Conor McGregor returned to the Octagon in spectacular fashion, defeating Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds in Las Vegas. The Irishman had been out of action since his high-profile loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 and whilst he’d been in the headlines for some pretty unsavoury reasons since, he didn’t look like he’d been away as he won the welterweight bout with Cerrone. As soon as that fight was over, speculation began to mount about what’s next for McGregor. We’ve taken a look at some potential next opponents for “The Notorious” one.
The re-match that the world wants to see. McGregor is keen to get another crack at the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov and that fight would be a huge money-spinner for all involved parties, but Khabib has a fight with Tony Ferguson set for April, so any McGregor fight would need to be later in the year.
Speaking of Tony Ferguson, if he can pull off the upset win over Khabib, then he would make himself an instant megastar and one who could be a great opponent for McGregor.
Fresh from his somewhat controversial win over Nate Diaz in November, Jorge Masvidal has made it clear that he wants to fight McGregor and he even wore a robe at ringside whilst watching McGregor’s fight in a bid to get attention.
Kamaru Usman took his professional record to 18-1 by beating Colby Covington in December and he admitted this week that he’d be open to facing McGregor.
Having lost against Masvidal after suffering a bad cut, Nate Diaz could be tempted to round off the trilogy with McGregor, with the pair both having a win each against each other.
Like McGregor, Justin Gaethje defeated Donald Cerrone in his last fight via first round stoppage. The American and Irishman aren’t exactly friends so this could be a good grudge match.
Floyd Mayweather caused quite the stir when he published a social media post teasing a rematch with McGregor. The first fight made the duo plenty of money and they could be tempted to spin the money wheel once again.
McGregor has admitted that he’d like to try boxing again and Manny Pacquiao has been touted as a potential opponent in what would be fight watched all over the world.