Conor McGregor UFC news: Surprise name emerges as potential next opponent for Notorious – Irish Mirror
A surprise name in Jorge Masvidal has emerged as a frontrunner to be Conor McGregor’s next UFC opponent.
The former UFC two-weight champ hasn’t fought since his gruelling defeat at the hands of bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
And despite months of speculation of his return to the promotion, the Dubliner hasn’t fought since October 2018, and he suffered a hand injury recently – pushing back that return to octagon until later this year at the earliest.
But a new frontrunner has leapfrogged Nurmagomedov as a potential opponent if the 30-year-old is to fight in the near future.
Welterweight Jorge Masvidal is riding a wave of momentum after a stunning knockout victory over previously undefeated Ben Askren at UFC 239 – landing a devastating knee inside five seconds to finish the fight before it even started.
And veteran Masvidal is now more likely to face the Notorious one than Khabib, with odds as short as 7/2 being offered – but McGregor’s long-time foe Nate Diaz still leads the way.
Diaz is 5/2 favourite, with the Eagle being offered at 4/1 and outsiders such as Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson are also in the running.
But those odds could mean very little after McGregor again hinted that he could have fought for the last time in the UFC.
The fighter said in March on this year that he was retiring from mixed martial arts but has since resumed training with a octagon comeback mooted before the end of the year.
But the Crumlin man tweeted in the early hours of Friday morning: “I’d tell you I’m done but you wouldn’t believe me.”
The Notorious has a history of threatening to hang up his gloves. In 2016, he said he decided to “retire young” after UFC pulled him off the UFC 200 card.
McGregor last fought in the octagon in October 2018 when he slumped to a submission loss to lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Meanwhile, Mayweather has laughed off any chance of a rematch with UFC star Conor McGregor.
The American easily defeated the Dubliner in a money-spinning Las Vegas clash in the boxing ring two years ago.
It took the boxer’s record to 50-0 and reportedly got the second highest pay-per-view buy rate in history.
But judging by his reaction to a possible rematch with the Notorious, Mayweather may go elsewhere for his next payday.
He told TMZ: “Boy, boy, boy, boy, boy… these kids are some circus clowns.
“They can’t f*** with Money May.
“They gonna keep coming my way. At the end of the day, I keep laughing, I keep living, I keep going to the bank.”
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