Although fans must come to terms with the fact that Conor McGregor won’t be competing in the UFC until next summer, they can take one positive from the situation that Jon Jones could also be returning at around the same time.
While he’s currently serving a suspension for taking a contaminated erectile dysfunction pill, the Irishman will be busy embracing fatherhood with his first born expected in May.
Following McGregor’s historic win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, a lot was made of the backstage altercations Notorious shared with reigning welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley.
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McGregor apparently didn’t like the fact that The Chosen One recorded his scuffle on stage with Alvarez, claiming he knew Dana White would hold him back.
Following some heated words, there’s been talk of McGregor potentially going for a third world title when he returns, and Woodley himself is open to it.
Although on paper it seems as if McGregor would be taking on an almost impossible task against a much bigger Woodley, Jones believes that McGregor does actually stand a chance of defeating him.
When asked the questions on his official Twitter account, Jones shared his insight on what could go down should the two meet inside of the Octagon.
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When asked if he thought McGregor could beat Woodley by a fan, he responded: “Yes especially if Wood continues this overhand right obsession.”
Bones was referring to the fact that Woodley tends to use his favoured overhand right to try and put opponents away, something he could potentially capitalise on as we saw Alvarez try the same thing, before eating a devastating four-punch combination.
While McGregor has his legions of fans, he also has his doubters, and they called Jones out on his prediction, before clarifying: “I’m not saying Connor would win I’m saying he could win if wood doesn’t use all the tools he’s capable of.”
Despite being friendly with McGregor, Jones shot down the notion that has was one of the greatest of all time, asking whether two title fights made him the best.
In the UFC, you can’t rule anything out. If Woodley and McGregor do eventually meet, it wouldn’t be a straightforward encounter.
Do you agree with Jon Jones? Can Conor McGregor defeat Tyron Woodley if they fought? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.