Who Should Conor McGregor Fight After UFC 264?

Published 07/03/2021, 2:48 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor reacts before taking on Donald Cerrone in their welterweight bout during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Conor McGregor is one of the most talked-about athletes the world has ever seen. He fought his first MMA bout on 8 March 2008 with a dream to become the best mixed martial artist. After almost fighting for four and a half years, he entered the UFC with a lot of steam behind his name. The personality of the young Irish fighter blew even the UFC president Dana White away.

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McGregor had an unmatched persona with great conversation skills. He talked the talk and when the time came to perform; he walked the walk. The Irishman took the world of combat sports by storm and transformed the fight game forever. He pulled off pay-per-view numbers, which were never seen by the promotion before.

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McGregor took the UFC to a whole new level as it reached new heights in every department. During this historic journey, he also had some iconic matches where he developed great rivalries. Some of them being against Dustin Poirier, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jose Aldo, Nate Diaz, and many more.

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After making millions of dollars, ‘The Notorious’ still remains active for the love of the fight game. Now, he is ready to face Dustin Poirier in a trilogy fight at UFC 264. Win or lose, the trilogy bout will end with the rivalry between the duo, at least inside the octagon.

So, what’s next for Conor McGregor after UFC 264?

If Conor McGregor wins the trilogy fight

The UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira seems to be the next potential target for ‘The Notorious’. McGregor will once again try to make history by reclaiming the lightweight gold. His last title fight came in against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

ROCHESTER, NY – MAY 18: Charles Oliveira stands in the octagon during a lightweight bout against Nik Lentz at Blue Cross Arena on May 18, 2019 in Rochester, New York. Oliveira defeats Lentz in the second-round by TKO. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

A win over Poirier will almost seal the deal and put him in the number one contender spot. Olivera will look to accept the offer as it’s the biggest fight he could ever get in his MMA career.

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McGregor fought the biggest fight of his career inside a boxing ring. This was an exhibition bout which featured two top talents from two different sports. Floyd Mayweather, the undefeated boxer, battled ‘The Pride of Ireland’ in one of the biggest money fights in the history of boxing. Mayweather won the fight, but McGregor looked promising as a debutant.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor come face to face during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at SSE Arena on July 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

McGregor believes he could beat the undefeated boxer if they ever meet again. On the other hand, Mayweather thinks of it as an easy payday and is open to fight again. Hence, ‘Notorious’ could return to the boxing ring on a high if he beats ‘The Diamond’ on July 10.

If McGregor losses the trilogy fight

Fans could expect another trilogy with the Stockton native Nate Diaz as the old rivals have some unfinished business at 1-1. The rivalry began when Nate Diaz battled McGregor at UFC 196. The fight was originally planned between Rafael dos Anjos and Conor McGregor, but Diaz stepped up after ‘RDA’ had to pull off because of an injury.

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Everyone was rooting for the Irishman, but little did they know that Diaz was about to surprise the entire world.

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)

Diaz stopped his opponent in the second round by a rear-naked choke, marking the start of a rivalry. The duo met in an immediate rematch after five months where McGregor made adjustments and showed the heart of a warrior to earn a majority decision win.

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Who would you pick as the next best opponent for Conor McGregor?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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