With Conor McGregor looking certain to face Nate Diaz at UFC 200, many are wondering how bad things could get for the Irishman should Diaz defeat him again.
While McGregor demanding an immediate rematch suggests he has the utmost confidence in his ability to defeat Nate Diaz at the second attempt, the possibility of a loss seems to be far more likely this time around, at least to his fans.
McGregor, who is ‘Notorious’ in more ways than one has put himself in the unenviable position of having to win this fight to stay relevant as an elite level fighter. He will continue to be a big draw for the company win or lose and there are great fights to make regardless of result.
McGregor has described himself as the pound for pound best fighter in the world. Losing this fight would not only see him fall off the pound for pound rankings but also be a non player at both Lightweight and Welterweight. Considering he is the Featherwight Champion all might not seem lost but there is a genuine concern over his ability to make 145lbs again.
If he couldn’t make the weight, McGregor would be forced to vacate his belt and move up to a divison, in which he would be unranked. While he would undoubtadly be able to get a big fight based on his drawing power and his name, he is unlikely to get a title shot if he loses to Nate. Meaning, McGregegor would have to fight his way to the top of the pile all over again.
There are some fun fights to be made though, should the unthinkable happen. A possible rematch with Joe Duffy or Dustin Poirier, or a grudge match with one of the many Lightweight fighters who he has had beef with since his emergence in the UFC including Diego Sanchez.
Just because dana takes you for a ride in his Ferrari does not make you the next best thing. The guy is talented very but hype is just hype.
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) August 17, 2013
A return to fighting in his hometown would also become a much easier transition if McGregor was no longer required to sell PPV cards on his own and was fighting on a Fight Night card.
All this said the hype has, as of now just been delayed not stopped. At UFC 200 Nate Diaz has the opportunity to do what so many fighters have been wanting to do since 2013. Shut McGregor up!
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