The mixed martial arts (MMA) community anxiously awaits the next move from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who is expected to return to the Octagon later this year.
“Notorious” surprised the combat sports world with his early success in a losing effort against undefeated boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. when the two went to war in the “Money Fight” main event last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Which is why UFC color commentator Joe Rogan (via MMA Fighting) believes McGregor has enough pugilistic talent — and more than enough star power — to hang around the “sweet science” for another gigantic payday.
Though it may come at a hefty price.
“I don’t think [Conor is done boxing]. Look, he went the very first fight against the greatest ever and he didn’t look too bad. If there’s a legit, big fight - say if Canelo Alvarez steps up and says that he wants to fight Conor McGregor, [Conor] might do it. It wouldn’t be a smart move. The difference between Canelo and Floyd - Floyd was just a brilliant boxer. Canelo is a murderous puncher and he’ll fuck you up. He’ll hurt you. [Golvokin] is not a good fight for him either. Neither Canelo nor Golvkin is a good fight for him. They’re terrible fights for him. Those guys are different.”
Canelo and Golovkin fought to a controversial draw last weekend in “Sin City.”
While McGregor still holds the UFC strap, he’s yet to defend it. In fact, his extended absence, which we can also attribute to the birth of his son, forced the promotion to create an interim title, which will be decided in the UFC 216 pay-per-view (PPV) main event.
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As it was in the featherweight division, the entire weight class is on hold until McGregor makes up his mind. Until then, all we can do it wait.