Conor McGregor just walked away from his fight with Floyd Mayweather over $100 million richer, so who knows what he's going to do next. The only safe bet: that he'll do whatever he wants. Gone are the days where the UFC at least pretended they could force McGregor to abide by their matchmaking. So what's piquing his interest these days?
MMA Junkie spoke with Conor's manager Audie Attar shortly after his historic boxing match, and here's what he said:
“He wants that trilogy (with Diaz),” Attar told MMAjunkie. “You’ve got Khabib calling him out, then you obviously have Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee who are fighting for the interim lightweight title. You have Max Holloway, who is the 145 champ now, who Conor beat after blowing out his ACL at the beginning of the fight. You have options, and he loves mixed martial arts.
“Everyone is like, ‘Oh, he’s going to retire – he made so much money.’ He’s ambitious. He’s super ambitious, and he loves to fight. He loves to compete and he’s a superb professional athlete. So there’s much more of Conor McGregor that everybody will see, and we’ll see what’s next.”
It certainly sounds like Nate Diaz is at the front of the pack right now as far as potential opponents go. Attar wasn't the only person dropping his name on Saturday night. Conor himself singled out a third fight with Diaz multiple times, and Nate probably helped his cause by being extremely visible backstage after the fight.
But everything seems very fluid. A couple of weeks ago, a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia was tickling McGregor's fancy. Who knows where his mind will be when he starts seriously plotting his next fight?