Joe Rogan Has Two Names Conor McGregor Should Fight Next

Conor McGregor still has some things to settle with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) before he can return to the Octagon. However, once those issues do get settled, it will be interesting to see who McGregor is matched up with for his Octagon return. This past October, McGregor was defeated in his first fight […]

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Conor McGregor still has some things to settle with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) before he can return to the Octagon.

However, once those issues do get settled, it will be interesting to see who McGregor is matched up with for his Octagon return. This past October, McGregor was defeated in his first fight back in the UFC in nearly two years. The Irishman was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in the fourth round of their UFC 229 main event match-up.

McGregor failed to recapture the lightweight title from the Russian. McGregor has stated that he’d like an immediate rematch with “The Eagle.” However, given how lopsided that contest was, a rematch doesn’t make much sense at this point. Especially with perennial contenders such as Tony Ferguson waiting for their opportunities. With that being said, McGregor said he’s more than willing to face the next man in line before rematching Khabib.

Longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently took to his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience” to offer his thoughts on who McGregor should fight next. Rogan said a “massive” fight waiting for the former “Champ Champ” would be his trilogy fight with Nate Diaz (via SportsJoe.ie):

“That’s the big money fight. If I was a promoter, I’d be calling Nate and saying, ‘What do we have to do?’… Give him what he wants. Give him a lot of money! It’s not just a good fight. It’s a gigantic, fan-friendly event.”

McGregor and Diaz first fought back in Match of 2016. Diaz became the first man to defeat McGregor in the UFC, submitting the SBG Ireland product in the second round via rear-naked choke. Five months later, the pair rematched in a massive UFC 202 main event in Las Vegas. McGregor picked up the win via unanimous decision. Now, a third and final trilogy bout between the pair is expected at some point.

Rogan also gave his approval for McGregor to throw down in his rumored bout against Donald Cerrone:

“That’s a fight that I would make. I would make that fight. That’s a f**king exciting fight and that’s also a big sell. You could sell the shit out of that. That’s a big fight. But Cowboy has not been fighting at that weight – 155. He has done the majority of his fights at 170 – Till, Masvidal, Perry, Leon Edwards… but we could still make 155. He’s not a big 170.”

After Diaz gave McGregor his rematch following his loss, McGregor has remained adamant he’d return the favor. Only time will tell if that will happen.

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Joe Rogan Says He’d Book Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 3 Next

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan believes Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz III is the fight to make. McGregor is currently waiting on a decision from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). McGregor was involved in the …

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan believes Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz III is the fight to make. McGregor is currently waiting on a decision from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). McGregor was involved in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl and will likely receive a punishment as a result. The “Notorious” one […]

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Five Potential Fights To Be Thankful For In 2019

With today being Thanksgiving, we take a look to the future with five fights we should be thankful for – and that need to happen – in 2019. In 2018, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor made his return to the Octagon, Jon “Bones” Jones is tentatively back, and there are rumblings that Georges St-Pierre wants to […]

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With today being Thanksgiving, we take a look to the future with five fights we should be thankful for – and that need to happen – in 2019.

In 2018, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor made his return to the Octagon, Jon “Bones” Jones is tentatively back, and there are rumblings that Georges St-Pierre wants to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov. Life has been good for MMA fans lately, and it could get even better in 2019.

It’s one thing to have high-profile fighters on your roster, and it’s another thing altogether to book the big-time fights the fans want to see. To be fair, the UFC matchmakers are some of the best in the business. And more times than not they get it right.

That being said, there are times when you are left scratching your head wondering how some fights get made. Daniel Cormier’s recent title defense over Derrick Lewis comes to mind. Regardless, we take a look at five fights that need to happen in 2019. The list starts here, enjoy.

“DC” vs. Brock Lesnar

This is one of those fights I never knew I wanted to see until I did.

If Cormier does only have one fight left will it be the big payday he deserves in Lesnar? It looks that way, but in this crazy sport, you never know.

From a competitive standpoint, Lesnar probably doesn’t deserve an immediate title shot upon his return to the Octagon. He is 0-2 (1 NC) in his last three fights and hasn’t officially won a fight since 2010. Yes, since 2010 against Shane Carwin at UFC 116. Let that sink in.

Either way, I still believe this fight needs to happen in 2019. And with Dana White recently coming out and saying he hopes “DC” postpones retirement, this may not be the last fight Cormier finds himself in the new year.

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Jake Shields Opens Up On Why Diaz Brothers Haven’t Fought For So Long

Jake Shields reveals the one thing that have kept them from competing.

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Jake Shields opens up on why the Diaz Brothers (Nate & Nick) haven’t fought in so long under the UFC banner. Shields should know this better than almost anyone as he has been a long time training partner and friend of these two popular stars.

Nate Diaz was supposed to fight Dustin Poirier at the UFC 230 pay-per-view event earlier this month. However, that bout was scrapped after Poirier pulled out. Diaz has not been seen in the Octagon since his rematch with Conor McGregor back at UFC 202 when he suffered a majority decision loss which came five months after Diaz submitted McGregor in their first bout at UFC 196.

On the flip side, Nick has been tied to a UFC 233 pay-per-view bout with Jorge Masvidal but the UFC has yet to announce the fight. Diaz has not been seen in the Octagon since his bout with Anderson Silva in January 2015. This fight was later overturned to a no-contest after Silva tested positive for banned substances.

Jake Shields Tells The Reason

Shields talked about their absence from competition during a recent interview (H/T to Bloody Elbow).

“I still go back to California to train with Nick and Nate Diaz. I have trained with them a lot. Currently, I am in New York so I’m not training with them as much,” Shields added. “I have trained with these guys non-stop for years now. I think they both want to fight still, just not as often.”

The former UFC title contender would continue by stating that Nate and Nick are just looking to get paid the most for their next fight. Also, Nate wants a third fight against Conor McGregor.

“Nate is just waiting for the Conor fight or big fights, and same with Nick. He was just waiting for big fights. They both had great careers already. So they are just looking for the big money fights now.”

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Ben Askren Rips Conor McGregor; Calls out Nate and Nick Diaz for Handicap Fight

MMA star Ben Askren said Conor McGregor is too rich to risk a fight with him and that he’d be willing to take on both Nate and Nick Diaz in a handicap bout…

MMA star Ben Askren said Conor McGregor is too rich to risk a fight with him and that he’d be willing to take on both Nate and Nick Diaz in a handicap bout…