With the Mixed Martial Arts world patiently awaiting the announcement of Conor McGregor’s next fight, oddsmakers have wasted no time getting odds up around some potential bouts.
Over at FOX Bet, they’ve listed Jorge Masvidal, Justin Gaethje, Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov as four possible opponents for McGregor’s next fight and priced up the hypothetical matchups accordingly.
The official BMF Champion, Masvidal has not been in the ring since November 2019 when he defeated Nate Diaz by third-round TKO. Masvidal is an exciting fighter with unbelievable stopping power and would surely put on a show in the ring with McGregor.
These two fighters are known to talk a big game and back it up in the ring with exciting finishes, so any fight between the two would surely be can’t-miss TV.
Gaethje is another fighter known for his incredible punching power, with 19 of his 22 wins coming by KO, and is riding high after his upset win over Tony Ferguson on May 9.
Gaethje, however, doesn’t seem too eager about the possibility of a mega fight with McGregor. He was recently asked by ESPN what he thought about making Conor his next opponent and responded by saying “He (McGregor) is losing his clout.”
A mutual opponent of the two, Eddie Alvarez, said he thinks McGregor would win by KO, and FOX Bet seems to give the Dublin native a slight edge as well. McGregor is listed as a -133 favorite over Gaethje (+115).
The history between these two is long, and a rubber match may be just what the UFC wants in order to bring in some massive PPV numbers.
Diaz defeated McGregor by submission in their first meeting in March of 2016 before McGregor won a decision in August of the same year. The two haven’t met since then, but they are constantly trading verbal jabs.
Diaz is the weakest fighter of McGregor’s four potential opponents, but the history between the two makes it a possibility.
Speaking of history, Khabib Nurmagomedov and McGregor have plenty of it.
This potential fight would smash every single PPV record the UFC has, but there are some hurdles around getting it together.
Nurmagomedov has expressed in the past that he’s unwilling to give McGregor a rematch until the Dublin native earns one. It’s possible that McGregor takes on Gaethje or Masvidal first to try and earn a shot at Nurmagomedov before a potential super fight later in the year.
You can also assume that the UFC would want to wait until spectators are allowed back into arenas before they put on a spectacle of this magnitude.