John Kavanagh and Conor McGregor scoop MMA awards

Talks about the fantasy match reached a fever pitch after McGregor won the lightweight title at UFC 205.

White, who was talking after the UFC 209 weigh-ins on Friday (3 March), was infuriated with constant demand for "money-fights".

But White has other ideas as he wants to set up a fight between McGregor and the victor of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson who are set to clash at UFC 209. Appearing as a guest on Submission Radio, Kavanagh named both the victor of Nurmagomedov-Ferguson and Nate Diaz as the next likely opponents for McGregor when he returns. According to UFC president Dana White, both Nate and his brother Nick have been offered fights, but nothing came to fruition.

So all that's left to put meat in the seat and make those earth-shattering PPVs is Conor McGregor, and, to a lesser extent, Nate Diaz.

Afterwards, White was clearly irked by the ever present chorus of fighters seeking a big pay day. "Almost on par with that, not much difference, will be the victor of Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and [Tony] Ferguson this weekend".

"I can't imagine him not fighting the victor of (Nurmagomedov/Ferguson)", Kavanagh said during an interview with Submission Radio (via Fox Sports). I don't now how real or fake it is, but who knows.

McGregor would claim the lightweight strap in brilliant fashion against Eddie Alvarez later than night before revealing he was set to take a break due to his girlfriend's pregnancy.

Days ago on a Showtime broadcast, Mayweather noted that he thinks the fight between himself and the Irishman would be by far the biggest of the year, even with the upcoming Pacquiao-Khan and Joshua-Klitschko matchups. The most logical fight is to have McGregor unify the belts against the interim champion but the biggest money fight inside the UFC would be the trilogy fight against Diaz.

Mayweather, 40, told the BBC, "I can't say if it's going to happen".

If McGregor plans on returning to the octagon and keeping his title, he will have nowhere to run.

While it was a very frustrating thing to happen so close to the fight, the fighter's health is the most important thing and the show must not go on if he is unable to compete.

  • Julie Sanders