Dan Hardy Believes Conor McGregor Will Chase After Jorge Masvidal and His BMF Belt

Published 01/17/2021, 10:40 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor of Ireland reacts to his win over Donald Cerrone in their welterweight fight during the UFC 246 event at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC analyst Dan Hardy spoke to ‘Seconds Out’ ahead of UFC 257 that takes place on Fight Island. The former welterweight contender is present on-site for commentary and broadcasting duty and was the play-by-play voice for Fight Island 7. Chiefly, Hardy is known for his in-depth analysis and fans simply can’t get enough of the Brit.

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Dan Hardy shared his views on a fighter that is often the talk of the town-Conor McGregor. He had plenty to say about the McGregor vs Poirier 2 grudge match that sits atop the aforementioned pay-per-view spot. Furthermore, his analysis also expanded into a prediction realm as he chimed in on what’s next for McGregor.

Dan Hardy looks ahead at what’s next for the Irishman

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Hardy had an interesting insight about the game plan that McGregor will undertake once his bout against Poirier wraps up. From his standpoint, McGregor will look to capture yet another title in the organization and will aim to be ‘champ-champ’ once again. Moreover, he arrived at this conclusion by considering the fact that McGregor has never yet defended a single title.

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)

“This is the third time he’s fighting at 155, and every single fight has been for a title. This is the first time that it’s not. That just shows you the kind of person he is and the kind of opportunities he creates…Like McGregor doesn’t have to earn his stripes quite like everybody else does so that’s slightly different and I think that might hang over him cause that allows him to leapfrog people and somewhat bypass some of the records he’d probably like.”

‘There’s lots that Conor McGregor can do in the game’- Dan Hardy

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Hardy believes that a Jorge Masvidal fight also lies in Conor McGregor’s future. ‘Gamebred’ holds the ‘BMF’ title and is one of the biggest pay-per-view stars behind the Irishman. A fight between the two blockbuster stars would certainly garner a lot of attention.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Jorge Masvidal of the United States is awarded the belt by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson after his victory by TKO on a medical stoppage against Nate Diaz of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

“I would say he wants a couple of title defenses. I’d say he wants the 170-pound belt as well. It wouldn’t surprise me if he wants to hold two belts simultaneously as well. Obviously, it’s not going to be 145, I can certainly see him going after the 155 belt and maybe up to 170 and then settling for a BMF title shot against Masvidal. There’s lots of things that McGregor can do in the game and none of them are about money.”

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McGregor seems like he’s all-in to pursue a focused run at the lightweight title and fans have created the ‘Motivated McGregor’ moniker. If all goes to plan, there’s a good chance that Conor fights three-times a year in several high-profile match-ups.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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