2020 was supposed to be former double champ Conor McGregor’s ‘comeback season’. He further made a statement with a quick 40 second knockout of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. The win had almost the entire lightweight and welterweight divisions on radar. Former opponent Eddie Alvarez analysed how would McGregor do against some associated names.
Former interim champ Tony Ferguson and contender Justin Gaethje were considered front runners to take on McGregor, before the inevitable rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Ferguson is riding on a 12-fight winning streak. Gaethje on the other hand, is on a three fight first round knockout streak as well. Alvarez however believes McGregor takes both of them out.
“I think Conor would put Tony away. I’d like to see him fight Gaethje, but I’m off the belief he beats Gaethje, but I would like to see the fight. I’d still like to see it.
When it comes to the huge rematch against arch rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, the MMA community does give McGregor a fighting chance. Especially after his comeback when he’s more ‘hungry’. McGregor claimed he had a foot injury when the duo met for the first time, which impacted the fight. Alvarez though believes champ Nurmagomedov will still reign supreme if they fight again.
I don’t like the style matchup for him with Khabib. I don’t think he has enough experience in that realm to overcome Khabib at any point.”
McGregor had vowed to fight thrice in 2020 but the coronavirus outbreak severely hampered a lot of big plans this year. The crucial lightweight title fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson had to be cancelled. Nurmagomedov got stuck in his home country of Russia due to travel bans. He was replaced by Gaethje for the interim belt. The card though got cancelled as Dana White was forced to step down.
The UFC however has rescheduled the entire card to take place on May 9. The winner of the interim title fight between Ferguson and Gaethje is expected to unify against Nurmagomedov. The entire dynamic has McGregor in a weird spot so it’ll be interesting to see who he fights next.