Not Kamaru Usman, Conor McGregor Tipped to Fight UFC Fighter He Has a “Gag Order” Against Amidst Khabib Nurmagomedov Bus Incident Fallout

Published 04/30/2022, 9:13 AM EDT

Chael Sonnen has an opponent in mind for the highly awaited return of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor.

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The former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger offered a name for the Irish superstar that’s brought seldom when discussing potential opponents for the biggest PPV draw in the promotion’s history.

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While discussing Daniel Cormier’s comment that Conor McGregor perhaps should take a tune-up fight as suggested by Joe Rogan and Mike Tyson, Sonnen pointed out one opponent that, like McGregor, has fought in both lightweight and welterweight divisions.

‘The Bad Guy’ offered ‘Maverick‘ Michael Chiesa as McGregor’s next opponent. Sonnen said, “That’s the one that has absolutely never been discussed by anybody [against Conor McGregor].”

Sonnen continued, ” I personally believe that there’s a gag order. I personally believe there’s a reason that Chiesa has never called out McGregor.” Thereafter, Sonnen talked about the incident ahead of UFC 223, where Conor McGregor threw a dolly at a bus that had Khabib Nurmagomedov in it.

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Important to note that Chiesa was on the bus too, and unfortunately he got part of the glass into his eyes during the incident. Hence, following the incident, Chiesa had a legal battle with ‘The Notorious.’

Is Michael Chiesa vs. Conor McGregor a realistic matchup?

Conor McGregor is the biggest moneymaker for the UFC. A McGregor fight is a spectacle of the highest magnitude. Thus, the UFC always looks to put ‘The Notorious’ in the biggest matchups possible.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Conor McGregor of Ireland enters the Octagon before facing Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Also, the list of fighters that want to throw down with the Irish superstar is way too long, and Chiesa perhaps wouldn’t make the top five of it. Thus, it would be a false hope to anticipate a matchup between ‘Maverick’ and ‘The Notorious.’

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However, according to Sonnen proposed, “That’s a very interesting match from a stylistic standpoint. That checks a lot of boxes.”

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Indeed, the matchup on paper, purely stylistically, is very captivating. That said, a showdown against the winner of Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson would make more sense and would be a more fun fight for the UFC fans.

What do you think of Chael Sonnen offering Michael Chiesa as the next potential opponent for Conor McGregor? Share your thought in the comments section.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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