It’s that time in the year where fans have their eye on the summer and end of year cards, in anticipation for some huge match-making with the biggest stars in the sport taking center stage.
The UFC has been known to go all out during the July fight card known as ‘International Fight Week’ and end of year card, which isn’t too far beyond the horizon.
There are plenty of exciting 145 and 155 fights ahead of us! Dustin Poirier is scheduled to face Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in September, Tony Ferguson has been hinted to face Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone later this year. Also, Nate Diaz expected to face off against Anthony Pettis in a Welterweight bout and Featherweight champ Max Holloway recently announced to be facing Frankie Edgar.
But where does Conor McGregor fit into the mix?
1.The Winner of Poirier v Khabib
It’s not too far fetched to think that Dana White, will give the green light to the McGregor Khabib 2 bout sometime this year. However, Khabib will have to overcome number one contender Dustin Poirier before anything and is a man McGregor has the previous history with from their fight in 2014. Personally, the Porier fight would be an excellent stand-up scrap, this would be my preferred option and be less one-sided like the Khabib beating was.
Rating **** stars
2.A matchup with Tony Ferguson
Some see Tony Ferguson as the man who should be next in line to face Khabib for his title, but in the past, this fight has fallen through four times! Ferguson is probably the most well-round and gifted 155-pounder in the division and causes serious problems for opponents. McGregor and Ferguson is a bout that is number one on many fans lists, but it’s hard to see the Irishman get back in there with someone who he knows can put him away on the feet or ground. But it would be fun never the less!
Rating ***** stars
3. Why not an Irishman v a Cowboy?
It has been suggested that Donald Cerrone, a man who will face everyone and anyone, at any given time is well up for this fight. Cowboy called out McGregor in his win over Alex Hernandez and recently Al Iaquinta, which fans greatly approved. McGregor and Cowboy would be a clash of styles contest that should provide fans with a potential fight of the night, why wouldn’t you want to watch this?
Rating **** stars
4. Max Holloway at 155-pounds
Max Holloway recently moved up to Lightweight to face off against Dustin Poirier for the interim 155-pound title, in a fight he lost. The Featherweight champion will move back down to defend his title against Frankie Edgar, but the rest of his career does lie at Lightweight with the tougher weight cuts. Why not book this fight for later in the year, with both men who like to keep it on the feet and have fought previously in 2013.
Rating *** stars
5. A rematch with Jose Aldo?
With not much movement in the Featherweight division, would a move up to 155 be beneficial for Jose Aldo who is 32 and looks to have lost a spring in his step? The former 145-pound king could potentially get his wish with a McGregor rematch, with the famous 13-second knockout still haunting the Brazilian. Most fight fans would love the UFC matchmakers to make this fight, but it is highly unlikely to ever happen.
Rating ** stars