Conor McGregor scored the most important win of his MMA career at UFC 202 on Saturday by beating Nate Diaz via majority decision in Las Vegas. So, what are his plans now?
Speaking with the media afterward, McGregor said: "The belt situation is lingering. I've got to talk...I'm speaking to the new people now [WME-IMG], so I don't know. I've got to talk about what's next. I've got a lot of options, and some might not be in this sport."
While he didn't name names, a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. makes sense.
The two have gone back and forth for months, with both McGregor and Mayweather expressing interest in the fight.
In the last 12 hours, since McGregor vs. Diaz 2 wrapped, Mayweather sent out these cryptic posts:
That said, UFC President Dana White flatly stated in June the bout "ain't happening." The new ownership group may be willing to take a second look at it, but the odds of the two facing off remains a long shot.
That isn't stopping McGregor from pushing for the opportunity. "Right now I have Floyd running around the Showtime offices gathering my money; that's what he's doing," McGregor told reporters ahead of UFC 202. "He's running around the Showtime offices begging those executives to come up with a $100 million cash to fight me. As soon as he gets my money, we can fight."
It's anyone's guess on what comes next for McGregor, who may or may not be able to return to 145 pounds to defend his featherweight title in the near future. Unless the team at WME-IMG has a radically different approach to MMA promotion than White and Co., McGregor's next bout will be in a cage, not a ring.