Another name is in the mix for Conor McGregor's highly-anticipated mixed martial arts (MMA) return.
It wouldn't be an actual UFC event if the former double champion wasn’t calling out someone on social media during the fights. UFC 293 was no different.
Last night (Sat., Sept. 9, 2023), during UFC 293’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which Sean Strickland upset Israel Adesanya to win the 185-pound title via unanimous decision (watch highlights), McGregor ranted about Featherweight kingpin, Alexander Volkanovski.
Ask my bollox that little sausage volkonovski is no way p4p 1. Silly. That’s quick work for me. 100% accuracy work. Readable. Hittable. Hurtable. I like he has this title tho we should fight at some stage so the FW goats will have all faced off and let there be no debate.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 10, 2023
“Ask my bollox that little sausage Volkonovski is no way p4p 1. Silly,” McGregor wrote. “That’s quick work for me. 100% accuracy work. Readable. Hittable. Hurtable. I like he has this title, tho we should fight at some stage so the FW goats will have all faced off and let there be no debate.”
Just 20 minutes later, Volkanovski responded to McGregor, accepting the challenge and throwing out UFC 300 as a potential date.
“Let’s do it at UFC 300,” Volkanovski wrote.
A prime McGregor vs. prime Volkanovski at Featherweight has been a fantasy matchup that the mixed martial arts (MMA) fanbase has debated for awhile now; however, it is just that: fantasy.
Indeed, it is unlikely that the Irish sports star could ever make 145 pounds again after stacking on so much muscle while outside the reach of United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). So, if they were actually to fight, it would have to be at Lightweight, but then again, who knows if McGregor can make 155 nowadays, too.
“The Notorious” even revealed that Welterweight will be his most likely landing spot. In addition, Volkanovski is currently in the prime of his future Hall of Fame career, so a matchup with McGregor would probably not be very competitive.
You would abuse Conor.— White Belt BJJ & MMA (@WhiteBeltBJJ) September 10, 2023
However, UFC is in the business of making money, so it would not be out of the question if McGregor vs. Volkanovski took place at the historic UFC 300 event, which will take place sometime in the first half of 2024.
The former "champ-champ" has been penciled in to fight Michael Chandler. You know, since they coached The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 31 against each other, but as every week passes, it looks like poor "Iron" Mike is getting left in the past.
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