“It’s the Only One That Makes Sense on Fight Island” – Daniel Cormier Shares who Conor McGregor Should Fight Next

Published 05/19/2020, 3:40 AM EDT


Justin Gaethje trounced Tony Ferguson in the main event of UFC 249 to become the Interim Lightweight Champion. As a result, the landscape of the Lightweight division changed, with Conor McGregor having a shortage of top-level opponents. Daniel Cormier offered his views on a potential opponent for ‘Notorious’, who is eyeing a July return.

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Daniel Cormier suggests who Conor McGregor can fight 

‘DC’ made the suggestion on his weekly ESPN MMA show ‘DC & Helwani.’ The suggestion was an enticing one, with loads of history to spice up a potential encounter. 

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“If Khabib’s fighting Gaethje in September. Conor fights in July vs ‘Big Nate’, ‘Nasty Nate’, the third fight… This is the one. It’s the only one that makes sense on Fight Island.”

Nate Diaz submitted ‘Notorious’ to hand him his first defeat in the UFC 196 in 2016. Five months later at UFC 202, the Irish fighter returned the favor via a unanimous decision win. 

In both fights blood was drawn, however, McGregor said, “it was Nates blood on me.”

The duo is interested in the fight. Nate Diaz asked ‘Notorious’ to shut his b***ha** up. The 3rd ranked Lightweight fighter replied, “Shut your eye lid and sign the contract.”

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Diaz has been out of action since losing to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244. He, too, is without a suitable opponent and is due a return to the Octagon. He would be eager to bust ‘Notorious’ open and prove to the world once in for all that he had done so on both previous occasions. 

Meanwhile, ‘Notorious’, who pursued endeavors outside the Octagon said he wants to make up for the lost time and fight thrice a year. He beat Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 and would have to fight soon if he is to attain his goal. 

Dana White downplayed the fight as he thinks they are “just talking s*it to each other.” However, with DC’s comments, the fight is back in the limelight and has momentum.

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Will we see the trilogy fight take place at Fight Island? It will certainly be the massive big name fight to kick off the UFC’s Fight Island program.

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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