Are we to see the surely explosive and much expected, McGregor vs Diaz III? Or, following this weekend’s highly anticipated event, UFC 216, are we in store for something else entirely?
At (22-3-0), Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee (16-2-0) would say—yes. The two highly explosive fighters will face off finally, in this Saturday’s main event. Ferguson, rising quickly on the all-time submission win list with a barrage of fight-ending chokes, and the emergent Lee, with what some say, may be a near equal ability to finish via submission (having won his last three fights, all by rear-naked choke), do indeed have what it takes to make it one for the ages.
This being said, if the match does live up to potential, will McGregor consider the challenger? Following his record breaking fight with Floyd Mayweather, McGregor may actually be a prize fighter, no longer capable of being lured by a prize. Having earned near $100,000,000, as some estimates have proclaimed, he certainly doesn’t need to fight for cash. However, what does seem to hold currency with the champion, is pride.
Sure, he has eclipsed the popularity of any mixed martial arts star before him, luring the attentions of a myriad of speculative television and movie deals, but to think Conor McGregor cares not for his fighting legacy, is to ignore nearly every decision he’s made thus far.
What we need of Saturday’s fight, is a surefire battle. What the two warriors vying for the Lightweight title need is a chance, and this weekend, if all goes as violently and brashly as the two have touted recently on Twitter—they will. For if Conor McGregor is to cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time, what better way to bow out of the sport that brought him to the dance, than taking on, and defeating a legitimate, dangerous contender?