After an incident at Superbowl Radio Row between UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal, President Dana White has made it clear that this is the fight to make with the target being International Fight Week in July. This puts the rumors of a McGregor vs. Masvidal super-fight off the table, leaving us to wonder…What’s next for the refocused Conor McGregor?
The answer is simple: Nate Diaz 3. Why? Everyone wins. The UFC gets another historic matchup, Diaz nets another “red panty night” payday, and most importantly, the biggest draw in UFC history gets arguably his most favorable matchup of potential opponents. Coming off a loss in his last outing Diaz although now a needle mover doesn’t have another marquee matchup that comes close to what the 15th trilogy in UFC history would deliver. After a near-perfect performance at UFC 246, where he dismantled Donald Cerrone, McGregor is in shape, focused, and healthy at what he is calling the start of his “fight season.” Mystic Mac has long said that the trilogy will happen one day; I believe that day has come.