Just like he had with Poirier, McGregor has a score to topple against the Stockton native. Both are currently 1-1 and would want to end on the winning side.

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The second option could be a fourth fight with ‘The Diamond’. Their much-anticipated trilogy didn’t end the way they would have wanted, so they could be in for a 4th battle. UFC supremo had also indicated about the same after UFC 264.

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No matter who he faces, it will be an interesting matchup both for him and the UFC. He doesn’t have many more left in him, so he would like to make every fight count from here onwards.

What did you make of the toughest opponent Conor has ever faced?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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