Conor McGregor's next opponent inside the Octagon has been the hottest topic of discussion in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, and there are plenty of options out there for "The Notorious One."
His last Octagon appearance came back in November against Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205. He knocked out Alvarez in the second round to capture the lightweight title and become the first dual weight champion in the history of the promotion. The Irishman then took time off to pursue a career in boxing, challenging undefeated legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.
He would lost the fight via 10th round TKO and expressed his desire to return to the MMA world next. There are plenty of fighters that McGregor could meet inside the Octagon next; such as Georges St-Pierre, Nate Diaz, and Tony Ferguson.
Nobody knows who will be McGregor will be fighting next, but teammate Artem Lobov believes that a bout with interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson makes the most sense (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I think Tony is next,” Lobov told MMA Fighting. “The only reason why I say that is it was unclear who was next for the title shot. There was Khabib, there was Tony and then Kevin Lee stood up.
“Then, when Kevin Lee was announced we weren’t sure that Tony would be ready. As soon as Tony got the belt, in my eyes he’s next because Tony obviously wants that belt.
“In my head, Conor defends the belt against Tony,” said Lobov, who fights Andre Fili at UFC Gdansk on Saturday. “In the mean time, Khabib can fight the winner of Alvarez and Gaethje. Whoever wins that can be next.
“While all that takes place, we can throw Diaz in the mix there somewhere.
“I feel that same as Roddy. We saw him being rocked by Vannata. It’s not that he’s not tough – he is – but he’s not as tough as Diaz. I don’t think he’s tough enough to last with Conor. He will get hit,” said Lobov.
“Even with the first Diaz fight, it was never a skill issue. It was just his toughness and his ability to absorb the shots and then comeback. Skill wise, I think Conor dominated him.
“I think the same thing would happen against Ferguson, except Ferguson isn’t tough enough. In fact, I don’t think there is anyone as tough as Diaz out there who can take those shots at any weight, really.
“I think it’s going to be a very quick night against Ferguson.”
What are your thoughts on Lobov saying that he believes Tony Ferguson is next for Conor McGregor? Do you think that "The Notorious One" will be able to get past Ferguson, who is on a massive hot streak as of late? Or will Ferguson dethrone the Irishman if they're locked inside the cage? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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