The last six months of Conor McGregor’s career have been like the tallest, steepest roller coaster at the amusement park. McGregor was supposed to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC 196. If victorious, Conor would’ve become the first UFC fighter to hold the championship in two different weight classes.
Unfortunately, dos Anjos broke his foot less than two weeks before the fight, which sent UFC president Dana White scrambling to find a replacement to fight McGregor. White, with input from Conor, ended up settling on Nate Diaz as dos Anjos’ replacement and announced that the fight would take place at 170 pounds.
Conor McGregor came out on fire in Round 1 of the fight, but Diaz found his rhythm and began landing some solid shots towards the end of the round. Nate would carry that momentum into Round 2 as he nailed Conor with a solid shot that resulted in McGregor shooting for a takedown. Diaz would counter the takedown on the ground and eventually force Conor to tap via rear naked choke.
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— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) August 5, 2016
White scheduled the rematch for UFC 200, which was supposed to be the biggest card that UFC had ever produced, but the fight ended up being postponed because McGregor decided he was above promoting the fight. White was forced to replace the fight with a rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, but that fight also didn’t happen because of Jones’ failed drug test.
The UFC ended up rescheduling the rematch between Diaz and McGregor for UFC 202 which took place on Saturday night. In the lead up to the colossal fight, Conor did a lot of talking about the WWE and its athletes, especially Brock Lesnar, according to Yahoo! Sports.
“For the most part, those WWE guys are [expletive], to be honest,” McGregor said. “They’re messed up [expletive], if you ask me. Fair play to Brock [Lesnar], he got in and fought, but at the end of the day he was juiced up to the [expletive] eyeballs, so how can I respect that?”
WWE fans took exception to Conor McGregor’s comments and let him know on social media. McGregor then took to Twitter to respond to his critics.
I didn’t mean no disrespect to the @wwe fans. What I meant to say was that I’d slap the head off your entire roster. And twice on Sunday’s.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 7, 2016
Conor’s comments also ticked off the WWE superstars with fighters from Roman Reigns to Sasha Banks to Lesnar himself responding to his remarks. It led to a lot of speculation that McGregor could be considering a move to WWE at some point in the future. Even Becky Lynch has openly recruited Conor to WWE and Sheamus and Finn Balor are fellow Irishmen who could entice Conor to join.
Still, it seemed like a longshot that McGregor would ever leave the UFC for the WWE. That is, until Saturday night.
Conor McGregor defeated Diaz by majority decision to avenge his only loss in the UFC. Speaking in the post-fight press conference, Conor made an interesting statement that could indicate that the WWE could be a viable option.
“The belt situation is lingering. I’ve got to talk…I’m speaking to the new people now [WME-IMG], so I don’t know. I’ve got to talk about what’s next. I’ve got a lot of options, and some might not be in this sport.”
The belt situation Conor is referring to is White’s threat that he would pull McGregor’s featherweight championship belt if he didn’t return to the division for his next fight. Conor sounds as if he’d rather have a third fight with Diaz which could cause some friction between the two sides once again.
As far as his options in other sports, McGregor could certainly be talking about WWE, but he could also be talking about boxing where he’s had a famous back-and-forth with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. It’s a possibility, although slim one, that Conor could choose to go that route if things get dicey with the UFC.
— Flyin Brian J (@FlyinBrianJ) August 14, 2016
In many fans’ opinion, Conor McGregor is the perfect fit for a floundering product in WWE and Vince McMahon needs to throw as much money as humanly possible at the Irishman to convince him to come aboard.
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