At this stage, the circumstances of Conor McGregor’s next fight are quite nebulous. The Irish MMA superstar has a seemingly endless list of options available, spanning both MMA and boxing.
That said, there are two options that seem to stand out from the rest: a fight with UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, and a trilogy fight with his arch rival Nate Diaz.
On the most recent Fight Companion edition of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan gave his take on which option makes more sense for McGregor:
“Conor made that post to Tony,” Rogan said (h/t MMAFighting.com). “He made an Instagram post. Grand Theft Auto with him holding a gun, driving a boat. Conor’s smart. He realizes that Tony’s an unusual, eccentric character. Conor’s an unusual, eccentric character, Tony’s an unusual, eccentric character too and Tony has the longest win streak in the UFC’s 155-pound division. He’s the interim champion and he’s the logical fight. He’s a bad motherf**ker, no doubt, and a legitimate champion…”
“Conor sells like f**king crazy and Conor versus Tony sells because Tony’s a legit threat. Conor versus a legit threat sells. Conor fighting someone sells but Conor versus a legit threat is where it gets interesting.”
“The whole world doesn’t know Tony but the MMA world knows Tony, for sure,” Rogan continued. “But the regular people are the people you really need to get ahold of to buy pay-per-views. [Nate] is the money [fight]. . . [But] Nate made four million bucks over two fights and he don’t give a f**k. He’s like, ‘Pay Me.’ He beat Conor and in the second fight he arguably had a draw with Conor. He lost a decision based on a couple people’s opinion. Public opinion means a lot and if you went online and asked people who you think won that fight, I bet you would get very close to 50/50 Nate versus Conor…
“Those guys are rivals man and Nate choked him the f**k out in the first fight. That’s always gonna be there… The big money would be the Nate Diaz fight even if Nate beat him in the second fight.
“You think you can go to the gas station right now and go, ‘Hey man, who’s Tony Ferguson?’ If you go to the average person and ask them who Nate Diaz is, way more people are gonna know who he is than Tony.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/24/2017.