Conor McGregor returned to the bright lights of Las Vegas recently with a resounding win against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
McGregor has been out of the octagon for a year, assessing his options following his controversial loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. He returned in style with a super-quick victory against Cerrone, taking less than a minute to finish the fight, according to Give Me Sport
Bwin News explains how The Notorious was determined to get back to winning ways in his fight with Cerrone, looking to once again climb to the very top of the sport. His win came with consummate ease and has paved the way for a match up with Jorge Masvidal, but instead of calling his possible opponent out at the end of the fight, McGregor made generic comments about taking on anyone who wanted it.
Masvidal, sitting cage side, is content to wait for The Notorious one.
“He could have cut the sickest promo; he could have cut the sickest promo of life,” the 35-year-old is reported as saying by SCMP. “Certain things he said on the microphone as well that he doesn’t feel he’s not up to speed, that he needs to work on this, he needs to work on that. I get it, man. Go back in there, find your timing, when you feel you’re ready for the challenge, we do it.
“There’s no rush. I’ll go get my title meanwhile. I’m not here to bully people into fights or keep asking for the fight. I’m going to go about my business like I said I always will.”
McGregor, who is one of the wealthiest fighters on the UFC roster, will surely be eyeing a contest with Masvidal, one that’s bound to be a marketers dream, but it may have to wait. Justin Gaethje is optimistic he’ll get a chance to put The Notorious in his place before Masvidal, saying; “Ultimately that dude makes his own decisions, and I think he has more confidence now. He needed a win. So yeah, I think he’ll fight me now.”
Whilst Masvidal may want his shot, and Gaethje is an outsider for a contest, the obvious fight is a step back to the lightweight division in order to fight the winner of Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor wants revenge for the controversial defeat against Nurmagomedov and the bout would again be great for the UFC promotion.
There are hints that McGregor is already warming up for the Masvidal clash though. He ridiculed the Miami-born fighter for turning up to his win against Cerrone in a robe, in what seems like the typical firing of shots before promoting a fight.
Whether the ‘BMF’ Champion gets his shot, and his payday, against McGregor remains to be seen but it would be an obvious bout for The Notorious, who is undoubtedly one of the sport’s biggest stars. A fight with him can make a household name of his opponent across the world, and which fighter wouldn’t want that?