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Rumour: One Stumbling Block Stopping Conor McGregor Vs Eddie Alvarez From Happening

Two questions that occur in the wake of each Conor McGregor fight are being asked yet again; who will he fight next and where?

Though ‘The Notorious’ received a provisional medical suspension of six months in the aftermath of his win over Nate Diaz last month, his coach, John Kavanagh, has claimed that his charge could well make it to UFC 205 in November.

He admitted that it would be a tough ask, with McGregor having experienced a five round war in August, but Dr. Julian Dalby (who worked alongside Team Conor in the run-up to UFC 202) is confident that the Irishman “can be in peak form for November”.

Conor McGregor’s most likely opponent were he to fight on November 12 at Madison Square Garden would be interim featherweight champion and long-time rival Jose Aldo.

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 12: Conor McGregor (L) knocks out Jose Aldo in the first round of their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

However, according to the somewhat regarded @TalkMMA, negotiations with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez are at an advanced stage. The account states that “the biggest negotiation point for McGregor/Alvarez is McGregor wanting to hold onto his featherweight title. He wants to defend it early next year.”

McGregor hasn’t done so since winning the belt last December. UFC president Dana White has issued multiple ultimatums, warning the Dubliner that he must defend in his next outing or give up the belt. Despite this, TalkMMA rates McGregor’s chances of keeping the belt into 2017 whether he fights at 145lbs. or not.

Also per the same source, McGregor has turned down a second movie role (having done so prior to UFC 200) in order to prepare for a winter showdown.

The pertinent question here regards the validity of the source. Though those familiar with Twitter accounts that dispense in football transfer rumours will understandably be wary, it’s worth noting that @TalkMMA boasts over 30,000 followers. Among those are Ronda Rousey, UFC Europe’s official account, Dan Hardy, and Eddie Alvarez & Dana White themselves.

He also appears to have called some early reports accurately.

(Chris Weidman indeed withdrew, though Michael Bisping got the call-up)

While one can take the report with a vat of salt, it’s worth getting excited over.

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