Conor McGregor is possibly the most called name in the world, with MMA fighters and boxers constantly wanting to tag their name next to his.
McGregor was last seen being submitted in the fourth round against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, as the Russian successfully defended his lightweight world title.
Since this defeat, much like after any McGregor fight, what’s next for ‘The Notorious’ is up in the air, with a large part of this to do with the endless options the Irishman can opt for.
At a drop of a hat McGregor could venture back into boxing, having debuted in the sport last August as he made an estimated $100 million on the way to being stopped by five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather.
Or McGregor could stay in the UFC and target just about anyone he wants to- at any weight division he feels like.
McGregor initially reflected on his UFC 229 defeat by claiming he was ‘looking forward to the rematch’, however, in a lengthy Instagram post addressing the Nurmagomedov loss, the 29-year-old claimed he is content if the rematch isn't immediate.
McGregor’s name has been linked elsewhere away from Nurmagomedov- as Tony Ferguson, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Nate Diaz and even boxers Mayweather and rival Paulie Malignaggi rank among the many fighters who could be in line with a shot at the Irishman.
Darren Till discusses a potential fight with McGregor
One fighter who has followed suit and called McGregor out is Englishman Darren Till, as he posted an Instagram picture teasing a potential showdown at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium.
Speaking to Paddy Power News, the UFC welterweight explained why a fight makes sense for him and McGregor.
"I lost my last fight, Conor lost his. We're both from Europe, he's a Liverpool fan, I'm a Liverpool fan. See what I’m saying?," Till said.
"I've spoken in the past about how I want to sell out a stadium in my home town. He spoke about Croke Park in Dublin, but I think he’d fight there for the final fight of his career, his retirement fight.
"But until then, he's spoken about wanting to fight for the welterweight belt and I obviously want my rematch so if I fight Conor, then the winner could potentially get a shot at the belt after Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley fight, or Woodley and Kamaru Usman fight.
"I'm still the No.2 in the division, and Conor has fought at 170lb before. Why couldn't we sort something out?
"Yes, we’ve both just had defeats but we're by far the two biggest stars in Europe. I'm not talking about a Vegas fight, the T-Mobile arena or anything like that. I'm talking about Anfield.
"It’s not about the money with Conor, it's about two of the biggest stars in Europe, the two best strikers in the UFC fighting at one of the most iconic stadiums on earth. Why wouldn't we sell it out?
"I know I'd have Conor. It's not a question of 'I think I'd have him' - I know I would for a fact.”News Now - Sport News