Examining Conor McGregor’s Next Move

Written by Tom Ngo
December 15th, 2015

UFC Conor McGregor

It’s good to be in the Conor McGregor (pictured) business, but it’s even better to be Conor McGregor. Now that the flamboyant Irishman has solidified himself as MMA’s biggest superstar by plastering Jose Aldo to unify the UFC featherweight title, he’s got some critical choices to make that will effect two divisions.

Behind door number one is Frankie Edgar, the man who believes he is McGregor’s last legitimate test at featherweight. The former UFC lightweight champ isn’t a box office opponent, but it appears that’s who the UFC will assign “Notorious” if he decides to stay.

Door number two is the path McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, would prefer because he’s done watching McGregor draining his body to make 145 pounds. If McGregor chooses to hop to lightweight, he will get the winner of Saturday’s title tilt between champ Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone.

McGregor’s obvious choice is Cerrone, not only because it’s the biggest fight of the three due to their ongoing beef, but it’s a better stylistic opponent for McGregor. While Cerrone has a solid ground game, he would prefer to stand and bang, which plays right into McGregor’s wheelhouse.

You can almost foresee how a matchup with dos Anjos would go – probably the same way the Brazilian grounded and grinded the electrifying Anthony Pettis to capture UFC lightweight title in March. So, let’s just cross RDA off the list for the immediate future.

Then there’s Edgar, an opponent who McGregor has acknowledged deserves a featherweight title shot, while stating in the same breath, “it wouldn’t be a good night for him.”

If McGregor gets his way, Cerrone will leave Florida with the lightweight title and they collide in the first-quarter of 2016. Then, if the UFC doesn’t force McGregor to vacate his featherweight belt to chase the 155-pound crown, defend fend his featherweight throne against Edgar next summer, possibly UFC 200 on July 9.

If dos Anjos has his way with Cerrone, Edgar better start game planning because McGregor is likely staying.

“This is my division,” McGregor stated Saturday after beating Aldo. “I say what I do now.”

Maybe, but dos Anjos could choose McGregor’s next words for him.

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