UFC Star Conor McGregor Reveals The Toughest Opponent He’s Ever Faced & It’s Not Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published 10/05/2022, 6:00 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Conor McGregor has fought the best fighters in multiple UFC divisions. The ‘Notorious’ has tested his mettle against the likes of featherweight legend Jose Aldo, lightweight phenom Khabib Nurmagomedov, and former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, to name a few. However, according to McGregor, one fighter stands above the rest in sheer toughness.

Recently, the ‘Notorious’ one hosted a Q&A session with his fans on Twitter. He answered several questions and gave predictions for upcoming fights in the UFC. McGregor also answered a fan’s question regarding his toughest opponent ever.


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Conor McGregor names his toughest opponent to date

Conor McGregor is one of the biggest combat sports athletes ever. He is the biggest star in the UFC’s history and also a former champion in multiple weight classes. He fought several elite fighters across multiple divisions on his rise to the top. Recently, ‘Mystic Mac’ named the one opponent he considers the toughest of all his foes- Stockton’s own Nate Diaz.

One of the biggest rivalries in the history of the UFC has to do with the Diaz-McGregor fight. The pair fought each other twice in 2016 and are 1-1 in their rivalry. It all started with Diaz’s infamous rant on McGregor. The two fought for the first time after Diaz stepped in on short notice to replace Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196. In a shocking turn of events, Diaz subbed McGregor via a rear naked choke in the second round after being battered bloody in the first.


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Hell-bent on leveling the score, McGregor called for a rematch and the pair met in the octagon again at UFC 202. McGregor dominated the early rounds, but Diaz successfully weathered the early storm and found success in the later rounds. The pair went the full distance back and forth. McGregor got a majority decision win, making them one apiece.

Will there be a Diaz-McGregor 3?


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With Nate Diaz exiting the UFC after a win against Tony Ferguson, the chances of a trilogy fight against McGregor get slimmer. The two men often engage in back and forth on Twitter. However, there are only speculations about a third fight as of now.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: (L-R) Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Both Diaz and McGregor have stated on occasions that a third fight is inevitable. Prior to his fight at UFC 279, Diaz told media that the third McGregor fight is “for sure going to happen at some point.” He added that the timing is not right at the moment, but “when we match up, we’re going to match up.” 


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Diaz just launched his own promotion ‘Real Fight Inc’. Adrien Broner also recently called him out to box him. With several roads in front of him, when do you see Diaz fighting McGregor a third time?



Yeswanth Praveen

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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His interests mainly lie in the realm of MMA, bodybuilding, and the fitness industry. He finished his Master's in English literature from EFLU, Hyderabad.

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