Conor did it again, he tweeted. This time he’s accepting a fight between him and longtime foe Dustin Poirier whom he beat very lopsidedly in 2014. In what’s been a tumultuous year for Conor, and sports in general, we’re finally starting to see some movement on his end. Do I see this fight going down? Honestly, yes.
Conor started off the year with a bang, demolishing the legend Cowboy Cerrone. McGregor announced he wanted to start a “season” where he’d fight regularly for the rest of the year and ultimately rematch Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title. That was back in January, and since then things have changed. UFC continued to put on fights in the Apex in Las Vegas and Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. We’ve seen pretty much all of the UFC’s biggest stars (Masvidal, Cormier, Adesanya, Ferguson) fight but all we got out of Conor was another retirement. Most assumed he was avoiding top talent or asking for more money but not too long ago we found out via some texts that this was very untrue.
It turns out this whole time UFC President Dana White was blocking a highly motivated Conor from fighting. Obviously the UFC wants all the money that comes from putting on an event headlined by McGregor and that includes the possibility of record-breaking ticket sales. That’s where I believe this gets traction. Conor can accept a fight with whomever he wants, it’s ultimately the UFC that puts it on. Cowboys Stadium has been averaging around 24,000 fans weekly for football games even in the midst of the pandemic; that’s more than T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas holds! I think the UFC puts this fight on. It’s a big Pay Per View, the UFC can collect money from the gate, January 23rd gives them enough time to promote to their heart’s content, and we get to see McGregor get another highlight-reel KO (sorry Dustin, I’m a fan, I promise.)
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