What next for Conor McGregor after UFC 229?

What next for Conor McGregor after UFC 229?

The Notorious One lost against Khabib and now has options for his future

It was a wild night in Las Vegas – and that was just after the fight. McGregor vs Khabib certainly brought fireworks, and before all hell broke loose, we saw the Russian stay true to his word and make the Irishman tap out in Round 4.

However it will be the aftermath that’s discussed in the weeks to come, with Khabib exiting the cage to start a brawl with McGregor’s entourage, and a member of Khabib’s party appearing to sucker punch McGregor while in the cage immediately after the stoppage.

What can’t be denied is that McGregor has now lost two high-profile bouts in two years, and has a number of options ahead of him, should he decide to step into a ring or Octagon again. 

McGregor has hinted at retirement before, and it shouldn’t be ruled out that this is the last we have seen from the 30-year-old in combat sports, with the Dublin brawler more than making a mark in his four years with Dana White’s promotion.

Another option is that we see a rematch between McGregor and Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, but this time under MMA rules. Both have talked up the possibility, almost immediately after their meeting in the squared circle in August 2017. If it was to happen, bookies have already made McGregor a huge favourite at 1/9 best price (with one bookie going 1/100), with Mayweather 12/1 best price.

Finally, we could see a much more conventional fight if The Notorious One takes on Georges St-Pierre. There have been rumours that the winner of last night’s fight would take on GSP down the line, but after the chaos that ensued after the contest, it could still be McGregor that steps up to take on the Canadian legend. 

As it is, McGregor is a 13/8 outsider to win his first UFC fight since November 2016, with GSP 4/9 favourite.

Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: “Conor MGregor is seemingly at a crossroads after losing to Khabib in a wild one at the T-Mobile Arena. A rematch with Floyd Mayweather would surely bring the most money, but a match-up with Georges St-Pierre is on the cards too, however the Irishman is 13/8 outsider for that particular fight.”

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