The UFC is not, in fact, planning a massive fight for UFC 219.
The biggest question that is on everyone’s mind is what’s next for UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. The last time that fight fans saw him competing was after he suffered a TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather in his professional boxing debut last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, which aired on PPV (pay-per-view).
By looking back on it, UFC President Dana White has gone on record by stating that McGregor will be back to defend his lightweight championship before the end of the year. Now, that remains the question of who he will be fighting and if it will be in MMA or boxing competition. There is a list of top-tier fighters at lightweight that McGregor could fight.
One problem with that is the fact of a possible boxing match with Paulie Malignaggi or the lucrative trilogy fight with Nate Diaz.
A trilogy fight with Diaz is currently the frontrunner for McGregor’s next fight. The belief is that the bout could sell north of 2 million buys with the bump McGregor gets from his bout with Mayweather. Their first fight went down at UFC 196 with Diaz emerging victorious via submission (rear-naked choke). Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez has gone on record by saying that Diaz would require a $20 million payday from the UFC to fight McGregor for the third time.
Prior to his boxing match with Mayweather, McGregor put on a great performance at UFC 205 which saw him claim the UFC lightweight championship by knocking out Eddie Alvarez. On the flip side, Diaz has not been seen inside the world-famous Octagon since his controversial majority decision loss to McGregor at UFC 202 in August of 2016.
Over this past weekend, Team FA reported that a trilogy fight between Diaz and McGregor was scheduled for the UFC 219 pay-per-view event in December in Las Vegas. However, White has since taken to his official Twitter account to shoot down the rumor by writing, “Not true AT ALL!”
Switching gears back to the lightweight division. McGregor needs to keep an eye on the next UFC PPV event as his potential next opponent will be revealed. That will either be Tony Ferguson or Kevin Lee, who fight for the interim lightweight belt in the main event of UFC 216 on October 7th in Las Vegas. Time will tell what the UFC intends to do with McGregor.