Ever since perhaps the most popular fight in history, between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, there have been many rumors as to what Conor McGregor’s next move is going to be. It has now been 6 months since McGregor’s fight against Floyd Mayweather and 15 months since his last UFC fight.
Conor recently just became a father to newborn son, Conor Jr. He told the media after his fight against Floyd that he would be taking some time off to not only analyze what his next venture will be but to be a father. I guess you’re allowed to take a little time off from work when you receive a check for over $100 million dollars.
I would not be shocked if Conor announced that he will never fight in the UFC again. Personally, I don’t think that he should. The most Conor has ever made in a single UFC match is $15 Million which was the rematch against Nate Diaz. Conor earned more money in one night boxing Floyd Mayweather than he did in every one of his UFC fights combined. Conor could very well continue to pursue boxing. He would undoubtedly be the biggest attraction in the world and continue to make more than he ever would fighting in the UFC.
Conor holds far too much value to the UFC for him to continue expanding their brand without being compensated. I think one could argue that Conor McGregor is the most valuable athlete in the world to his sport right now. What we are seeing now with McGregor is similar to what we saw with Tiger in his prime, when they’re not playing the ratings plummet and it’s not nearly as interesting. Have you watched a UFC match within these past 6 months?.
The main rumor that has been brought to light over the course of the past month is a rematch beaten Conor and Floyd. These rumors have been spreading due to the back and forth Instagram feud between the two. This option would make the most sense financially, not so much for his reputation amongst fighters. Eventually, Conor is going to have to defend his belts or they will be taken away.
On January 4th Dana White said that “Conor and I haven’t really figured out when he’s coming back or what’s going on. Conor has some big decisions to make here, really quick. I don’t think Conor wants to fight until August. If he waits until August or September, that’s around two years since the [UFC lightweight] belt has been defended, and that can’t happen.” So what that means is that it could be up to another 6 months before we see Conor back in the ring.
Another possibility for McGregor is completing the highly anticipated trilogy against Nate Diaz. I think fans are sadly getting their hopes up for nothing. Conor has made it very clear that he will only fight Diaz if he comes down to his weight class. Conor fought at a higher than normal weight class twice Diaz. Diaz is naturally bigger, so it is only fair if Diaz goes down and if he doesn’t then I don’t see this fight happening.
Lastly, Conor may have a big WWE deal on its way. Imagine if the WWE recruited a man as popular as McGregor is right now. The ratings would go through the roof.
Ultimately it’s going to come down to whichever option has the biggest impact on his net worth. Any of these are legitimate possibilities.